דיאלוג בנושא תהליך השלום

מאת: ד”ר רון קרוניש

מאמר שפורסם ב22 לאפריל

ימים ספורים לפני חג הפסח, השתתפתי בדיון מתסכל ומדכא על “אתגרי שיחות השלום בימינו”. על פי מה ששמעתי מפי משתתפי הפאנל – ומה שאני שומע וקורא שוב ושוב בחדשות מדי יום – האתגרים גדולים הרבה יותר מהסיכויים לשלום בשלב זה. שני הצדדים מתבצרים היטב בעמדותיהם האידיאולוגיות, ולכן כל פשרה משמעותית לא נראית לעין.

הדיון בפאנל, שכותרתו הייתה “בין מדינה יהודית למדינה פלשתינית – אתגרי שיחות השלום בימינו”, יוזמה משותפת של קרן קונראד אדנאואר, יוזמת ז’נבה והמרכז לדיאלוג אסטרטגי של המכללה האקדמית נתניה, התקיים במרכז הכנסים ע”ש קונראד אדנאואר במשכנות שאננים בירושלים, מול קהל שמילא את האולם. השתתפו בו ח”כ לשעבר דן מרידור, שכיהן כשר בממשלות רבות בישראל, ואשרף אל עג’רמי, שר לשעבר בממשלה הפלשתינית שהיה ממונה על האסירים ברשות הפלשתינית וריצה עונש מאסר של 15 שנה בכלא הישראלי, שם למד עברית (הוא דיבר בעברית מצוינת מול הקהל, שרובו היה יהודי!).

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A Dialogue about the Peace Process

Dr. Ron Kronish

Dr. Ron Kronish

By Ron Kronish

As published on the Times of Israel on April 22nd, 2014

few days before the Passover holiday began in Israel, I attended a frustrating and depressing panel discussion on the “The Challenges of the Current Peace Talks”. According to what I heard expressed by the panel members—and what I continue to read and hear on the news every day– the challenges are much great than the possibilities of peace at the present moment.   Both sides appear to be deeply entrenched in their current ideological positions, so that no meaningful compromise seems to be possible at this time.

The panel discussion, which was entitled “Between a Jewish State and a Palestinian State—The Challenges of the Current Peace Talks”, was co-sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Geneva Initiative and the Netanya Academic  College’s Strategic Dialogue Center, and took place at the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center in Mishkenot Sha’ananim in Jerusalem, in front of a full audience.  It featured former Member of Knesset and minister in many governments in Israel over many decades, Mr. Dan Meridor, and a former Palestinian government minister by the name of Ashraf El Agermi, who was Minister for Prisoners of the Palestinian Authority and served 15 years in Israeli prisons, where he learned Hebrew very well (he spoke to the mostly Jewish audience in perfect Hebrew!).

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From Slavery to Freedom, Not Just for Us

Dr. Ron Kronish

Dr. Ron Kronish

 By Ron Kronish 

As published in the Times of Israel on April 13th, 2014

A few days before Passover, I was speaking to a Palestinian who works with me on a project for Palestinian and Jewish Young Adults for Peaceful Coexistence.  Through the educational programs of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel, we have been bringing youth and young adults together in dialogue for the past 12 years, including this year.  She told me that she will not be able to come in to attend a study group this week –during the middle days of Passover—since the West Bank Palestinians will be under “closure” during the holiday. Unfortunately, I was not surprised.

In past years, Palestinian friends and colleagues have often told me that they know when a Jewish holiday is coming because of the announcement of a “closure” of the territories. This irony, however, is particularly striking on the festival of freedom.  To the Palestinians, it symbolizes that freedom is not yet for them but only for the Jewish people.

What a paradox. The holiday that is meant to be about freedom is just the opposite for our neighbors. In other words, every time that we celebrate, they are constrained.

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Merry Christmas / חג המולד שמח / عيد ميلاد مجيد

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Welcoming the Other through Interreligious Dialogue, Education and Action

By Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish

Dr. Ron Kronish

Dr. Ron Kronish

November 21, 2013
Presented at the Peace Education Commission of Religions for Peace, at the World Assembly in Vienna

Read related article in the Huffington Post

Introduction

I am very pleased to be part of this distinguished panel on this important topic, which has been the essence of my professional life for the past 22 years. I founded the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel in 1991, and in all the years that I have served as Director, we have been an active member of Religions for Peace. I like the name and the mission of this organization. It says very clearly who we are and what we are for. By itself, it is an educational statement.

Unfortunately, in my part of the world, this idea is not too well understood. Too often, some religions have supported ongoing war and violence, rather than standing for peace. In contrast, I believe that the values and teachings of the great religions of the world must be harnessed to help their leaders and followers become active practitioners of peacebuilding and reconciliation.

One of the most central ways that we can welcome the other—each in our own country and region as well as internationally –is through Interreligious Dialogue, Education and Action.

Since we have done this successfully in Israel for a long time, I will share with you some of the insights and best practices of our work in the 10 minutes that have been allotted to me. To learn more, click “here” to get to our website, or go on Facebook and twitter to “like” us, and to “share” with others our insights from our blog posts—including our “stories of inspiration” series — and our best practices! (www.icci.org.il)

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Happy Hanukkah ! // חנוכה שמח! // عيد سعيد

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Eid Mubarak!