Analysis & Commentary


12th January 2017 - Quoted by William Booth - The Washington Post

In Paris, the world will try one more time to solve the Israel-Palestinian conflict

Grant Rumley

Poor, belittled Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has pulled off a remarkable feat.

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,...

23rd December 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Analysis: Anti-Israel UN Resolution Would Undermine Peace Talks

Grant Rumley

The passage of a one-sided anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations Security Council, as is anticipated to occur today, would mark a significant departure from an international consensus governing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

21st December 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Abbas Lifts Parliamentary Immunity From Rival’s Allies, Strengthening Grip on Power

Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has stripped five lawmakers of their parliamentary immunity, a move likely to consolidate his rule following his unanimous reelection as the head of the Fatah Party, Reuters reported Monday. Three of the parliamentarians sought sanctuary in the...

7th December 2016 - The Washington Times

Mahmoud Abbas, the winner…

Clifford D. May

One man, one vote, one time: In 2005, Mahmoud Abbas was elected to a four-year term as president of the Palestinian Authority. He hasn’t bothered to run for re-election since.

30th November 2016 - Quoted by Dov Lieber - Times of Israel

Opening night of much-hyped Seventh Fatah Congress a perplexing snooze

Grant Rumley

The opening night of the Seventh Fatah Congress — which was hyped as the event that would usher in a new age for the Palestinian party currently ruling the West Bank, and perhaps see a possible successor to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas crowned — was both mystifying and...

29th November 2016 - Quoted by Sophie McNeill - ABC News

Palestine’s Fatah party holds first congress in seven years; talk of appointing deputy for President

Grant Rumley

It has been quite a few years in the waiting, but this week 1,400 handpicked Fatah party faithfuls gathered in the West Bank capital Ramallah for the movement's seventh congress.

29th November 2016 - Quoted by Peter Baker, Rami Nazzal - The New York Times

Mahmoud Abbas, Re-elected as Fatah Leader, Moves to Solidify Power

Grant Rumley

Under fire at home and abroad, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority moved on Tuesday to solidify his decade-long hold on power with a party conference that had already been purged of most of his opponents.

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.

28th November 2016 - Quoted by Joshua Mitnick - The Los Angeles Times

The Palestinians’ political future could change this week. Here’s why

Grant Rumley

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ political party, Fatah, opens its first party congress in seven years on Tuesday amid swirling speculation about who will succeed the 81-year-old at the helm of the Palestinian Authority.

22nd November 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Palestinian Infighting Intensifies Ahead of Leadership Meeting

Grant Rumley, Jonathan Schanzer

Clashes between gunmen and Palestinian Authority police in the West Bank have intensified in the run-up to the leadership meeting of the long-ruling Fatah party later this month, the Associated Press reported Monday.

20th November 2016 - Quoted by Zena Tahhan - Al Jazeera

Egypt-Israel relations ‘at highest level’ in history

Oren Kessler

Almost four decades since former Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat extended a hand of peace to Israel, the two governments have reached "full partnership and unbreakable alliance", analysts say.

20th November 2016 - Quoted by Zena Tahhan - Al Jazeera

Egypt-Israel relations ‘at highest level’ in history

Oren Kessler

Almost four decades since former Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat extended a hand of peace to Israel, the two governments have reached "full partnership and unbreakable alliance", analysts say.

2nd November 2016 - Quoted by Peter Baker - The New York Times

In Muhammad Dahlan’s Ascent, a Proxy Battle for Legitimacy

Grant Rumley

Muhammad Dahlan lives 1,300 miles from his Palestinian brethren in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

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.

10th October 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Abbas’ Health Scares, Canceled Elections Raise Doubts About Palestinian Statehood

Grant Rumley, Jonathan Schanzer

The cancellation of long-awaited Palestinian elections, as well as the recent hospitalization of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who does not have a clear succession plan, have caused growing concern over whether Palestinians would be prepared to run an effective independent...

17th September 2016 - Quoted by Michael Weiss - The Daily Beast

What Did KGB Get From Palestinian President?

Grant Rumley

The evidence is clear and convincing that the Soviets cultivated Mahmoud Abbas, but what did that bring them in the past, and what does it mean in the present?

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...

28th August 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: West Bank Disorder Result of Abbas’ Failure to Prepare PA for Statehood

Grant Rumley, Jonathan Schanzer

The Palestinian Authority’s failure “to build itself as a state-like entity” is at the root of ongoing unrest in West Bank territories under its administration, Pinchas Inbari, a longtime Arab affairs correspondent for Israel Radio, wrote in an analysis published Wednesday by the...

25th August 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Hamas, PA Harass Journalists Ahead of Elections to Mask Failures, Boost Popularity

Grant Rumley

Both the Palestinian Authority and the terrorist organization Hamas are intimating journalists in order to stifle negative coverage ahead of local and municipal elections, veteran Palestinian affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh reported on Tuesday.

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