urban , Beverly Hills ca email@example.com 01/16/14
education to the intent of resolution would help the arabs and Persians discuss/resolve their lack of trust to others!
urban image, b.h. ca firstname.lastname@example.org 09/14/06
read your article ten principles ....It seems that in order to agree, one must negotiate first......THE muslims/persians agree and then negotiate, negotiate, negotiate....how can we mediate two concepts....since 700AD they idolize the black stone .....death or subservient to the muslims.....The Koran needs to be amended...is that possible?
Jonathan , Brunswick ME 06/08/04
Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Paul....as someone who has taught Negotiation to Palestinians and Israelis for four years now, I know that bluffing (or calling the other's bluff) is a customary part of negotiations in this part of the world.
Paul , Pittsburgh pa 06/08/04
From the International Section editor:
Years ago the Sri Lankan government offered a cease fire and negotiations to the Tamil rebels. The Tamil emigree that I was visiting in London rapidly dismissed the offer as a cherade - a trick. He was hard and fast that the offer should be ignored and the fighting continue until ....
So I asked him, "If the Sri Lankan government were sincere in wanting an end to hostilities and a negotiated settlement, how could they communicate that to you in believable way?" I have been waiting for an answer from my friend for many years.
This article on the Mid-East raises that question and adds another twist - possibly a CR tactic learned from poker: call the bluff.
We are running a lot of articles on the Middle East at the moment, and I am glad. It is a time when creative and out of the box thinking are essential. So read, enjoy and, most of all, think. Then respond