1) Background on the Sheikh Jarrah dispute:
Yitzhak Reiter and Lior Lehrs, “The Sheikh Jarrah Affair,” Jerusalem Institute Studies Series no. 404, The Jerusalem Institute of Israeli Studies, 2010.
2) The background to the escalation in April-May, before the war:
Daoud Kuttab, Israeli-Palestinian battle seethes in Jerusalem, Al Monitor, May 6, 2021.
Brandon Friedman, “Another Gaza War?,” Geopoliticus, FPRI, November 13, 2018.
(This piece takes the timeline for recent events back further in time)
3) A short educational video on the importance of the Temple Mount and Al Aqsa to both Jews and Muslims:
4) Short videos on Israeli efforts to limit collateral damage during strikes on Hamas in Gaza:
(A building owner in Gaza talking to Israeli officials about evacuating his occupants before a pending strike)
(clip of an interview with the recently replaced director of UNRWA in Gaza)
4) Background on Qatari money and Hamas:
Stuart Winer, “Qatar gave over $1.1 billion to Gaza Strip from 2012-2018, ministers told,” Times of Israel, February 11, 2019.
5) A strategic framework for the Palestinian issue (this represents a centrist Israeli plan in the absence of a settlement to the conflict)
Amos Yadlin, Udi Dekel, and Kim Lavi, “A Strategic Framework for the Israeli-Palestinian Arena,” Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), March 2019.
6) The state of the Palestinian national movement:
Hussein Agha and Ahmad Samih Khalidi, “The Palestinian Reckoning: Time for a New Beginning,” Foreign Affairs, March/April 2021.
Brandon Friedman, “The Crisis in Palestinian Politics,” Tel Aviv Notes, February 6, 2019.
Hussein Agha and Ahmad Samih Khalidi, The End of This Road: The Decline of the Palestinian National Movement, The New Yorker, August 6, 2017.
7) Israeli public opinion about the recent war:
“Israelis Assess Operation ‘Guardians of the Walls’,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 24, 2021
Yohanan Plesner, “An Iron-Clad Distinction: We Must Differentiate Between Hamas and the Riots Within Israel,” Jerusalem Post, May 20, 2021.
8) Categories of commentary:
Advocacy/Activism (one-sided) Punditry (lacks historical knowledge and therefore vulnerable to manipulation) Political Analysis (handicapped by real-time sources) History (benefits from a corpus of sources and historical perspective)
9) Israeli political analysts/journalists/publications to follow in English:
10) Authoritative histories of the Arab-Israeli conflict by Israelis that were written for a general audience:
Itamar Rabinovich, The Lingering Conflict: Israel, Arabs, and the Middle East (Brookings Institution Press, 2012). Asher Susser, Israel, Jordan, and Palestine: The Two-State Imperative (Brandeis University Press, 2011). Colin Shindler, A History of Modern Israel (Cambridge University Press, 2nd Edition, 2013). (Not a history by an Israeli, but a balanced, accessible, and serious work). Micah Goodman, Catch-67: The Left, the Right, and the Legacy of the Six-Day War (Yale University Press, 2018), translated by Eylon Levy. (This is not a typical history by a historian, but a compelling reflection on Israeli society and the conflict.)
11) An interview with Naftali Bennett:
David Horovitz, “Bennett: ‘I am more right-wing than Bibi, but I don’t use tools of hate,” Times of Israel, February 24, 2021.
Jacob Magid, “Unity government to approve Western Wall egalitarian plaza, frozen by Netanyahu,” June 8, 2021.
12) The new Pew Report on American Jewry (this is what Israelis are discussing):
“Jewish Americans in 2020,” Pew Research Center, May 11, 2021.
13) Elie Podeh , Chances for Peace: Missed Opportunities in the Arab Israeli Conflict (University of Texas Press, 2015).