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Israel and the Intifada

This weblog contains a roundup of current stories on the fighting in the Middle East, including a selection of opinion pieces from newspapers around the world. (The Guardian )

A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A companion to the Oscar-nominated documentary "Promises," this timeline offers a dual history of the conflict, with events examined from both the Israeli and Palestinian points of view. (POV)

Israel's National Security Doctrine: An Introductory Overview

"No state in the post-Second World War era has been more concerned with its national security than Israel -- and it is not hard to fathom why." (Middle East Review of International Affairs, Sept. 2001)

Making Martyrs

This video report on the psychological and cultural reality of Palestinian suicide bombers, includes interviews with their families and supporters. (Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Mar. 19, 2002)

The Logic of Assassination: Why Israeli murders and Palestinian suicide bombings make sense

"For all their apparent irrationality, suicide bombing and assassination have a powerful logic to them. From the perspective of economics, game theory, and military strategy, both tactics make a perverse kind of sense." (Slate, Aug. 17, 2001)

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