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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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1967 War
This is a good overview of the 1967 War, including the events leading up to it and the consequences.

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

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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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Day 1 of the 1967 War
On Day 1 of the 1967 War, Israel destroyed 2/3 of the Egyptian air force. At the same time, Jordan ignored Israeli pleas to stay out of the war and launched strikes against Israeli cities.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/1dqd3XPIQKI?list=PL-DNOnmKkUaagpJX65dCjPHf2gzdZ9LqR

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Day 2 of the 1967 War
On Day 2 of the 1967 war Israel defeated Egyptian forces in the Sinai Desert, despite being outnumbered 3:1. Meanwhile, Israel fought Jordanian forces in Jerusalem while trying to avoid damaging holy sites in the city.

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

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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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Khaled Meshaal
Sadly for Israelis and Palestinians, this is who has been in control of Gaza for years now.

http://www.trustorysocial.com/app/uploads/97cb288475d44c539e8a4502e644423e_KhaledMeshaal.jpg

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Israeli Arabs and the peace process
Despite the challenges Arab citizens of Israel face in Israeli society and internal pressure to reject the state, most accept Israel and want to be an active part of its success.

http://www.trustorysocial.com/app/uploads/b2bb1c004c644c3fb9ea5daa9b052354_thepeople,peaceprocess.png

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Palestinian water shortages
Some Palestinian communities unfortunately do face water shortages, because their government has failed to maintain their water systems, will not cooperate with Israel on the issue, and refuses to make its water usage more efficient.

https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/truth-behind-palestinian-water-libels/

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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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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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1967
Before 1967, Jordan denied or heavily restricted religious freedom in Jerusalem. Since 1967, Israel has ensured religious freedom for all in the holy city. This is a key consideration in peace negotiations.

https://www.swuconnect.com/insys/npoflow.v.2/_assets/1967%20Brochure%202%282%29.pdf

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50 Years after 1967
Over 50 years after the 1967 War, it is important to understand how the war came about and why there is still no peace in the region. This resource really helps:

https://www.swuconnect.com/insys/npoflow.v.2/_assets/pdfs/fact_sheets/1967%20Brochure.pdf

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Gaza negotiations
This is an insightful article about the barriers to an agreement between Israel and Hamas about improving the quality of life for the people of Gaza.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/07/israel-palestinians-hamas-gaza-strip-prisoner-exchange-idf.html

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Palestinian Government Rewards Terrorism
According to one study, the Palestinian Authority rewarded convicted terrorists and their family with over $1 billion from 2013-2016.

http://www.thetower.org/5007-study-palestinians-authority-paid-over-1-billion-to-terrorists-in-4-years/

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Palestinian Government Rewards Terrorism
The Palestinian government's 2018 budget includes $360 million to reward convicted terrorists and their families. This includes higher rewards for those who committed the worst crimes.

https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/palestinian-authority-payments-to-terrorists

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Perspective: There Is No 'Israeli-Palestinian Conflict'
This is an interesting article about how to analyze and understand the conflict between Israel and its neighbors in a more complete way.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/16/opinion/israeli-palestinian-conflict-matti-friedman.html

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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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Israel, Iran, and ME
This is interesting analysis about the tensions between Iran and Israel over Syria, written by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service.

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/IF10858.pdf

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The Iran Primer
This is a useful historical overview of Iran-Israel relations and conflict, written by the U.S. Institute of Peace.

https://iranprimer.usip.org/resource/iran-and-israel

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Iran-Israel Relationship through the years
Iran and Israel cooperated fairly closely on security issues for many years, even after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. To learn more check out this analysis from the RAND Corporation.

https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/mg1143osd.7?refreqid=excelsior%3A723ed91995a480e986a61f2b2fc582dc&seq=10#metadata_info_tab_contents

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Perspectives on the Oslo Accords
This article provides a variety of perspectives about the failure of the Oslo Accords.

https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/why-the-oslo-accords-failed/

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