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What Gazans Want

What Gazans Want

As the war between Israel and Hamas nears the two-week mark, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) released the results of a very relevant poll. A survey of Palestinians conducted from June 15 to June 17 found that 70 percent of Gaza respondents agreed that Hamas should maintain a cease-fire with Israel both in the […]

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Israeli Officials, Jewish Organizations Condemn Murder of Palestinian Teen

Israeli Officials, Jewish Organizations Condemn Murder of Palestinian Teen

Credit: AFP Over the weekend Israeli officials confirmed that Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian teen who was found last week in a Jerusalem forest beaten and burnt to death, was likely murdered by Jewish Israelis who were seeking revenge for the recent kidnapping and killing of Gilaad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrah by Palestinians. […]

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Contadictory Signals from Palestinian Authority on Abduction of Israelis

Contadictory Signals from Palestinian Authority on Abduction of Israelis

By now, everyone has heard about the abduction of three Israeli teenagers on Thursday night in the Gush Etzion area of the West Bank. Everyone has heard the reports about one of the kidnapped teenagers calling Israeli police shortly after being kidnapped to ask for help and the slow response of the Israeli police. Everyone […]

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What Now? American-Israeli Relations until 2016

What Now? American-Israeli Relations until 2016

A persistent question has emerged among pundits of the Arab-Israeli conflict over the past few weeks: Now that the Kerry-driven peace process has come to an end with no tangible results, what will the United States do? What does the Obama Administration intend to do in the next two and a half years vis-a-vis the […]

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Apathy on Negotiated Two-State Solution Prevails

Apathy on Negotiated Two-State Solution Prevails

Developments in the Palestinian-Israeli arena over the past few weeks have moved dazzlingly fast. Almost every 24 hour period saw a different story in the headlines: Kerry’s apartheid (the “A-word”) comments, the Fatah-Hamas unity deal, Abbas’s public condemnation of the Holocaust, ‘price tag’ attacks against Israeli-Arabs inside Israel, and of course the breakdown of negotiations. […]

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Extending the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Extending the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

  A notable poll of Palestinians was published a month ago that did not receive much attention. The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Policy and Survey Research Center (PSR) in Ramallah, found that a majority of Palestinians support extending the peace talks with Israel past the April 29th deadline if Israel partially halts settlement construction […]

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Palestinian, Israeli Leaders Showing They Do Not Want to Pay the Price for a Two-State Solution

Palestinian, Israeli Leaders Showing They Do Not Want to Pay the Price for a Two-State Solution

The floundering Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has put a simple fact into full view: Despite sizable constituencies among both the Israeli and Palestinian publics that support a two-state solution – which I have discussed in previous articles – the internal pressures that both the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships feel can be so acute as to derail […]

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Game-Changing Power: Netanyahu and the Two-State Solution

Game-Changing Power: Netanyahu and the Two-State Solution

In a recent post on this site, Samantha Quint intelligently analyzed the recent poll on peace issues (among other topics) carried out by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI). There was one finding in the survey in particular that I would like to expand upon here, because I believe it bears significant weight and could have […]

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Obama Greets Netanyahu with Notable Interview

Obama Greets Netanyahu with Notable Interview

The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that began in July of last year are closing in on the nine-month deadline set by their organizer, Secretary of State John Kerry. With this backdrop, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled meeting with President Obama this week at the White House takes on special significance. The President has been noticeably […]

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Israel, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Obama

Israel, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Obama

Credit: PostonPolitics.blogspot.com On January 13, Marvin Kalb, a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, published an interesting post on his blog on the think tank’s website. Kalb contended that in order for Israel to stir up the peace process pot, it should publicly accept the 1967 lines as the basis for a permanent peace […]

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The Two-State Solution: Achieving Majority Support Among Israelis and Palestinians

The Two-State Solution: Achieving Majority Support Among Israelis and Palestinians

Credit: Xandernieuws.punt.nl In July, I wrote a blog post that commented on a couple of polls that had recently been conducted which seemed to contradict themselves. One poll, commissioned by the Israel Peace Initiative and conducted by the Israeli company New Wave Research, had found that a majority of Israelis support the amended Arab Peace […]

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Do Palestinians Accept the Two-State Solution?

Do Palestinians Accept the Two-State Solution?

Working on an essay on Israeli and Palestinian public opinion on the two-state solution as a Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), I have been looking at many polls. Therefore, I was very interested in an article posted by Jennifer Rubin on her blog for the Washington Post last week. Entitled “Maybe […]

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“Mapgate”? Professor’s Map Leaves Israel Out

“Mapgate”? Professor’s Map Leaves Israel Out

Credit: Wikimedia Commons An Arabic-language professor at San Diego State University (SDSU) recently handed out an interesting map of the Arabic-speaking world to students on the second day of class. In it, the territory that makes up the state of Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip was labeled simply as “Palestine.” This provoked several […]

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Palestine, Israel, Hope and Uncertainty

Palestine, Israel, Hope and Uncertainty

Credit: frontporchaustin.org In just the past ten days, irate Palestinian negotiators briefly suspended peace talks after an Israeli army raid in the Qalandiya refugee camp ended with the deaths of three Palestinians, the pro-peace organization Minds of Peace held a public summit between regular Israelis and Palestinians in the streets of Jerusalem and signed a […]

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On the Ground in Egypt: Two Views from Two Egyptians

On the Ground in Egypt: Two Views from Two Egyptians

Credit: Wikimedia Commons Ramy Peter and Yazan Amin,* both Egyptian, spent five weeks in America over the summer on a program called the Study of the U.S. Institute on Religious Pluralism and Democracy (based in Philadelphia), where they studied religious pluralism, democracy and dialogue. They have been back in Egypt since late July. Peter, 22, […]

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About the Author

Justin Scott Finkelstein
Justin Scott Finkelstein

Justin Finkelstein recently received a Master's degree from New York University in Near Eastern Studies. He has spent most of his academic career and thereafter studying the Arab-Israeli conflict. His Master's thesis explored and analyzed the competing histories of the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem (1947-1949) and the potential for its solution.

He is currently a Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia. He has traveled to both Israel and Morocco and has attended the Middlebury Arabic School program.

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