Opinion-Policy Nexus

In addressing the recent Netanyahu-Kerry spat over Israeli settlement policy, let me clarify that I oppose settlements in the West Bank, support a two-state solution, and have little sympathy for Benjamin Netanyahu within the context of Israeli politics.

That said, it is useful to remember that the entire West Bank region and Gaza were exclusively in Arab hands for nineteen years following the 1948 conflict, when Palestinians had rejected an even larger territorial area, and launched a war aided by five other Arab states to oppose the United Nations partition plan under resolution 181. After again being defeated in the 1967 Six Day War, Arabs responded with the Khartoum resolution declaring "no negotiation, no peace, and no recognition" of the Jewish state.

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