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Commitment and Conflict Strategic Theories of War Israel and the Palestinians The division of the old British mandate between Israel and the Palestinians is central to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Why are the parties unable to agree on a division of the territory? Commitment and Bargaining When actors bargain over issues, they are also concerned whether the bargain can be enforced over time. If an actor thinks that the deal cannot be enforced, it may not accept that deal. Inability to enforce deals can eliminate a zone of agreement because an actor believes that war is better than the eventual result of an agreement. Incentives for Undermining a Deal Changes in power Revival after defeat: Iraq after Gulf War Changes in preferences New Regime: the Nazis and Versailles Changes in situation Elections and incentives for belligerent behavior Commitment as a Cause of War Commitment problems lead to conflict when:
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