Peace Education Between Theory and Practice: The Israeli Case

  • Soli VeredEmail author
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)


The present chapter deals with the role of peace education in transforming the sociopsychological infrastructure of intractable conflict to promote peace building and, more importantly, with the question of whether and how it can be applied in societies that are still involved in a conflict. The chapter describes, first, the goals and the challenges of peace education in societies engaged in a protracted, violent conflict. Then, it presents the two models suggested by Bar-Tal et al. (Handbook of peace education, 2010) of direct and indirect peace education. Specifically, it examines how the main themes offered by these two categories of peace education were reflected in Israel’s state education policies in light of political and social developments that took place over the years. Finally, the last part of the chapter attempts to provide possible explanations as to why, despite the potential possibilities in theory, Israel has failed to implement a consistent framework of peace education as a process aimed at changing students’ consciousness to advance the end of the Israeli-Arab and Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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