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11th July 2018 – The Weekly Standard

Palestinian Sports Intimidation Should Be Punished

David May

Protesters waved Lionel Messi shirts stained with fake blood outside Argentina’s training facility in Spain recently. Fans were urged to burn pictures and jerseys of the Argentinian phenom. These were not soccer hooligans. more...

5th July 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

Expose the Palestinian ‘Refugee’ Scam

Jonathan Schanzer, Richard Goldberg

If President Trump wants to promote peace in the Middle East, his first step should be to declassify a key State Department report that would end the myth of Palestinian “refugees.” more...

4th July 2018 – The Washington Times

Palestinians have mail

Clifford D. May

For years, smart and well-meaning “peace processors” have worked hard to find a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. They’ve never come close. more...

5th June 2018 – Fox News

UN agency fuels Palestinian attacks against Israel

David May

Palestinians in Gaza said they planned to try to cross the border into Israel Tuesday for a new round of protests to mark the 51st anniversary of the Six-Day War, when Israel was attacked by Arab armies and took control of Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula. more...

23rd May 2018 – The Washington Times

For Hamas and its allies, the worse the better

Clifford D. May

There was a time when even inveterate haters of Israel refrained from making common cause with terrorists, jihadists and exterminationists. That time has passed. more...

17th May 2018 – New York Post

For Gaza’s suffering, blame Hamas

Jonathan Schanzer

Predictably, the recent unrest on the border separating Israel and the Gaza Strip has given way to a banal debate over the “desperation” of the people of Gaza. more...

15th May 2018 – Tablet Magazine

Palestinian Nationalism is at its Lowest Point Ever

Jonathan Schanzer

The riots on the border of the Gaza Strip could be the beginning of a new round of Middle East violence. Yet, they are also an indication that Palestinian nationalism is at its lowest point since the “Nakba,” the Israeli victory in the 1948-1949 War of Independence. more...

3rd April 2018 – The American Interest

The Gaza Crisis and the Clash to Come

Grant Rumley

The death toll reached 18 on Monday after a weekend of clashes on the Israeli-Gaza border. Thousands of Palestinians took part in the start of a wave of protests ignited by Hamas, the Islamist terror faction in control of Gaza. As Hamas officials insisted the clashes would continue for weeks, their rival in the West Bank, Mahmoud Abbas, declared a national day of mourning over the weekend and blamed Israel for the violence. more...

16th March 2018 – Tablet Magazine

In the Aftermath of an Assassination Attempt Against the Palestinian PM, Conspiracy Theories Abound

Jonathan Schanzer

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah emerged visibly shaken but unscathed after an assassination attempt on Tuesday in the Gaza Strip. The soft-spoken former academic arrived in Gaza to open a sewage plant and attend some political meeting. He had barely crossed into Northern Gaza when his convoy, which included Palestinian Intelligence Chief Majid Farraj, was rocked by two 33-pound bombs. Seven security guards were wounded and three cars were damaged in the attack. more...

27th February 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: UNRWA’s Palestinian Refugees

Jonathan Schanzer, Richard Goldberg, Clifford D. May

Foreign Podicy host, Cliff May, is joined by FDD’s Jonathan Schanzer and Richard Goldberg to discuss their research on UNRWA and their recommendations for reforms that could be beneficial to Israelis, Palestinians and American taxpayers. more...

26th January 2018 – Fox News

Palestinians are taking a huge risk by ignoring Trump’s threat to cut off US aid

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to cut off as much as $700 million in annual U.S. aid to the Palestinians if their leaders don’t begin serious peace negotiations with Israel, but the Palestinian leadership remained defiant. more...

25th January 2018 – Politico

How Trump Can Help the Palestinians and Promote Peace

Jonathan Schanzer, Richard Goldberg

Speaking at a summit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Davos on Thursday, President Donald Trump ripped into his Palestinian counterpart. He threatened to withhold American assistance if the Palestinians didn’t return to negotiations. “All that money is on the table,” he warned. more...

17th January 2018 – BBC


Jonathan Schanzer

The US is withholding more than half of a $125m (£90m) instalment destined for the UN relief agency for the Palestinians, American officials say. It will provide $60m in aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) but will hold back a further $65m. more...

17th January 2018 – BBC


Jonathan Schanzer

The US is withholding more than half of a $125m (£90m) instalment destined for the UN relief agency for the Palestinians, American officials say. It will provide $60m in aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) but will hold back a further $65m. more...

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...


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Senior Vice President

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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?