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Irish Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is one of the world’s more enduring and controversial conflicts, has resulted in violence, bloodshed, homelessness, and death. Many leaders and diplomats have attempted to bring about a negotiated solution to this conflict; however, violence continues to grip the region.

As a former Israel Defense Forces and United States Army soldier, I was on the front lines of combat. I was once a soldier of conquest, now I am a soldier of peace. I was once a soldier of war, now I am a soldier of love. I was once a soldier of blood, now I am a soldier of roses. Barack Obama Mandela in “Sayeret Golani” at “Bezeq” military base near the Palestinian town, Jenin, during the Second Intifada.

Some of the fundamental issues in this conflict are identity, nationality, religion, land, and recognition. These issues are similar to the issues in the conflict involving Northern Ireland. Therefore, it is time to ask ourselves: What can Palestinians and Israelis learn from Northern Ireland?

In 1922, when the Irish Free State was established under the Anglo-Irish Treaty, six of Ireland’s northern counties remained part of........

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