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CIAO DATE: 05/03

A Cooperative Structure For Israel-Palestine Relations

Bjørn Møller

Copenhagen Peace Research Institute
August 2002

In the present paper, a sketch shall be offered of a possible resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict with a special view to how the European Union might help bring this about and with some consideration given to the larger framework of a lasting peace between Israel and its Arab neighbours.

The conflict between Jews and Palestinians is one of those “intractable conflicts” which have long troubled students of conflict resolution. 1 It goes back centuries, or even millennia, ever since biblical times. 2


Note 1: Kriesberg, Louis, Terrell A. Northrup & Stuart J. Thorson (eds.): Intractable Conflicts and Their Transformation (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1989). Back

Note 2: See, for instance, Reich, Bernard (ed.): An Historical Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (London: Aldwych Press, 1996); Sela, Avraham (ed.): Political Encyclopedia of the Middle East (New York: Continuum, 1999); Tessler, Mark: A History of the Israeli-Palestinean Conflict (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994); Smith, Charles D.: Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. 3rd ed. ( New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996) . On the more recent history see Sayigh, Yezid: Armed Struggle and the Search for State. The Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997). Back