Settlements in Focus, Vol. 5, Issue 3 -Top 5 Bogus Excuses for Opposing a Settlement Freeze

Issues covered include 'Natural Growth', Settlement 'Blocs', Internal vs. External Expansion, Previously approved construction, and Subsidies and incentives...

June 19, 2009

A settlement freeze is good for Israel and good for peace. Settlements are bad for Israel. They constitute a burden toIsrael's security services. They create points of friction between Israelis and Palestinians. They drain Israel's financial resources. They create a false impression that Israelis are not interested in a two-state solution.

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American Jews & Israel

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (2009)
Features a story on the wide range of American Jewish opinion on Israel, with a focus on the changing attitudes of younger Jews. Includes interviews with Rabbis, activists, professors, and other American Jews. (24:45) Watch >

Hamas: Ideological Rigidity and Political Flexibility

Paul Scham and Osama Abu-Irshaid / United States Institute of Peace (June 2009)
Analysis of Hamas' behavior from the understanding that shari'a provides the basis for the political actions that Hamas can and cannot take. Concludes that Hamas has undergone changes to the point where the group is now ready to explore arrangements that will allow it and Israel to coexist without episodic violence. PDF >

Growing Majority of Americans Oppose Israel Building Settlements

WorldPublicOpinion.org (April 29, 2009)
Finds that three-quarters of Americans think that Israel should not build settlements in the Palestinian territories, including 65% of Republicans and 83% of Democrats. Also shows that 51% express equal levels of sympathy for both Israelis and Palestinians. Read More >

Growing Majority of Americans Oppose Israel Building Settlements

World Public Opinion (2009)
Analysis of a poll showing that sixty percent (60%) of Americans believe Israel should not build settlements in the Palestinian Territories. The poll is broken down by sympathy for either side and US political party affiliation. Read More >

One Nation, Irreconcilable

James Kitfield / National Journal (April 4, 2009)
In-depth look at East Jerusalem, the actions of the settler enterprise there, and the Palestinian experience in the city. PDF >

Palestinian Refugees: The Regional Perspective

Chatham House (2009)
Report that seeks to describe the Palestinian refugee issue from a broader regional perspective which includes those of the host countries and the refugees living outside of the occupied Palestinian territory. Read More >

Secret Israeli database reveals full extent of illegal settlement

Uri Blau / Ha'aretz (January 2009)
Analysis of a secret, comprehensive government database resulting from a two-year project led by IDF Brigadier General Baruch Spiegel. It reveals that about 75 percent of settlement construction in the West Bank has been conducted without appropriate permits, and more than 30 settlements have been partly built on private Palestinian land. Read More >

Transforming America's Israel Lobby: The Limits of Its Power and the Potential for Change

Dan Fleshler | Potomac Books Inc (2009)
Book Review (Foreign Affairs) | CampusBooks

Israeli Public Opinion Polls: Opinion on Settlements and Outposts

Jewish Virtual Library (2009 - 2013)
Aggregate of polls from a variety of sources concerning topics such as the impact of settlement construction, whether to impose a settlement freeze, and support for evacuation of outposts. Read More >

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