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Political and Mythic Interdependencies

Marc Gopin

in Holy War, Holy Peace

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195146509
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195146506.003.0003
Political and Mythic Interdependencies

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It is argued that the rational processes of political negotiation and diplomacy can never progress very far without taking account of the (cultural) myths underlying the attitudes of all parties (and intervenors) involved. Such myths are often expressed in terms of some idealized self‐image, together with a demonized mythic construct of the “other.” These arguments are illustrated by addressing the contemporary examples of the coup against Milosevic in Serbia, and peacemaking processes in which the author has been involved in Israel/Palestine. The latter covers the work of Rabbi Frohman in Israel, attempts to get the US Administration under Clinton involved in a Jewish–Muslim dialog, and steps toward the Jerusalem Religious Peace Agreement (the Islamic/Jewish treaty).

Keywords: Clinton; culture; diplomacy; Rabbi Frohman; Israel; Jews; Milosevic; Muslims; myths; negotiation; Palestine; peacemaking; political negotiation; Serbia; USA

Chapter.  11253 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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