February 28, 2013

Mahmoud Abbas Needs an Heir Apparent

Jonathan Schanzer, Los Angeles Times

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President Obama's visit to the Middle East next month is widely billed as an earnest attempt to double down on diplomacy and revive the moribund peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians. Unfortunately, the odds are stacked against the president. Doves on both sides quietly cede that it would take a miracle to get the two sides back to the business of serious diplomacy.

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Israel and the United States believed that by depriving the PA of the funds it needed to pay workers and dispense welfare, it could bring down the government. Abbas would call new elections and this time Fatah would win. But... more ››
February 16, 2013
Rescue Gaza from a Stifling Blockade
The National
Since Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, Israel has inflicted collective punishment on Palestinians in an attempt to weaken support for the armed group. As part of this, Israel has severely limited the importation of... more ››
February 26, 2013
Mahmoud Abbas's Gamble
Jerusalem Post
In the best case, rioting in the W. Bank could gain the attention of the US and Europe, but it could also deteriorate into a third intifada. more ››
February 17, 2013
Palestine's Democratic Deficit
David Keyes, New York Times
It should come as no surprise that the Palestinian Authority is cracking down on basic freedoms. From the top down, a culture of repression reigns supreme. President Abbas’s term ended four years ago. He has clung to power... more ››