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Washington Institute: Fighting Terror and Enabling a Two-State Solution in Israel and Palestine

Author: David Makovsky, Director, Project on the Middle East Peace Process, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
April 1, 2004


Due to a number of daunting obstacles, a negotiated settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems out of reach for the foreseeable future. Longstanding mistrust and bitterness persist between the two peoples, and the upsurge in Palestinian violence that began in September 2000 has only exacerbated these sentiments. Thus, Israel's decision to build a West Bank security fence in order to physically separate Israelis and Palestinians is, on one level, an admission of a failed partnership.

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