October 01, 2013
Arab-Israel Conflict – Post
Many of the principles of world politics are in play in the negotiations between Israel and Palestine. It is clear that these actors both have some interests in common and some in conflict. They both want peace, however the conflict, and what is delaying peace the most, is that both actor’s have different strategies and demands that they want met in order for peace to occur. It could be said that the Palestinians have implicitly promised to come back to the bargaining table so long as the preconditions of the agreement are the 1967 borders — a precondition that they claimed America agreed to according to Jodi Rudoren’s article in The New York Times. This addresses the second principle of world politics: effective threats and promises depend on credibility. The Israeli side may reject this option to have preset conditions and the Palestinian side may lose credibility because America said they did not state that 1967 borders needed to be a precondition. Finally, and perhaps most importantly in this situation, it is clear that perceptions matter and are hard to change. The conflict between the two sides dates back generations and as a result of past conflicts, each side has explicit perceptions and views about the other. To a large extent, they both are untrusting of one another. Israel feels that Palestine will continually ask for more in negotiations, and Palestine feels as if a deal with Israel will be permanent and that they will not reach their end goal.