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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...

12th November 2017 – Quoted by Cathy Burke - Newsmax

Trump’s Middle East Team: Goal Is to ‘Facilitate, Not Dictate, a Lasting Peace Agreement’

Grant Rumley

President Donald Trump and his advisers are developing “the ultimate deal” to end the intractable Israel-Palestinian conflict — one based on a two-state solution that’ll go beyond previous frameworks offered by the U.S. government, The New York Times reported. more...

12th November 2017 – Quoted by Reuters and The Jerusalem Post

Will Trump Bring Peace to the Middle East?

Grant Rumley

“Ultimately, both Netanyahu and Abbas just have this long, long history and they’ve played this game really well,” said Foundation for Defense of Democracies scholar Grant Rumley. more...

11th November 2017 – Quoted by Peter Baker - The New York Times

Trump Team Begins Drafting Middle East Peace Plan

Grant Rumley

President Trump and his advisers have begun developing their own concrete blueprint to end the decades-old conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, a plan intended to go beyond previous frameworks offered by the American government in pursuit of what the president calls “the ultimate deal.” more...

10th November 2017 – Quoted by The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council

Noted and Quoted - November 2017

Grant Rumley

It was so near and yet so far on ABC TV News24 "The World" (Oct. 12) with Lancaster University academic Simon Mabon discussing the latest deal signed between Hamas, which rules Gaza, and Fatah, which runs the Palestinian Authority (PA). more...

5th November 2017 – Quoted by Elisheva Goldberg - Haaretz

Young Palestinians Skeptical That Hamas-PA Unity Will Help Them Escape Gaza

Grant Rumley

Leaving the enclave via Egypt is a labyrinthine struggle, but young Palestinians maintain hope that the reconciliation deal will help them on their way to Western universities, vacation spots and further afield more...

13th October 2017 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

The U.S. Sees an Opportunity in the Palestinian Reconciliation

Jonathan Schanzer

Usually the U.S. and Israel are on the same page when it comes to reconciling the two rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah. Until Hamas renounces terror and disarms, both Washington and Jerusalem have opposed its integration into the Palestinian Authority. more...

12th October 2017 – Quoted by Dan Diker - The Jerusalem Post

Students for Justice in Palestine, Unmasked

Jonathan Schanzer

Studies by Brandeis University and the AMCHA initiative have revealed a direct correlation between BDS activities and a marked rise in antisemitic acts on campuses with large Jewish populations. more...

11th October 2017 – Quoted by Jonah Naghi - Matzav Blog

Unity and Democracy: Prerequisites for Independence in Palestine and Kuristan

Grant Rumley

In the weeks leading up to and after the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) referendum, the Kurds’ aspirations faced regional hostility, except from Israel. more...

4th October 2017 – Quoted by Sean Durns - Washington Jewish Week

The media and the missing Abu Jihad

Grant Rumley

On Feb. 15, a convicted terrorist whose nom de guerre is Abu Jihad (“Father of Jihad”) was appointed deputy to Palestinian Authority president and Fatah head Mahmoud Abbas. more...

28th September 2017 – Quoted by Adam Rasgon - The Jerusalem Post

Expert: Palestinians Hedging Their Bets With Hybrid Strategy

Grant Rumley

The Palestinian leadership in Ramallah is pursuing a hybrid strategy in which it seeks bilateral negotiations with Israel, but also makes moves to challenge Israel and gain recognition in international institutions, Grant Rumley, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said on Wednesday. more...

28th September 2017 – Quoted by Aaron Magid - Jewish Insider

After Trump’s third meeting with Netanyahu, experts perplexed with approach

Grant Rumley

Even back in 2004, when Donald Trump was the host of the reality television show The Apprentice, the real estate developer expressed supreme confidence in his ability to solve the decades long Israeli-Arab conflict. Trump told former Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry that year: “It would take me two weeks to get an agreement.” more...

27th September 2017 – Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Service

‘Bad blood’ hovers over latest attempt at Palestinian reconciliation

Grant Rumley

With other major issues in the Middle East such as the Iran nuclear deal taking center stage in recent weeks, two rival Palestinian factions—the terror group Hamas and the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA)—quietly announced a reconciliation deal and their decision to form a unity government. more...

24th September 2017 – Quoted by Arab Weekly

Palestinian unity government remains unlikely

Grant Rumley

Conciliatory moves an­nounced by the Palestin­ian movement Hamas to­wards its rival Fatah will not be enough to bring an end to the differences between the two sides, let alone form a unity government, observers noted. more...

22nd September 2017 – Quoted by Adel Zaanoun - Agence France Presse

Squeezed on all sides, Hamas bids for reconciliation

Grant Rumley

When Hamas announced this week it would accept demands from rivals Fatah in a bid for Palestinian reconciliation, it was the latest in months of shifts from the Islamist group. more...

19th September 2017 – Quoted by J Dana Stuster - Lawfare

Iraq Braces for Kurdish Independence Referendum

Grant Rumley

As world leaders gather in New York this week, Iraqi President Fuad Masum, who had been scheduled to address the U.N. General Assembly, will be conspicuously absent. 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?