Arab Attitudes: 2011

Zogby International / Arab American Institute Foundation (July 2011)
Finds that President Obama is seen overwhelmingly as failing to meet the expectations of Arabs set during his 2009 Cairo speech speech, and the vast majority of those surveyed disagree with U.S policies. In five out of the six countries surveyed, the U.S. was viewed less favorably than Turkey, China, France--or Iran. The countries surveyed viewed "U.S. interference in the Arab world" as the greatest obstacle to peace and stability in the Middle East, second only to the continued Palestinian occupation. Read More >

The Role of the Border in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Daniel Levy / The Harvard International Review (June 2011)
Examination of the history of the conflict as it relates to borders. Questions of how and to what extent are borders an integral aspect of the conflict, and how central the border issue should be to peace efforts, are also addressed. Read More >

Jerusalem: City of David

60 Minutes (2011)
Lesley Stahl reports from under the city of Jerusalem from a controversial archeological dig that has become a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (13:40) Watch >

James Carroll Extended Interview

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (2011)
Violence in Jerusalem is no surprise, says author James Carroll, "because that's the human story. The great thing about Jerusalem is it's a place where the human story gets transcended." (14:38) Watch >

Leonard Nimoy: The Logical Thing to Do

Leonard Fein

Dear Friend,

When I was a teenager, I told my dad I wanted to be an actor. In response, he gave me the only piece of advice he ever offered me--"Learn to play the accordion." And he was serious. He said, "You can always make a living with an accordion."
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Dispossession and Exploitation: Israel's Policy in the Jordan Valley and Northern Dead Sea

B'Tselem (May 2011)
Study of the various means Israel uses to ensure its control of the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea area: the land, the water sources, the tourist sites, and the natural resources. Read More >

An Uncertain Road: Testing the Durability of an Israeli-Palestinian Borders and Security Agreement

The Saban Center for Middle East Policy (May 2011)
Results of a simulation held by the Brookings Institution to test the resilience of a hypothetical agreement between Israelis and Palestinians on the issues of borders and security. Kenneth M. Pollack analyzes the simulation's implications for an Israeli-Palestinian border and security agreement. Read More >

Lifta

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly (2011)
"We are Jews. We don't have to save the Palestinian heritage," says Itzik Shweky of the Society for Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites. But an American Jew from Brooklyn says the abandoned Palestinian village of Lifta is important for Jews as well as Arabs. (8:41) Watch >

Israeli Peace Initiative

April 6, 2011
Israeli response to the Arab Peace Initiative developed with the aid of Israeli experts, and based on the known solutions to all the basic elements of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (the Clinton parameters, the proposals put forth Barak at Camp David, the Olmert and Livni understandings in the framework of the Annapolis process, the talks with Syria from the time of Rabin). Read More >

Settlements 101

Americans for Peace Now (February 2011)
APN's Ori Nir recounts the history of Israeli settlements and explains why they present a major obstacle to a two-state solution and a threat to Israel's future as a Jewish and Democratic state. (12:42) Watch >

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