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Third Parties and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Poliheuristic Decision Theory and British Mandate Palestine Policy

Beckerman-Boys, Carly

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Carly Beckerman-Boys



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Abstract

What role do third parties play in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and to what extent do domestic political constraints shape this role? Answering these questions has important ramifications for understanding the interplay between domestic and international politics. One useful tool to conduct this research is the two-stage decision-making framework, Poliheuristic (Ph) Decision Theory, which eliminates options from the choice set that do not meet domestic political requirements. This paper applies Ph theory to a case study from the conflict's infancy, the British decision in 1922 to affirm the policy of a Jewish national home (based on the Balfour Declaration 1917) despite violent Arab opposition. It argues that the decision was based solely on domestic political needs and did not attempt to address tensions in Palestine. It concludes that Ph theory provides a highly effective theory of decision-making for assessing motivations and policy decisions of third parties in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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Beckerman-Boys, C. (2014). Third Parties and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Poliheuristic Decision Theory and British Mandate Palestine Policy. Foreign Policy Analysis, 10(3), 225-242. https://doi.org/10.1111/fpa.12017

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date May 2, 2013
Publication Date Jul 15, 2014
Deposit Date Nov 20, 2014
Publicly Available Date Feb 10, 2016
Journal Foreign Policy Analysis
Print ISSN 1743-8586
Electronic ISSN 1743-8594
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 3
Pages 225-242
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/fpa.12017
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1419671

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This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Foreign Policy Analysis following peer review. The version of record Beckerman-Boys, Carly (2014) 'Third parties and the Arab-Israeli conflict : Poliheuristic Decision Theory and British mandate Palestine policy.', Foreign policy analysis., 10 (3): 225-242 is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1111/fpa.12017






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