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Chapter 4: The Cyclical Arab-Israeli Conflict
This chapter considers the phenomenon of enduring and cyclical conflict that involves two or more parties engaging in multiple episodes of violence interspersed with repeated periods of rest but never accomplishing a permanent state of reconciliation. Negative peace—the lack of actual war or violence—is temporary if prolonged, but positive peace is absent and elusive. What happens to conflict and cooperation in an enduring rivalry in which states make war, stop fighting but do not make peace, then make war again? When do states decide to end this cycle and why? In this chapter we explore these questions in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The pathway of conflict and cooperation between Israel and its Arab neighbors began before there ...