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18th May 2017 – Foreign Policy

How Can Trump Make Peace Without a Partner in Palestine?

Grant Rumley

President Donald Trump visits Israel next week at a supremely awkward moment, amid reports that he shared Israeli intelligence with Russian officials in the Oval Office. Both sides are likely to do their best to bury the issue. more...

11th May 2017 – BICOM

A Win for the Palestinians

Grant Rumley

I met Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at a reception in Washington, and the Palestinian Ambassador to the US Husam Zomlot introduced me as being a friend of Palestine and a friend of US President Donald Trump, an expression I didn’t think I would hear six months ago, or ever really. more...

4th May 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Grant Rumley

FDD research fellow Grant Rumley discusses Abbas' visit to the White House and its implication for the PA. more...

4th May 2017 – Quoted by Sean Savage - The Algemeiner

Trump and Abbas State Desire for Peace, But Differ on Specifics

Grant Rumley

US President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas met for the first time at the White House on Wednesday, as Trump’s nascent administration is making a fresh bid to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. more...

3rd May 2017 – World Politics Review

Can Abbas Use His White House Visit to Preserve His Power and Undercut Hamas?

Grant Rumley

On Barack Obama’s first day in office as U.S. president in 2009, he called Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank to discuss the war being waged at the time in Gaza between Hamas and Israel. The call came just two years after a devastating Palestinian civil war in which Hamas—the Islamist group that the United States, Israel and the European Union all designate as a terrorist organization—had expelled Abbas’ Fatah-led Palestinian Authority from Gaza. more...

3rd May 2017 – Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

At White House Meeting with Trump, Abbas Signals Abandonment of Unilateral Statehood Re

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas offered a strong signal on Wednesday that he would abandon the strategy he pursued in recent years seeking unilateral statehood recognition at international fora in place of peace talks with Israel. more...

3rd May 2017 – Quoted by Peter Baker - The New York Times

Trump, Bullish on Mideast Peace, Will Need More Than Confidence

John Hannah, Grant Rumley

Ever since Britain declared 100 years ago that there should be a Jewish homeland in Palestine, harmony has eluded that dry, benighted land. Presidents and kings and prime ministers and diplomats and special envoys have labored for a century in a futile search for peace. more...

3rd May 2017 – Quoted by Laura Rozen - Al-Monitor

Trump, Abbas vow to prove skeptics wrong on reaching peace deal

Grant Rumley

Defying expectations when Donald Trump came into office that his administration would tilt heavily to the Israeli side, Trump hosted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for an upbeat visit at the White House on May 3 and declared that he did not think it would be too hard to get an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. more...

2nd May 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Hamas’s New Document: More of the Same

Kate Havard, Grant Rumley

Hamas’s outgoing political leader Khaled Meshaal announced the release of a new political document this week in Qatar. more...

2nd May 2017 – Quoted by Alex Kane - Vice News

Hamas Stops Calling for Israel’s Destruction, but Still Thinks the Country has No Right to Exist

Grant Rumley

In a stunning about-face, Hamas has formally declared acceptance of a Palestinian state (based on 1967 borders), moving away from its hyperbolic calls for the destruction of Israel. more...

1st May 2017 – Quoted by Yasmeen Serhan - The Atlantic

What Hamas’s New Document Does and Doesn’t Say

Grant Rumley

Hamas unveiled Monday a new political document supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state based on 1967 lines, marking a rhetorical shift just days ahead of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s visit to Washington. more...

1st May 2017 – Politico

Can Trump Make Mideast Peace Without Gaza?

Grant Rumley

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will visit the White House this week for the first time in three years. By all accounts, his host is eager to resume Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. more...

1st May 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Grant Rumley

FDD research fellow Grant Rumley discusses Abbas' visit to with Trump. more...

1st May 2017 – Quoted by Adam Rasgon - The Jerusalem Post

Hamas Unveils New Charter

Grant Rumley

In an effort to improve its regional and international relations, the Gaza Strip’s ruling Hamas Party on Monday released a policy document that nominally softens its official position on Israel while still calling for “the complete liberation of Palestine.” more...

1st May 2017 – Quoted by Joashua Mitnick, Rushdi abu Alouf - The Los Angeles Times

A revised Hamas charter will moderate its stance toward Israel — slightly

Grant Rumley

Hamas, the Palestinian group that rules the Gaza Strip, unveiled a new manifesto Monday moderating its position toward Israel — if only slightly — and distancing itself from Islamist groups in the Middle East. more...

26th April 2017 – ABC

AM with Sabra Lane

Grant Rumley

FDD Research Fellow Grant Rumley discussed the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. more...

24th April 2017 – Quoted by Raf Sanchez - The Telegraph

Marwan Barghouti: Can a man convicted of terrorism lead Palestinians to peace?

Grant Rumley

Even from the Israeli prison cell where he has languished for more than a decade, Marwan Barghouti is making himself heard. more...

24th April 2017 – Foreign Affairs

The Goal of the Latest Palestinian Hunger Strike

Grant Rumley

Last week, over a thousand Palestinian prisoners in Israel launched a hunger strike under the leadership of Marwan Barghouti, the mastermind of Fatah’s terror campaign during the second intifadaand the recipient of five life sentences in an Israeli prison. more...

21st April 2017 – i24

The Rundown

Grant Rumley

FDD research fellow Grant Rumley discusses 100 Palestinian prisoners abandon hunger strike. more...

18th April 2017 – Quoted by Joshua Mitnick - LA Times

Behind bars, a famed Palestinian leads his people in a prison hunger strike

Grant Rumley

He has long been viewed as a future president of a Palestinian state, even as he is reviled by Israelis as a terrorist who is serving multiple life terms in prison for murder. more...