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16th February 2017 - Quoted by Adam Rasgon - The Jerusalem Post

Fatah Elects Vice Chairman

Grant Rumley

The Fatah Central Committee on Wednesday elected Mahmoud al-Aloul to serve as the movement’s vice chairman, making him the first to hold the newly-created position.

16th February 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

Standing With Israel on the Golan Heights

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

Benjamin Netanyahu has achieved his primary objective of resetting ties with the U.S. after eight years of tensions. True, the Israeli prime minister and Donald Trump still need to bridge the gap on issues such as Palestinian-Israeli diplomacy and West Bank settlements.

16th February 2017 - i24

The Rundown

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the meeting between Nentanyahu and Trump.

16th February 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on the bilateral meeting between Netanyahu and Trump, and it's implications for US foreign policy in the region.

16th February 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses Israel seeking sovereignty for the Golan Heights, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

16th February 2017 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - Algemeiner

Trump’s Promise to Israel on Iran Could Indicate Shift in US Policy

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Trump administration’s promise to Israel this week that Iran will not be allowed to get “nuclear weapons capability” could indicate a US policy shift vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic, two Middle East experts assessed on Thursday.

15th February 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Meet Mahmoud al-Aloul, Abbas’ New Deputy

Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced the surprise appointment of Mahmoud al-Aloul as his deputy in the Fatah party Wednesday night. This is the first time in Fatah’s history that the party has appointed a deputy. The move and the man are both seen as controversial.

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.

15th February 2017 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Iran Is Terrified Trump Will Release Secret Nuclear Side Deals

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A senior Iranian lawmaker is worried that President Donald Trump may leak secret documents related to Iran’s nuclear program.

15th February 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

North Korea Debuts New Solid-Fuel Missile

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea on Sunday launched a new ballistic missile, the Pukguksong-2. The launch represents not just a significant advancement for Pyongyang’s missile program, but the first foreign policy challenge for the Trump administration.

15th February 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Anti-Israel BDS Motions Stopped at UK/Northern Ireland Universities

Benjamin Weinthal

The City University pro- BDS motion was blocked because of an apparent violation of anti-discrimination laws.

15th February 2017 - Fox News

Iran ramps up rhetoric against Trump

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on the white house sending new message to Iran over their controversial nuclear program.

15th February 2017 - Fox Business

Making Money with Charles Payne

Oren Kessler

FDD's deputy director of research Oren Kessler comments on the Russian ship spotted of the coast of Connecticut, and the implications of broader Russian foreign policy on the US.

15th February 2017 - Fox Business

Making Money with Charles Payne

Oren Kessler

FDD's deputy director of research Oren Kessler participates in a panel discussion on Netanyahu's first meeting with Trump and its implications on US-Israel relations.

15th February 2017 - CBN News

NewsWatch

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses developments in US-Israel relations in the new administration.

14th February 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Terror Financiers “Operating Openly” in Qatar and Kuwait

David Andrew Weinberg

A White House readout following President Trump’s phone conversation Thursday with the emir of Qatar said the two leaders discussed stopping terror finance throughout the region. Washington has good reason to raise the issue: Just last week, the Obama administration’s Assistant Treasury...

14th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban faction targets police in Lahore

Bill Roggio

The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan claimed responsibility for yesterday’s suicide bombing in the eastern city of Lahore which killed at least 10 people, including several police officers.

14th February 2017 - Wall Street Journal Video

Opinion Journal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD senior fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses US sanctions against the Vice President of Venezuela.

14th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban faction targets police in Lahore

Bill Roggio

The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan claimed responsibility for yesterday’s suicide bombing in the eastern city of Lahore which killed at least 10 people, including several police officers.

14th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Jihadists and other rebels assault Syrian regime positions in southern city

Thomas Joscelyn

On Feb. 12, the newly formed Hay'at Tahrir al Sham (HTS) and other insurgent groups launched an offensive against Bashar al Assad's regime in the southern city of Daraa. Two HTS suicide bombers were deployed at the beginning of the battle. HTS includes al Qaeda's arm in Syria.

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