Analysis & Commentary


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.”

22nd May 2017 - Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - WJLA

Trump, experts see opportunity for progress toward Israel-Palestine peace

Jonathan Schanzer

President Donald Trump said Monday that he has a feeling a renewed effort to achieve peace between Israel and Palestine will eventually lead to an agreement in “one of the toughest deals of all.”

18th May 2017 - Foreign Policy

How Can Trump Make Peace Without a Partner in Palestine?

Grant Rumley

President Donald Trump visits Israel next week at a supremely awkward moment, amid reports that he shared Israeli intelligence with Russian officials in the Oval Office. Both sides are likely to do their best to bury the issue.

16th May 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior Vice President Jonathan Schanzer discusses Trump offering undefined "self-determination" to Abbas.

11th May 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Controversy over Palestinian Plane Hijacker’s Planned Appearance in Spain

Benjamin Weinthal

The Spanish government – and the city of Barcelona – are under fire for failing to thwart plans for PFLP terrorist Leila Khaled to speak at a radical book festival that starts in Spain on Friday.

10th May 2017 - Quoted by Molly Hunter, Lena Masri - ABC News

Timeline of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks as Trump vows to ‘get it done’

Jonathan Schanzer

It's an achievement that has proved elusive, yet continues to be a top objective for each successive American president: Middle East peace.

4th May 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

German Lawmakers Urge FIFA to Reject Palestinian Demand to Kick Israel Out

Benjamin Weinthal

A cross-party group of German parliamentary deputies sent a letter to the head of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) on Wednesday, urging him to reject a Palestinian campaign to oust Israel from the sport’s organization.

4th May 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Trump cannot be serious about the peace process, can he?

John Hannah

This is the sort of State Department boilerplate that every administration pushes out, boilerplate that rests on the false assumption that a peace deal is just around the corner and all the parties need is the brilliance of magic words spoken by the U.S. president.

3rd May 2017 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - JNS.org

As Palestinian leader Abbas meets Trump, regional dynamics play out in Israel’s favor

Jonathan Schanzer

Despite a reportedly planned increase in American aid to the Palestinians, Wednesday’s meeting between President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas came as the U.S.-Israel relationship and the Middle East’s regional dynamics increasingly played out in...

3rd May 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

At White House Meeting with Trump, Abbas Signals Abandonment of Unilateral Statehood Re

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas offered a strong signal on Wednesday that he would abandon the strategy he pursued in recent years seeking unilateral statehood recognition at international fora in place of peace talks with Israel.

3rd May 2017 - Quoted by Peter Baker - The New York Times

Trump, Bullish on Mideast Peace, Will Need More Than Confidence

John Hannah, Grant Rumley

Ever since Britain declared 100 years ago that there should be a Jewish homeland in Palestine, harmony has eluded that dry, benighted land. Presidents and kings and prime ministers and diplomats and special envoys have labored for a century in a futile search for peace.

3rd May 2017 - Quoted by Laura Rozen - Al-Monitor

Trump, Abbas vow to prove skeptics wrong on reaching peace deal

Grant Rumley

Defying expectations when Donald Trump came into office that his administration would tilt heavily to the Israeli side, Trump hosted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for an upbeat visit at the White House on May 3 and declared that he did not think it would be too hard to get an...

2nd May 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Hamas’s New Document: More of the Same

Kate Havard, Grant Rumley

Hamas’s outgoing political leader Khaled Meshaal announced the release of a new political document this week in Qatar.

2nd May 2017 - Foreign Policy

Don’t Waste Arab-Israeli Cooperation on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

John Hannah

With Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas set to visit the White House on Wednesday, speculation is rife that later this year President Donald Trump will seek to enlist a group of Sunni Arab states in efforts to jumpstart moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Think not only Egypt and...

2nd May 2017 - Quoted by Peter Weber - The Week

Hamas drops demand that Israel be destroyed, amid growing Palestinian power struggle

Jonathan Schanzer

On Wednesday, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas will meet with President Trump in the White House, as Trump begins a push to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

1st May 2017 - Quoted by Yasmeen Serhan - The Atlantic

What Hamas’s New Document Does and Doesn’t Say

Grant Rumley

Hamas unveiled Monday a new political document supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state based on 1967 lines, marking a rhetorical shift just days ahead of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s visit to Washington.

1st May 2017 - Politico

Can Trump Make Mideast Peace Without Gaza?

Grant Rumley

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will visit the White House this week for the first time in three years. By all accounts, his host is eager to resume Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

1st May 2017 - Quoted by Joashua Mitnick, Rushdi abu Alouf - The Los Angeles Times

A revised Hamas charter will moderate its stance toward Israel — slightly

Grant Rumley

Hamas, the Palestinian group that rules the Gaza Strip, unveiled a new manifesto Monday moderating its position toward Israel — if only slightly — and distancing itself from Islamist groups in the Middle East.

1st May 2017 - Quoted by Rory Jones - The Wall Street Journal

Hamas Drops Call for Israel’s Destruction

Jonathan Schanzer

The Palestinian militant group Hamas dropped its explicit call for Israel’s destruction on Monday, a bid to overhaul its image as the Trump White House explores reviving Middle East peace efforts.

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