Was the Palestinian Reconciliation Deal a Mistake?

by Mitchell Plitnick At +972 Magazine my friend and colleague, Larry Derfner, a former columnist for the Jerusalem Post, says he believes that by deciding to go forward with a third unity agreement with Hamas at this time, Palestinian President Mahmoud… Continue Reading  

Reconciliation and Peace: The Latest Hamas-Fatah Deal

by Mitchell Plitnick The collapse of the U.S.-led talks between Israel and the Palestinians is now complete. In the wake of the latest deal between the Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, Israel has terminated the talks. The United States, true… Continue Reading  

Kerry’s Last-Ditch Effort As Quixotic As Ever

by Mitchell Plitnick On the eve of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s fifth trip of the year to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, little has changed. Despite Kerry’s entreaties not only to both parties but also to Jewish-Americans to… Continue Reading  

Daniel Levy on Palestinian Domestic Politics

Daniel Levy, a former Israeli peace negotiator, provides seven takeaways from the Gaza ceasefire in the Daily Beast. From Number 5, “Denying Palestinian political realities just got (much, much) harder”: Let’s keep this short. Hamas-run Gaza in the midst of… Continue Reading