What do Israelis think about settlements? Turns out age matters.

Oded Haklai / Washington Post (January 11, 2017)
The survey asks different age groups of Israelis about perceptions of settlement location in or outside the territory of the state of Israel and whether they thought Israel declared sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. Read More >

How much do the settlements really cost?

Yanig Magal / Globes (January 10, 2017)
This article estimates what Israel spends on the settlements each year given that there is no separate budget for expenditure beyond the Green Line. The estimate includes the figures Israel reports to the U.S. - it was agreed between the two countries that the amount invested in settlements would be deducted from annual aid - as well as unreported costs related to transportation, infrastructure, and public sector employment. Read More >

How Israel Catches Lone Wolves

Ehud Yaari / The American Interest (January 10, 2017)
Discusses how Isareli military and intelligence agencies curbed the wave of Palestinian lone wolf attacks that peaked in October 2015. Read More >

Sleight of Hand: Israel, Settlements, and Unauthorized Outposts

Daniel Kurtzer / Middle East Institute (October 2016)
This report discusses the Israeli government's continued support for settlement expansion and the United States' continued failure to take real action against it. Kurtzer concludes with recommendations for the incoming administration to balance its support for Israel’s security and its opposition to expanding settlements, which continue to obstruct a path to peace. PDF >

Israel Quietly Legalizes Pirate Outposts in the West Bank

Isabel Kershner / The New York Times (August 30, 2016)
This article describes how the Israeli government retroactively legalizes unauthorized settlements in the West Bank and how this plays an important strategic role in settlement expansion. Read More >

Does Aid to Palestinians Subsidize the Families of Terrorists

Naomi Zeveloff / The Forward (August 23, 2016)
This article unpacks the issue of the Palestinian Authority's financial support for families of terrorists and U.S. and Israeli efforts to combat these payments, or at least minimize their complicity in them. Zeveloff discusses where these funds come from and where they go, including families of Palestinian prisoners and civilians killed by Israeli fire. Read More >

Qalandiya Crossing on a Tuesday Morning

Luke Tress and Dov Lieber / Times of Israel (May 4, 2016)
Palestinian workers passing through the Qalandiya checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah on a typical Tuesday morning. (3:43) Watch >

Advancing the Dialogue: A Security System for the Two-State Solution

Ilan Goldberg, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Gadi Shamni, Nimrod Novik, and Col. Kris Baumen / Center for a New American Security (May 2016)
This report proposes a security system to address both Israeli security concerns and Palestinian concerns of continuous occupation. PDF >

Most Palestinians in West Bank Oppose Stabbing Attacks on Israelis, New Poll Shows

Jack Khoury / Haaretz (March 13, 2016)
Summary of Jerusalem Media and Communications Center (JMCC) poll shows that while support for Abbas wanes, 60% still support a two-state solution, 54% of West Bank Palestinians oppose the stabbing attacks on Israelis, and more than half of Palestinians felt ISIS's actions hurt their cause. Read More >

 

 

Israel's Religiously Divided Society: Comparisons between Jews in Israel and the U.S.

Pew Research Center (March 8, 2016)
Pew Research Center poll shows that Israeli and U.S. Jews have different perspectives on the peace process, settlements, and U.S. support for Israel, as well as different ideas about what is essential to Jewish identity, with U.S. Jews more likely to see ethics and justice as essential to being Jewish. Read More >

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