From the JRB, conflicting narratives mar all discussion of the settler movement, impeding dispassionate understanding of its origin and destination — all writers are either “with us” or “against us”. From AI, Daniel Kurtzer on how West Bank settlements hollow out respect for the law in the State of Israel; are the settlements illegal? Answering that question is a pitfall the Obama Administration has been wise to avoid; and Israel and America have long taken opposite approaches to managing Palestinians and other Arabs — it’s time we recognized the divide. From Haaretz, do Israelis and Palestinians belong to one divided society, or to two separate societies in a situation of forced proximity as a result of a temporary occupation? From Logos, a review of Eyal Weizman's Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation, Saree Makdisi's Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation, and Neve Gordon's Israel’s Occupation. Could the Israeli government make it any more obvious they have no intention of sharing the Over-Promised Land with its other inhabitants? The Palestinians should now declare their independence. Michael Herzog on the Hamas Conundrum: The untamed shrew, four years on. An excerpt from Norman G. Finkelstein's This Time We Went Too Far: Truth & Consequences of the Gaza Invasion. Operation Cast Lead and the ethics of just war: Was Israel's conduct in its campaign against Hamas morally justified? Fearful Asymmetry: James Traub reads the Goldstone Report. To the victor go the street names: The real legacy of regional conflict can be found in the smallest details — street names, curriculum choices — that painfully enshrine some of the worst violence. A review of Politics and Violence in Israel/Palestine by Lev Luis Grinberg. An excerpt from A Wall in Palestine by Rene Backmann.

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