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A Tale of Two Agencies Categories: International Security, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: External author

The plight of the Palestinian refugees is, at first glance, fairly surprising. Whereas the rest of the world?s refugees are the concern of the UNHCR, the Palestinians are the sole group of refugees with a UN agency dedicated exclusively to their care: The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRW

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Filling the Void Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Michael Herzog

On September 12, the last departing Israeli forces closed the gates of Gaza behind them, followed by a salvo of Palestinian rockets aimed at southern Israel. In the unsettled aftermath of the Israeli disengagement from Gaza and parts of the northern West Bank, only one camp seems clearly to know whe

Editorial: Disengagement Disappointments Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Israel's disengagement from Gaza and the northern West Bank carries the potential to relaunch peace talks with the Palestinians and create the core of a larger Palestinian state. Israeli PM Ariel Sharon clearly implied as much at the UN on Sept. 15. However, Palestinian behaviour in recent weeks mak

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Scribblings: Bad Poetry Categories: Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Are the Palestinians going to seize the opportunity created by disengagement to advance toward their national goals by demonstrating that they are a responsible peace partner? If there are going to be further peace negotiations, the Palestinians are going to have to create a viable polity that featu

Bad Information Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians     Author: External author

A wave of journalists from around the world descended upon Israel to cover the evacuation of the Gaza settlements. The last time a media event of this scale took place in Israel was April 2002, when the IDF entered West Bank cites, including the city of Jenin, following 18 months of Palestinian terr

Gaza's Ganglands Categories: Palestinians     Author: External author

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas hastily returned to Gaza following the funeral of Saudi King Fahd during the first week of August. Abbas intended to stay in Gaza for the next few weeks during the disengagement. He is facing difficult problems in Gaza that may determine his fate. Will he

Hamas Delusion Categories: Europe, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: External author

The wishful thinking that has long characterised European diplomacy in the Middle East has made one of its periodic ocean crossings and regained a foothold in Washington. Reflecting their eagerness to see "progress" in relations between Palestinians and Israelis, some American officials have adopted

Scribblings: Total War Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

You may have read about the discouraging news that Israel captured a female suicide bomber trying to cross into Israel from Gaza on June 20. This is discouraging because the current "period of quiet" is fragile, and because no one (except some violent extremists) wants to see the renewal of violence

The Other Evacuees Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Under Israel?s disengagement plan, set to begin in early September, four Jewish settlements in the northern West Bank are to be evacuated, after the withdrawal of 21 agricultural communities and one regional town in the Gaza Strip has been completed by the Jewish New Year, October 3, 2005.

The Evacuees Categories: Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Virtually everyone agrees that Israel?s evacuation of settlements in Gaza and the northern West Bank, scheduled to begin in early September, is going to be physically difficult, emotionally fraught and that a real risk of armed violence will be present. While majority Israeli opinion has generally f

The "Return" Returns Categories: Israel, Palestinians    

The "Return" Returns Retreat from a two-state solution By Ari Shavit I couldn?t see Mustafa Barghouti?s face. In the Tel Aviv studio leased by CNN in honour of May 15, there was no monitor on which I could see my opponent speaking from Ramallah. But the earphone transmitted the message loud and

Favourite Sons Categories: Israel, Palestinians    

Favourite Sons The Military in Israeli society By Edward Bernard Glick On the eve of Israel?s Six Day War of 1967, in which Israelis expected to suffer 10,000 dead, the novelist Moshe Shamir wrote: "Between us and death stands only Zahal. Only Zahal." (Zahal is the Hebrew acronym for the IDF, o

The Shadow of Hostilities Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: External author

The countdown to disengagement began after Ariel Sharon'?s victories in two decisive Knesset votes in early April - the passing of the budget and the dumping of the referendum bill. However, since then, too many people are behaving as if the last hurdles have already been overcome, and that the morn

The Opportunity Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: External author

After four-and-a-half years of terror and violence, the proverbial stars seem to be aligned for a new push for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Unlike his predecessor, the newly elected Palestinian Authority (PA) president, Mahmoud Abbas, stresses the importance of peaceful problem s

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