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Peace Now's Price Tag tour, 31 January 2014. Price Tag graffiti on a Palestinian house near Maale Levona: "Jews Wake Up!", "Death to Arabs", "Revenge!"

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

The 'Price' of Radical Flanks and the Conflict in Gaza

| July 11, 2014

"...[A]lthough the leaderships of Israel and the Palestinians did not order these killings, it also true that these attacks are symptoms of a broader phenomenon: Radical flank groups that are willing to take risks to capture territory or coerce the enemy to the (potential) benefit of their movements, but whose extreme rhetoric and actions can also blacken their reputation and chain-gang them into undesirable conflicts."

Journal Article - Washington Quarterly

The Sum of all Fears: Israel’s Perception of a Nuclear-Armed Iran

| Summer 2013

President Rouhani's initiative to restart nuclear negotiations has been met with deep skepticism in Israel. Haifa University political scientist Ehud Eiran and MTA Executive Director Martin Malin suggest in the current issue of The Washington Quarterly that Israel's framing of, and response to, the Iranian nuclear program is a product of four distinct fears: existential threat, strategic risk, socio-economic erosion, and a challenge to founding principles. Understanding the sources and consequences of these fears can help policy makers avoid dangerous pitfalls and missed opportunities in their response to the current Iranian initiative.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, center, arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sep. 19, 2010. Lieberman says he wants to redraw Israel's borders to exclude some of the country's Arab citizens.

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Analysis & Opinions - Haaretz

What Makes Alliances Last

| March 18, 2011

"...[W]e cannot rest on our laurels. Just as our non-democratic neighbors may become more democratic, we risk becoming less so. A host of legislative measures, attacks on academics in universities, and openly discriminatory calls by religious and political leaders suggest that our commitment to an open society that respects minority rights may be weakening."

The West Bank Jewish settlement of Modiin Ilit is seen in the background while Palestinian teenagers gather before a weekly protest against Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank town of Bilin, Feb. 18, 2011.

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Journal Article - Israel Studies Forum

Explaining the Settlement Project: We Know More, But What More Should We Know?

| Winter 2010

"...the settlement project was a secondary issue on the overly packed agenda of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Indeed, compared to the matters that have weighed on the relationship over the years, such as the decades-long mutual non-recognition, the settlement issue was perceived as a subset of the future borders demarcation question. This situation is no longer the case."

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton looks on as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands as she hosts the re-launch of direct negotiations, Sep. 2, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Providence Journal

The Kosovo Model for Mideast Peace

| November 12, 2010

"...the U.N.- led negotiation about Kosovo's status failed in 2007, but the two-year process that resulted in this failure also paved the way to the outcome that many parties preferred, an independent Kosovo. The U.N.'s achievement was to put in place the basic building blocks that would make an independent Kosovo more feasible. For example, in the course of the status talks, the Kosovars agreed to guarantee certain rights to the Serb minority there, thus removing a significant hurdle for independence."

Israeli youths release doves and balloons during a rally in support of the Israeli army following a deadly raid by Israel's navy on an aid flotilla bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip, June 2, 2010.

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Analysis & Opinions - Newsweek

Lost Tribe

| June 5, 2010

"Actions like the killings aboard the Gaza aid ship do nothing to ameliorate this situation; they only create new sources of resistance. The blockade that brought about the flotilla is dehumanizing, barely justified on security grounds. It is imposed against the same people who hold the key to our legitimacy, at least in the eyes of the millions of Arabs who surround us. The killing of several Turks deeply corrodes Israel's relationship with Ankara, the only capital in the region that did not wait for Palestinian approval to engage in a meaningful relationship with the Jewish state. Wide international condemnation has already slowed efforts at the United Nations to tighten sanctions on Iran. How long can our modern-day Sparta live by its sword, when the sword creates new difficulties?"

Palestinian Hamas supporters gather in Gaza's seaport to protest Israel's interception of Gaza-bound ships near the seaport in Gaza City, May 31, 2010.

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Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

End the Siege, but Keep Arms Out

| June 1, 2010

"Israel is a world expert in border control. It can ease the suffering in Gaza, while deploying effective strategies, technologies and alliances (most of all, with Egypt) to maintain low levels of arms imports into Gaza. Any other route would not only be morally difficult; it would fail to serve Israel's strategic goals."

An opponent to Israel's disengagement plan talks to soldiers in southern Israel as he tries to persuade them to disobey orders pertaining to blocking protesters trying to reinforce Gaza settlers who vowed to resist evacuation, July 20, 2005.

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Journal Article - Harvard Negotiation Law Review

Politics and the 2005 Gaza and North West Bank Compensation and Assistance Facility

| Winter 2009

This paper explores and analyzes the claims and assistance facility created by Israel in order to compensate and aid these relocated settlers, and makes two contributions. First, it investigates the structural features of the claims and assistance facility. Second, it explores the effect of politics on the development, construction, and implementation of the facility. Rather than creating, as in most facilities, a mechanism to redress an injury already suffered, the Israeli government developed ted a compensation mechanism for a future injury that the government itself was about to cause. This situation contributed to the politicization of the facility and put the settlers in the impossible position of wanting to prevent the injury in the first place, while still having adequate compensation should the injury be unstoppable.

Palestinians chant slogans as Israeli soldiers stand guard during a rally against Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank village of Maasarah, July 17, 2009. Israel says the barrier is necessary for security while Palestinians call it a land grab.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Providence Journal

What Israel Needs from Palestinians

| July 26, 2009

"The demand for recognition as articulated by Prime Minister Netanyahu leaves more to be desired. While he demanded recognition for Israel, he granted none to the Palestinians. If Israel's prime minister wanted the most basic aspects of his people's national story acknowledged, he should have reciprocated in kind."

Palestinian police officers on patrol on a balcony overlooking the Aida Refugee camp in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, during a visit by Pope Benedict XVI May 13, 2009.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Providence Journal

The Two-State Trap in the Mideast

| June 6, 2009

"...A weak (or even worse, a failed) Palestinian state next to Israel will most likely lead not to the end of violence, but rather to its perpetuation. This is also a dangerous dichotomy, as it does not leave room for failure despite the fact that failure may come. The Palestinian national movement is deeply divided, and the Israeli public fears — based on the lessons of the withdrawals from Lebanon and Gaza — that leaving the West Bank would compromise its security. The logical conclusion from presenting a binary map for the future — two states or war — when a two-state option is highly unlikely, is that the proposed frame has a great potential to destabilize the situation, rather than calm it.