Camp David Accords

September 17, 1978
Two agreements signed between Israel and Egypt that concluded welve days of secret negotiations at Camp David. The first dealt with the future of the Sinai and peace between Israel and Egypt, to be concluded within three months. The second was a framework agreement establishing a format for the conduct of negotiations for the establishment of an autonomy regime in the West Bank and Gaza. Read Document >

U.S. Position on Settlements

March 23, 1976
Excerpts of a Security Council discussion in which U.S. Ambassador William Scranton reiterated his government's position on the Israeli settlements. The U.S. felt that continued settlement represented "an obstacle to the success of negotiations for a just and final peace between Israel and its neighbors." Read More >

They Do Not Exist

Mustafa Abu Ali / UbuWeb (1974)
Documentary offering a look at life inside Palestinian refugee camps, as well as the experiences and perspectives of Palestinian refugees, in the wake of the 1948 war. (25:09) Watch >

Secretary Rusk Seeks Analysis of Israeli Politics Toward Peace

June 28, 1968
Memo that relates to Secretary of State Dean Rusk's view that America should take a more active role in Israeli-Arab peacemaking. It also talks about the complexities of making peace. Read More >

Initial U.S. Diplomatic Response to Settlement

September 29, 1967
Telegram sent from the U.S. State Department to the American embassy in Israel in the wake of the establishment of the first Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights. Read More >

Foreign Ministry Memorandum on Legality of Settlements

September 18, 1967
Top secret memorandum sent to Israel's Foreign Ministers in the wake of the 1967 war. It contains the opinion of the Legal Adviser to the Foreign Ministry that settlement in the "administered territories" occupied by Israel after the war is in contravention of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. PDF >

Khartoum Resolution

September 1, 1967
Resolution passed by the Arab League in the wake of the 1967 war, and famous for the "Three Nos" articulated in the third paragraph: No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, and no negotiations with Israel. Read More >

Protection of Holy Places Law

June 27, 1967
Israel law passed in the wake of the 1967 war that guarantees protection and freedom of access for the holy sites in Jerusalem. Read More >

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194

December 11, 1948
Passed in the wake of the 1948 war, this resolution established a Conciliation Commission to facilitate peace between Israel and Arab states and includes articles on access to Jerusalem and its Holy Places, UN control of Jerusalem, and a proposed solution to the Palestinian refugee problem. Read More >

"New Palestine Party" Letter

December 4, 1948
Letter signed by notable American Jewish figures, including Albert Einstein, that warns of the "disturbing political phenomena" surrounding Menachem Begin's Herut party in Israel. The letter also describes the Deir Yassin massacre, committed in part by Begin's Irgun forces, and claims that the Herut party has previously espoused Fascist principles and endorsed terrorism. PDF >

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