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Crisis in Gaza


A Palestinian woman reacts as she sits on the rubble of her destroyed house after returning to Beit Hanoun town, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during the Israeli offensive, in the northern Gaza Strip August 5, 2014 (REUTERS/Suhaib Salem).

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has escalated to new and more violent levels in recent days following the Israeli military incursion into Gaza and Hamas’s rocket attacks on Israel. Since the fighting began, hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis have died. Brookings experts examine the crisis and recommend steps to end the current conflict and address the humanitarian needs of thousands displaced by the fighting.

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Five Points from a Brookings Event on the Israel-Hamas Conflict in Gaza

“We saw how the conflict exploded and yet even though the status quo is obviously unsustainable, we are headed back to the status quo, and that is the pathology of this conflict, the chronic nature of it that makes this whole situation even more depressing,” explained Martin Indyk, vice president and director of Foreign Policy at Brookings, at an event earlier this week on the policy options and regional implications of the recent round of violence between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Get event highlights and video here.

August 7, 2014, Fred Dews and Elina Saxena

Opinion CNN

Time for Israel to Face Up to Only Path to Peace

Sultan Barakat argues that Israel's blatant disregard for basic civilian infrastructure will ultimately prove counterproductive – if Israel genuinely wants a lasting solution to the conflict, it must be made to appreciate that the reconstruction and development of Gaza, not its utter destruction, is crucial.

August 5, 2014, Sultan Barakat

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Gaza: The Conflict - and the Displacement - Goes On

As fighting continues between Israel and Hamas, civilians are paying the highest price with almost half a million Palestinians displaced so far. Elizabeth Ferris explains how previous experiences with protracted displacement can teach us valuable lessons when tackling the Gaza crisis.

August 4, 2014, Elizabeth Ferris

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The Destruction of Gaza's Schools and the Future of Palestinian Children

Maysa Jalbout, Sarah Dryden-Peterson and Kevin Watkins argue that international response to Gaza school attacks has been inadequate and ineffective, and discuss five actions to protect education in the region.

August 4, 2014, Maysa Jalbout, Sarah Dryden-Peterson and Kevin Watkins

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What Brookings Scholars Are Saying about the Israel-Hamas Conflict in Gaza

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has escalated to new and more violent levels in recent days following the Israeli military incursion into Gaza and Hamas’s rocket attacks on Israel. Since the fighting began, hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis have died. Brookings experts examine the crisis and recommend steps to end the current conflict and address the humanitarian needs of thousands displaced by the fighting.

August 1, 2014, Fred Dews

Opinion OZY

Why Israel vs. Palestine Is Different This Time Around

John McLaughlin writes that the implications of the Israel-Palestine conflict have changed now that the surrounding Middle East has descended into broader turmoil. McLaughlin argues that as a result of the new and dangerous regional context, the two sides will ultimately end up even further from a lasting peace agreement than they have been for years.

August 1, 2014

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Chaos of Gaza Crisis Underscores Need for Palestinian Democracy

Amidst the chaos of the ongoing Gaza crisis, what turn of events could possibly stem the violence between Hamas and the Israelis? Steven Koltai, a guest scholar with Brookings' Governance Studies, writes that only a unified, independent democratic Palestinian state — sheltered and supported by Israel after its formation — can bring order to the region and break the cycle of violence in the Middle East.

July 31, 2014, Steven R. Koltai

Opinion Foreign Affairs

After Gaza, Palestine's Uprising Will Spread to the West Bank

As the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza continues to escalate, the prospect of a third intifada looms on the horizon. To avoid this outcome, Khaled Elgindy writes that U.S. and Israeli leaders must overcome their resistance to Hamas’ involvement in Palestinian politics, and put an end, once and for all, to divided leadership and the Israeli occupation. 

July 28, 2014, Khaled Elgindy

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Around the Halls: The Crisis in Gaza Deepens

When Daniel Byman emailed his latest piece on the current situation in Gaza to his colleagues, he ignited up a lively conversation and debate among the experts at the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings.

July 28, 2014, Daniel L. Byman, Michael Doran, Khaled Elgindy, Shadi Hamid, Bruce Riedel, Natan Sachs, et al.

Opinion CNN

Why Qatar Could Be Key to a Gaza Ceasefire

As the crisis in Gaza continues, whether Egypt is in a position to help broker a ceasefire begins to look uncertain. Sultan Barakat suggests that Qatar could be key to bringing Hamas and Israel to the negotiating table and why.

July 24, 2014, Sultan Barakat

Opinion Foreign Policy

Israel Deterrence: An Eye for a Tooth

As the crisis in Gaza continues to escalate, Daniel Byman provides insight into Israel's hard stance on Hamas and concludes that the situation is likely to grow more intense, even if the current fighting in Gaza ends soon.

July 24, 2014, Daniel L. Byman

Opinion Reuters

The War in Gaza Threatens Egypt Too

Shibley Telhami argues that the longer the war between Israel and Palestine continues, the more the situation in Gaza becomes a domestic problem for Egyptian President al-Sisi.

July 22, 2014, Shibley Telhami

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Gaza: No Safe Place for Civilians

Tens of thousands of people in Gaza have fled their homes as the Israeli ground offensive continues but Elizabeth Ferris explains why there are fewer and fewer places left for civilians to flee to. 

July 22, 2014, Elizabeth Ferris

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Despite Gaza Conflict, Turkey and Israel Would Benefit from Rapprochement

Although the Israeli military is currently conducting its third military operation in Gaza since 2005, Dan Arbell, nonresident senior fellow with the Center for Middle East Policy argues that while Turkish-Israeli rapprochement has been hindered in the short term, current regional developments prove that there are in fact beneficial reasons for America’s closest regional allies to restore ties.

July 22, 2014, Dan Arbell

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Natan Sachs: Hamas Is Not the People of Gaza; Hamas Brings This War Upon Them

Sachs explained that “in the past, you had Egypt to negotiate between the sides, and today, the Egyptians and the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine, have very bad relations.”

July 18, 2014, Fred Dews and Elina Saxena

Opinion LA Times

Israel Can't Win This or Any Future Conflicts by Bombing Gaza

Israel cannot win this or any future conflicts by bombing Gaza. Without addressing the root causes, even crippling Hamas — which was able to impose calm after 2012 — would not be a victory. Instead, it would merely set the stage for the next time, against whatever group or groups — perhaps even more radical than Hamas — that would inevitably emerge to take up its mantle.

July 15, 2014, Ibrahim Sharqieh

Opinion Foreign Policy

What Hamas Wants, What Israel Needs

As the tension between Israel and Hamas escalates, Natan Sachs answers the questions of how these latest rounds of violence can end and what are the sides really after.

July 11, 2014, Natan Sachs

Opinion The Huffington Post

Palestine's Right to Defend Itself

Ibrahim Sharqieh argues that Israel's self defense card has run out, and that Palestine too has the right to defend itself from the brutality and violence of Israeli forces, which have led to a death toll of almost 100 people in the past few days alone. He then asserts that the U.S. needs to stop justifying Israel's criminal actions and allow Palestinians to seek protection from the International Criminal Court.

July 11, 2014, Ibrahim Sharqieh

Opinion Al-Monitor

Global Jihad Benefits from Gaza Crisis

The latest Gaza conflict, with its associated televised imagery of war, violence and casualties, fuels recruitment for al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and other jihadist movements, argues Bruce Riedel. And with such terrorist elements now located within Syria, Lebanon, the Sinai Peninsula and Cairo, as well as parts of Jordan, global jihad is getting closer and closer to Israel, he writes.

July 11, 2014, Bruce Riedel

Opinion The Huffington Post

Entitled to Protection, Palestinians Should Join the ICC, Now

Ibrahim Sharqieh discusses Israel's continued use of "self-defense and security" as a blanket explanation for its actions in the Palestinian territories. The documented murder of Nawara and Odeh makes it more necessary than ever before that Palestine joins the International Criminal Court.

May 28, 2014, Ibrahim Sharqieh

Opinion The Huffington Post

Why the U.S. Must Support the Palestinian Reconciliation Deal

Ibrahim Sharqieh says Washington needs to support the Palestinian reconciliation deal because it is a precondition for future political settlement with Israel and has overwhelming Palestinian support.

April 30, 2014, Ibrahim Sharqieh

Article Foreign Policy

Palestinian Reconciliation and the Peace Process

In April 2014, a reconciliation agreement was reached, ending the longstanding feud between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas. Khaled Elgindy writes that Palestinian reconciliation is an essential step in the road to reaching a two state solution.

April 25, 2014, Khaled Elgindy

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Watch and Listen to What Our Brookings Experts Are Saying about the Conflict

The Gaza Crisis: No Way Out?, Martin S. Indyk, Khaled ElgindyNatan B. Sachs and Tamara Cofman Wittes
August 5, 2014, Center for Middle East Policy

The Elusive Dream of Peace in Gaza, Martin S. Indyk
July 24, 2014, The Takeaway with John Hockenberry

What's Next for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks?, Martin S. Indyk
July 20, 2014, Face the Nation

The Short Spiral: From a Peace Plan Scuttled to a Gaza Invasion, Martin S. Indyk
July 18, 2014, All Things Considered

Divisions between Egypt and Hamas Complicate Prospects for Mideast Cease-fire, Natan B. Sachs
July 17, 2014, PBS NEWSHOUR

A Breakdown of the Conflict Between Hamas and Israel, Martin S. Indyk
July 13, 2014, Meet the Press

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Tensions Between Israel and Palestine Escalate in Cycle of Retribution for Teen Killings, Shibley Telhami
July 7, 2014, PBS NEWSHOUR

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Shibley Telhami
July 7, 2014, C-SPAN

In Conversation with U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, Martin S. Indyk
July 2, 2014, The Aspen Institute