Faith Misplaced: The Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations; 1820-2001

Ussama Makdisi | PublicAffairs (2010)
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From Three No's to Three Yes's

Elie Podeh / Sharqiyya: Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (Fall 2010)
Analysis of the 2002 Arab Peace Plan, including the main considerations and assumptions upon which it is based. Also discusses Israeli apathy toward the plan and recommended measures for overcoming this sentiment. (PDF)

Governing Palestinian Refugee Camps in the Arab East

Issam Fares Institute (2010)
Study that seeks to clarify the relationship between power, sovereignty, and space in Palestinian refugee camps. Examines how a camp is managed in terms of its relationship with the legal authorities and local municipalities of the host country, as well as the internal relationships between the groups within the camps (PDF).

Israeli Settlers and Palestinians

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (September 2010)
PBS examines how Palestinians and Israeli settlers share water resources- just one of the contentious issues in the fierce debate over Israeli settlements in the West Bank. (7:30) Watch >

Settlements 101

What is a settlement?

"Settlement" is the term used to denote Israeli civilian communities built in territory conquered by Israel in the Six Day War (June 1967). This territory is comprised of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula. These neighborhoods have been a major issue in the peace process since 1967 and remain highly controversial.

Settlements in the Sinai were evacuated and destroyed in 1979, following Israel's historic peace agreement with Egypt and the return of the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt.

Settlements in the Gaza Strip were evacuated and destroyed as part of Israel's unilateral "disengagement" from Gaza in 2005.

Therefore, today settlements only exist in the Golan Heights and the West Bank (including East Jerusalem).

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The Jordanian-Israeli Relationship: The Reality of "Cooperation"

Farooq Mitha / Middle East Policy Council (2010)
Analysis of the Jordanian-Israeli relationship in the context of comprehensive regional peace. Also pinpoints critical issues that created roadblocks to a warm peace, suggests methods for overcoming these obstacles, and considers how this relationship can influence the search for comprehensive peace in the region. (read more)

By Hook and By Crook: Israeli Settlement Policy in the West Bank

B'tselem (July 2010)
Comprehensive report, based on official state data and documents, that analyzes the means employed by Israel to gain control of land for building the settlements. The report is an update to B'telem's "Land Grab" (2002). Read More >

Economic Dimensions of a Two-State Solution between Israel and Palestine, Vol. II

Aix Group (June 2010)
Five-part report on the economic dimensions of final status issues. Includes sections on the asymmetry between Israel and the Palestinians, a territorial link between the West Bank and Gaza, the Jordan Valley's potential for the Palestinian economy, and Palestinian refugees. PDF >

An Hour with Hamas leader with Khaled Meshaal

Charlie Rose (2010)
The Hamas chairman, who has been the group's political leader since 2004, discusses his beliefs and opinions, the nature and actions of Hamas, and claims that Hamas would accept a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders if approved by popular referendum. (53:27) Watch >

Israel's Holy Warriors

Eyal Press / The New York Review of Books (April 29, 2010)
Describes the impact of the decreasing trend of secular Israelis voluntarily joining the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), who are being replaced by more religious Israelis. Read More >

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