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Good News From Palestine, for a Change

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.16.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

After the collapse of the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, in April, the July war on Gaza, the August drowning of hundreds trying to emigrate to Europe and the September war of words between their two major factions, Palestinians welcomed this week a series of unexpectedly good news.

Palestinian Reconciliation Talks Begin In Egypt

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and IBRAHIM BARZAK | Posted 11.22.2014 | World

CAIRO (AP) — A Hamas and a Fatah official met in Cairo on Monday ahead of the start of reconciliation talks between the rival Palestinian factions t...

What Is the Source of the New Found Courage of Abbas?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Many are wondering and questioning whether Abbas will carry out this threats and where he found the courage to stand up to Israel, Hamas and his own Fateh movement.

Palestinian President Urges Hamas To Give Up Power In Gaza

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 09.07.2014 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The new Palestinian unity government faced a new crisis on Sunday after President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to dissolve hi...

A New U.S. Strategy for the Aftermath of the Gaza War

Steven L. Spiegel | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Steven L. Spiegel

With an indefinite ceasefire now agreed upon, there is an urgent need for a new strategy that will be aimed at ending the Hamas stranglehold on Gaza, substantially increase the role of the Palestinian Authority there, and enhance the prospects for progress in Israeli-Palestinian relations. Here are eleven ways to develop that strategy.

To Accomplish Liberation, Palestinian Unity Must Be Preserved

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.27.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinians must agree on the goals, the methods of accomplishing them and a willing public. This is the only way strategies will produce the desired goals for the Palestinian

The Gaza War: Concerted Efforts for a Ceasefire or a Humanitarian Truce

Raghida Dergham | Posted 10.01.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

In parallel, the hurdles impeding a ceasefire are growing not only because of Hamas's rejection of a permanent ceasefire if not accompanied by an end to the blockade, but also because Israel is determined to continue the war on Gaza.

The Peace Process Is Dying at the Hands of Israel With Help from Hamas

Raghida Dergham | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made public and explicit this week, and for the first time, the Israeli positions that reject the two-state solution, that is, the establishment of the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.

Hamas Giving Ammunition to the Israeli Far Right

Raghida Dergham | Posted 09.16.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

It is no secret that Qatar and Turkey are very close to Hamas, the de facto ruler of the Gaza Strip, and that this trio's relations with Egypt under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are marred by tension, if not outright hostility.

Few Good Options in Gaza

Daniel Nisman | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Daniel Nisman

At the time of writing, a destabilizing conflagration in the Gaza Strip appears to have been narrowly diverted. Unless Israel is readying a surprise attack (as it has done in the past), Hamas is set to accept Jerusalem's offer to cease rocket fire within 48 hours.

Nothing Good Will Come of This

James Zogby | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

With the kidnapping, Netanyahu has been reborn. Playing the victim card and confronting enemies is what he loves most and does best. The kidnappers have given the Prime Minister an undeserved second wind. No longer "the obstacle to peace," he has become "the defender of his victim people."

Netanyahu Panders to Far Right Settlers

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Netanyahu's only preoccupation appears to be pandering to his right-wing constituency in the hope that this will carry him to an unprecedented fourth term.

Palestinian Reconciliation Moving in PLO and Abbas' Direction

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Early signs of efforts to produce a unity Palestinian government reflect many of challenges, expected after a seven-year-long division.

Unity of Palestinians in the Diaspora Is a National Priority

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

One of the most obvious results of the failure of the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks has been the realization that disunity greatly weakens the Pales...

The Palestinian Reconciliation Bluff

Daniel Nisman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Daniel Nisman

After more than seven years of deadlock, the leaders of Fatah and Hamas seem comfortably set in their ways, for they have little to lose in the event that this latest attempt at reconciling falters.

Washington Is Livid With the Palestinians

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Micah D. Halpern

Palestinian leadership is on the move. In politics, there is seldom simply one move. And unilateral moves always result in strong responses.

Washington's Policy: Blaming the Palestinians and Exonerating the Israelis

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.03.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

The culture of blame shifting, which countries adopt as a way to evade responsibility, is being deployed against both the Palestinian leadership and the Syrian opposition.

Palestinian Leader Joins UN Treaties and Continues Talks

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinian negotiators are now facing the tough challenge of applying to join various UN agencies while, at the same time, agreeing, to continue peace talks until the end of April.

U.S. Calls to Palestinians to Take Risks for Peace Sound Hallow

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Justice and fairness must exist in any offer Palestinians are asked to take risks for. After all, Palestinian leaders cannot take chances on any agreement they know the Palestinian public will reject.

Palestinian's Abbas in for a Fight of His Lifetime in Washington

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinians expect their leader to have the fight of his life as he goes to Washington for a tough summit with U.S. President Barack Obama March 17.

Korean Voices Make Waves on Arabic Radio

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

It is clear that under the shade of America's security umbrella in the Middle East, Koreans have been making strong inroads. Are there ways in which the United States, as a partner of Korea, might seek to benefit from those inroads, whether on the ground or over the airwaves?

Will Palestinians Accept Jewish Settlers in Palestine?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

The idea of Jewish settlers living in Palestine draws raw anger from many sides. Netanyahu might have thrown this trial balloon as part of his own negotiating tactic. The issue, however, is serious.

Palestinians and Arabs Will Not Budge on Jerusalem

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

When it comes to the sensitive issue of Jerusalem and recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, Arab leaders have proved, over and over, that they will not budge under American pressure, and Abbas knows this well.

Audit: EU Pays Palestinians In Gaza Who Don't Work

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.11.2013 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union auditors recommended Wednesday that the EU stop paying the salaries of Palestinian civil servants in Gaza who don't w...

Abbas Will Not Pursue Further Palestinian Recognition At General Assembly

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 09.23.2013 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- At this week's annual top-level U.N. General Assembly meetings, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is honoring a promise to th...