Israeli and Palestinian/Arab views on the Middle East conflict


POL 233 Final Essay

BOOK: A Concise History of the Middle East 11th Edition-Arthur Goldschmidt Jr.

Choose one of the four prompts below and write a formal (either APA or MLA) critical essay paper (approximately 1,500 words), applying principles of critical thinking to your analysis. The essay must be submitted to the Assignment box no later than Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT of Module 8. (This Assignment may be to Turnitin.)

1) Briefly explain both Israeli and Palestinian/Arab views on the Middle East conflict, on Jewish settlements, and on who controls which part of the disputed occupied lands (West Bank, Gaza, Golan, and East Jerusalem). While the “fence/wall” has stopped the waves of Hamas suicide terrorists and, by default, has also anchored the future two-states borders between Israel and a PLO-Hamas Palestine, explain how Palestinian terrorism (from the military-revolutionary PLO to Islamist Hamas) has shaped Israel’s security vs. any Arab-Israeli two-states peace process.

Critical analysis involves going into the depths of the subject objectively so that readers get to know the subject better and in detail. A critical analysis should not only be a review, but it should also contain a summary of what other critics say about the work. The major purpose is to voice your concerns, views, and opinions based on correct and logical evidences.

You should be reflective (think deeply and engage in multiple rewrites), not reflexive (inserting the first ideas that come to mind).

Be thorough, precise, and convincing. Feel free to use “if” clauses, “it is possible” clauses, “for his reason X to be true” clauses, and “for the reason to support his conclusion” clauses, or any other creative device you choose to show the impact of any ambiguity or assumption that you have identified.

· Since the required word count is approximately 1,500 words (please keep writing within 100 words in either direction), following an outline is crucial to remain focused on your argument and avoid irrelevant descriptions.

· Refer to the grading rubric at the end of this document for more information about requirements and grading criteria.

Format of a critical analysis:

A. Introduction – Your introductory paragraph should set the stage for what is to follow. Use a catchy first line to grab the reader’s attention. In this paragraph, you should present the central theme, the thesis statement, and facts surrounding the main theme. Any important definitions and terms that will have relevance in the body can be defined and explained here if necessary.

B. Short summary – Provide a very brief summary of the work being reviewed. Then preview your argument, briefly stating what you will attempt to prove within your argument. Never present any more than the minimum that the reader needs to know to understand your argument.

C. Body – This should be the bulk of your paper. It is where the scope of the thesis should be explored and where the facts and data presented in the article are analyzed and checked for logic and accuracy. It is where you will present details of the reviewed material and where you ask the critical thinking questions we have covered so far in the course. You should identify and discuss any and all ambiguous terms and phrases, value and descriptive assumptions, fallacies, sources of evidence or lack of sufficient evidence, credentials of authorities, and appropriate citations, etc. It should clearly demonstrate how your analysis and evaluation influences how you reacted to the reasoning. Most importantly, it should be your

argument about the article and not a summary. Even though you are potentially only referring to one source, you still need to cite your information using parenthetical citation or footnotes / endnotes.

D. Conclusion – This final paragraph should sum up your overall conclusions. It should not contain any new or additional information. It should very briefly restate the ideas or arguments that have already been presented in the paper, and, more so, it should point out the importance of your argument. Provide an interesting closing—a striking statement or a dramatic example—with reference back to the thesis statement, making an impact and signaling the end of your essay

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