Dikla Cohen

Dr. Dikla Cohen

Research Fellow
Dikla Cohen


The Palestinian Society in between Reconciliation and segregation: Readings in the Reconciliation Agreements (Itifaqat al-Sulh)

 (2006-2016) Dikla Cohen / The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace 




Since the Fath-Hamas struggle in the Gaza Strip in 2006, we noticed several serious attempts of signing reconciliation

agreements (Itifaqat al-Sulh) between Fath and Hamas.

AimsThe purpose of this project is to focus on readings of these agreements and examine the implications of the agreements upon the Palestinian society in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip. Furthermore, the project will try answering several questions relevant to the Palestinian-Israeli peace process under cases of reconciliation or segregation in the Palestinian society.

MethodsThe project will examine all drafts and final versions of the agreements as published in the official Palestinian media and the main Palestinian newspapers: Al-Quds, Al-Ayyam and Al-Hayah al-Jadida including inter media sources, such as al-Risala, the Hamas periodical which is published in the Gaza Strip and al-Shuhadaa, the periodical of the Shabiba- the youth movement of Fath in the universities and colleges all over the West Bank.

ResultsIn this project, I hope to accomplish better understanding of the Palestinian society. Special attention will be given to the issue of the peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis in order to focus on the major obstacles.

ConclusionsResearchers and politicians will use the results of the project in order to build a profound approach to the issue of possible inter Palestinian reconciliation or segregation and its implications in the environmental milieu of the Middle East in relevance to Israel in particular.

 Definition of Key Terms: A- Sulh: reconciliation\ peace. B- Hudna: temporary ceasefire. C- Tahdiaa: tranquilization.

SummaryThe project will examine specific materials in a way that will help building new approaches and policies towards the Palestinians based on profound readings of the reconciliation agreements. The project will suggest new and original arguments concerning not only the Palestinians but also the Israelis hoping for reconciliation and peace with their neighbors, the Palestinians.      

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