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Charles N.Steele

Perceptive analysis The idea of three types of disputes is an important insight, and I think you are quite right that this conflict is a type 3.


I think you should consider a fourth option. One group wants X, an alternate group does not believe the first group has a right to exist, or at least exist within their sphere of interest, and its mere existence in that sphere is enough to create conflict.

Although the land is a pretext for conflict, the right to existence is the real issue and that can be traced back when the Zionists began to arrive in Palestine, and then the UN decision to create two separate states.

At the time Isreal accepted a two-state solution, the Arabs did not. I don't think the scope of the land was ever a real issue for the powers of the day.

So as I think through that it would seem your second type of conflict most closely aligns with the reality of the political issue.

John Pepple

I think what you call the fourth option can be subsumed under option three. One group wants to exist, and the other doesn't want it to exist. That's of the form one group wants X, but the other group doesn't want it to have X.

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