Reframing and Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
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When nations like those of the Israelis and the Palestinians are in deep, intractable conflict, how can they settle their dispute without resorting to violence and war? The easy answer is, of course, diplomacy, defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as “the art and practice of conducting negotiations between nations” and “a skill in handling affairs without arousing hostility”1 But, in the Middle East, diplomacy has shown little promise. What we see is that, when diplomacy fails, the solution is more diplomacy. This dictionary definition, like many others, is based on traditional practices of diplomacy that were developed in a context in which war was the driving force.
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