Analysis & Commentary

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,...

27th December 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Anti-Israel UN Resolution Won’t Help Palestinians Achieve Statehood

Jonathan Schanzer

Last week’s vote in the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel “does nothing to help the Palestinians in practical terms,” Walter Russell Mead, a distinguished fellow at the Hudson Institute, wrote in an analysis Sunday.

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...

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.

17th October 2016 - Quoted by Joshua Mitnick - Los Angeles Times

Why refugees in this West Bank camp are rebelling against the Palestinian Authority

Grant Rumley

Sun-bleached posters of Palestinian militants adorn storefronts at the Balata refugee camp in the West Bank in tribute to those killed in an uprising against Israel that faded more than a decade ago.

15th October 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Fire German teacher who glorifies Palestinian violence, say critics

Benjamin Weinthal

A German public school teacher and leading BDS activist praised a Facebook photo of a Palestinian using a slingshot to apparently hurl stones at Israelis, prompting calls on Friday and Saturday for his immediate removal from the classroom in the city of Oldenburg, in the state of Lower...

19th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Hamas Vows to Join Municipal Elections, but Obstacles Remain

Grant Rumley

Hamas announced last week that it would participate in municipal elections across the West Bank and Gaza in October.

2nd June 2016 - Foreign Affairs

The Palestinian Pathway to Paris

Grant Rumley

This week, the French government, which has long tried to help broker a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, will launch its latest attempt with an international conference in Paris. The summit has made headlines not because of its substance but because of its unusual format:...

20th May 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

Gaza rebuilding falls by the wayside as Arab states leave Palestinians hanging

Jonathan Schanzer

When it comes to the security situation at Israel’s borders in recent years, no border has been more perilous for the Jewish state as its southern boundary with the Gaza Strip. Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005, and the Palestinian terror group Hamas seized control of the...

4th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Report: Infighting, Assassination Attempts Marring Palestinian Unity

Grant Rumley

Infighting at the top of Fatah, the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority—including alleged assassination attempts—are eroding the credibility of PA President Mahmoud Abbas and preventing Palestinian aspirations from being realized, longtime Palestinian affairs correspondent Khaled...

3rd May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: West’s Blind Eye to Abbas’ Corrupt Dictatorship is Undermining Palestinian Statehood

Grant Rumley, Jonathan Schanzer

The West’s refusal to challenge the growing corruption and autocratic rule of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas “could have a devastating effect on the long- prospects for a viable Palestinian state,” Grant Rumley, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of...

1st May 2016 - Newsweek

Barack Obama’s West Bank Strongman: Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

Amid all the preparations for a French-led conference on Israeli-Palestinian peace in the next year, Western officials continue to turn a blind eye to the increasingly autocratic tendencies of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

30th April 2016 - Quoted by Jonathan Brown - Al Jazeera

Birzeit vote: ‘Last stronghold’ of Palestinian politics

Grant Rumley

Hundreds of women waved Hamas flags, handed out sweets and chanted slogans along the streets of the typically sleepy Birzeit village this week, celebrating the victory of a Hamas-aligned group in student council elections at Birzeit University for the second year in a row.

28th April 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Exclusive: Israeli envoy slams Austria’s hosting of Palestinian hijacker terrorist

Benjamin Weinthal

The Austrian government and organizations that enabled a Palestinian terrorist to hold an April talk in Vienna faced a firestorm of criticism from Israel’s ambassador and the local Jewish community.

22nd April 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

As Israel asserts Golan control, the move is a civil war’s one point of agreement

Jonathan Schanzer

With Syria’s civil war raging on in its sixth year, neighboring Israel has largely managed to keep a comfortable distance from the bloody conflict, in no small part thanks to the Jewish state’s strong presence in the strategic Golan Heights—a territory that has belonged to Israel for...

11th April 2016 - Quoted by Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ali Sawafta - Reuters

With new decree, Palestinian leader tightens grip

Grant Rumley

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has quietly established a constitutional court that analysts say concentrates more power in his hands and may allow him to sideline the Islamist group Hamas in the event of a succession struggle.

8th April 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Panama Papers Shed Light on Shady Abbas Family Business Dealings

Jonathan Schanzer

The son of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas owned nearly $1 million of shares in a company with deep ties to multiple sectors of the Palestinian economy, Haaretz reported Thursday. The newspaper based its reporting on the “Panama Papers,” the massive leak of documents...

23rd March 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Palestinian Prime Minister Acknowledges Torture

Grant Rumley

In an interview that somehow failed to make headlines, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah admitted last week that torture occurs in PA facilities. Hamdallah, speaking on camera to the German outlet Deutsche Welle, ceded, “certain things happen, torture happens, but it is...

14th March 2016 - The Daily Beast

Palestine’s Anti-Corruption Crusader

Grant Rumley, Jonathan Schanzer

The biggest political standoff in years just ended in the West Bank and barely anyone in Washington noticed.

29th February 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Abbas’ Attacks on Lawmaker are Another Sign of Growing Autocracy

Grant Rumley

Palestinian lawmaker Najat Abu Bakr took refuge in the building of the defunct Palestinian Authority parliament on Friday after PA security services attempted to arrest her.


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