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Northern Ireland and the Divided WorldPost-Agreement Northern Ireland in Comparative Perspective$
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John McGarry

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244348

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199244340.001.0001

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The Tenability of Partition as a Mode of Conflict Regulation: Comparing Ireland With Palestine–Land of Israel

The Tenability of Partition as a Mode of Conflict Regulation: Comparing Ireland With Palestine–Land of Israel

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(p.309) 13 The Tenability of Partition as a Mode of Conflict Regulation: Comparing Ireland With Palestine–Land of Israel
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Northern Ireland and the Divided World
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Sammy Smooha

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199244340.003.0013

Smooha argues that Jews have settled in Palestine – Land of Israel in sufficient strength to establish a strong independent state in part of the area (pre‐1967 Israel), although their attempt to incorporate the rest (the West Bank and Gaza) by settlement has failed. As a result, partition has become the most feasible way to resolve the Jewish–Palestinian conflict. In Ireland, by contrast, the position of British settlers (Protestants) is said to be much weaker than their Jewish counterparts. The Protestants are weak demographically, lack international legitimacy, are not supported by Britain, and are faced with a confident Irish nationalism. As a consequence, the historical trend points to Britain's withdrawal and an end to the partition of Ireland as the most likely form of conflict resolution.

Keywords:   Britain, conflict resolution, international legitimacy, Ireland, Israel, Northern Ireland, Palestine, partition, Protestants, settlers

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