Approaching Conflicts
Contexts, Perspectives, and Values in Israel Education

Educational Resources

A particularly relevant five-minute news story on NPR about treating Iraqi children with PTSD.
This is 60 Minutes piece that looks at PTSD in U.S. veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.  
The New York Times delves into the dark implications of refusing to negotiate ransom payments for hostages. While the circumstances differ from those surrounding Gilad Shalit’s experience, this study of efforts to release hostages held by the Islamic State organization sheds interesting light on a complex situation.
What can Americans learn from Israel’s experience trading for its hostages? This analysis from Time Magazine explores the circumstances and realities that have led Israel to trade Palestinian and Arab prisoners at a rate of 450 for each freed Israeli in recent years.   
The Washington Post examined the notions of disproportionate prisoner exchange deals, noting that Israel has paid a higher price than the US did when it negotiated the release of an American soldier held captive in Afghanistan. What similarities do you see between the two countries’ approach to prisoner swaps? What differences?
This New York Times article assesses the thinking in Israel shortly after the prisoner exchange that brought Gilad Shalit home. As you read it, think about the questions we have been considering and see how they mesh with the questions Israel’s leaders and citizens are thinking about today.