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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

1st November 2017 – The Washington Times

The 100-year-old promise

Clifford D. May

On Nov. 2 it will be exactly one hundred years since the Balfour Declaration, the British Empire’s statement in support of the establishment of “a national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, then a backwater of the soon-to-be-defeated Ottoman Empire. more...

16th October 2017 – Foreign Policy

Can Anyone End the Palestinian Civil War?

Grant Rumley

A new agreement aims to mend the rift between Fatah and Hamas — but the wounds may run too deep. more...

17th September 2017 – The Atlantic

The Doomed Palestinian Reconciliation Plan

Grant Rumley

Of the demands Palestinians often make of their leaders, reconciliation between their two largest political factions perennially tops the list. Fatah, which controls the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank, and the Islamist terror group Hamas, which wrested control of the Gaza Strip in a civil war in 2007, have waged a low-intensity conflict for over a decade. more...

11th September 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

How Do Palestinians Define ‘Terrorism’?

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

There is one step Mr. Abbas could take to demonstrate that he is taking Congress seriously: He could issue a definition of terrorism to his own people. Remarkably, the Palestinian Authority’s “Basic Law” does not mention terrorism. The State Department says that although the PA has criminalized acts of terror, it lacks legislation “specifically tailored to counterterrorism.” more...

27th August 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Palestinian Terrorist Group Campaigns For Bundestag

Benjamin Weinthal

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, an EU and US classified terrorist entity responsible the murders of scores of Israelis, seeks to enter the German Bundestag in the September 24 federal election. more...

22nd August 2017 – Foreign Affairs

Is War in Gaza Unavoidable?

Grant Rumley

Earlier this summer, it seemed like war in the Gaza Strip was inevitable. 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?