Attitudes to an Existence Conflict: Allon and Peres on the Palestinian Issue, 1967-87

H. Ben-Yehuda, Y. Auerbach

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The purpose of this article is to examine patterns of continuity and change in attitudes within the context of an existence conflict. It presents a theoretical framework for the analysis of attitudes, and applies it to the attitudes of Allon and Peres vis-à-vis the Palestinian issue. Differences in attitude between the two decision makers did exist. Yet Allon and Peres maintained common views regarding core issues in the conflict such as the rejection of the PLO and its demand for a Palestinian state, the preservation of the Jewish character of Israel, and support for a territorial compromise based on defensible borders. To be sure, the attitudes of Allon and Peres toward the PLO were a perfect replica of an attitude in an existence conflict, and excluded any possibility for rapprochement. However, toward the Palestinian population, both showed a great deal of openness, and persistently sought a just and honorable way out of the circle of mutual mistrust and hostility.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)519-546
JournalJournal of Conflict Resolution
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991


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