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Palestinians’ desperate, undiplomatic response to Bishop

The official Palestinian response to the Australian Government’s decision to redirect $10 million in foreign aid to the Palestinians has been undiplomatic, to say the least.

Will international pressure end “pay for slay?”

A new trend of legislation against the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) “Pay for Slay” – the PA Government’s “martyr funding” program - is under way.

Scribblings: Blockade Mentality

According to reports, the Palestinian Authority (PA) recently threatened to end security cooperation with Israel if the blockade of Gaza is lifted. Read the previous sentence carefully. There is no missing word in it...

The mystery of Mahmoud Abbas’ health

In the best tradition of dictatorial Arab regimes, obscurity has descended upon the state of health of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who was hospitalised in Ramallah on May 20.

Randa Abdel-Fattah’s claims on ABC-TV’s “Q&A”: A fisking

On ABC TV's "Q&A" on May 21, panellist Randa Abdel-Fattah, an Australian writer of Egyptian-Palestinian background, made a series of false or misleading allegations against Israel. While some of the other panelists disagreed with her on some of her points, particularly Australian Foreign Editor Greg Sheridan, they were repeatedly cut off by program host Tony Jones. In any event, many of her allegations were left unchallenged and are in need of correction for the public record.

So here's AIJAC's "fisking" of Ms. Abdel-Fattah's claims.

Palestinian incitement highlights Nazi themes

In a chilling instance of timing, the Jewish World noted Holocaust (Shoah) memorial day this week, just as Holocaust denial and other Nazi-related themes featured prominently in Palestinian incitement against Israel in recent weeks.

Fatah looks beyond Mahmoud Abbas

Abbas is starting to realise that he may have to leave his position due to his state of health, and he wants to influence the choice of his successor while he still has the strength to do so.

Who will lead Palestinian Authority after Abbas?/Bibi goes to Washington

Amid reports that 82-year-old Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is seriously ill, today's Update looks at potential successors. There is much reported activity going on behind the scenes, with Pinhas Inbari reporting that Fatah's various military warlords are rearming to strengthen their positions in case of violence breaking out. Plus, we include analysis of Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu's Washington visit to address the annual America-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference and meeting with US President Donald Trump...

The doomed Palestinian reconciliation plan

The likeliest explanation for Hamas' sudden shift is the change in its leadership. Earlier this year, the results of the group's secret internal elections were announced as Ismail Haniyeh, a former prime minister in the unity government of 2007, and Yahya Sinwar, a hardline leader of Hamas' military wing, became the number one and number two leaders of the faction. Both represent a shift in Hamas' centre of gravity from the exiled political class abroad back to the Gaza-based military leadership.

Hamas-Fatah reconciliation talks – a Hezbollah Model?

With Fatah-Hamas negotiations over a unity government and other arrangements for Gaza starting in Cairo today, this Update looks at the issues being discussed, the likelihood of success, and in particular, whether Hamas is seeking what has been described as a 'Hezbollah model". This would be a situation, like Hezbollah's in Lebanon, whereby the PA would run civilian services in Gaza, but Hamas would have all military power in the strip.

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