Analysis & Commentary

21st January 2018 - The Atlantic

The Tragedy of Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

Picture a Palestinian leader in the twilight of his reign. Besieged on all sides and challenged by younger upstarts, he lashes out against Israel, his Arab brethren, and the United States. Other Palestinian officials jockey to replace him, convinced he’s past his prime. This is how it...

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...

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....

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.

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.

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.”

21st June 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Exiled Palestinian Leader Dahlan’s Gaza Fuel Deal Could Revive His Bid to Succeed Aging Abbas, Exper

Jonathan Schanzer

A bitter rival of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas could become a serious contender to replace the elderly Palestinian leader in the event of a succession crisis, a leading regional expert told The Algemeiner on Wednesday.

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.

16th May 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior Vice President Jonathan Schanzer discusses Trump offering undefined "self-determination" to Abbas.

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...

10th May 2017 - The Washington Times

Fooling many of the people, much of the time

Clifford D. May

“Hamas Drops Call for Israel’s Destruction,” headlined The Wall Street Journal last week. The New York Times told its readers: “Hamas Moderates Talk on Israel.” And The Guardian (UK) concluded that Hamas had produced a document likely to “ease peace process.”

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.

4th May 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Trump cannot be serious about the peace process, can he?

John Hannah

This is the sort of State Department boilerplate that every administration pushes out, boilerplate that rests on the false assumption that a peace deal is just around the corner and all the parties need is the brilliance of magic words spoken by the U.S. president.

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.

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...

3rd May 2017 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon -

As Palestinian leader Abbas meets Trump, regional dynamics play out in Israel’s favor

Jonathan Schanzer

Despite a reportedly planned increase in American aid to the Palestinians, Wednesday’s meeting between President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas came as the U.S.-Israel relationship and the Middle East’s regional dynamics increasingly played out in...

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

Middle East Experts Pour Cold Water on Hamas Effort to Market New ‘Moderate’ Image to World

Jonathan Schanzer

Despite its current effort to market itself to the world as a “moderate” force, the Hamas terrorist organization’s goal remains the annihilation of Israel, a trio of experts have told The Algemeiner.

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.

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.

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...


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