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Israel’s Gatekeepers Israel’s Gatekeepers
Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The Gatekeepers is not a history of Israel's security service, its operations and directors, but a political plea for the evacuation of the West Bank, the creation of a Palestinian state, and the suppression of Israeli’s religious settler movement.
Why Israel’s Gaze Has Turned Inward Why Israel’s Gaze Has Turned Inward
Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Yiftach Ofek | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

“It takes two to tango,” goes the oft-quoted idiom.  Without a reliable Palestinian partner, the Israeli public seems to have chosen to dance with itself. 
Israel’s Friends in Gaza Israel’s Friends in Gaza
Thursday, November 29, 2012 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Hamas was quick to declare victory in the latest conflict with Israel.   A closer look at the price it paid in terms of personnel and equipment shows that its bravado was false.
Who’s Against a Two-State Solution? Who’s Against a Two-State Solution?
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 by Efraim Karsh | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

"Two states, living side by side in peace and security." This, in the words of President Barack Obama, is the solution to the century-long conflict between Jews and Palestinian Arabs in the Middle East. Washington is fully and determinedly on board. So are the Europeans. The UN and the "international community" vociferously agree. Successive governments of the state of Israel have shown their support for the idea. So far, there is—just as there has always been—only one holdout.
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Fatah’s Two Faces , MEMRI. On Nakba Day, Mahmoud Abbas endorses a two-state solution even as his party refuses to recognize the Jewish state and claims a right, which “never expires,” of return to Israeli land.
After Fayyad Elliott Abrams, Weekly Standard. Salam Fayyad's resignation as Palestinian prime minister signals the failure of his proactive approach to state-building—and the return of corruption and mob rule.
Palestinians against Peace Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute. A peace deal negotiated between Israel and Mahmoud Abbas would be opposed by Hamas, the Palestinian people, and even parts of the Palestinian Authority.
Arafat's Intifada Jonathan D. Halevi, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. A recent Israeli documentary argued that the Second Intifada was a spontaneous uprising, not instigated by the Palestinian Authority.  But substantial testimony from the PA at the time shows otherwise.
Polling the Palestinians Rick Richman, Commentary. Over half of Palestinians would oppose a two-state solution, even if Israel withdrew from 97% of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to a recent opinion poll.
Not So Fast Alan Baker, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Now that the dust has cleared after the Palestinians’ recent UN status upgrade, it is clear that they remain in no position, politically or morally, to declare statehood.
Exit Left Josef Olmert, Times of Israel. Despite the conflict in Gaza, the West Bank has remained quiet—in part thanks to the PA. Does this mean that once the dust settles, Netanyahu will be expected to make concessions to Abbas? 
An Arab View Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute. "Anyone who talks about peace with Israel is a traitor and a collaborator; but anyone who calls for the destruction of Israel and fires rockets at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is a hero."
Fatah’s Uncertain Future Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, American Spectator. With the Palestinian Authority saying one thing to Israel and another to its grassroots in Fatah, it may not be long before Fatah turns against it—in armed struggle.
A Martyr’s Death for Arafat? Alex Fishman, YNet. Despite the most recent conspiracy theory, Fatah’s old guard has much greater reason to claim that Yasser Arafat was poisoned than Israel ever had to assassinate him.