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No End in Sight For the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

MIN READJan 6, 2017 | 23:00 GMT

Forecast for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Peace Talks
As the next round of talks to try to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict approaches, the differences that divide the two sides are as stark as ever.

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The decadeslong conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians has long commanded international attention and support for the opposing sides. Through the years, the dispute has galvanized the Arab nations of the Middle East and North Africa against the Israeli state. But over time, as tentative peace agreements have taken effect and unrest and instability have overwhelmed much of the Arab world, the conflict has slipped out of the regional and international spotlight. This waning attention, combined with the irreconcilable differences between the two sides of the conflict -- and within them -- will keep a resolution at bay in the coming year. At the same time, though fractious and unpredictable, the conflict is unlikely to expand. Instead, the new year will bring more of the same for Israel and the Palestinian Authority, including the perennial risk of another flare-up. ...

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