Rev. Dr. Gary Mason Gives Tools and Approaches to Resolving Violent Conflicts
This week מכון ירושלים למחקרי מדיניות - Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research together with Friedrich Naumann Foundation - Jerusalem hosted Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, one of the leaders of the the "Good Friday Agreement" in Northern Ireland signed in 1994, and the founder of Rethinking Conflict non-profit organization.
Mason, who is considered a world expert in reconciliation and peace building between nations, was a guest of the Institute in the framework of the East Jerusalem Forum, led by Institute researcher Amnon Ramon, which convenes every two weeks.
Mason, who spoke to forum guests about tools and approaches to resolving violent conflicts, came to Israel at a particularly explosive time, and referd extensively to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"Disarming the IRA was like going to the tallest tower in Tel Aviv and switching off the light switch after switch, room after room. It took an eternity, but it happened."
"We need to disengage our minds, it's more important than disarming our weapons."
"When we drive, 90 percent of the time we only look forward, and if I would ask you to use only the rearview mirror on the road, you would think I'm crazy. But in violent conflicts, 90 percent of the time we're looking at the rearview mirror, instead of looking forward