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Senat Policy Papers: 2007
Jerusalem – Between the Defensive Barrier and a Settlement or an "Historical Basin" and an "Outlying Neighbourhood"

Senat #329, November 2007

ABSTRACT

The new borders of Jerusalem, established after the Six Day War, were meant to further the Israeli capital's political and defensive prospects given any settlement with Jordan more than to emphasize its new or historical municipal boundaries, established prior to the city's imposed division in 1948. Defensible territory, enhancement of Jewish demographic superiority by attaching open spaces for the construction of new Jewish neighbourhoods, a municipal airport, a Jewish cemetery, the economic isolation of Jerusalem from the West Bank, and land ownership were the main considerations that motivated Israel's government to approve, only 17 days after the war, the proposal forwarded by the Special Commission to extend Jerusalem's jurisdiction by 70,000 dunams (1 dunam=1,000 sq.m.) in the direction of the West Bank.

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In Preparation for the Annapolis Peace Conference

Senat #328, November 2007

ABSTRACT

 

The current state of affairs indicates that the Annapolis peace conference will be held in a number of weeks. A detailed schedule has yet to be confirmed, nor has an agenda or list of invitees despite the sincere desire and sense of urgency expressed by the main actors, Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas as well as their broker, Condoleeza Rice, who enjoys total support from President Bush.

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The Gaza Strip and the West Bank – Two Sides of the Same Political Coin

Senat #322, July 2007

ABSTRACT

It is to the long-term interest of Israel's and the PLO to include Hamas in the governmental entity representing the Palestinian people because, inter alia, this entity will be responsible for signing the Permanent Agreement that determines the conditions under which the refugees' right of return will be effectively renounced.  In the short term, it will therefore be to Israel's benefit to work with Hamas for the purpose of introducing stability and calm in Gaza. Only such dialogue will be able to guarantee the time required for the rehabilitation of the PLO by means of a string of measures, at the centre of which lies renewed negotiations. By facilitating the transformation of the PLO into an effective alternative to Hamas, these measures will further implementation of a permanent agreement

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