The Israeli-Palestinian War
November 1, 2005
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more than a local or regional dispute. Its ongoing nature increases the risk that the violence will spill over its present borders and contribute to both extremism and terrorism. While the Intifada from 1987 to 1993 was largely a popular uprising and political struggle, the more recent clash is a war between conventional and unconventional forces. The situation on the ground is complex, and the quest for peace is uncertain--with both sides convinced of the justice of their own cause and tactics and the fundamental injustice of the other's cause and tactics. Each side has used human rights, international law, and civilian casualties as political weapons. And this near century of conflict is used to justify a continuing war rather than a search for peace. Cordesman asserts that it is in the interest of all major powers, the international community, and the United Nations to press both sides to accept a realistic peace plan. He details this continuing struggle by explaining the issues at stake for each side; the various combatants; as well as the course of the war in its various incarnations.
Anthony H. Cordesman holds the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at CSIS. He is also a national security analyst for ABC News, a frequent commentator on National Public Radio and the BBC, and the author of more than 30 books on U.S. security policy, energy policy, and the Middle East.