After the conclusion of a reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu labeled collusion with a terrorist organization, the Middle East peace process has arrived at another, hopefully temporary, standstill.
Taking advantage of the latest in conferencing technology, a new group called Peacehub will lead unofficial peace negotiations that will be live-streamed from June 16 until June 20. Developed by Jerusalem Foundation’s Art and Culture Department director Eyal Sher, Peacehub will include academics, experts, and important Israelis and Palestinians in a public forum in order to discuss their differences.
Program on Negotiation Chair Robert Mnookin will lead the mediations at Peacehub. Honored in the fall 2012 by the International Academy of Mediators with a lifetime achievement award, Robert H. Mnookin is well-versed in the Middle East and is a specialist in handling intractable disputes and bargaining with counterparts you may consider your enemy. In his best-selling book, Bargaining with the Devil: Negotiating to Create Value in Deals and Disputes, Professor Mnookin explores the concept of pursuing reconciliation with counterparts that could be subjectively called evil. In Beyond Winning: Negotiating to Create Value in Deals and Disputes and Negotiating on Behalf of Others, co-authored with PON faculty member Lawrence Susskind, Robert Mnookin describes frameworks for achieving reconciliation and for creating value at the bargaining table.
According to Sher, Peacehub is, “not so much creating a new viable framework agreement as much as [attempting] to ‘bring reliable expertise and information to the public, what the agreed solutions are, which ones are agreed upon and which ones still need to be agreed upon.’”