Averting War in Gaza

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by International Crisis Group The recent escalation between Israel and Hamas was the most intense since the 2014 war. Although there are solid reasons why neither wishes to see another full-scale confrontation, the fact that nothing has been resolved in… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan: Doomed to Failure

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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  

Cutting Aid to the Palestinians

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by Mitchell Plitnick On Wednesday, 21 global aid organizations issued an open letter to the Donald Trump administration pleading with them to reverse their decision to cut off aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees… 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  

Trump’s Threats against the Palestinians Should Worry Israel

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by Haggai Mattar The Trump Administration on Tuesday threatened to withhold millions of dollars in aid that it sends to the Palestinians each year, accusing them of not wanting to negotiate a peace deal with Israel. Nikki Haley, the U.S.… Continue Reading