Israel & Palestine

Israel and the Arab Uprisings: Challenges in a Changing Middle East

January 20, 2012

 

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Israel and the Arab Uprisings: Challenges in a Changing Middle East

Remarks to the Council on Foreign Relations:

The David Rockefeller Studies Program Roundtable Series

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Daniel Levy

Senior Research Fellow; Co-Director, Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation

Israeli Democracy in Peril

  • By
  • Daniel Levy,
  • New America Foundation
January 6, 2012 |

While 2011 will be remembered as a tumultuous year in the Middle East, that most headline-grabbing of regional issues—the Israel-Palestine conflict—barely merits a footnote. The glacial pace of developments on that front could not have been more out of sync with the surrounding frenzy. There has been no Palestinian Spring to date (although there have been weekly demonstrations in Palestinian villages impacted by Israeli land confiscations) and the entire year passed without even a day of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks (those were in part resumed on Jan.

Israeli-Palestinian Talks in Jordan: Working Hard at Treading Water

  • By
  • Daniel Levy,
  • Leila Hilal,
  • New America Foundation
January 5, 2012 |

On January 6, 2011, then Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Sharm el Sheikh in an effort to resuscitate the flagging peace process. Egypt for many years played the role of regional protector of an Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which was extremely heavy on process while being ever-more transparently light on delivering peace. It is a role that the new Egypt is unlikely to volunteer for.

The Last Straw for Bedouin in Jerusalem's Periphery?

  • By
  • Jonathan Guyer,
  • New America Foundation
December 23, 2011 |

United Nations officials have issued a warning that the Government of Israel's plans for Palestinian Bedouin communities living in Jerusalem's periphery could constitute "mass forcible transfers" and "grave breaches" of international law. A pending plan in the West Bank threatens to displace Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village of refugees originally from Israel's south, pushed off their indigenous land in the early 1950's. Khan al-Ahmar lies on the side of a major West Bank thoroughfare and is sandwiched between the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumin and Jerusalem.

Israel's Chilling Relations with the U.S.

  • By
  • Jonathan Guyer,
  • New America Foundation
December 6, 2011 |

The Israeli government has come under criticism from both the Obama administration and American Jewish communities over the past week – the latter focused on a bizarre advertisement campaign aimed at the US diaspora.

Israelis Fight Iran War Push

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
November 3, 2011 |

Every time I get depressed about politics in Israel, I try to remember one salient fact: their political system still sometimes functions better than ours.

Programs:

UN Vote Adds Little to 20 Years of Failure in Middle East Peace

  • By
  • Afshin Molavi,
  • New America Foundation
September 19, 2011 |

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's momentous decision to seek statehood at the United Nations has been interpreted in many ways: a bold, decisive move to force Israel's hand and level the playing field in future negotiations; a risky diplomatic gambit that will achieve little in the face of a certain US veto and will fuel tensions in an already volatile environment; a watershed moment in the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. Mostly, however, the move is an acknowledgement of failure.

Five Comments on Palestine Joining UNESCO

  • By
  • Daniel Levy,
  • New America Foundation
October 31, 2011 |

So the UNESCO's general conference has voted to admit Palestine as a member. The U.S. government has made good on its Congressionally-mandated commitment to withhold its dues payments to UNESCO.

U.S. Looks Increasingly Irrelevant as Mideast Peace Broker

  • By
  • Jonathan Guyer,
  • New America Foundation
October 21, 2011 |

While a growing number of influential voices here and in the region insist that the nearly 20-year, U.S.-sponsored "peace process" has reached its terminal phase, the administration of President Barack Obama remains committed to reviving direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).

"…[M]oving forward, we want to see progress on the peace talks," State Department spokesman Mark Toner has emphasised repeatedly over the last two weeks, which have seen Washington's special envoy David Hale shuttling between Jerusalem and Ramallah.

10 Comments on the Israel-Hamas Prisoner Exchange Deal

  • By
  • Daniel Levy,
  • New America Foundation
October 12, 2011 |

As temporary dwellings are erected around Israel to welcome the festival of sukkot tonight, one such tent dwelling was being dismantled -- that of the Shalit family perched opposite the Israeli Prime Minister's residence. While few if any of the names of the 1,027 Palestinian prisoners to be released in the coming days will ever be known outside of a small circle within their own community, Gilad Shalit has become a recognized name in diplomatic cables, media outlets, and even households across the world.

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