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The Gaza Problem Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This first Update of 2011 contains two new pieces on the always troublesome situation in Gaza, especially in the wake of escalating violence sparked by rocket fire into Israel from there in late December.

Essay: "Refugeeism" Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Michael Bernstam

Though pundits focus on the question of settlements or the current temperature of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, UNRWA's institutionalisation of refugee-cum-military camps is the principal obstacle to peace in the Middle East.

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Beyond the Freeze Deal Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

The recent announcement that the US Obama Administration has ended efforts to negotiate a 90-day extension of Israel's moratorium on West Bank settlement construction is more opportunity than embarrassment.

Editorial: An overdue US policy reset Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

There is no reason to believe that a second moratorium on construction in settlements would have led to a breakthrough. The Palestinian Authority (PA) repeatedly asserted that it would not agree to resume talks for a mere extension of the previous freeze, which ended in September. In that phase, the

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Peace Prospects: Impasse, impossible or improving? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update continues the theme of analysing the latest impasse in Israeli-Palestinian peace making. We begin with Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon who, in his usual direct manner, nails the issue: that Palestinians have retreated from previous agreed-upon positions, remain obstructio

Scribblings: Firing Offence Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Whitley carefully specified he was not presenting UNRWA's political position, and made clear his primary concern was the current welfare of the generations of Palestinians still living in a "state of limbo" more than 60 years after their ancestors left what is today Israel. But his remarks noneth

New Terrorism Trends/ Palestinian Refugees Categories: Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

With additional terrorism attempts again in the news, first a bombing plot on Washington subways, and then an apparent attempt to bring down cargo planes with package bombs from Yemen, plus earlier reported efforts to stage Mumbai-style attacks in Europe, this Update concentrates on new trends in te

Getting Abbas to the Table Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Kenneth Bandler

It is annoyingly predictable. When progress towards Israeli-Palestinian peace emerges, Mahmoud Abbas issues demands and threats, while world leaders scramble to appease him. So, once again, we await the Palestinian Authority president's decision.

Editorial: A Jewish, Democratic State Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

A furore has erupted in Israeli and foreign media over Israel's self-description as a Jewish and democratic state, its demand that Palestinians recognise this as part of a final peace and a proposed amendment to an existing oath of loyalty for naturalised Israeli citizens to include the phrase 'Jewi

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