Conflict-Sustaining Acts in the Arab–Israel Protracted Conflict

  • Michael Brecher


This chapter employs the concept of conflict-sustaining technique to illuminate the behavior of one or more conflict acts that contribute(s) to the persistence of the Arab-Israel protracted conflict (PC). These acts are of four types: violence, political hostility, economic discrimination, and verbal hostility. The nine wars in the Arab-Israel PC, from 1948—Israel’s War of Independence and the Palestinians’ al-Naqba (The Catastrophe)—to 2014—the destructive Gaza War, the largest number of full-scale wars in all 33 PCs active since the end of World War I, testify to the centrality of this conflict-sustaining technique. So too do the 30 international crises within the Arab-Israel PC, the largest number of crises, acts of political hostility, within a single PC. Economic discrimination, in the form of the Arab League’s economic boycott of Israel, persists after half a century but has long ceased to be operational or significant. And verbal hostility, while endemic, has been much less consequential than violence or acts of political hostility.


Peace Treaty Arab State Settlement Project Nonstate Actor Palestine Liberation Organization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Brecher
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  1. 1.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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