When the Weak Confront the Strong: Justice, Fairness, and Power in the Israel-PLO Interim Talks

When the Weak Confront the Strong: Justice, Fairness, and Power in the Israel-PLO Interim Talks International Negotiation 4: 327–367, 1999. © 1999 Kluwer Law International. Printed in the Netherlands. 327 When the Weak Confront the Strong: Justice, Fairness, and Power in the Israel-PLO Interim Talks CECILIA ALBIN Graduate School of European and International Studies, Department of Politics, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AA, United Kingdom Abstract. Most international negotiations involve asymmetrical parties, and raise issues of justice and fairness at different stages. This article is an empirical analysis of the role played by ethical conceptions and stark power inequalities in the Israel-PLO interim talks from 1993 to 1997. It focuses on the negotiations over water resources and economic relations. Israel’s su- perior bargaining strength ensured that the country’s security interests and notions of fairness influenced the process substantially. However, the negotiations cannot be understood merely in terms of the distribution of power between the two sides. The costs of failing to reach an agreement meant that Israeli negotiators had to concede to certain Palestinian demands and conceptions of fairness. The serious charges of injustice and unfairness have emerged in the implementation phase, owing more to developments on the ground than dissatisfaction with the terms of the interim agreements per se. This case http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Negotiation Brill

When the Weak Confront the Strong: Justice, Fairness, and Power in the Israel-PLO Interim Talks

International Negotiation , Volume 4 (2): 327 – Jan 1, 1999

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Martinus Nijhoff
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© 1999 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1382-340X
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1571-8069
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10.1163/15718069920848408
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International Negotiation 4: 327–367, 1999. © 1999 Kluwer Law International. Printed in the Netherlands. 327 When the Weak Confront the Strong: Justice, Fairness, and Power in the Israel-PLO Interim Talks CECILIA ALBIN Graduate School of European and International Studies, Department of Politics, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AA, United Kingdom Abstract. Most international negotiations involve asymmetrical parties, and raise issues of justice and fairness at different stages. This article is an empirical analysis of the role played by ethical conceptions and stark power inequalities in the Israel-PLO interim talks from 1993 to 1997. It focuses on the negotiations over water resources and economic relations. Israel’s su- perior bargaining strength ensured that the country’s security interests and notions of fairness influenced the process substantially. However, the negotiations cannot be understood merely in terms of the distribution of power between the two sides. The costs of failing to reach an agreement meant that Israeli negotiators had to concede to certain Palestinian demands and conceptions of fairness. The serious charges of injustice and unfairness have emerged in the implementation phase, owing more to developments on the ground than dissatisfaction with the terms of the interim agreements per se. This case

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International NegotiationBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1999

Keywords: inequality; power asymmetry; conflict; mutual gains; ethics; Oslo peace process; concessions; implementation; bargaining; pragmatism

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