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Abstract

This article proposes the existence of a collective self-healing process, in which parties to intractable conflicts treat their conflicts' wounds independent of their opponents. This process is different from the reconciliation process, in which parties heal past offenses collaboratively. Various theoretical aspects of the proposed process are discussed, including the different domains of parties that take part in this process (i.e., the social, economic, political and psychological), the conflict situations in which this process is relevant, and the factors that influence it. The process is exemplified as it has been conducted by the Israeli Palestinians.