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White House Releases Middle East Peace Plan

The White House released "Peace to Prosperity," President Trump’s blueprint for a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. The plan guarantees that Israel would control a unified Jerusalem, and would not require it to uproot any settlements in the West Bank. The proposal would grant limited sovereignty to the Palestinian state, but prevent it from establishing a formal army or air force. The plan can be viewed here and below.

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Israeli Attorney General Challenges ICC Jurisdiction in Palestine

The Office of the Attorney General for the state of Israel released a detailed memorandum to explain why the International Criminal Court (ICC) has no jurisdiction over Palestine. The memo argues that Palestine has failed to meet the necessary precondition of possessing criminal jurisdiction over its territory since a sovereign Palestinian state does not exist at this time. The memo is available here and below.

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A Mutual Defense Treaty With the United States—A Complicated Proposition for Israel

Amidst the chaos of U.S. and Israeli politics, it may be difficult to remember that less than four weeks ago President Trump tweeted that he had reached an agreement with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss a mutual defense treaty between the United States and Israel. The idea of such a treaty has come up time and again over the years. The U.S.

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Freedom to Grieve: On the Israeli Supreme Court Decision of Combatants for Peace v. Minister of Defense

In the past few years, the Israeli Supreme Court has been a target of political attacks, mostly from conservative circles, which claim that it prefers universal human rights over national values. These groups have made calls to curb the court’s authority and power.

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Is Limiting the Gaza Fishing Zone Collective Punishment?

Escalations in the armed conflict between Israel, Hamas and other armed groups in the Gaza Strip tend to follow a familiar pattern. Often, following the shooting of rockets or the launching of incendiary balloons from Gaza to Israel, the Israeli government will constrain the space available for fishing next to Gaza’s shores. When matters become calmer, the fishing zone is extended.

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The Flawed Human Rights Watch Report on Gaza

Human Rights Watch (HRW) recently released a report accusing both Hamas and the Israeli government of committing war crimes regarding an incident in May 2019. During these hostilities, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) struck 350 Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza after those groups launched roughly 690 rocket attacks into Israel. HRW’s report claims that both sides unlawfully attacked civilians during the hostilities.

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