Cracking The Israeli-Palestinian Security Challenge Is Possible

Over twenty years have elapsed since Israel and the Palestinians launched the Oslo process towards a permanent two-state solution and much ink has been spilled on trying to understand why it has failed. To me, one thing is clear: there are real gaps between the parties on all core issues. Do not believe those who tell you that the parties ever came “that close.”

Of the core issues, security has usually been characterised, alongside territory, as a ‘practical issue’ easier to resolve than the ‘narrative issues’. Indeed, since the latter subjects such as Jerusalem, refugees and mutual recognition touch on the deep, core identity of each party they are extremely difficult to reconcile. However, the parties are yet to come to an agreement on the ‘practical issues’, which also involve a heavy dose of psychology and perceptions.

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