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19th September 2017 – Quoted by J Dana Stuster

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...

18th September 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

As Trump Expresses Hope for Peace, PA Considers Unity Agreement with Hamas

Grant Rumley

In his meeting Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Donald Trump expressed hope that his administration could achieve “peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” even as the Palestinian Authority considers making another unity deal with terrorist group Hamas. 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...

17th September 2017 – Newsweek

What does Hamas want? Islamist olive branch could be thorn in the side for Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

Ever since it seized the Gaza Strip from rivals Fatah in 2007, Palestinian militant group Hamas has been anything but predictable. more...

14th September 2017 – Israel Policy Forum

Matzav Blog

Grant Rumley

Eli and Noa host Grant Rumley and Amir Tibon to discuss their book The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas. more...

11th September 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Experts: To Fight Terror, Palestinian Authority Must Define It

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

Faced with the loss of funds if the Taylor Force Act becomes law, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas must clearly outlaw terrorism as an important first step to show that the PA is seriously working to fight terror, two experts wrote in an op-ed published Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal. 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...

5th September 2017 – Quoted by CAMERA

Backgrounder: Tanzim

Grant Rumley

In late July 2017, Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the head of the Fatah movement that dominates it, “mobilized the shadowy militia elements of his party,” for protests against Israeli efforts to improve security near the Temple Mount. Among these elements was a group known as Tanzim. According to Grant Rumley, an analyst with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a Washington D.C.-based think tank: “In activating the Tanzim, a faction of his own party that Abbas has struggled to control, the Palestinian President was sanctioning his people's unrest (“The End of the Abbas Era, The American Interest, Aug. 9, 2017).” more...

31st August 2017 – Quoted by Aaron Magid - Jewish Insider

Greenblatt’s Gaza proposal leaves more questions than answers

Grant Rumley

Towards the end of Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt’s trip to the Middle East this week, he visited the Israeli-Gaza border with IDF Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. “It is clear that the Palestinian Authority must resume its role in managing the Gaza Strip,” Greenblatt declared and explained, “since Hamas has severely harmed the residents and failed to meet their most basic needs.” 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...

17th August 2017 – Quoted by Aaron Howard - The Jewish Herald-Voice

The reign of Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

Surrounding himself with allies and sycophants in the last decade, Mahmoud Abbas has disconnected from the Palestinian people. Increasingly, the Palestinian people have become disconnected from him. Following Fatah’s Seventh Convention in December 2016, 65 percent of the Palestinian public polled wanted President Abbas to resign while 31 percent wanted him to remain in office. more...

16th August 2017 – Interview by Shmuel Rosner - The Jewish Journal

The Mahmoud Abbas exchange, Part 3: On Israel and the Palestinian leadership struggle

Grant Rumley

The following exchange will focus on Tibon and Rumley’s new book The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas (Prometheus Books, 2017). more...

15th August 2017 – Quoted by Sophie McNeill - ABC (Australia)

West Bank freedom crackdown as new law jails Palestinian Authority critics

Grant Rumley

Affaf Jaqarna's husband Mamdouh never came home from work last Tuesday. more...

14th August 2017 – Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Mahmoud Abbas Is Aging, Losing Control, and without a Successor

Grant Rumley

At the age of eighty-two and reportedly in poor health, the Palestinian Authority (PA) president faces declining popularity, yet has made no effort to appoint a successor. more...

14th August 2017 – ABC (Australia)

AM with Sabra Lane

Grant Rumley

FDD research fellow Grant Rumley talks about Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's crackdown on journalists in the West Bank on AM with Sabra Lane. more...

14th August 2017 – Quoted by CAMERA

The Washington Post and The Case of the Missing Abu Jihad

Grant Rumley

The Washington Post continues to neglect internal Palestinian affairs. Six-months after he was appointed deputy to Fatah head and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, a man named Mahmoud al-Aloul has yet to be featured in the pages of The Post. Fatah is the dominant movement in the PA, which rules the West Bank (Judea and Samaria). more...

14th August 2017 – Quoted by Aaron Magid - Jewish Insider

Can the Trump Admin Prevent Another Gaza War?

Grant Rumley

Within a span of six years, Israel and Hamas have fought three bloody resulting in thousands of casualties. Gaza remains one of the most sensitive and explosive areas dividing Israelis and Palestinians. A senior Israeli military official noted in April that the severe electricity crisis facing Gaza may lead to an imminent clash. more...

9th August 2017 – The American Interest

The End of the Abbas Era

Grant Rumley

The aging leader tried to capitalize on his people’s unrest by taking unprecedented steps against Israel. Instead, he may have just made the argument against his rule even stronger. more...

9th August 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Palestinian Authority Detains West Bank Journalists Connected to Hamas

Grant Rumley

The Palestinian Authority arrested five journalists on Tuesday evening and charged them with leaking sensitive information to enemies. more...

9th August 2017 – Quoted by Miriam Berger and Luke Baker - Reuters

Ageing and ailing, who will succeed current Palestinian leaders?

Grant Rumley

Palestinian politics is a relentless and often fruitless pursuit: after more than two decades of on-off negotiations, a state remains out of reach. Now add to the mix rising age and failing health. more...