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Andrea Kupfer Schneider, The Day after Tomorrow: What Happens Once a Middle East Peace Treaty Is Signed?, 6 Nev. L.J. 401 (Winter 2005/2006)

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6 Nevada Law Journal 401 (Winter 2005/2006)


Dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict sometimes seems like wading into quicksand. Far more good ideas and good intentions have been focused on this conflict than would seem possible, judging by the progress over the last forty years (or eighty years). And yet, good people on many sides of this conflict hope and expect that within their lifetimes, they will see the recognition of two states that can live with each other in peace. So, one might ask, given how entrenched the conflict is and the extent of the work necessary to bring about peace, why focus on the day after a peace treaty? In fact, as we have now seen in numerous international conflicts, unless the players recognize the impact of different choices for moving forward, conflicts have a tendency to slide backward. We tend to have a natural focus on 'getting to yes' or 'getting to peace' in order to end violence and resolve the dispute. This essay focuses on what peace will actually look like the day after such a treaty is signed, and lays out a number of considerations as we move forward in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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