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Middle East Peace

January 21, 2005 • Volume 15, Issue 3
Is Palestinian statehood finally a real possibility?
By Nicole Gaouette

Introduction

Palestinian militants like this al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade member dampened peace hopes when they killed six Israelis on Jan. 12, 2005, three days after Palestinian elections.  (Getty Images/David Silverman)
Palestinian militants like this al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade member dampened peace hopes when they killed six Israelis on Jan. 12, 2005, three days after Palestinian elections. (Getty Images/David Silverman)

After more than four years of violence and little negotiation, the Middle East is abuzz with new hopes for peace. In the first leadership change in decades, moderate politician Mahmoud Abbas has been chosen as Palestinian president following the death of Yasser Arafat, long considered the primary obstacle to peace by Israel and the United States. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is planning to unilaterally withdraw Israeli settlements from the Gaza Strip, and President George W. Bush has committed the United States to helping to resolve the conflict. These developments may revive peace talks focusing on the eventual creation of an independent Palestinian state. But skeptics argue the physical and psychological foundations needed for peace are being eroded by Palestinian suicide bombings and harsh Israeli reprisals, confiscations of Palestinian farmland, expansion of Israeli settlements and the erection of an immense barrier between Palestinian and Israeli lands.

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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
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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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