The Prisoner Swap Teaches Us a Lesson
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Israelis and Palestinians have focused too long on physical borders and geographical maps in their attempt to resolve their age-old conflict, yet all the while missing a moral compass and ignoring the hidden psychological “inner maps” that guide them. They really don’t need a new set of values or morals with respect to peace but rather a more purposeful effort to adhere to existing ones. But as we see from the recent highly publicized prisoner swap that led to the release from captivity of Gilad Shalit and many Palestinian prisoners,1 they will be successful if they can both draw on their long-standing moral traditions to enrich their present challenge of formulating a new vision and strategy for peace.