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 >
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 >
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.
The Brookings Institution (2012)
Natan B. Sachs (Fellow, Foreign Policy, Saban Center for Middle East Policy) discusses the recent increase in settler violence, why it should be termed Terrorism, and its effect on the peace process. (11:36) Watch >
Gad Lior and Yuval Karni / Yedioth Ahronoth (August 2012)
Examination of the financial bonus that settlements enjoy compared to areas inside of the Green Line. Read More >
Zogby Research Services / The Arab American Institute (August 2012)
Finds that a plurality of Americans (40%) believe U.S. policy should steer a "middle course" between Israelis and Palestinians. Also finds strong bipartisan support for the idea that Israelis and Palestinians are "equal people entitled to equal rights," with 43% supporting a two-state solution, a shared Jerusalem, the evacuation of most settlements, and a Palestinian right of return to the new Palestinian state. Only 14% oppose such a plan. Read More >
The Calcalist / Israel News Today (2012)
Summary of a major report on government spending on settlements. Among other notable conclusions, the report shows that spending on settlements increased by 38% under the Netanyahu government (from 2010 to 2011) and totaled NIS 27 billion from 1992 to 2011. Read More >
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