Israel today tightened security in Jerusalem and sealed off the West Bank for 48 hours to prevent a repeat of last Friday's clashes between Israelis and Palestinians, but there were nonetheless more scuffles. To discuss the tension in the region, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with James Rubin and Ian Bremmer in our weekly roundtable.
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The Samaritan community, numbering around 740 people, is split between Holon, Israel, and Kiryat Luza, near Nablus in the West Bank. Neither Muslim nor Jewish, they have been in the Holy Land for over three millennia. Worldfocus spoke with Benyamin Tsedaka, editor of the Samaritan newspaper and chairman of the Samaritan Medal project.
There's an ambitious $500 million invested in homes for tens of thousands of Palestinians, 6 miles north of Ramallah -- in the West Bank's first planned Palestinian city: Rawabi. Project managers still need approval from Israel for access roads, but they went ahead anyway with the groundbreaking earlier this month. Felice Friedson of The Media Line reports.
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.
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.
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.
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?