Mr. Trump, You Cannot Erase the Palestinian Right to Return

by James J. Zogby First, the Trump Administration “took Jerusalem off the table.” Now, in an especially dangerous display of recklessness, they have announced their intention to do the same for the Palestinian “right of return.”

Trump’s Jerusalem Policy and Israeli-Palestinian Peace

by Lara Friedman With the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem looming large, speculation continues to mount regarding President Trump’s long-promised plan to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace. Does it exist? Will it ever be released? Will Secretary of State Mike… Continue Reading  

Cutting Aid to the Palestinians

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

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  

Taking Issues “Off the Table”–First Jerusalem, Now Refugees

by Lara Friedman Last month, President Donald Trump granted a cherished wish of American and Israeli hardliners, taking Jerusalem—an issue that the Oslo Agreement stipulated would be resolved only in permanent status negotiations—“off the table.” Now, only weeks later, American… Continue Reading