Galia Golan is professor emerita, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of Israeli Peacemaking since 1967: The Factors Behind the Breakthroughs and Failures (Routledge, 2014) and, with Gilead Sher, Spoiling and Coping with Spoilers: Israeli-Arab Negotiations (Indiana University Press). Formerly a leader of Peace Now, she is now a member of Combatants for Peace.
The unproven argument that women should be included in decision-making regarding
war, peace, and security because they bring something unique to the table — the
presumption that they are more peace-loving — risks confining women only to matters
of "soft security."
Although the ambiguity of the Oslo Accords facilitated the actions of the spoilers that
ultimately led to failure, the foundation laid by the PLO's 1988 resolution and the
breakthrough that came of Israel's response created a positive turning point.
The most important achievement and potential of Israeli peace and human rights groups
may be in shifting public discourse and public opinion toward ending the occupation
and realizing the two-state solution