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Senat Policy Papers: 2000
The Current Conflict between Israel and the Palestinians: The Options Available

Senat #128, November 2000

ABSTRACT

The events, clashes, and exchanges of fire witnessed over the past few weeks in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem have brought Israeli-Palestinian relations to a new juncture. For the majority of the Palestinian public and leadership, the deterioration came as a total surprise. However, for those at the extreme poles of Israel’s political map, these events had been anticipated well in advance.

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The Palestinian and Israeli Economies: The Price of Separation

Senat #127, November 2000

ABSTRACT

Among the several reasons motivating the outbreak of the Intifada during the declining days of 1987, socio-economic factors occupied a prominent place. During that period, the Palestinian Authority as a formal governing entity did not yet exist. Furthermore, the Palestinian population’s economic dependence on Israel was almost absolute. With the signing of the Oslo Agreements and the establishment of the Palestinian Authority, the scope of the Palestinian economy could be delineated more accurately. The degree of damage brought on by these and other events could then be estimated. It soon became clear that the Israeli economy would likewise suffer negative impacts from such disruptions. The consequences of those events leads us to the necessary conclusion that if the planned separation between the two economies is implemented, the economic damages to both economies will snowball.

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The Palestinian Refugees: Some Major Factors Defining the Issue

Senat #119, November 2000

ABSTRACT

The Oslo Agreement stipulated that one of the issues to be negotiated by Israel and the PLO within the framework of a Permanent Status Agreement is that of the Palestinian refugees. The two sides agreed that the term "Palestinian refugee" pertains to those members of the Palestinian population that became refugees as a result of the war waged in Eretz Israel/Palestine in 1947-1949.

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Israel Negotiations with the Palestinians: What are the Prospects for Signing a Permanent Status Agreement in Just Five Months?

Senat #114, May 2000

ABSTRACT

The three meetings held between Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Chairman Yassir Arafat during the first week of March, and the renewal of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Washington, barely released some of the tremendous tension that has been accumulating in the Palestinian Authority (PA) during recent months. It is reasonable to assume that in the absence of these events, the PA would have witnessed a massive outburst following the visit of Pope John Paul II.

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Water and the Syrian-Israeli Negotiations

Senat #110, April 2000

ABSTRACT

As the inauguration of the peace talks between Israel and Syria approached, during the Sheppardstown round of talks, public and political interest turned to water as a key issue in the negotiations. Israel’s and Syria’s divergent attitudes to water should be viewed against a background populated not only by security issues, border alignments, and water as important factors in the negotiations, but also, apparently, by beliefs, emotions, and even phobias that have penetrated the issue over the decades.

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The Syrian and Israel Peace Talks: The End of the Dispute?

Senat #102, January 2000

ABSTRACT

On 15 December 1999, the peace talks between Syria and Israel resumed in Washington. They had been halted by Israel in March 1996 after Damascus refused to condemn the Hamas terrorist attacks that had rocked Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in the preceding months.

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