Analysis & Commentary

31st August 2017 - Quoted by Aaron Magid - Jewish Insider

Greenblatt’s Gaza proposal leaves more questions than answers

Grant Rumley

Towards the end of Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt’s trip to the Middle East this week, he visited the Israeli-Gaza border with IDF Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. “It is clear that the Palestinian Authority must resume its role...

26th August 2017 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

Jared Kushner was in the Middle East. Did Trump’s A team bring a peace plan?

Jonathan Schanzer

Seven months into the Trump presidency, Israel and the Palestinians, along with other countries in the Middle East and experts on policy in the region, are still waiting for the US administration to describe its preferred framework for peace there.

14th August 2017 - Quoted by Aaron Magid - Jewish Insider

Can the Trump Admin Prevent Another Gaza War?

Grant Rumley

Within a span of six years, Israel and Hamas have fought three bloody resulting in thousands of casualties. Gaza remains one of the most sensitive and explosive areas dividing Israelis and Palestinians. A senior Israeli military official noted in April that the severe electricity crisis...

9th August 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Palestinian Authority Detains West Bank Journalists Connected to Hamas

Grant Rumley

The Palestinian Authority arrested five journalists on Tuesday evening and charged them with leaking sensitive information to enemies.

8th August 2017 - Quoted by CAMERA

Can The Washington Post ‘Google’ Anti-Jewish Incitement?

Clifford D. May

A July 27, 2017 Washington Post report minimizes both Palestinian anti-Jewish violence and the Jewish people's connection to their ancestral homeland, Israel (“New clashes erupt at holy site in Jerusalem”).

2nd August 2017 - Quoted by Jacob Kornbluh and Aaron Magid - Jewish Insider

AIPAC backs Taylor Force Act in letter to senators

Jonathan Schanzer

After months of declining to explicitly endorse the Taylor Force Act, AIPAC announced on Wednesday their support of the bipartisan legislation that would cut off U.S. economic assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until they cease payments to families of terrorists.

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.

28th July 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

PA Payments to Palestinian Who Killed 3 Israelis Could Lead to Passage of Taylor Force Act

Jonathan Schanzer

The generous monthly salary that Palestinian terrorist Omar al-Abed will receive from the Palestinian Authority as a reward for his murder of the Salomon family could be a powerful incentive to a pending U.S. legislative bill that would cut aid to the PA for sponsoring terrorism.

28th July 2017 - Syndicated

Buck Sexton with America Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD senior vice president Jonathan Schanzer talks about the recent violence surrounding the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and the Iranian missile launch on Buck Sexton with America Now.

27th July 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Expert: $3K Per Month PA Salary for Halamish Killer Will Give ‘Momentum’ to Taylor Force Act

Jonathan Schanzer

The monthly salary of approximately $3,000 that the Palestinian Authority will pay to terrorist Omar al-Abed could be a powerful spur to a pending US legislative bill that would slash aid to the PA over its “martyr payments” policy, a leading Middle East expert told The Algemeiner on...

26th July 2017 - The Jewish Journal

The Mahmoud Abbas exchange, part 2: On peace agreements with Arab autocrats

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).

25th July 2017 - Quoted by Yasmeen Serhan - The Atlantic

What’s the Problem With Metal Detectors in Jerusalem?

Grant Rumley

Of all the issues involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, none is more sensitive than the status of Jerusalem, which both sides claim as their capital. But the delicate status quo surrounding the holy city has been threatened in recent weeks following the installation of new security...

25th July 2017 - Quoted by Aaron Magid - Jewish Insider

Temple Mount crisis hinders Trump’s peace efforts

Grant Rumley

Last week Israelis and Palestinians experienced the most deadly day of the conflict this year with three Israelis brutally stabbed in Halamish and three Palestinians killed while protesting new security measures on the Temple Mount.

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.

10th July 2017 - Quoted by Aaron Magid - Jewish Journal

Trump admin hits roadblocks for Israeli-Palestinian talks

Grant Rumley

After months of intensive US efforts, Tillerson’s statements suggested that the Palestinians had backtracked on a longstanding policy, handing the Trump administration its first victory on the peace process front.

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.

6th July 2017 - Quoted by Ira Stoll - The Algemeiner

‘Sick’ New York Times Article Portrays Terrorist as ‘Political Prisoner’ of Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

A New York Times article inaccurately portraying convicted terrorist Marwan Barghouti as a political prisoner is triggering outrage, concern, and dismay among the newspaper’s readers.

12th June 2017 - Quoted by Raf Sanchez - The Telegraph

Israel cuts Gaza electricity after PA president says he will no longer pay the bill for Hamas

Grant Rumley

The 82-year-old Palestinian president may also be eager to show Donald Trump that he is the dominant figure in Palestinian politics and strong enough to negotiate a peace deal with Israel and be a partner to the US.

27th May 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Israel’s Anti-BDS ‘Start-Up’ Ministry

Benjamin Weinthal

In a wide-ranging interview with The Jerusalem Post, Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy officials announced the dawning of a new era in the government’s campaign against Israel-boycott organizations, proclaiming the rise of the “Start-Up Ministry.”


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