The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is famously multilayered. It includes a
struggle between two national movements over the right of self-determination,
a political battle between two peoples over the same small piece of
land, and a clash between two cultures. For many decades it reflected the
global competition between the superpowers, while more recently it has
been partially subsumed into a struggle between regional powers. In addition,
of course, religion is increasingly involved. Fortunately, the leaders
of both nations have generally been aware that if the religious dimension
came to the point of overshadowing the others, it would lead to havoc
and destruction for all. Therefore, although this dimension was embedded
in the conflict, it was generally somewhat subdued and not as visible as
many of the other issues.
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