Thoughts on Achieving a Lasting and Honorable Peace in the Middle East

This essay presents some thoughts on what a lasting and honorable peaceful end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may look like. It proposes specific ideas on how such a positive outcome can be attained if the parties to the conflict adopt a mindset of cooperation. Finally, it presents a long-term vision of the potential benefits of such an outcome to the peoples of the Middle East. More
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The following is additional biographical information that relates specifically to the essay that I am disseminating as a free eBook on Smashwords: "Dr. Jozef Bicerano (Ph.D., Harvard University) was raised in Turkey as a non-religious Sephardic Jew. He used to categorize his political views as those of a European-style social democrat when he lived in Turkey. He describes himself as a moderately left-leaning libertarian in the American political context. He has been a Unitarian Universalist since 1984. He is a materials scientist who has been working in industrial research and development throughout his career, first in a corporate setting and now in running his own consulting and contract research firm. While never having been a professional politician, he has always maintained a strong interest in important social and political issues."

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Valeriy Ginzburg reviewed on on Sep. 8, 2013
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This essay provides interested reader with condensed summary of the fundamental issues at the heart of the Middle East conflict and offers thoughts on overcoming those issues in quest for the lasting peace and prosperity. The Arab-Israeli relations -- sometime wars, sometime peace -- are very complicated, with religion being one, but not the only, factor influencing the decisions. Most "impartial observers" consider movement toward peace "naive" and instead propose the continuation of the worst practices; leaders like Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Rabin, and Shimon Peres in Israel, Anwar Sadat in Egypt, Kings Abdullah, Hussein, and Abdulla II in Jordan, and other peacemakers always have the hardest task of all. The essay by Yakin, Bicerano, and Bicerano describes -- in simple and powerful words -- what guides the peacemakers and why -- despite all the tragedies -- the peace is possible.

I have known one of the authors (Dr. J. Bicerano) for many years, and have great respect for his intellect, analytical skills, and personal character. He and other co-authors certainly built on their personal experiences, including first-hand knowledge of the Holy Land and broader Middle East. I hope that as more and more people begin to exchange thoughts as to "What is to be Done?" (as opposed to "Who is to Blame?"), there is still hope for that suffering but remarkable region.
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