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9th January 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Thirteen Years into the Abbas Presidency, Corruption and Autocracy Dominate the West Bank

Grant Rumley

On this day in 2005, Mahmoud Abbas was elected president of the Palestinian Authority (PA). In his inaugural address, Abbas hailed the “peaceful transfer of authority” and pledged to “start the process of reform…so as to establish the foundations of the Palestinian state to which we aspire.” After a decade of Yasser Arafat’s iron-handed PA rule – with his later years characterized by an armed Palestinian uprising – Abbas seemed a breath of fresh air. more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Shiri Moshe - The Algemeiner

Legal Battle Heats Up Over Fordham University Decision to Ban ‘Students for Justice in Palestine’

Jonathan Schanzer

Fordham University in New York on Wednesday called on a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed over its refusal to recognize a chapter of the anti-Zionist group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). more...

4th January 2018 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Why Trump’s Middle East negotiator is beating expectations

Jonathan Schanzer

Jason Greenblatt of Teaneck, President Donald Trump’s chief Israeli-Palestinian negotiator, has an office just around the corner from the White House. more...

31st December 2017 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

One Year On, Trump’s Middle East Negotiator Is Beating Expectations

Jonathan Schanzer

Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s chief Israeli-Palestinian negotiator, has an office just around the corner from the White House. more...

23rd December 2017 – Agence France Presse

Abbas breaks with US over Jerusalem - but for how long?

Grant Rumley

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has broken with Washington over its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital but, popular as it is domestically, analysts question how long that tough stance can last. more...

8th December 2017 – Quoted by Rory Jones - The Wall Street Journal

Initial Mideast Violence From New U.S. Policy on Israel Is Limited

Grant Rumley

A splintered Palestinian leadership and muted Israeli security measures in Jerusalem limited the violent fallout on Friday of a White House decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital, easing fears of further unrest. more...

7th December 2017 – Fortune

Jerusalem Is Already Israel’s Capital. Trump Just Made it Official.

Jonathan Schanzer

Unrest is spreading across the Middle East. Anti-American protests have erupted in Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, Turkey, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and beyond. The State Department has issued a worldwide warning for U.S. citizens. And it’s all because U.S. President Donald Trump said he intends to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. more...

7th December 2017 – Quoted by Amir Tibon - Haaretz

Analysis: Can Kushner’s Peace Plan Recover From Trump’s Jerusalem Bombshell?

Jonathan Schanzer

Jared Kushner's speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict earlier this week had even skeptics wondering if the Trump administration might achieve the unachievable. And then Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. more...

7th December 2017 – Quoted by Joyce Karam - The National

Experts react to Trump’s Jerusalem decision: A diplomatic upgrade or end of the peace process?

Jonathan Schanzer

US President Donald Trump threw another political bombshell into the Middle East sphere on Wednesday, upending Washington’s longtime cautious position by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and initiating the move of the US embassy in the years to come. more...

6th December 2017 – Quoted by Louis Nelson and Matthew Nussbaum - Politico

Trump says U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, despite global condemnation

Jonathan Schanzer

The U.S. will officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin taking steps to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday, making good on a campaign promise that critics fear could shut the door on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and ignite fresh violence in the region. more...

6th December 2017 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Trump’s Jerusalem plan signals to Palestinians — the less you give up, the more you lose

Jonathan Schanzer

President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital sends a stark message that Palestinians should abandon their all-or-nothing demands in peace talks and applies subtle pressure on the Jewish state to make concessions, analysts said Wednesday. more...

30th November 2017 – Quoted by Adam Abrams - Jewish News Service

Gaza power transfer and Hamas threat to relocate weapons are both hollow, experts say

Grant Rumley

As Hamas’s decade-long rule of the Gaza Strip nears its presumed end, the Palestinian terror group has defied calls to disarm and has vowed to move its battle against Israel to Judea and Samaria. But experts say that Gaza’s impending power transfer as well as Hamas’s threat are both unlikely to materialize. more...

30th November 2017 – Quoted by Adam Abrams - Jewish News Service

‘Zero probability’ Hamas will disarm amid Palestinian unity efforts

Grant Rumley

As Hamas’s decade-long rule of the Gaza Strip nears its presumed end, the Palestinian terror group has defied calls to disarm and has vowed to move its battle against Israel to Judea and Samaria. But experts say that Gaza’s impending power transfer as well as Hamas’s threat are both unlikely to materialize. more...

28th November 2017 – Quoted by Abe Silberstein - Matzav Blog

Netanyahu’s Survivable Uncertainties

Grant Rumley

Over the weekend, Ha’aretz reported that the Trump administration, like the Clinton and Obama administrations before it, has grown frustrated with Benjamin Netanyahu’s ambivalence for the peace process. Washington is reportedly irked by Israel’s refusal to engage in goodwill gestures toward the Palestinians, including in the much-ballyhooed area of economic development. more...

21st November 2017 – The Atlantic

Why Trump Moved Against the PLO

Grant Rumley

This week, the Trump administration threatened to close the Washington office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) if the Palestinians did not immediately halt their campaign at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and agree to engage in the soon-to-be announced peace process. more...

21st November 2017 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

The Trump Administration Says It Wants To Shut Down The PLO Mission. Now What?

Jonathan Schanzer

In 1987, Congress passed legislation that declared there would never be an office of the Palestine Liberation Organization on U.S. soil. President Ronald Reagan agreed and signed the law. more...

21st November 2017 – Quoted by Agence France Presse

Palestinian factions start reconciliation talks in Cairo

Grant Rumley

Leading Palestinian political factions began talks in Cairo on Tuesday aimed at pushing ahead with reconciliation efforts, including discussing the formation of a unity government. more...

20th November 2017 – Quoted by Caroline B. Glick - The Jerusalem Post

Our World: Holding The PLO Accountable

Jonathan Schanzer

Is the PLO’s long vacation from accountability coming to an end? How about the State Department’s? In 1987 the US State Department placed the PLO on its list of foreign terrorist organizations. The PLO was removed from the list in 1994, following the initiation of its peace process with Israel in 1993. more...

20th November 2017 – Quoted by The Jewish Insider

Jewish Insider’s Daily Kickoff: November 20, 2017

Grant Rumley

DRIVING THE WEEK: Over the weekend, the Trump administration notified the Palestinian Authority that the U.S. could shut down the Palestinian diplomatic delegation in Washington, D.C. within the next few months if they pursue any legal action against Israel at the International Criminal Court. The office could be reopened if after 90 days President Trump determines the Palestinians have entered into “direct, meaningful negotiations with Israel," the State Department said. more...

14th November 2017 – Quoted by J. Dana Suster - Lawfare

Saudi Power Play Sends Shockwaves Abroad

Grant Rumley

The Middle East is still reeling from the abrupt consolidation of power in Riyadh and escalation of tensions between the kingdom and Iran last week. While Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s strategy has not grown any clearer, the situation has gotten stranger. more...

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19th December 2016 - 12:00 PM

Implications of the Fatah Conference

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies hosted a by-invitation lunch discussion on Monday, December 19, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on the impact of the recent Fatah Conference where Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas oversaw the party’s first internal elections in seven years. The conversation featured Grant Rumley, research fellow at FDD who recently returned from the Conference; and Sarah Yerkes, visiting fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at FDD, moderated the conversation.

14th November 2014 - 11:00 AM

After the Gaza Conflict: Hamas’ Goals, Military Capabilities, and Financial Networks

Please join us for a panel discussion and conversation with Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Dr. Matthew Levitt, Dan Moger, Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Dr. Samuel Tadros, and Jeffrey White.


Rosie Gray, reporter for BuzzFeed, will serve as moderator 


Two months after the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, what is known of Hamas’ military capabilities, tactics, and regional alliances? Where will the group’s monetary and military resources come from next? Will Hamas benefit from taking part in a revived unity government with the Palestinian Authority? What, if anything, can Washington do to prevent a resurgence of Hamas in the Middle East?