Growing Majority of Americans Oppose Israel Building Settlements (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 >

Israeli Threat Assessment

December 8, 2008
Classified U.S. diplomatic cables containing an account of Rep. Robert Wexler's meeting with Israel Defense Intelligence Director Yadlin in which Yadlin outlines the imminent threats to Israeli security. Yadlin identifies Palestinian terrorism as the fourth highest priority threat that Israel faces, following Iran, Syria and Hezbollah. Read Document >

God's Jewish Warriors

CNN (11/29/2008)
Christiane Amanpour explores Jewish extremism in Israel, with a look the founding of the Israel settlement enterprise, US organizations' support for settlements, the influence of Meir Kahane, and the actions of the Jewish Underground and others. Features interviews with Shimon Peres, Hanan Porat, Yehuda Etzion, Gershom Gorenberg, former Peace Now Settlements Watch Director Dror Etkes, and Jerusalem expert Danny Seidemann. (1:27:13) Watch >

Israel is a flower


Dear Friend,

Israel is a flower -- perhaps the greatest -- of the Jewish imagination. Over the course of two millennia of exile, a vision of Israel endured. It has taken on forms that were fantastic and humble, dreamlike as prophecy and prosaic as a hammer and nails. The capacity for bringing forth a world from the imagination -- a better world, a land of peace and plenty and freedom from the terrors and indignities of exile -- is part of our heritage as Jewish writers, and in our work we draw strength from that heritage every time we sit down at the computer to write. But as anyone might attest whose Bubbe ever warned him or her, as ours did us, to avoid walking over manhole covers, playing with sticks, or swimming after eating, the Jewish imagination is also a powerful tool for the envisioning of future disaster. In this darker guise, the Jewish imagination has fueled the vivid nightmares of our people from the ghettoes of Europe to the far-fetched claims of today's email fear-mongerers; and of course many of those dark imaginings of the Jewish future have also, tragically, been realized over the years.

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