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The arab israeli conflict

The Arab-Israeli Conflict

Part 2

CFR Crisis Guide: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict –

What s the message here
What’s the Message Here?

Daly Show on Arab-Israeli Conflict

What are the unresolved issues
What are the Unresolved Issues?

What are the



preventing a

final peace



Israel and



President Obama with Israeli Prime Minister

Benjamin Netanyahu and

Palestinian President Malmond Abbas.

Unresolved issue 1 the p ermanent borders of a future palestinian state
Unresolved Issue # 1The Permanent Borders of a Future Palestinian State

  • Palestinians want Israel to with-

    draw to pre-1967 borders and

    the establishment of a sovereign

    Palestinian state in the West Bank

    and Gaza.

  • Israel still occupies parts of the

    West Bankand has annexed some

    parts that it insists it will never

    give up.

Protests against israeli occupation of west bank territory
Protests Against Israeli Occupation of West Bank Territory

The issue of israeli settlements
The Issue of Israeli Settlements

  • 300,000 Israeli settlers now

    live in West Bank along with

    2.2 million Palestinians.

  • Israel has annexed some West

    Bank territory and insists on

    keeping its major settlements.

  • These Israeli settlements in

    the West Bank complicate peace


The arab israeli conflict

Israel continues to expand old settlements and construct new ones today.

Israeli west bank settlements
Israeli West Bank Settlements

News report on settlement issue

Helecoptor Tour Over West Bank

Unresolved issue 2 palestinian refugees and the right of return
Unresolved Issue # 2 NegotiationsPalestinian Refugees and the Right of Return

  • Four million displaced Palestinians

    living in refugee camps today in

    occupied territories and neighboring

    Arab states.

  • Palestinians want refugees or their

    descendants to be able to return to

    homes and land they lost in 1948.

  • Israel rejects right of refugees to

    return to Israel. Would threaten the

    existence of Israel as a Jewish state.

Unresolved issue 3 control of east jerusalem
Unresolved Issue # 3 NegotiationsControl of East Jerusalem

  • Palestinians want East Jerusalem

    as the capital of their future state.

  • Israel’s annexed East Jerusalem

    and vows it will never give it up.

  • Residents of East Jerusalem are

    mostly Palestinians, but 250,000

    Israelis now live there as well.

Unresolved issue 4 israel s security
Unresolved Issue # 4 NegotiationsIsrael’s Security

How to guarantee

security of Israel’s

borders if radical

groups like Hamas

and Hezbollah

refuse to recognize

Israel’s right to

exist ?

Obama and the israeli palestinian conflict
Obama and Negotiationsthe Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Obama and Israeli Prime Minister

Benjamin Netanyahu

September 2010 obama convened new peace talks
September, 2010 NegotiationsObama Convened New Peace Talks

  • First direct talks between Israel and Palestinians in two years .

  • Stated goal was to “create a sovereign Palestinian state beside a secure Israel within one year.”

Israeli Prime Minister

Benjamin Netanyahu


Palestinian President


September 2010 peace talks quickly broken down
September, 2010 NegotiationsPeace Talks Quickly Broken Down

  • Peace talks broke down within

    weeks over the settlement issue.

  • Talks remain stalled today.

  • Palestinians insist they won’t

    return to talks until Israel halts

    building of new settlements.

  • Israel insists on talks without

    any preconditions.

May 2011 palestinian rapprochement
May 2011 NegotiationsPalestinian Rapprochement

  • Fatah and Hamas signed

  • reconciliation agreement.

  • Cited their common goal

  • of resistance to Israeli

  • occupation.

  • Reflects Fatah’s growing

  • frustration with stalled

  • peace process.

U s israeli relations tension over settlements
U.S.-Israeli Relations NegotiationsTension Over Settlements

  • Obama opposes expansion of

    existing Israeli settlements or

    the building of any new ones.

  • Israel refuses to stop building

    new housing in East Jerusalem

    or the West Bank.

U s israeli relations tension over borders
U.S.-Israeli Relations NegotiationsTension over Borders

  • Obama endorsed the Palestinian position

  • that borders should be based on 1967 lines

  • with “mutually agreed swaps” of land.

  • Led to tense meeting b/

  • Netanyahu and Obama

  • at White House and Netanyahu publically rejecting the idea.

PBS Report on May 2011

Meeting (5:00)

September 2011 palestinians seek un recognition
September, 2011 NegotiationsPalestinians Seek UN Recognition

  • Palestinians sought UN’s recognition of Palestinian as a full-member state.

  • Wanted recognition of state consisting of all of West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

  • Bid failed because it lacked of support in the UN Security Council (+ U.S. veto threat).

November 2012 un general assembly recognizes palestine as non member observer state
November, 2012 NegotiationsUN General Assembly Recognizes Palestine as Non-member Observer State

  • Move strongly opposed by Israel and the US.

  • Vote was 138-9 in favor, with 41 nations abstaining.

  • Palestinians can now take part in UN debates.

  • Opponents say a Palestinian state should emerge only from bilateral negotiations with Israel.

CNN report on

meaning of UN

Vote (3:21)