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Analysis & Commentary - Grant Rumley

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

22nd March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

A Temporary Thaw in Egyptian-PA Relations

Grant Rumley

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hosted his Palestinian Authority counterpart Mahmoud Abbas this week in Cairo for the first official summit between the two leaders in nearly a year. more...

9th March 2017 – Foreign Affairs

New Blood for Fatah and Hamas

Grant Rumley

Palestinian politicians tend to view term limits as casual suggestions. This is especially true in the case of the two largest Palestinian parties: the nominally secular Fatah, which manages the Palestinian-controlled areas of the West Bank, and the Islamist terror group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. more...

15th February 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Meet Mahmoud al-Aloul, Abbas’ New Deputy

Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced the surprise appointment of Mahmoud al-Aloul as his deputy in the Fatah party Wednesday night. This is the first time in Fatah’s history that the party has appointed a deputy. The move and the man are both seen as controversial. more...

16th January 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Another Palestinian Unity Agreement?

Grant Rumley

A coalition of Palestinian parties released a statement last week calling for the first session in over two decades of the parliamentary body of the PLO, the Palestinian National Council (PNC). more...

11th January 2017 – Foreign Affairs

Abbas on the Ropes

Grant Rumley

For most of his 12 years as president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas has enjoyed the White House’s full-throated backing. The administration of George W. Bush, which supported Abbas’ appointment as prime minister in 2003 and lauded his rise to the presidency in 2005, showered his government with material aid and pledges of political support. more...

29th November 2016 – The Weekly Standard

The Purge of Abbas’s Adversaries Looms Over Ramallah

Grant Rumley

As Mahmoud Abbas kicks off his Fatah party's congress this week in Ramallah, all eyes will be on the possible naming of a deputy or heir apparent. Fatah congresses are supposed to happen once every five years and are a chance for the party to elect new leaders in the governing bodies. more...

12th October 2016 – Foreign Affairs

Palestine’s Democratic Deficit

Grant Rumley

Last Tuesday, the Palestinian Authority postponed local municipal elections to early 2017 after an escalating series of reprisals between Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party in the West Bank and his Islamist Hamas rivals in Gaza ended in a stalemate. more...

8th September 2016 – The Wall Street Journal

The Fragile State of the Palestinian Authority

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

A Palestinian court on Thursday postponed municipal elections scheduled for Oct. 8 because Palestine’s two largest political factions, Fatah and Hamas, couldn’t agree on terms. The stalemate has been in place since 2006, the last time Palestinians voted, and even led to an internecine war the following year. more...

21st June 2016 – Foreign Affairs

Hamas and Egypt Make Amends?

Grant Rumley

A steady stream of reports in recent weeks has suggested that Egypt is burying the hatchet with Hamas. The Washington Post saw an “unlikely alliance” between the two, Al-Monitor floated the prospect of “reconciliation,” and Haaretz suggested that Cairo is offering the group “another chance.” more...

16th June 2016 – Fathom Journal

Assessing the Palestinian Authority’s Foreign Policy

Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas travelled to Athens in late December to thank the Greek Parliament for recognising the ‘State of Palestine’. more...

2nd June 2016 – Foreign Affairs

The Palestinian Pathway to Paris

Grant Rumley

This week, the French government, which has long tried to help broker a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, will launch its latest attempt with an international conference in Paris. The summit has made headlines not because of its substance but because of its unusual format: neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians were invited. more...

1st May 2016 – Newsweek

Barack Obama’s West Bank Strongman: Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

Amid all the preparations for a French-led conference on Israeli-Palestinian peace in the next year, Western officials continue to turn a blind eye to the increasingly autocratic tendencies of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. more...

15th April 2016 – inFOCUS Quarterly

After Abbas, Le Déluge in the Palestinian Authority

Grant Rumley, Jonathan Schanzer

Palestinian leaders in the West Bank refer to the wave of terror currently gripping Israel as a haba sha'abiya, or a "popular outburst." more...

23rd March 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Palestinian Prime Minister Acknowledges Torture

Grant Rumley

In an interview that somehow failed to make headlines, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah admitted last week that torture occurs in PA facilities. Hamdallah, speaking on camera to the German outlet Deutsche Welle, ceded, “certain things happen, torture happens, but it is not the policy [of the Palestinian Authority].” more...