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TMC Topic Guide: Israel-Palestine
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Created: December 2020

Last Updated: June 6, 2021

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Israeli Elections:

        2021 Israel-Palestine Conflict

        March 2021 Elections:

A breakdown of what to expect in Israel’s upcoming election.

        March 2020 Elections:

An analysis of the growing influence Israel’s bloc of Arab-majority parties has.

An analysis of how a unity government could unite Israeli voters.

September 2019 Elections:

An outline of the dim prospects for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.   

An assessment of religious polarization in Israeli politics.

April 2019 Elections:

A summary and analysis of a poll predicting Arab turnout in Israeli elections.

A breakdown of the April 2019 Israeli elections.

An analysis of Benny Gantz, Netanyahu’s centrist political rival, and his ambiguous position on the Isralei-Palestinian conflict.

A breakdown of the issues and tensions that could lead to a new election.

March 2015 Elections:

An analysis of the March 2015 election results and what they mean for Netanyahu’s coalition.

An exploration into the possible coalitions that could be formed after the March 2015 elections.

An examination in Netanyahu’ and the Likud party’s tedious position going into the March 2015 elections. 

An analysis of the newly formed Arab unity party and its impact on potential coalitions

An outline of Israeli political parties’ standings before the March 2015 elections.

Dynamics of Israeli Politics:

An analysis of Israel’s escalating attacks on Iran and its potential for escalation.

An analysis surveying Israeli public opinion on extending Israeli sovereignty over all or  parts of the West Bank.

An assessment of religious polarization in Israeli politics.

An analysis on the effect of combatant deaths on Israeli voters.

An explanation of why the Israeli electoral system creates so many political parties.

A breakdown of the issues and tensions that could lead to a new election.

An examination of Israel’s tendency to prioritize short-term military gains over long-term strategic goals.

An examination into the significance of recognizing Israel as a “Jewish state.”

        An outline of the factors empowering extreme religious factions in Israel.

An examination of Israel’s anti-corruption movement and the divided forces behind it.

An examination of the Israeli left’s struggle to regain power.

An examination into how the Israeli ideological right is able to powerfully influence legislation.

 An examination into the fragile relationship between Israel’s Jewish identity and democracy.

An examination into Ethiopian Jews’ protests against police violence.

A summary of a study examining whether the presence of minority judges results in more favorable outcomes for Arab-Israeli defendants.

An examination into the Jewish political left’s diminishing popularity.

An examination into civil-military relations in Israel and its impacts on government policy.

An argument for Israel to focus on its defensive capabilities over its offense.

         A comparison between Israel’s High Court of Justice and the United States’ Supreme    


An analysis of why Israelis are willing to shoulder the financial costs of wars for relatively small direct threats.

An examination of the Israeli president’s role and the effect the ruling coalition’s divisions could have on the election results.

Netanyahu’s Political Career:

An assessment of Netanyahu’s delicate political standing and the issues standing in the way of forming a coalition.

        An examination of Netanyahu’s attempt to sway the narrative on Iran’s nuclear program.

An critical examination of Netanyahu’s claim that blamed the grand mufti of Jerusalem for the Holocaust

An examination of Netanyahu’s cautious leadership style and the issues that drive Israeli voters at the polls.

Abraham Accords:

A breakdown of how many Arabs are at odds with their governments’ decision to normalize relations with Israel.

An analysis of the motivations driving Gulf nations to normalize relations with Israel.

Israel-Palestine Peace Process:

An outline of problematic assumptions made in the Trump administration’s peace plan.

An explanation of Israel’s de facto annexation in the West Bank and what it means for the future of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

An outline of the dim prospects for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.   

An analysis of past and current proposals for a Jordanian-Palestinian confederation.

An analysis of how women participating in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks could positively affect negotiations.

An examination into the significance of recognizing Israel as a “Jewish state.”

An explanation of the correlation between trading stocks and favoring peace negotiations.

An explanation on how Trump’s Jerusalem declarations imperil Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

An examination of the continued importance of Israel’s pre-1967 borders.

An argument for peace negotiations to be made government-to-government before focusing on societal attitudes.

An explanation on how moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem could push Israelis and Palestinians back to negotiations.

An exploration of Jewish and Muslim connections to Jerusalem and what that means for the future of the city.

An outline of alternatives to the two-state solution.

Israeli-Palestinian Relations:

An explanation of Israel’s de facto annexation in the West Bank and what it means for the future of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

An examination of Israel’s response to a Hamas cyberattack and how it may change international norms.

An exploration of the challenges facing the International Criminal Court’s investigation in Gaza.

An examination of the discrepancies between Arab-Israeli diplomatic relations and Arab opinions towards Israel and Palestine.

An analysis of Gaza’s electricity crisis and who is to blame.

An explanation of the delicate status quo governing the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

An examination into the language used in discussing Israeli settlements and what it means. 

An analysis of Israelis’ perception of settlements and the status of the land they lie on.

An analysis into the root causes behind soldiers’ use of unauthorized force.

An examination of whether the Israel Defense Forces have increasingly shifted the level of risk from its own soldiers to Gazan civilians.

A look into the loopholes of international law that leave civilians vulnerable in wars.

An analysis of Israel’s attempt to delegitimize the International Criminal Court after the Palestinian Authority’s decision to join the court.

An examination into the shifting dialogue and language surrounding Israel-Palestine. 

An exploration into the effectiveness of Israel’s blockade in dampening support for Hamas amongst Gazans.

A summary of a study examining the impact of terrorism on Israeli and Palestinian voters.

A summary of a study that examined the relationship between Israeli checkpoints and Palestinians attitudes towards Israel.

Palestinian Resistance:

A summary of the problems ensnaring the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

An exploration of the challenges facing the International Criminal Court’s investigation in Gaza.

An analysis of Gaza’s electricity crisis and who is to blame.

An analysis of Hamas’ embrace of nonviolent protest.

An examination of the history of internal Palestinian divisions and what reconciliaiton could mean.

An analysis of the factors that shape Hamas’ tactics. 

An assessment of the relationship between crises and global digital political engagement. 

An outline of the struggles Palestinian resistence movements face in relation to the Palestinian Authority.

An analysis of Palestinian attitutudes towards institutions over time.

A breakdown of a mass hunger strike conducted by Palestinian prisoners.

A brief history of Palestinian elections and an explanation of the importance local elections can hold.

A breakdown of the challenges facing Palestinian resistance movements. 

An analysis of Arabs constant, yet not always visible, support of Palestinians.  

An analysis of the consequences if Palestine were to join the International Criminal Court.

U.S.-Israel Relations:

A breakdown of the Trump administration’s Israel policy and how it could hinder Biden’s attempt to return to a more traditional, bipartisan approach to the conflict.

An examination of changing American attitudes towards the U.S.-Israel relationship.

A breakdown of Trump’s successful effort to ban Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from Israel and what it means for both Israeli and American politics.

An examination into anti-semitism and anti-Muslim bias in public opinion on Israel and its correlation to backlash against Rep. Ilhan Omar.

A breakdown of Christian support for Zionism throughout history and its outsized influence on American foreign policy.

An examination into shifts in American opinion on Israel and subsequent ramifications for AIPAC.

An analysis of whether Trump wishes to appear isolated within the UN and the impact of his attempts to coerce other countries’ votes.

A look into the regional implications of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

An analysis of Trump’s approach to the conflict and Americans’ current stances on the peace process.

An examination of polls surveying voters on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

An outline of how Bernie Sanders’ attitude towards Israel aligns with many Americans. 

An assessment of Bernie Sanders’ statements on Israel and subsequent voter reaction.

        A close look into American Jews’ varied sense of allegiance towards Israel.

An assessment of whether Netanyahu’s visit to the U.S. deepened the partisan divides on the Israel-Palestine conflict. 

A probe into how Netanyahu’s speech before Congress affected American citizens’ outlook on the Iran nuclear deal.

An examination into how Americans view Netanyahu and its impact on Democratic politicians.

An exploration into the widening gap between Democratic Party leaders and their supporters. 

An exploration of the history and complications of American citizens serving in the Israel Defense Forces.

2014 Israel-Gaza Conflict:

An analysis of the UN’s proactive, although limited, approach to protecting civilians in Gaza.

An outline of various issues political scientists should study post the 2014 conflict between Hamas and Israel.

An assessment of the inadequacies of statistical models in predicting major conflicts and historic events.

An examination of radical Israeli and Palestinian flank groups that are driving the     decades long conflict in new directions.