Ehud Olmert’s “Convergence” Plan for the West Bank and U.S. Middle East Policy

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[26] Lilly Galili, “A Jewish demographic state,” Haaretz,June 26, 2002,

[27] Bennett Zimmerman, Roberta Seid and Michael Wise, “‘Doomsday’ falsehoods,” The Washington Times, April 25, 2006,; Caroline B. Glick, “The demographic bomb is a dud,” The Jerusalem Post, January 14, 2005.

[28] The study has been endorsed by prominent American demographer Nicholas Eberstadt and its findings have been presented to Congress.

[29] The team presented its findings to the Knesset and the Israeli government repeatedly since January 2005. Since the new study’s initial publication,Arnon Sofer,Israel’s leading demographer, who spearheaded the demographic campaign for Israeli withdrawals from the West Bank,Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, reduced his Palestinian population figures by some 1 million persons.

[30] Haetzni, “In Arafat’s Kingdom,” Commentary, October 1996, pp. 42-48.

[31] Shavit, op. cite at 20.

[32] “U.S. stops UN criticism ofIsrael,” UPI,April 13, 2006,

[33] Dore Gold and Jonathan D. Halevi, Al-Qaeda, “Zarqawi, and Israel: Is There a New Jihadi Threat Destabilizing the Eastern Front?”Jerusalem Viewpoints No. 538,January 1, 2006,

[34] “Jordan Accused Hamas of gun-running,” AP,April 19, 2006,

[35] Ariel Cohen, “Israel is weaker now,” TCS Daily,April 4, 2006,

[36] Gideon Alon and Reuters, “Security sources fear anti-aircraft missile attacks,” Haaretz,March 29, 2005,

[37]Maj. General (res.) Yaakov Amidror, “The Unilateral Withdrawal: A Security Error of Historical Magnitude,” Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv University, Strategic Assessment, Vol. 7., No. 3, December 2004,

[38] Dan Diker, “Lessons from the Or Commitssion: Rethinking the ideological and religioU.S. dimensions of the Israeli Arab riots of October 2000,” Jerusalem Viewpoints, No. 512, February 1, 2004,; On April 19, 2006 two days after a suicide bomber killed 9 Israelis in Tel Aviv, a delegation of Arab Israeli members of Knesset met with Hamas members of the Palestinian legislative council in a show of solidarity with Hamas. Roi Nachmias, “MK Talab a-Sanna, ‘Israel’s policies towards Hamas are unbalanced,’” Ynet, (Hebrew),April 19, 2006,,7340,L-3243273,00.html#n

[39] Rabbi Zalman Melamed, “After the expulsion we mU.S.t review our relationship with the army,” Besheva (Hebrew),September 22, 2005.

[40] “Media report: Palestinian planned suicide bombing at Israeli nuclear reactor,” Israel Insider,

[41] Gold and Halevi, op. cite at 33, Diker and Inbari, op. cite at 25.

[42] Salah Narawi, “Al-Zarqawi video mocks U.S.,” Associated Press, April 25, 2006,; and Michael Slackman, “Bin Laden says West is waging war against Islam,” The New York Times, April 24, 2006,

[43] Gold and Halevi, op. cite at 33; Diker and Inbari, op. cite. At 25.

[44] Caroline B. Glick, “The rise of the Islamist axis,” The Jerusalem Post, April 6, 2006,

[45] Mark Helprin, “After Diplomacy Fails,” The Washington Post,April 13, 2006,

[46] Barry Rubin, “What’s wrong? The Arab liberal critique of Arab society,” The Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vo. 9., no. 4 December 2005,

[47] Andrew Harvey, Iran Sullivan and Ralph Groves, “A Clash of Systems: An Analytical Framework to Demystify the Radical Islamist Threat, Parameters, Autumn 2005, pp. 72-86;

[48] Caroline B. Glick, “For a new international community,” The Jerusalem Post, April 21, 2006,

[49] “U.S. may rebuke Sharon over failure to evacuate outposts,” Haaretz, AugU.S.t, 8, 2004,

[50] Nazila Fathi, “Iran’s leader calls Israel a ‘constant threat,’”, The New York Times,April 14, 2006,

[51] See for instance Palestinian Media Watch compilation of Palestinian anti-Americanism at

[52] Yuval Steinitz, Dore Gold, Yaakov Amidror and Meir Rosenne, “Defensible borders for a lasting peace,” The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs,” June 27, 2005,; Binyamin Elon, “The right road to peace,”; and see Diker and Inbari, op. cite at 25.

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