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Peace First by Abu Ala, Uri Savir

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CHAPTER ELEVENThe Peace Treaty

THE PEACE TREATY IS NOT AN END BUT A BEGINNING; IT IS the genesis of new relations between former enemies, a compass that guides cooperative and sustainable relationships. In line with the new peacemaking process, the peace treaty cannot merely concern itself with solutions to past tribulations, security arrangements, the distribution of spoils, and a formal definition of future relations. Historical peace treaties read like divorce papers, focused on the distribution of chattel with the aim of an amicable parting. The modern peace treaty should read more like the agreement of an arranged marriage—a relationship stemming not from idealism or love but from pragmatism, based on the realistic elements needed to ...

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