06. What The People Really Want

Intractable show

Summary: In our sixth episode, we inquire after what seems like a history of failed negotiations. If, as former guest, Oxford professor Dr. Sara Yael Hirschhorn said, we need to listen to what the people living here really want in terms of peace arrangements… How can we figure that out?  Skyler speaks with seasoned conflict scholar Yuval Benziman about the importance of two-track diplomacy and the complications that are inherent to a conflict that’s been going on this long. In Ramallah, Dr. Khalil Shikaki, director of the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research, walks us through the numbers, getting us close to an answer. And once we cover the (somewhat surprising) topics that make people willing to negotiate with the other side, we turn to political psychologist Dr. Gilad Hirschberger to understand the psychological foundations of intractability.