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  • Stuck between Trump and Netanyahu, Abbas is running out of options

    U.S.-led negotiations are the only game in town for the Palestinian Authority — Abbas doesn’t have many choices available. But according to those close to him, he is unsure about how to proceed given that the goal posts have been moved yet again. By Dalia Hatuqa It would have been a startling assertion had it not been heard before. Two weeks ago, Benjamin Netanyahu declared that he would not be evacuating any settlements in the West Bank. “We are here to stay, forever,” the Israeli prime minister said at the settlement of Barkan. “We will deepen our roots, build, strengthen…

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  • The Palestinian leadership must speak directly — to Americans

    As long as Israel holds unparalleled sway in Washington, no progress toward Palestinian rights will be achieved. But that needn't be the end of the story. By James J. Zogby Three decades ago, I was invited to address a Palestinian American audience on the work that was needed to change American policy toward Palestinian rights. Also speaking at that event was a PLO representative who was briefing the group on the work being done at the United Nations to advance the Palestinian cause. It had not been my intention to have a debate, but that is precisely what happened. The…

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  • Israel's problem isn't Palestinian nationalism — it's Palestinians themselves

    Most of the circumstances that made the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ripe for resolution — or at least made the peace process attractive to both parties — have all but disappeared over the past decade. Many Israelis were likely happy to read The New Yorker article titled "The End of This Road: The Decline of the Palestinian National Movement" earlier this month. The piece is of particular interest due to where it was published — the liberal elite's most prominent magazine, which generally champions the Zionist Left and the American-backed two-state solution. [tmwinpost] The identity of its authors is also noteworthy: Ahmad Samih Khalidi was…

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  • Is Abbas' arch-rival the answer to Gaza's problems?

    A new leaked document reveals a new plan to solve the crisis in Gaza: appointing Mohammad Dahlan, once responsible for crushing Hamas and now Mahmoud Abbas' greatest threat, to run the besieged Strip. By Elhanan Miller In the beginning of June, former Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan met with representatives of the Egyptian government and leaders of Hamas in Cairo. The details of the mysterious meeting became clear this week, after a leaked document revealed understandings reached by both sides. According to the document, Dahlan — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' arch nemesis — would be appointed to the prime minister of…

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  • Humanitarian crisis looms as Israel cuts Gaza's electricity

    The decision comes less than a week after Israel acceded to Mahmoud Abbas' demand to cut Gaza's power supply. The Israeli government announced Monday morning that it had begun cutting the electricity to the Gaza Strip, fulfilling a request by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. [tmwinpost] The Palestinian Authority informed Israel in April that it would cease paying for electricity supplies to the Strip. Israel supplies the coastal enclave with about 30 percent of its electricity at a cost of around 40 million shekels per month, which it deducts from the taxes of the Palestinian Authority. Abbas hopes that the cuts would place enough pressure on…

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  • Gazans being held hostage by Israeli, PA gamesmanship

    The Israeli cabinet decided to accept Mahmoud Abbas' request that the electricity supply to Gaza be cut. The army has warned against doing so, but it seems that for Israel, Abbas' interests are more important than people's lives. Who says there is no coordination between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority? On Sunday evening, Israel gladly accepted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas request to cut the already-dilapidated electricity supply to Gaza, in order to make life for its residents that much more difficult. Think about the significance of cutting electricity by 40 percent in the middle of a blazing summer.…

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  • A Palestinian’s first-class seat next to Naftali Bennett

    A free airline upgrade leaves a Palestinian sitting next to one of the Israeli government's most right-wing nationalists — who went on to make some revealing comments about Trump, the peace process and his colleagues in the Knesset. By Jamil Dakwar Earlier this month, I was flying home to New York from Atlanta, Georgia after attending a four-day global human rights conference presided over by former President Jimmy Carter. To my pleasant surprise, I was offered a last-minute free upgrade to business class. But my excitement over what was sure to be a luxurious two-hour nap was short-lived. [tmwinpost] When…

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  • 'If this hunger strike succeeds, it could mean revolution'

    He entered prison for the first time at the age of 10, was one of the founders of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, and became one of the representatives of Fatah’s security prisoners in Israeli jails. For the last decade, Ramzi Fayyad, who has been working to promote dialogue between representatives of released prisoners, views the the current hunger strikes as an opportunity. Orly Noy spoke to him about prison conditions, the failure to learn from past mistakes, and why the strike could help Palestinians on a global level. The hunger strike organized by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has been going…

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  • Can a broad Palestinian civil rights campaign forge the way to peace?

    The ongoing hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners signals a potential new direction toward a resolution to the conflict. But the success of such an approach rests on how Israel chooses to respond. By Paul R. Pillar President Trump’s expressed desire to resolve, somehow, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is welcome, but the grounds for skepticism about this outweigh the reasons for hope. The principal reason for skepticism is the lack of evidence that Trump has distanced himself politically from the position, embodied in the right-wing Israeli government and its most ardent American supporters, that favors perpetual Israeli control of the occupied territories…

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  • What the West gets wrong on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    Netanyahu's oft-heard statements asking the Palestinians to prove they want peace reveals a fundamental disconnect in the Western world's approach to the conflict: Israelis want peace, but Palestinians are struggling for freedom. By Mitchell Plitnick On April 21, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the Palestinians must prove that they want peace. “I think the first test of peace is to say to them, ‘Hey, you want peace? Prove it,” Netanyahu told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. [tmwinpost] This is very typical of Netanyahu’s statements on peace over the years. But perhaps it’s time to consider the issue too rarely…

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  • Marwan Barghouti's supporters should acknowledge his past

    There are many reasons why Marwan Barghouti should eventually be released from jail so he can run for office. But the Left should, even as it supports him, take into account his past — and why he's in prison. Marwan Barghouti has shaken headlines by leading a hunger strike among Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, calling for improved conditions, and by publishing an op-ed in the New York Times explaining why. Over 1,100 Palestinian prisoners have so far joined the hunger strike. [tmwinpost] The Israeli establishment is frothing at the mouth against what they call his lies, denying his allegations…

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  • The endgame lurking behind Netanyahu's new settlement policy

    Netanyahu's new settlement policy doesn't just pave the way for massive construction in the West Bank — it also, with the blessing of a right-wing U.S. president, risks freezing Palestinians out of the diplomatic process entirely. By Mitchell Plitnick On March 30, the Israeli government announced that it had approved the first new settlement in 20 years. The new settlement is part of the government’s compensation package to the settlers of the recently evacuated outpost named Amona. The Israeli courts had ordered the demolition of this illegally built settlement for the first-time way back in 2006. This February, Amona was…

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  • Hamas' new charter reveals a willingness to change

    Despite what the usual media critics may say, Hamas' new charter is evidence of a movement in flux, and one that — when the need arises — allows itself to be guided by pragmatism. By Menachem Klein For a moment, before the familiar flood of mainstream news commentators will completely deny the obvious changes in the new Hamas charter, it’s worth stopping and thinking: If there’s no change at all, why have senior officials been debating the new version for many long months? If everything is empty words, what’s to debate? In reality, what looks like standing water to Israelis…

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