Taboos and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

May 19, 2008

Taboos in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace ProcessOn May 19, 2008 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Dan Shapiro, along with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, facilitated a workshop on “Taboos in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process” for the World Economic Forum on the Middle East.

Participants brainstormed how to deal with taboo topics that can and do impede the progress on negotiations, such as Jerusalem’s status, the right of refugee return, holy sites, and the emotions surrounding the use of the words “Israel” and “Palestine”. Participants also projected forward to 2025 assuming peace had been achieved and described how they got there.