Certain domestic Israeli and Palestinian concerns have strong implications for the broader conflict, and for international efforts toward a peaceful resolution. Through a series of panels and related publications over the course of the year, USIP will explore such critical yet oft-neglected internal dynamics.
Certain domestic Israeli and Palestinian concerns—from state institution-building and secular-religious divides, to coalition politics and educational reform—have strong implications for the broader conflict, and for international efforts towards a peaceful resolution. Through a series of panels and publications in 2010-2011, USIP will explore such critical yet oft-neglected internal dynamics.
- Analyze issues of internal significance to Israelis and Palestinians and their implications for achieving a peaceful resolution to the conflict;
- Promote debate and discussion around the impact of these issues on the ability to build consensus toward a negotiated solution among the Israeli and Palestinian publics;
- Contribute to the field of analysis and awareness surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by emphasizing the interplay between top-down and bottom-up processes
About this Series
With the resumption of direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians in September of 2010, focus on the conflict became centered once again on government-to-government peace process efforts and the paradigm of bilateral – and in some cases multilateral – relations and negotiations. Such an emphasis, while key to efforts to resolve the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian and Arab conflict, can obscure the multitude of challenges that the individual parties face internally and the socio-political dynamics that contribute to the life of the conflict yet potentially offer opportunities for resolving it.
Whether it is the growing tensions in Israel between the Jewish and Arab citizens of the state, or deepening political and ideological divides between secular and religious segments of society, the split in Palestinian leadership between Hamas and Fatah, factious politics within the ruling parties, or the challenges of building a state within such a fractured and fraught context, such issues, call for serious consideration.
Upcoming panel topics for 2011 include:
Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance: The Budrus and "BDS" Effect
Arab Citizens of Israel: Assessing Mintority-State Relations
Palestinian Politics: The Conflicts Within
- Learn about the Institute's programmatic work on some of these internal issues in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
- Read the recent USIP Peace Brief "Peacebuilding through Health Among Israelis and Palestinians"
- Read the about education and peacebuilding in "An Education Track for the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process"
- Learn about American leadership in the Middle East in "Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace" by Scott Lasensky and Daniel Kurtzer
- Questions about The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Internal Challenges on the Road to Peace event series? Email email@example.com.
This panel event examined various levels of internal dynamics in Israel – divides within the current government and coalition, fissures within Israeli society more broadly, and how these internal dynamics impacted the course of the Arab-Israeli conflict and Israel's own relations with the United States.
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's government is midway through an ambitious two-year plan to build the necessary infrastructure for a viable Palestinian state. One-year on, our panelists assess its progress. This event, co-sponsored with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, marked the launch of a new U.S. Institute of Peace series on The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Internal Challenges on the Road to Peace.
Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen | Senior Program Officer
U.S. Institute of Peace