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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.

5th September 2017 - Quoted by CAMERA

Backgrounder: Tanzim

Grant Rumley

In late July 2017, Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the head of the Fatah movement that dominates it, “mobilized the shadowy militia elements of his party,” for protests against Israeli efforts to improve security near the Temple Mount. Among these...

17th August 2017 - Quoted by Aaron Howard - The Jewish Herald-Voice

The reign of Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

Surrounding himself with allies and sycophants in the last decade, Mahmoud Abbas has disconnected from the Palestinian people. Increasingly, the Palestinian people have become disconnected from him. Following Fatah’s Seventh Convention in December 2016, 65 percent of the Palestinian public...

16th August 2017 - Interview by Shmuel Rosner - The Jewish Journal

The Mahmoud Abbas exchange, Part 3: On Israel and the Palestinian leadership struggle

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).

15th August 2017 - Quoted by Sophie McNeill - ABC (Australia)

West Bank freedom crackdown as new law jails Palestinian Authority critics

Grant Rumley

Affaf Jaqarna's husband Mamdouh never came home from work last Tuesday.

14th August 2017 - Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Mahmoud Abbas Is Aging, Losing Control, and without a Successor

Grant Rumley

At the age of eighty-two and reportedly in poor health, the Palestinian Authority (PA) president faces declining popularity, yet has made no effort to appoint a successor.

14th August 2017 - ABC (Australia)

AM with Sabra Lane

Grant Rumley

FDD research fellow Grant Rumley talks about Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's crackdown on journalists in the West Bank on AM with Sabra Lane.

9th August 2017 - The American Interest

The End of the Abbas Era

Grant Rumley

The aging leader tried to capitalize on his people’s unrest by taking unprecedented steps against Israel. Instead, he may have just made the argument against his rule even stronger.

9th August 2017 - Quoted by Miriam Berger and Luke Baker - Reuters

Ageing and ailing, who will succeed current Palestinian leaders?

Grant Rumley

Palestinian politics is a relentless and often fruitless pursuit: after more than two decades of on-off negotiations, a state remains out of reach. Now add to the mix rising age and failing health.

30th July 2017 - Quoted by Seth J. Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post

Five Post-Abbas Possibilities

Grant Rumley

Every time Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gets sick, commentators rush to wonder what will come next when the 82-year old leader leaves office.

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).

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).

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.

12th July 2017 - Mentioned by Faith Bottum - The Washington Free Beacon

Experts: Abbas’s Role in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Solution Waning

Grant Rumley

Hosted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the discussion centered around the publication of The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas, by Grant Rumley, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Amir Tibon, chief Washington correspondent...

11th July 2017 - Prometheus Books

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.

8th July 2017 - Quoted by Arab News

Are Mahmoud Abbas’ challenges to the judiciary exposing his weakness?

Grant Rumley

Activists in Palestine claim that last month’s blocking of Palestinian websites was carried out simply via a phone call from the office of President Mahmoud Abbas to local Internet providers.

3rd February 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Israelis Don’t Buy the ‘Peace Process’ Chatter

Jonathan Schanzer

Among the many things President Obama gets wrong about the Middle East is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is an impediment to “peace” with the Palestinians.

23rd January 2015 - Business Insider

Inside The Slow-Burning Internal Crisis That’s Gripping The Palestinian Leadership

Grant Rumley

"Palestine cannot be run by bullying, dictatorship and the falsification of facts which Mahmoud Abbas and his gang use on daily basis.” So said Mohammad Dahlan, a chief rival of Abbas and the instigator of a massive rally in Gaza last month that featured posters of the Palestinian...

5th January 2015 - Cited by the Tower

Dennis Ross: Palestinians Must be Held Accountable for Failure to Make Peace

Jonathan Schanzer

Former American peace negotiator Dennis Ross argued in a New York Times op-ed today that it is time to hold the Palestinians accountable for their failure to make peace. At the beginning of his op-ed, Ross recalled a recent conversation he had with a European official sympathetic to the...

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

Despite ‘Incitement,’ Abbas Seen by Washington as Bulwark

Jonathan Schanzer

The Mahmoud Abbas whom Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused of incitement has said the Jewish state practices genocide and called the temporary closure of the Temple Mount after a terrorist attack a “declaration of war.”

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