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Negotiation, political settlement, violence

Reader comment on item: What Should Bush Say in Speech Regarding Establishment of Interim Palestinian State?

Submitted by J. Seidenberg (United States), Jun 26, 2002 at 10:02

We hear a lot, as though it were gospel, that the conflict in the Middle East can not be settled by force, only by negotiation and a political settlement. Yet before the negotiations ushered in by Oslo, there was nothing like the violence that we see today, and the Palestinians were in no position to carry out such violence. Force often if not always settles conflicts.
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