Analysis & Commentary


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.

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...

24th February 2017 - Quoted by Sean Durns - The Algemeiner

Terrorist Appointed as Mahmoud Abbas’ Deputy, But the World Stays Silent

Grant Rumley

On February 15, Fatah appointed Mahmoud Al-Aloul as a deputy and possible successor to PA President Mahmoud Abbas: Unfortunately, just like Abbas, Mr. Al-Aloul is a terrorist who has condoned violence against Israelis. And unsurprisingly, the global media — which seems uninterested in...

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.

24th January 2017 - Quoted by Orlando Crowcroft - International Business Times

Abu Mazen’s men: How Palestine’s leader Mahmoud Abbas wants to rule forever

Grant Rumley

Let us imagine a scenario: Above the bleached-white stone walls of Muqata'a, where Yasser Arafat lies in state, the red, white, green and black Palestinian flags fly at half-mast: Mahmoud Abbas is dead.

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.

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