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The problematic Palestinian unity government deal

The problematic Palestinian unity government deal Categories: Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

While the fractured rule of the Fatah-dominated PA in the West Bank and the Hamas-led Gaza Strip has been an obstacle to a two-state peace solution with Israel, it does not follow that this move towards Palestinian unification will improve the chances for peace. On the contrary, though the prospect

Inside Hamas/ Israel's Iran dilemma

Inside Hamas/ Israel's Iran dilemma Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update features two new and penetrating analyses of the ructions and political disagreements currently roiling Hamas, as well as an important new expression of Israel's dilemmas vis-a-vis Iran's nuclear program in the lead up to Israeli PM Netanyahu's trip to Washington next wee

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Trojan Horse or Force Multiplier?

Trojan Horse or Force Multiplier? Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan D. Halevi

On February 6, 2012, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal signed a new agreement to create a Palestinian national unity government for the West Bank and Gaza. The Doha Declaration, like previous Fatah-Hamas agreements, emphasises the need to implement th

Editorial: Abbas' Unfortunate Choice Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Recently, detailed accounts were published in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz of the January round of Israeli-Palestinian "negotiations about negotiating" held in Amman, Jordan. According to the Haaretz account, Israeli negotiators offered a somewhat vague but important statement of the principles wh

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Sticks and stones

Sticks and stones Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The large crash sounded like something very big and heavy had fallen, hard - at least for those of us at the front of the bus. One friend at the back had grabbed his girlfriend and gone for cover, the loud bang and shattering glass made him think of a gunshot. Thankfully, we were not under fire. We

A political storm over Israel in Malaysia

A political storm over Israel in Malaysia Categories: Asia, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Michael Shannon

A political storm in Malaysia over controversial remarks by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's on Israel has not yet come to a close. Back in January, a war of words erupted between Anwar and several top government officials, including his former mentor Dr. Mahathir Mohammed, regarding Malaysia's po

Earth-shattering news from Gaza

Earth-shattering news from Gaza Categories: Iran, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Literally Earth-shattering, according to Iranian state media outlet Press TV: Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the powerful feelings of the regional nations towards Gaza have been instrumental in the eruption of the region's volcano. There is, of course, a chance

The latest Fatah-Hamas agreement in Doha

The latest Fatah-Hamas agreement in Doha Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

This Update is dedicated to the latest Fatah-Hamas unity agreement, signed in Doha, Qatar on Monday, which calls for current PA President Mahmoud Abbas to also become Prime Minister. First up is Robert Danin from the Council on Foreign Relations, who examines the actual signifi

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