The Israeli Palestinian Conflict And The Northern Ireland

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Northern Ireland case had many similar elements in conflict drivers and elements that gave rise to conflict; however ,the two cases also had differing salient points. The Israelis were a diasporic community while the Ulsters in Northern Ireland were a minority group living on their own land. The Palestinian and Israeli saw each other as more of a threat than the unionist and nationalists saw each other in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland crisis did not threaten the existence of England while the PLO had motive to destroy Israel. These were some of the several differing factors that accounted for this variation in outcome; however the main issue was threat and incentive. The actors in the Good Friday Agreement had more incentive, or less threat in accepting the agreement. Actors in the Oslo negotiations believed that was more threat for Israel-Palestine to integrate. Also, there were significant gaps in goals and incentives they had. An attempt to understand the failure of the Oslo process can be explained with a Realist lens. The Oslo agreements are inherently Liberal agreements, focusing on collective security and the possibility of cooperation and interdependence. However, under the Realist framing, the conditions in the Israel-Palestine context was not viable for the construction of a Liberal peace. Since in Realist terms, perceived threat came from other actors “If the if practical interests [of actors were] incompatible,…
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