The Israeli/Palestinian peace process facilitated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013-2014 failed for various reasons.
Recognizing the restrictions of the current context (e.g. acceptance of nonviolent peacekeepers to host state and access to particular regions) of allowing professional unarmed civilian peacekeepers to enter the conflict scenario, we want to share some insights from peace science that should at least add Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping to the toolbox of international intervention to reduce violence and suffering, even if it is only an aspiration in this moment of time.
Violence erupted on Friday after protests took place demanding the right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants to land in Israel. Peace Science provides examples of how international groups can help prevent more violence.
The Palestinian leadership has condemned President Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which it said effectively disqualifies the United States from serving as peace broker. A mediator’s use of information, contextual knowledge of the conflict, and a perceived commitment to the peace process is most effective at generating durable and longer lasting peace after the agreement.
Reporting of disproportionate civilian casualties during the 2014 Gaza conflict lowered U.S. public opinion of Israel.
Contrary to widespread stereotypes regarding the nature of Palestinian resistance, there has long been a tradition of unarmed civil resistance