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  • Palestinians take to the streets to protest Bahrain workshop, Trump peace plan

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declares major protests across the occupied Palestinian territories next week to coincide with the Bahrain workshop. By Ahmad Al-Bazz Dozens of Palestinian activists and political representatives marched against the U.S. “Deal of the Century” and the upcoming Bahrain workshop in Ramallah city center on Saturday. Protesters held Palestinian flags and signs condemning the American administration and the involvement of Arab countries — especially Bahrain, for hosting the workshop. Scheduled for June 25-26 in Manama City, the event is billed as a gathering to boost the Palestinian economy. “Peace comes by ending the occupation, not by illusions…

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  • The brewing war to succeed Mahmoud Abbas

    The jockeying for the post-Abbas leadership is taking shape in a moment of political, economic, and internal crisis for the beleaguered Palestinian government.  By Daoud Kuttab It is rare in Palestinian politics that a president follows a prime minister. This is what happened this week, when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas echoed the words of his prime minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh, who in an interview with the New York Times last week warned of a “hot summer.” [tmwinpost] Abbas, who has been single-handedly opposed to any changes in security coordination with Israel, all of a sudden joined Shtayyeh's chorus line, predicting “a difficult July and…

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  • The Israeli right is now openly saying it wants to keep Hamas in power

    As the latest round of fighting in Gaza and southern Israel died down, it became clear that keeping Hamas in power has become a central tenet of the Israeli right. By Meron Rapoport The idea that Hamas is an Israeli creation is nearly as old as Hamas itself. Researchers, journalists, high-ranking Israeli military and government officials — even Americans — have found substantial evidence to that effect. And yet the Israeli narrative presents Hamas as a zealous, murderous terrorist group — the sworn enemy of every Israeli and Jew around the world. [tmwinpost] Official Israel has never admitted to supporting Hamas and…

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  • Mahmoud Abbas and the veneer of democracy

    Abbas' decision to dissolve the parliament and hold elections within half a year is an attempt to present a friendlier, more democratic face to Palestinians in the West Bank, many of whom lost faith in their leader long ago. By Menachem Klein Mahmoud Abbas’ decision last week to dissolve the Palestinian parliament and hold elections within half a year are meant to give the Palestinian president a veneer of democracy and the rule of law. Abbas’ decision appears to be a response to a ruling handed down by the Palestinian Constitutional Court, yet it is clear to all that the decision to dissolve the Palestinian Legislative…

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  • Netanyahu is stuck with Hamas, and he likes it that way

    Netanyahu understands that keeping Hamas in power comes at a heavy political price. But as long as it thwarts the possibility of a Palestinian state, it’s worth it for him. By Meron Rapoport Weak. Giving into to terror. Those were the words Avigdor Liberman used to describe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his press conference on Wednesday announcing his resignation as defense minister. The severe remarks came a day after Netanyahu agreed to a ceasefire with Hamas, following the most violent flare-up on the Gaza border since the 2014 Gaza war. [tmwinpost] Liberman’s resignation, first and foremost, stems from political…

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  • To maintain occupation, Israel will need to bolster Hamas in Gaza

    While Egypt and the UN have their own plans to solve the crisis in Gaza, both have one thing common: strengthening Hamas at the expense of the Palestinian Authority. In order to maintain its hold on the West Bank, Israel will prefer the option that will give Hamas autonomy. By Menachem Klein As the latest round of violence between Israel and Hamas ends with a ceasefire, the sides will resume their multilateral talks on a long-term arrangement exactly where they stopped. Two different yet interrelated agreements are on the table, one proposed by Egypt and the other by Nickolay Mladenov, the UN special envoy…

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  • How one of Palestine's preeminent journalists lost hope for peace

    Nasser Laham, the editor-in-chief of Palestine's biggest independent media outlet, used to be an ardent supporter Abbas and the peace process. But after decades of failed attempts, something inside him changed. Today he believes Palestinians must stop talking about peace. 'We'll wait a thousand years, the Israelis will be defeated. What's the hurry?' By Meron Rapoport You won’t find a Palestinian journalist who understands Israel and the Israelis like Nasser Laham. He took advantage of the Hebrew he learned while serving time in prison to become the most prominent commentator on Israeli affairs in the Palestinian media, hosting a popular daily television show that…

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  • Abbas' sanctions on Gaza could soon become Israel's war

    The Palestinian Authority's attempts to destroy Gaza's economy could end up dragging Israel into military conflict. By Elhanan Miller While the Israeli government struggles to solve the problem of “burning kites” being sent from the Gaza Strip, it appears that the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah has found a more effective way to harm Hamas’ funding: causing damage to banks and hindering the transfer of funds to Strip. While terrorists are being targeted, innocent civilians are also paying the price for living on the isolated coastal enclave. [tmwinpost] "The Arab Bank refuses to intervene in any national affairs in Gaza, whether regarding martyrs,…

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  • The night the Palestinian Authority showed us whose side it is on

    The violence meted out by PA forces against Palestinian demonstrators Wednesday night was unlike anything I've ever experienced. When it was all over, one thing became clear: the PA isn't a subcontractor of the occupation, they are in lock step. Having just witnessed her friend's arrest, and frustrated by her failure to prevent it, a young activist stood in front of a line of police officers, defenseless, and instinctively shouted, “With spirit, with blood, we’ll redeem you Gaza.” Members of the Palestinian security forces, dressed in civilian clothes, knocked her to the ground. Two policemen joined in and began kicking the bleeding,…

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  • Palestinians in Ramallah protest PA sanctions on Gaza

    Thousands of Palestinians demonstrate in central Ramallah, calling for Mahmoud Abbas' ouster in the face of the Palestinian Authority's sanctions on the Gaza Strip. Protest organizers say this is only the beginning. Palestinian protesters marched through the streets of central Ramallah on Sunday to demand that the Palestinian Authority put an end to its sanctions against Gaza, and called for an end to the siege on the Strip. [tmwinpost] The protest, organized by local left-wing activists unaffiliated with any specific parties, focused on PA President Mahmoud Abbas. The demonstrators marched from Manara Square in the city center while chanting “Get out, get…

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  • Preparing for the day after Abbas

    Mahmoud Abbas's heir apparent, Mahmoud Al-Aloul, will have to prove himself by distinguishing his path from that of his predecessor, widely viewed by Palestinians as a failure.  By Menachem Klein Someone in the Israeli intelligence community is worried about the health of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and specifically about what may transpire on the day after his death. Anonymous sources want the Israeli public and its decision makers to be concerned as well. Indeed, from the point of view of the Israeli establishment, there is cause for concern. The possible death of Abbas threatens the status quo and those who…

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  • The end of the Netanyahu era is an unexpected gift to Mahmoud Abbas

    Both Trump and Netanyahu had hoped to sideline the Palestinian leader. But with Bibi plagued by scandal after scandal, Abbas is now back in control. By Menachem Klein Mahmoud Abbas should send two bouquets of flowers: one to Israeli Police Chief Roni Alsheikh, and one to Shlomo Filber, currently a state’s witness in a corruption case that may implicate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Alsheikh and Filber have turned Netanyahu into a lame duck on his shameful journey out of Israeli politics. In doing so, they also foiled the “deal of the century” that Trump intended to present to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas this coming…

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  • Abbas' speech shows he is burning bridges with the U.S.

    Abbas' attack on Trump and top White House officials signals that he no longer wants the U.S. involved in peace negotiations. Gradual recognition of a Palestinian state is now his preferred course of action. By Elhanan Miller Those who survived Mahmoud Abbas' tedious history during his speech to the PLO Central Committee on Monday, and avoided the temptation of focusing on the Palestinian president's style over substance, was able to hear the core of his oration: redefining the Palestinian Authority's relations with the United States under President Trump. [tmwinpost] The speech's central message focused on the utter refusal to return to…

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