The Obsolete Palestinian Authority

Mahmoud Abbas ( a katz via Shutterstock)

by Paul R. Pillar The unique entity known as the Palestinian Authority (PA), created 25 years ago as a supposedly transitional structure, is well past its sell-by date. The anniversary earlier this year of the Oslo Accords, which established the… Continue Reading  

Nine Thoughts on the Latest Gaza Flare-Up

Avigdor Lieberman (ChameleonsEye via Shutterstock)

by Mitchell Plitnick Now that the latest flare-up of fighting between Israel and Gaza has subsided, at least for the moment, here are nine thoughts on the clash, the outcomes, and the implications.

Trump’s Two-State Solution: News That Was No News

Donald Trump in Israel (White House)

by James J. Zogby If we’ve learned anything about President Donald Trump it’s that for him words have no meaning, or at least not their obvious meaning. Because he’s a performer/salesman, he loves being on stage, knowing that the things… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan: Doomed to Failure

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman with Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt (U.S. Embassy Jerusalem via Flickr)

by Mitchell Plitnick The regional tour of Donald Trump’s primary Middle East envoys—his lawyer, Jason Greenblatt, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner—has concluded. So, it’s an appropriate time to take stock of the peace plan the Trump team seems to be… Continue Reading  

Abbas Fails Again

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by Mitchell Plitnick From the time he took over the leadership of the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), it was obvious that Mahmoud Abbas was going to have a difficult road ahead of him. Replacing Yasser Arafat,… Continue Reading