U.S. envoy George Mitchell recently said that Israel has reduced the number of checkpoints and roadblocks in the West Bank, helping economic growth. For its part, last year the U.S. gave nearly $1 billion in assistance to the Palestinians. Felice Friedson of The Media Line looks at broader attempts to foster growth and foreign investment in the Palestinian economy.
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With U.S. help, Egypt is erecting a massive iron wall to prevent smugglers from entering Gaza. The tunnel network is used to import civilian goods and military weaponry. The decision to step up anti-smuggling efforts came after Operation Cast Lead. For more on recent events in the Palestinian territories, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Ghassan Shabaneh.
Over the past week, Israel has been sending government inspectors to hand out construction freeze orders in West Bank settlements. Clashes continue to escalate between settlers and Israeli police accompanying the inspectors. For more on the situation in Israel, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Yossi Beilin.
For 2009, UNESCO and the Arab League designated Jerusalem as the year's Arab culture capital. But Israeli authorities forbade events associated with the program, prompting a series of secret indoor gatherings. Worldfocus interviewed the Dutch organizer of Al Quds Underground.
As part of our Beyond the Headlines series, Arieh O'Sullivan of The Media Line reports from the Palestinian town of Qalqilyah about a project on which Israelis and Palestinians are working together. Agriculture liaisons from both sides are cooperating to make strawberry fields blossom -- and as one Beatle might say, to give peace a chance.
Today Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu proposed a 10-month freeze on settlement construction. For more on the latest announcement, Martin Savidge speaks with Ghassan Shabaneh about how Netanyahu might be trying to prop up Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and why the Palestinians have already rejected Israel's offer.
One of the world's holiest cities is also one of the most divided. For more on Jerusalem's unique situation, Worldfocus spoke with Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow at the American Task Force for Palestine, a non-profit dedicated to a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
There is no sign that the building of Israeli settlements will cease. Economic and ideological settlers continue to flock to the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Worldfocus correspondent Martin Himel visits both sides of the wall dividing an Israeli settlement and a Palestinian refugee camp.
Worldfocus producer Mohammad Al-Kassim interviews Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, the Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative, a party that supports nonviolent resistance and the establishment of a pluralistic, democratic Palestinian state. Barghouti discusses the peace process, Palestinian infighting and the Obama administration.
The peace process between Israel and the Palestinians is in crisis, with no sign that a key issue -- freezing Israeli settlements -- can be resolved any time soon. Israelis and Palestinians continue to struggle over their common land. Should Israel agree to demands to freeze all settlement building?