Analysis & Commentary


22nd March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Organizations Under Fire for Alleged Hamas Support

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey’s ties to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas are once again in the spotlight. Israeli authorities claimed this week that two charities with close ties to the ruling elite in Ankara were providing financial and military support to the Gaza-based Islamist faction.

22nd March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

A Temporary Thaw in Egyptian-PA Relations

Grant Rumley

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hosted his Palestinian Authority counterpart Mahmoud Abbas this week in Cairo for the first official summit between the two leaders in nearly a year.

9th March 2017 - Foreign Affairs

New Blood for Fatah and Hamas

Grant Rumley

Palestinian politicians tend to view term limits as casual suggestions. This is especially true in the case of the two largest Palestinian parties: the nominally secular Fatah, which manages the Palestinian-controlled areas of the West Bank, and the Islamist terror group Hamas, which...

26th February 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Dershowitz Calls on Banks to Close Accounts that Boycott Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

Financial institutions in the US and Spain are under fire for providing accounts to the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, which promotes a boycott of Israel and defends Iran’s nuclear program.

23rd February 2017 - Quoted by Michael Lipin - Voice of America

Iran Uses Palestinian Conference to Spotlight Anti-Israel Rhetoric

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran has held its first conference in six years supporting Palestinian uprisings, a forum that it says drew hundreds of delegates from 80 countries, reflecting the country’s resurgent clout on the world stage.

15th February 2017 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS.org

Trump tells Netanyahu to ‘hold back’ on settlements, vague on two-state solution

Jonathan Schanzer

President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held their first joint press conference Wednesday at the White House, ahead of a private meeting that was expected to herald warmer ties between the Israeli and American administrations.

13th February 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

White House Puts Palestinians, United Nations in Crosshairs

Jonathan Schanzer

The White House is sending a strong signal that it will no longer tolerate Palestinian intransigence at the United Nations or the international body’s long record of anti-Israel action, according to White House officials and sources in Congress who told the Washington Free Beacon that the...

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Amir Tibon - Haaretz

U.S. House Discusses Reaction to UN Anti-settlement Resolution

Jonathan Schanzer

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee held a special hearing Thursday to discuss the recent UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements and the challenges the Trump administration will face regarding Israel, the Palestinians and the United...

30th January 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Hamas, PA Trade Accusations of Torture, Wrongful Arrests as Palestinian Infighting Continues

Grant Rumley

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority are accusing one another of making politically-motivated arrests, with the Gaza-Basked terrorist group alleging on Sunday that four of its members are undergoing “extreme torture” at the hands of the PA in the West Bank.

24th January 2017 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

Why Obama sent the Palestinians $221 million during his last hours in office

Jonathan Schanzer

On Monday the Associated Press reported that as one of Barack Obama's final actions in office before the inauguration of President Donald Trump, he released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority. However, the payment itself has been frozen by the State Department under President...

12th January 2017 - Quoted by William Booth - The Washington Post

In Paris, the world will try one more time to solve the Israel-Palestinian conflict

Grant Rumley

Poor, belittled Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has pulled off a remarkable feat.

7th December 2016 - The Washington Times

Mahmoud Abbas, the winner…

Clifford D. May

One man, one vote, one time: In 2005, Mahmoud Abbas was elected to a four-year term as president of the Palestinian Authority. He hasn’t bothered to run for re-election since.

30th November 2016 - Quoted by Dov Lieber - Times of Israel

Opening night of much-hyped Seventh Fatah Congress a perplexing snooze

Grant Rumley

The opening night of the Seventh Fatah Congress — which was hyped as the event that would usher in a new age for the Palestinian party currently ruling the West Bank, and perhaps see a possible successor to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas crowned — was both mystifying and...

29th November 2016 - Quoted by Sophie McNeill - ABC News

Palestine’s Fatah party holds first congress in seven years; talk of appointing deputy for President

Grant Rumley

It has been quite a few years in the waiting, but this week 1,400 handpicked Fatah party faithfuls gathered in the West Bank capital Ramallah for the movement's seventh congress.

29th November 2016 - Quoted by Peter Baker, Rami Nazzal - The New York Times

Mahmoud Abbas, Re-elected as Fatah Leader, Moves to Solidify Power

Grant Rumley

Under fire at home and abroad, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority moved on Tuesday to solidify his decade-long hold on power with a party conference that had already been purged of most of his opponents.

28th November 2016 - Quoted by Joshua Mitnick - The Los Angeles Times

The Palestinians’ political future could change this week. Here’s why

Grant Rumley

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ political party, Fatah, opens its first party congress in seven years on Tuesday amid swirling speculation about who will succeed the 81-year-old at the helm of the Palestinian Authority.

23rd November 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS.org

After Years of Institutional ‘Decay,’ Palestinians Finally Set for Overdue Elections

Grant Rumley

As it awaits the long-overdue leadership elections for the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinian populace faces an uncertain future.

22nd November 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Palestinian Infighting Intensifies Ahead of Leadership Meeting

Grant Rumley, Jonathan Schanzer

Clashes between gunmen and Palestinian Authority police in the West Bank have intensified in the run-up to the leadership meeting of the long-ruling Fatah party later this month, the Associated Press reported Monday.

16th November 2016 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Candidate Trump’s embrace of Israeli policies may ease once he’s president

Jonathan Schanzer

In a break from long-standing U.S. policy, Donald Trump has embraced many of Israel's positions in its dispute with the Palestinians, but how far he will go is unclear.

15th November 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

German organizers of Kristallnacht memorial sought to ban Israeli flag

Benjamin Weinthal

Students were allowed to wear Palestinian keffiyeh scarfs at the Holocaust event.

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