Implementing a constructive struggle approach: Insights from a training program for security forces prior to executing a government evacuation policy in the context of a protracted conflict

Ziv Gilad*, Michal Raz-Rotem, Amikam Harpaz, Haim Omer

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Abstract

This article describes the contribution and insights of adopting practices that support a strategy of non-violent resistance, and a constructive conflict approach (constructive struggle) that endeavors to minimize physical and psychological harm, and prevent escalation that leads to destructive conflict. It describes the exposure of security forces to such practices in the context of the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The article demonstrates how interactions attended by high tensions and resistance can be conducted constructively, in contrast with similar situations in the past, when use of force and authority was considered legitimate, even though it frequently resulted in worsened relations between the sides to the conflict. Specifically, the article focuses on the case of a training program that was created for the evacuating forces prior to implementation of the Disengagement Plan. It also describes insights on the complex interactions between the sides (security forces versus settlers), with emphasis on the tools that helped them successfully execute their task, and prevent escalation of the conflict.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-279
Number of pages11
JournalConflict Resolution Quarterly
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2024

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