West Bank Construction Obstructs a Two-State Solution

PBS Newshour (December 2012)
American Task Force on Palestine's Ghaith al-Omari and Washington Institute for Near East Policy's David Makovsky are interviewed about Israeli settlements and whether a two-state solution is possible when both sides assume the worst of the other's actions. (8:02) Watch >

Public Poll Findings: Peace with the Palestinians

S. Daniel Abraham Center / Dahaf (December, 2012)
Finds that roughly two thirds of Israelis would support a peace agreement establishing a demilitarized Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, Israel's retention of major settlement blocs and a division of Jerusalem. Also finds support for this position from majorities of voters in the right-wing parties of Likud-Beiteinu and Habayit Hayehudi PDF >

Israeli Public Opinion after the November 2012 Gaza War

The Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development / PIPA / CISSM (2012)
Authoritative survey of the Israeli public that includes findings regarding the Palestinian issue (page 12). Finds that a majority of Israelis say that they are ready to accept the Arab Peace Initiative as the basis for negotiation, whereby Israel withdraws to the 1967 borders and a peace agreement is established with all Arab states. PDF >

Backgrounder: Hamas

Council on Foreign Relations (November 2012)
Features basic information about Hamas, including its origins, beliefs, leaders, operations, terrorist attacks, goals, and perception among Palestinians. Read More >

Operation Pillar of Defense: Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Agreement

November 21, 2012
Text of the agreement between Israel and Hamas negotiated by Egypt that brought an end to the 2012 Israeli military campaign in Gaza. Outlines the parameters of the ceasefire as well as its implementation mechanism. Read Document >

Sympathies with Israelis or Palestinians; Israeli attack on Gaza justified

CNN / ORC (November 16-18, 2012)
Finds that 59% of Americans say their sympathies lie more with Israel, as opposed to just 13% who say their sympathies are more with the Palestinians. Also shows that 57% of Americans believe Israel justified in "taking military action against Hamas and the Palestinians in the area known as Gaza", while only 25% feel it is unjustified. PDF >

Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Daniel C. Kurtzer (Ed.) | Palgrave Macmillan (2012)
Book Review (Americans for Peace Now) | CampusBooks

Americans on the Middle East: A Study of American Public Opinion

The Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development / The Program on International Policy Attitudes (October 8, 2012)
Among other findings, shows that two-thirds of Americans continue to express the view that the Arab-Israeli conflict is a "top five issue" in regard to its importance to U.S. foreign policy. Also shows that a plurality want the U.S. to maintain its current level of diplomatic activity in the Middle East. PDF >

Arrested Development: The Long Term Impact of the Separation Barrier

B'Tselem (October 2012)
Examines the ramifications of the Separation Barrier on nearby Palestinian communities, ten years after its construction commenced. The report details and critiques the permit regime instituted by Israel in what is known as the "Seam Zone," West Bank lands on the "Israeli" side of the barrier. Read More >

Forward: "Occupation Corrupts Soul of Israel" by APN Board member Leonard Fein

Attacks Reflect Zig-Zag Line of Settlement Enterprise

It is tempting to impute retroactive intentionality to yesterday's events. As Gershom Gorenberg felicitously puts it, we mistakenly assume "that if things turned out a certain way, someone planned it that way." Looking back now, it may seem a foregone conclusion that Israel's settlement policy in the West Bank (and in Golan, too) was from the beginning an evil design, intended to encroach on Palestinian rights rather than to solve immediate problems. But the effort to draw a straight line of intentionality from then to now obscures more than it clarifies.

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