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POLSC321: Mideast Politics

Unit 11: Israel/Palestine: Occupation and Negotiation   *In 1987, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip began an indigenous uprising against the Israeli occupation of those territories.  In response to this uprising, called the intifada, a series of negotiations began between the Israeli government and various Palestinian leaders.  The negotiations continued from 1991 through 2001, with agreements being alternately signed and violated.  After negotiations failed at Taba in 2001, Israel adopted a new, unilateral policy toward the Palestinians, called “Disengagement.” 

In this unit, you will explore the origins and consequences of the intifada, the peace process, and the Israeli Disengagement Plan.  In addition, you will investigate possible solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict.*

Unit 11 Time Advisory
This unit should take approximately 4.75 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 11.1: 0.25 hours

☐    Subunit 11.2: 1.25 hours

☐    Subunit 11.3: 0.25 hours

☐    Subunit 11.4: 0.25 hours

☐    Subunit 11.5: 1.25 hours

☐    Subunit 11.6: 1.5 hours

Unit11 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify the origin and rationale of the first and second intifada.  Summarize the nature and purpose of its chief tactics. - Identify the primary terms of Oslo Accords. - Identify the extent to which each side kept the commitments it made in the Oslo Accords. - Identify the primary sticking points in the Arab-Israeli peace negotiations. - Identify Ehud Barak’s goals in his negotiations with Yasser Arafat. - Identify the primary provisions of the Israeli proposal at Taba (2001). - Summarize the George W. Bush administration’s policy toward Israel/Palestine. - Identify the main aspects of the Israeli Disengagement Plan.

11.1 The Intifada (1987)   - Reading: Middle East Research and Information Project’s “The Intifada” Link: Middle East Research and Information Project’s “The Intifada” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please click on the link above, and read the text to study the origins of the intifada and the tactics it employed.  This topic is also covered by the resources assigned below subunit 9.4.
 
You should spend approximately 15 minutes on this resource.
 
Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

11.2 The Oslo Accords   - Reading: Middle East Research and Information Project’s “The Oslo Accords” Link: Middle East Research and Information Project’s “The Oslo Accords” (HTML)

 Instructions: Please click on the link above, and read the entire
article on the provisions of the Oslo Accords and on whether each
side kept its commitments.  
    
 You should spend approximately 15 minutes on this resource.  
    
 Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use
displayed on the webpage above.
  • Reading: Mideast Web’s “Modern Israel and Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Arab-Israeli Conflict): A Brief History” Link: Mideast Web’s “Modern Israel and Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Arab-Israeli Conflict): A Brief History” (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please click on the link above, and read the entire webpage, which discusses the Accords primary provisions and the extent to which they were implemented.
     
    Studying this resource should take approximately 2 hours to complete.
     
    Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use on the webpage displayed above.

11.3 Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat at Camp David and Taba   - Reading: Middle East Research and Information Project’s “Camp David II” Link: Middle East Research and Information Project’s “Camp David II” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please click on the link above, and read the entire text, which discusses the provisions of the agreement proposed at Camp David and Taba and the reasons for the break down in the negotiations.
 
You should spend approximately 15 minutes on this resource.
 
Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use on the webpage displayed above.

11.4 The Second Intifada   - Reading: Middle East Research and Information Project’s “The Fall 2000 Uprising” Link: Middle East Research and Information Project’s “The Fall 2000 Uprising” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please click on the link above, and read the entire text.  Focus on the causes of the uprising.
 
You should spend approximately 15 minutes on this resource.
 
Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use on the webpage displayed above.

11.5 The Israeli Disengagement Plan   - Web Media: University of California TV: Burke Lecture: Amira Hass’s “The Israeli Policy of Separate Development” Link: University of California TV: Burke Lecture: Amira Hass’s “The Israeli Policy of Separate Development” (YouTube)
 
Instructions: Please click on the link above, and view this entire lecture.  Focus on the strategy of Israel’s disengagement plan and on whether it has been successful.
 
Viewing this lecture and pausing to take notes should take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete.
 
Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use on the webpage displayed above.

11.6 Alternatives   - Web Media: Democracy Now’s “Former Israeli Prime Minister Shlomo Ben Ami Debates Outspoken Professor Norman Finkelstein on Israel, the Palestinians, and the Peace Process” Link: Democracy Now’s “Former Israeli Prime Minister Shlomo Ben Ami Debates Outspoken Professor Norman Finkelstein on Israel, the Palestinians, and the Peace Process” (Flash)
 
Instructions: Please click on the link above, and view the entire video.  Focus on the prospects for peace and the barriers to it.
 
You should spend approximately 30 minutes on this resource.
 
Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use on the webpage displayed above.

  • Web Media: Carnegie Council: Sari Nusseibeh and Joanne J. Myers’ “Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life” The Saylor Foundation does not yet have materials for this portion of the course. If you are interested in contributing your content to fill this gap or aware of a resource that could be used here, please submit it here.

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