Middle East Conflict

April 6, 2001 • Volume 11, Issue 13
Will new flare-ups derail the peace process?
By David Masci

Introduction

Palestinian Fatah supporters march in Gaza on Dec. 9, 2000, to mark the 13th anniversary of the 1987 Intifada. In the background, marchers hold a poster with pictures of Yasser Arafat and Jerusalem and a slogan that reads: “No . . . my dream cannot be complete without Jerusalem.” (AP Photos/Adel Hana)
Palestinian Fatah supporters march in Gaza on Dec. 9, 2000, to mark the 13th anniversary of the 1987 Intifada. In the background, marchers hold a poster with pictures of Yasser Arafat and Jerusalem and a slogan that reads: “No . . . my dream cannot be complete without Jerusalem.” (AP Photos/Adel Hana)

Efforts to bring about peace in the Middle East may have suffered a serious setback in February when hard-line nationalist Ariel Sharon was elected prime minister of Israel. Some analysts say Sharon is more likely to crack down on the Palestinians than come to terms with them. His election also comes at a time when the new Bush administration has indicated that it will be less involved in trying to bring the parties together. But others say Sharon's get-tough approach may ultimately lead both sides back to the bargaining table. Meanwhile, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is being pressured to control continuing Arab violence in the occupied territories. Critics contend he is allowing the bloodshed to continue to advance his political aims, while others say his hands are tied and the Israelis are provoking the violence.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Israel, Palestine, and Middle East Peace
Jun. 21, 2013  Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
May 2009  Middle East Peace Prospects
Oct. 27, 2006  Middle East Tensions Updated
Jan. 21, 2005  Middle East Peace
Aug. 30, 2002  Prospects for Mideast Peace
Apr. 06, 2001  Middle East Conflict
Mar. 06, 1998  Israel At 50
Aug. 30, 1991  The Palestinians
Oct. 19, 1990  The Elusive Search for Arab Unity
Feb. 24, 1989  Egypt's Strategic Mideast Role
Apr. 15, 1988  Israel's 40-Year Quandary
Mar. 02, 1984  American Involvement in Lebanon
Nov. 12, 1982  Reagan's Mideast Peace Initiative
Apr. 23, 1982  Egypt After Sadat
Jan. 04, 1980  Divided Lebanon
Jul. 20, 1979  West Bank Negotiations
Dec. 01, 1978  Middle East Transition
Jan. 13, 1978  Saudi Arabia's Backstage Diplomacy
Oct. 29, 1976  Arab Disunity
May 16, 1975  Middle East Diplomacy
Sep. 13, 1974  Palestinian Question
Dec. 12, 1973  Middle East Reappraisal
Apr. 25, 1973  Israeli Society After 25 Years
Aug. 19, 1970  American Policy in the Middle East
Apr. 25, 1969  Arab Guerrillas
Aug. 02, 1967  Israeli Prospects
Jul. 06, 1966  Middle East Enmities
Apr. 14, 1965  Relations with Nasser
Aug. 17, 1960  Arab-Israeli Deadlock
May 27, 1959  Middle East Instability
Jun. 04, 1958  Nasser and Arab Unity
Oct. 02, 1957  Soviet Threat in Middle East
Sep. 18, 1956  Suez Dispute and Strategic Waterways
May 09, 1956  Middle East Commitments
Apr. 13, 1955  Middle East Conflicts
Mar. 31, 1954  Security in the Mideast
Oct. 23, 1952  Israel and the Arab States
Jan. 30, 1952  Egyptian Crisis and Middle East Defense
Mar. 17, 1948  Palestine Crisis
Feb. 18, 1946  Soviet Russia and the Middle East
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