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Bringing Back the Palestinian Refugee Question

Middle East Report N°156, 9 October 2014

Yusra Yousef, a 77-year-old Palestinian refugee, holds a key she says belongs to a house her family were forced to leave after the establishment of Israel in 1948, as she poses for a photograph ahead of Nakba Day in Qalandiya Refugee Camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 13, 2013.With Palestinians increasingly doubtful that the refugee question can be resolved within a two-state framework, the Palestinian leadership should seek to reinvigorate refugee communities as well as to reclaim its representation of them. When diplomacy emerges from its hiatus, the leadership will be able to negotiate and implement a peace agreement only if it wins refugees’ support or at least acquiescence. 

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Bringing Back the Palestinian Refugee Question, Middle East Report N°156, 9 Oct 2014

With Palestinians increasingly doubtful that the refugee question can be resolved within a two-state framework, the Palestinian leadership should seek to reinvigorate refugee communities as well as to reclaim its representation of them. When diplomacy emerges from its hiatus, the leadership will be able to negotiate and implement a peace agreement only if it wins refugees’ support or at least acquiescence. 

Gaza and Israel: New Obstacles, New Solutions, Middle East Briefing N°39, 14 Jul 2014

To break the violent impasse, Israel must change its policy toward Hamas and work toward a lasting ceasefire, recognising how much its own stability depends on the stability of Gaza.

The Next Round in Gaza, Middle East Report N°149, 25 Mar 2014

With Hamas’s fortunes on the decline and Gaza suffering its worst isolation and economic constriction in years, it is only a matter of time until a flare-up with Israel escalates into a major conflagration – unless the two reach a modest understanding to extend a fragile quiet.

Leap of Faith: Israel’s National Religious and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Middle East Report N°147, 21 Nov 2013

For peace talks to produce an agreement enjoying maximum legitimacy, Israel’s national-religious community should be engaged lest it obstruct the path to peace. עברית

Buying Time? Money, Guns and Politics in the West Bank, Middle East Report N°142, 29 May 2013

The West Bank is experiencing rising instability and insecurity that palliative measures can help contain but can neither reverse nor end in the absence of a broad political settlement.

Extreme Makeover? (II): The Withering of Arab Jerusalem, Middle East Report N°135 , 20 Dec 2012

The announcement of significant new Israeli settlement construction in East Jerusalem has put the spotlight on the city, but the changes it has undergone since 2000, when the parties first negotiated its fate, are far broader and have far deeper roots. Israelis, Palestinians and the international community must adjust their strategies accordingly, or Arab East Jerusalem will continue its perilous decline, with catastrophic consequences for all.

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Extreme Makeover? (I): Israel’s Politics of Land and Faith in East Jerusalem, Middle East Report N°134, 20 Dec 2012

The announcement of significant new Israeli settlement construction in East Jerusalem has put the spotlight on the city, but the changes it has undergone since 2000, when the parties first negotiated its fate, are far broader and have far deeper roots. Israelis, Palestinians and the international community must adjust their strategies accordingly, or Arab East Jerusalem will continue its perilous decline, with catastrophic consequences for all.

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Israel and Hamas: Fire and Ceasefire in a New Middle East, Middle East Report N°133, 22 Nov 2012

The latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas must move beyond the quick-fix solutions of conflicts past, or the seeds of a future flare-up will be sown today.

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Light at the End of their Tunnels? Hamas & the Arab Uprisings, Middle East Report N°129, 14 Aug 2012

New dynamics in the Arab world present opportunities for Hamas and the West to redefine their relationship, but it will take a far greater display of pragmatism and realism than either has exhibited.

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Palestinians and the End of the Peace Process, Middle East Report N°122, 7 May 2012

Israelis, Palestinians and the international community should reconsider the basic pillars of the Middle East Process, which in its current form will not yield a durable agreement.

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Israel/Palestine

Operation Pillar of Defense: Costs & Consequences
16 Nov 2012: Robert Blecher, Israel/Palestine Project Director, discusses the local and regional consequences of the ongoing fighting in Gaza.

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Palestinian women hold pictures of their sons, who are held in Israeli jails, during a demonstration calling for their release at the International Red Cross headquarters in Gaza City October 17, 2011.

Hamas and Israel: The Prisoner Swap

21 October 2011:
Israel and Hamas reached a prisoner swap deal mediated by Egypt to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for the release of more than one thousand Palestinian prisoners in Israel. Robert Blecher, Crisis Group’s Arab-Israeli Project Director, speaks about the timing and significance of this deal, and whether it will advance peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. Listen

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