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About Yossi Alpher

Yossi Alpher is a former Mossad official and former director of the Jaffee Centre for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. Until recently he co-edited He is the author of No End of Conflict: Rethinking Israel-Palestine (forthcoming April 2016, Rowman & Littlefield, USA). 

Articles by Yossi Alpher

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Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

"Economic peace" for Palestine?

By all means, give the Palestinians development aid. But let us not delude ourselves that this will facilitate a two-state solution anytime soon. Norsk

The Israeli public and the Gaza war: supporting the armed effort, doubting the strategic outcome

Anti-Semitic acts in Europe reinforced the perception that the issue was extremist hatred of Jews per se. At the same time, prominent Egyptian and even Saudi spokespersons were openly encouraging of the Israeli war effort, the US was supportive, EU foreign ministers endorsed demilitarising the Gaza Strip. But to what end?

The Ukraine/Crimea crisis: ramifications for the Middle East

In the short term the Ukraine/Crimea crisis adds momentum to Russia’s drive to reassert its superpower presence and influence in the Middle East, and reinforces the regional perception, whether justified or not, of US withdrawal and hesitation.

The return of the Arab Peace Initiative

It would be comforting to believe that a revitalised API could provide sufficient incentive for a successful peace process. Sadly, this discussion is almost certainly theoretical.

Bitterlemons, the next stage

An innovative Israeli-Palestinian collaboration offering regular analysis of middle-east affairs is ending regular publication after eleven years. Its co-editors, Yossi Alpher and Ghassan Khatib, explain why.

Israel's new government: a blank peace page

The surprise formation of a new governing coalition is bad news for Israeli-Palestinian peace - unless another unlikely scenario takes hold, says Yossi Alpher.

Palestine's deal, and an emerging paradigm

The leading Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, signed a declaration in Doha on 5 February 2012 that committed them to work together. It promises to be a significant moment for Israel and the west too, says Yossi Alpher.

Kosovo and Palestine

Kosovo’s unfinished business has lessons for the Palestinians’ national struggle too, says Yossi Alpher.

Gaza’s agency, Israel’s choice

Palestinian popular power on the Gaza-Egypt border faces Israel with strategic problems that may end in a new invasion, says Yossi Alpher.

Israel-West Bank-Gaza: the future

Hamas’s victory in Gaza has drawn new political lines of division across the region. What now? Yossi Alpher considers two options.

Riyadh's Arab summit: a precious opportunity

The Arab League summit of 28-29 March in Saudi Arabia's capital should build on and go beyond earlier efforts towards peace with Israel, says Yossi Alpher.

Two separate roadmaps: an Israeli view

The flaws of the earlier Israel-Palestine peace process – ambiguity, phasing, lack of trust – consigned it to failure. The chances of its successor, the current ‘roadmap’, would benefit from a realistic appraisal that provides room for each side to move away from violence, restore peaceful relations – and, with international help, find that their paths converge.

An international solution?

The conflict is about more than violence: it is a slow decolonisation. International involvement is crucial and welcome - but will domestic politics get in the way?

The view from two analysts - one Israeli, one Palestinian

Israeli Yossi Alpher and Palestinian Ghassan Khatib have each played a part in their nations’ politics. Now Alpher runs the NGO Political Security Domain and Khatib heads up the Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre. Together they run Bitterlemons, a website dedicated to better understanding of the Middle East situation. Here they give their very different views.
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