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Palestine in 2013 Without Abbas or Meshaal

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 12.04.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

It is very likely that Palestine in 2013 will witness the absence of two major leaders that have shaped the Palestinian struggle for the past decades.

Strange State of Palestinian Conflict Could Produce Unexpected Results

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.03.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Palestinian conflict is going through one of its strangest stages these days. So much is going against Palestine, yet so much is going for it.

To Be Trusted, Mofaz Should Begin Dismantling the Occupation

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The beginning of the end of occupation also requires telling Israelis that the settlement enterprise runs contrary to peace.

Will Arabs and Muslims Visit Jerusalem?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.02.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The plight of the people and the importance of the city should not be felt only by the Palestinians. Muslims, Christians and people of all faiths should heed the call and support the embattled city and its Palestinian population.

Did Hamas Cave-in for Practical or Financial Reasons or Both?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.19.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

While the agreement in Doha was not the first public display of reconciliation between leaders of the largest Palestinian factions, many felt that this time, the agreement was for real. Why?

Mahmoud Abbas's Multiple Titles Will Not Last

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.09.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

If anything, recent months saw Hamas move much more to the political center, accepting de facto an Israel based on the 1967 borders and agreeing to reach that goal through "popular struggle" rather than "military means."

War on Gaza -- Three Years Later

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 02.28.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

While the slight easing of the siege (especially in regards to badly needed building materials) has resulted in the beginnings of a rebuilding campaign, much more is needed.

Will Jerusalem Cause a Third Intifada?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 02.20.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

This may be a journalistic hunch, but I have a feeling that we are about to witness an explosion in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, this time again over Jerusalem.

America's 30 Pieces of Silver

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.26.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Few in Washington may realize that the issue of U.S. funding for Palestine is the talk of the town in Ramallah and other Palestinian cities. And the talk is not pleasant.

The King of Jordan and Palestine

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.23.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

"Ziara azima" (fabulous visit). This was the description Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave to the unexpected visit King Abdullah made to the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah.

Palestinans Gear Up For Plan B

AP | By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 01.09.2012 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The Palestinians are resigned to defeat in their quest for full membership at the United Nations, officials said Tuesday, and h...

Can Their Leaders Make the Very Hard Decisions Required for Peacemaking Between Israel and the Palestinians?

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 12.03.2011 | World
Robert K. Lifton

There is nothing in the history of Netanyahu and Abbas that would indicate that they have the fortitude to achieve a resolution of the conflict. Still, as we have seen in the case of Ireland, history is sometimes made by leaders who surprise us.

Returning To West Bank, Abbas Says 'Palestinian Spring' Has Begun

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN and DALIA NAMMARI | Posted 11.25.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — President Mahmoud Abbas received a hero's welcome Sunday from thousands of cheering, flag-waving Palestinians, having made...

Abbas and a "Civil" Intifada in International Bodies

Raghida Dergham | Posted 11.23.2011 | World
Raghida Dergham

The Palestinian President has always maintained that he opposes an armed third intifada, as this in his opinion would lead to the slaughter of the Palestinians. What he did in New York this week was almost a civil intifada.

Mr. Abbas Should Awe the UN, Not Just Shock It

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 11.23.2011 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

All eyes are focused on the high drama that Mr. Abbas has created. He owes it to his people and to the people of Israel to not just create shock at the UN without an equal dose of awe.

Obama To Meet Abbas On Wednesday

AP | Posted 11.20.2011 | World

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS') on Wednesday as the push to head off a Mid...

Rare Sign of Palestinian Backbone: Standing Up to US and Israeli Pressures

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 11.08.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Palestinian leadership is experiencing a unique situation. Its insistence on going to the UN to seek recognition for statehood despite pressure from Israel and the US is beginning to bear fruit at the local level.

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon: "Don't Let Islamists Hijack the Arab Uprisings"

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Elisabeth Braw

Israel is worried. The protests have already led to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, Israel's closest Arab ally. I met Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, for an exclusive interview at his office in Jerusalem.

Hamas and Israel Are Responsible for Latest Escalation

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

While both Hamas and Israel are blaming each other, I believe that both are responsible this time, and for one reason and one reason only.

Politics of Despair and Politics of Hope

Noah Efron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Noah Efron

Just as we awoke to find that peaceful crowds in Tunis had toppled Ben Ali, we almost awoke two years ago to find that a peace treaty had been signed between Israel and Palestine. We did not.

Understanding Obama's Settlement Posture

Nadia Hijab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nadia Hijab

When the strongest UN member state asks the weakest not-yet-state to do something, coercion is a good word to describe it -- particularly as the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority depends on U.S. aid for its existence.

Obama's Veto Is the Wrong Side of History

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The saying goes that right is might, but apparently when it has to do with Israel, might becomes right.

The Palestine Papers Might Help the PA Create a Palestinian State

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

The Palestine Papers help pave the way for two scenarios: The eventual establishment of a democratic, bi-national state or the PA continuing its push for international recognition of a Palestinian state.

Time for a Different Way

Doug Noll | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Noll

What do the stalled Middle East peace talks and just completed climate change negotiations in Cancun have in common? Essentially, both problems are di...

Now That the Carrot Has Not Worked Against Israel

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

If America joins the rest of the world in politically isolating Israel because of its refusal to adhere to international law, this will have a snowball effect that will most certainly lead to change in the Israeli political scene.