Analysis & Commentary


14th November 2017 - Quoted by J. Dana Suster - Lawfare

Saudi Power Play Sends Shockwaves Abroad

Grant Rumley

The Middle East is still reeling from the abrupt consolidation of power in Riyadh and escalation of tensions between the kingdom and Iran last week. While Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s strategy has not grown any clearer, the situation has gotten stranger.

12th November 2017 - Quoted by Cathy Burke - Newsmax

Trump’s Middle East Team: Goal Is to ‘Facilitate, Not Dictate, a Lasting Peace Agreement’

Grant Rumley

President Donald Trump and his advisers are developing “the ultimate deal” to end the intractable Israel-Palestinian conflict — one based on a two-state solution that’ll go beyond previous frameworks offered by the U.S. government, The New York Times reported.

12th November 2017 - Quoted by Reuters and The Jerusalem Post

Will Trump Bring Peace to the Middle East?

Grant Rumley

“Ultimately, both Netanyahu and Abbas just have this long, long history and they’ve played this game really well,” said Foundation for Defense of Democracies scholar Grant Rumley.

16th October 2017 - Foreign Policy

Can Anyone End the Palestinian Civil War?

Grant Rumley

A new agreement aims to mend the rift between Fatah and Hamas — but the wounds may run too deep.

4th October 2017 - Quoted by Sean Durns - Washington Jewish Week

The media and the missing Abu Jihad

Grant Rumley

On Feb. 15, a convicted terrorist whose nom de guerre is Abu Jihad (“Father of Jihad”) was appointed deputy to Palestinian Authority president and Fatah head Mahmoud Abbas.

28th September 2017 - Quoted by Adam Rasgon - The Jerusalem Post

Expert: Palestinians Hedging Their Bets With Hybrid Strategy

Grant Rumley

The Palestinian leadership in Ramallah is pursuing a hybrid strategy in which it seeks bilateral negotiations with Israel, but also makes moves to challenge Israel and gain recognition in international institutions, Grant Rumley, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of...

28th September 2017 - Quoted by Aaron Magid - Jewish Insider

After Trump’s third meeting with Netanyahu, experts perplexed with approach

Grant Rumley

Even back in 2004, when Donald Trump was the host of the reality television show The Apprentice, the real estate developer expressed supreme confidence in his ability to solve the decades long Israeli-Arab conflict. Trump told former Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry that year:...

27th September 2017 - Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Service

‘Bad blood’ hovers over latest attempt at Palestinian reconciliation

Grant Rumley

With other major issues in the Middle East such as the Iran nuclear deal taking center stage in recent weeks, two rival Palestinian factions—the terror group Hamas and the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA)—quietly announced a reconciliation deal and their decision to form a...

24th September 2017 - Quoted by Arab Weekly

Palestinian unity government remains unlikely

Grant Rumley

Conciliatory moves an­nounced by the Palestin­ian movement Hamas to­wards its rival Fatah will not be enough to bring an end to the differences between the two sides, let alone form a unity government, observers noted.

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.

11th September 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Experts: To Fight Terror, Palestinian Authority Must Define It

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

Faced with the loss of funds if the Taylor Force Act becomes law, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas must clearly outlaw terrorism as an important first step to show that the PA is seriously working to fight terror, two experts wrote in an op-ed published Tuesday in The Wall...

11th September 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

How Do Palestinians Define ‘Terrorism’?

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

There is one step Mr. Abbas could take to demonstrate that he is taking Congress seriously: He could issue a definition of terrorism to his own people. Remarkably, the Palestinian Authority’s “Basic Law” does not mention terrorism. The State Department says that although the PA has...

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...

22nd August 2017 - Foreign Affairs

Is War in Gaza Unavoidable?

Grant Rumley

Earlier this summer, it seemed like war in the Gaza Strip was inevitable.

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.

15th August 2017 - Quoted by Sean Durns - The Algemeiner

Can the Washington Post Google Anti-Jewish Incitement?

Clifford D. May

A July 27, 2017, Washington Post report minimized both Palestinian anti-Jewish violence, as well as the Jewish people’s connection to their ancestral homeland of Israel.

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.

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