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26th July 2017 – The Jewish Journal

The Mahmoud Abbas exchange, part 2: On peace agreements with Arab autocrats

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...

19th July 2017 – The Jewish Journal

The Mahmoud Abbas exchange, part 1: A man of peace turned autocrat

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...

18th July 2017 – Fathom Journal

The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas - Interview With Grant Rumley & Amir Tibon

Grant Rumley

Fathom Assistant Editor Samuel Nurding sat down with Grant Rumley and Amir Tibon to discuss their new book The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas (Prometheus Books, 2017). more...

13th July 2017 – The American Interest

Mahmoud Abbas and the Years of Terror

Grant Rumley

Mahmoud Abbas’s role in Palestinian politics was forged in the bloody years of the Second Intifada, when he became the anti-Arafat. But the events of those years also foreshadow the indecision and timidity that have plagued him since. more...

11th July 2017 – Prometheus Books

The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas

The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

The Last Palestinian, drawing from interviews with key figures in the West Bank, Israel, and Washington, is the first English biography of Abbas. more...

2nd July 2017 – The Atlantic

The Political Education of Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

When Israeli tanks besieged Yasser Arafat’s headquarters in Ramallah in 2002, the Palestinian leader famously declared, “Oh God, grant me a martyr’s death.” more...

29th June 2017 – Foreign Policy

The Squeeze Is On Against Hamas

Grant Rumley

The Islamist movement's Arab neighbors, together with Israel, are cutting off its few remaining lifelines — and hoping not to spark a war. more...

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...