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Behind the News - December 2016

Behind the News - December 2016 Categories: Gulf states, Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria    

With Ismail Haniyeh set to replace Khaled Mashaal as head of Hamas' political bureau in Qatar, reclusive Hamas official Imad al-Alami has reportedly been temporarily appointed to take over from Haniyeh in leading the terror group in Gaza. Born in Gaza, al-Alami lived for several years in Teheran an

Hamas' dire financial straits

Hamas' dire financial straits Categories: Palestinians     Author: Yaakov Lappin

Hamas in Gaza is facing an acute financial crisis as its overseas cash sources dry up. This is forcing the Islamist regime and its armed terrorist wing, the Izzadin Al-Qassam Brigades, to resort to increasingly desperate measures, such as using international aid organisations to funnel cash away fro

Bushfires, arson, and Arab schadenfreude

Bushfires, arson, and Arab schadenfreude Categories: Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Israel is reeling this week from a growing number of bushfires or wildfires consuming thousands of acres of vegetation, burning houses and causing the evacuation of 75,000 residents of Haifa - Israel's third largest city. It is believed that the initial fires were accidentally set, but as the crisis

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Deconstruction Zone: Pardon my imposition Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Eran Lerman

The notion that an externally imposed solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is viable and ultimately in Israel's best interest is sheer folly. It proceeds from a set of wrong assumptions: that the failure to achieve a breakthrough is entirely Israel's fault ("the settlements," etc.); that a s

Fatah conference exposes crisis

Fatah conference exposes crisis Categories: Palestinians     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

Palestinian political analysts predict that the Fatah conference will deepen divisions among the faction's rival camps, particularly in the wake of Abbas' continued efforts to eliminate his critics. Abbas, they say, decided to convene the parley in a bid to tighten his grip on Fatah and block the e

Scribblings: Donald Trump and Jerusalem Categories: America, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Donald Trump said some extreme and ridiculous things on the campaign trial on his way to winning the US Presidency - but some coverage is treating as extreme and ridiculous something he said which is not only sensible but completely mainstream. This is his promise to move the US Embassy in Israel fr

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President-elect Trump's Israel policy

President-elect Trump's Israel policy Categories: America, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC Staff

Following yesterday's US election, which saw Donald J. Trump defeat Hillary R. Clinton to become president-elect, it would be apropos to review Trump's stated Israel policy, as released by Jason Dov Greenblatt and David Friedman, Co-Chairmen of Trump's Israel Advisory Committee on November 2.

Deconstruction Zone: Settlements and Ethnic Cleansing Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Eugene Kontorovich

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu provoked a storm of diplomatic disapproval recently when he pointed out that "the Palestinian Authority actually demands a Palestinian state with one precondition: no Jews." The Obama Administration responded that it is "inappropriate" to speak of demands fo

The PA and the "Arab Quartet"

The PA and the "Arab Quartet" Categories: Palestinians     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

Abbas' thoughts seem to be elsewhere these days. He is facing a new challenge from unexpected parties, namely several Arab countries that have come together to demand that he reform his ruling Fatah faction and pave the way for the emergence of a new Palestinian leadership.

Inside Gaza, Normalcy and an Existential Crisis

Inside Gaza, Normalcy and an Existential Crisis Categories: Palestinians     Author: Graham Jamison

I had the impression, mostly from the media, that Gaza was more or less destroyed. The images of bombed-out buildings and piles of rubble I saw in the news looked apocalyptic, Syria-esque... But as I entered the outskirts of Gaza City, disembarking at last in the bustling commercial centre of Al-Ri

Will Obama seek a Mideast "Legacy"?

Will Obama seek a Mideast "Legacy"? Categories: America, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Clifford D. May

President Obama is expected to refocus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the November elections, during his final days in office. He has reportedly asked the State Department to come up with a list of options. Among them: "Obama parameters" that would replace the Clinton parameters, measures

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