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11th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Widespread protests force Tunisian army deployment

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Grant Rumley

The army will be protecting government installations, following an incident in which protesters burned a security headquarters near the Algerian border, prompting police to flee. more...

11th January 2018 – The Tower

Expert: During 13 Years in Power, Abbas Has “Exacerbated Crisis of Corruption” in the PA

Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, who was elected to a four-year term 13 years ago this week, has presided over an “exacerbated crisis of corruption” in the PA even as he has practiced “his own distinct style of nepotism” to enrich his family, Grant Rumley, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote Tuesday. 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...

3rd January 2018 – Foreign Policy

Mahmoud Abbas Doesn’t Have a Trump Strategy

Grant Rumley

To hear Palestinian leaders tell it, their relationship with the Trump administration has now been simplified. “We will sever all ties with the Americans,” Ahmed Majdalani, a confidant of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, told me, “this means the end of the peace process and the U.S. role there.” 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...

9th December 2017 – Quoted by Raf Sanchez - The Telegraph

Trump’s decision on Jerusalem shatters the Palestinian old guard

Grant Rumley

For more than 20 years, Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian’s chief peace negotiator, has chased the dream of a two-state solution and the hope of an independent Palestinian state. 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...

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 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 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...

2nd November 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Grant Rumley

FDD's Grant Rumley discusses recent developments with Hamas on The John Batchelor Show. more...