Achieving By Understanding
History has taught us time and again that peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. In the situation between Israel and Palestine, this does not seem to be happening and it is probably because tempers are hot and what has happened in the past has not been forgotten. Personally, as an Israeli citizen, I do not see how it is possible to forget the tremendous number of soldiers that fell in Israel’s wars for peace.
“Surviving Peace” asks Israelis and Palestinians (extremely resourceful and innovative peoples in every other field of endeavor) why they suffer from dull and nonproductive thinking, lack of imagination and innovation when it comes to achieving peace with each other.
Director Josef Avesar draws on his own experiences as an Israeli-Jewish-Arab-American to nvestigate the controversy and suggest a way out. The film was shot in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, and the United States and goes deeply into the core issues driving the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and
proposes that the two sides, as well as the U.S. and the international community, cease from attempting to repeat formulas for peace that have already failed in the past and proposes the creation of a third independent government, a confederation for the people of Israel and Palestine, to solve problems together while each retains its own original government. It even proposes constitutional arrangements that will allow the two sides to cooperate without sacrificing core needs or their desire for national sovereignty. The documentary argues that the best way to resolve the conflict is to emphasize what the two sides have in common, instead of what sets them apart. The film challenges basic beliefs by revealing a path to a just and lasting peace.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is already over a century old and is one of the world’s major sources of instability. Attempts to make peace have perpetuated hatred and violence and the prevailing Two State formula has proven a failure. The “Peace Makers” seem to be moving in the wrong direction, thus causing scholars to question whether the Two-State formula is dead.
Israelis and Palestinians share similar cultural, historic and biblical roots, but remain distant. Yet even with the physical and emotional estrangement; the two maintain a fascination and mystical attraction to one another. Their conflict has gone on for so long that the world seems to accept it as permanent., Israelis and Palestinians are interwoven in their violence and animosity for each other
Surviving Peace features candid interviews with major Israeli and Palestinian leaders, along with government officials and thinkers; some of who make surprising admissions. “Israelis and the Palestinians are both extremely resourceful and innovative people in every other field of endeavor but when it comes to peace, they have to deal with “stagnated thinking and lack of innovation”. The film offers a solution and will change the way you think about the conflict.
We see and hear interviews with Uri Avneri, Israeli writer and founder of the Gush Shalom peace movement; Muhammad al-Madani, head of the Palestinian ministry for ‘interaction with Israeli society,’ Israeli Statesman and scholar Dr. Yossi Beilin, and Palestinian diplomat Saeb Muhammad Salih Erekat who served as chief of the PLO Steering and Monitoring Committee until 2011 among others.