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Obstacles to peace
While settlements are definitely an issue that needs to be resolved, they are not the cause of the conflict or the main obstacle to peace.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/JCTr6nj8lN8?ecver=2

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Settlements and International Law
This professor of international law argues that settlements are legal and only prevent a two state solution if Jews are prohibited from living in a future Palestinian state.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/EeHnrpjZWwc?list=PL-DNOnmKkUaa5mASLzaUsIMJ2JZ0-i0q2

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UN Resolution 242
This video sheds light on the importance of UN Resolution 242 and how it has been interpreted by various parties in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/qOGgzynfTiw

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Final Status Issues in Negotiations
This is a good review of some of the main issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – borders, refugees, settlements, and Jerusalem.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/KNGAEvFWKzo

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Day 5 of the 1967 War
On Day of the 1967 War Egypt admitted defeat and Israel began to push Syrian forces out of the Golan Heights - an area they used to fire artillery at Israeli civilians.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/dYvyvn49NQo?list=PL-DNOnmKkUaagpJX65dCjPHf2gzdZ9LqR

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Day 6 of the 1967 War
On the final day of the 1967 War, Israel defeated Syria in the Golan Heights and stopped the attacks against its civilians. In 6 days, Israel's status in the region changed dramatically.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/BDLuvJUww2Y?list=PL-DNOnmKkUaagpJX65dCjPHf2gzdZ9LqR

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Israel and Colonialism
Criticizing Israeli policies like settlements is perfectly legitimate. Accusing Jews of being colonizers in their own homeland is not.

http://www.trustorysocial.com/app/uploads/41a76e5086814ab0b253858e94ed76ea_IsraelIndigenousRights.jpg

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Peace negotiations needed
If Israeli and Palestinian leaders can come together and negotiate a just peace, checkpoints, the Gaza blockade, and other safety measures can be removed and the issue of settlements can be resolved. That's what we need to be encouraging.

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Jews in a Palestinian state
"Why is it that Israel is expected to integrate—and does a reasonable job of including—the 20 percent of its population that is Arab, yet a Jewish presence... in any future Palestinian state is deemed “an obstacle" to the two state solution?" - Maajid Nawaz

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/30/why-did-obama-pander-to-the-un-s-stunning-anti-israel-bias.html

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Beyond the headlines
The issue of settlements is deeply complex and controversial inside and outside of Israel. It's important to understand how the people on the ground live and what their motivations are, rather than just relying on media headlines.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/meetthesettlers/

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Understanding obstacles to peace
"Settlements may be a problem, but they are certainly not the major obstacle to the peace process." - Khaled Abu Toameh, Journalist

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3008/settlements-obstacle-to-peace

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Settlements and colonialism
While West Bank settlements are definitely subject to criticism, it is not legitimate to call the people living there "colonizers". Jews are indigenous to the region, and denying their history and connection to their ancestral homeland is dehumanizing and only serves to perpetuate the conflict.

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/224254/bellerose-aboriginal-people

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Built-up Area of Settlements
According to numbers used by some of the harshest settlement critics, the built-up areas of these communities make up 1% of the West Bank. Even if you include agricultural and industrial areas connected to them, it is no more than 3%.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/1/29/1476777/-US-warns-Israel-1995-customs-rule-prohibits-settlement-products-labeled-Made-in-Israel

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Settlements and Solutions Interactive Map
This is a fascinating interactive resource which allows you to explore the issue of West Bank settlements and potential solutions that can be negotiated in a peace agreement.

https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/settlements-and-solutions

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Preserving Syrian legacies in the Golan
This is an interesting look into the Syrian military outposts and civilian structures that remain in the Golan Heights. Syrian forces used the high ground to attack Israelis living in the valley below, until Israel took control of the territory in 1967.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-the-forgotten-syrian-secrets-of-the-golan-heights-1.5478427

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