Identity and Foreign Policy in the Middle East: A Case Study of the Arab/Palestinian-Israeli Crisis
Icfai University Journal of International Relations, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 7-19, January 2008
Posted: 1 Aug 2011
Date Written: January 9, 2009
The conflict in the Middle East between the Arabs/Palestinians and the Israelis has been one of the longest in the annals of international relations. It started in 1948 and till date, all efforts aimed at a peaceful resolution of the conflict has resulted in a series of fiascoes. The reasons for these failures are as variegated as the history and culture of the Middle East. This paper posits that before any meaningful and lasting solution can be found, an understanding of the historical significance of the communal identity of the principal actors, i.e., Israel and the Palestinians, and the influence of this on their foreign policy posture is highly significant. The central thrust is to show the intricate interplay between identity and foreign policy and how this has defined politics in the region and that the failure to acknowledge the significance of this, especially on the side of the deus ex machina, is a major factor in the intractability of the decades long Arab-Israeli conflict.
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