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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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  • Embassy move is an act of humiliation against Abbas

    It is also hard to see the Palestinian president agreeing to participate in negotiations headed by an American president who humiliated him so. By Elhanan Miller In the zero-sum game of Palestinian politics, every attack on Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority is interpreted as aiding his ideological rivals in Hamas. Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and his announcement that the U.S. embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, along with other recent steps taken by the American government, thus weakened Mahmoud Abbas’s “diplomacy only” approach and increased the likelihood of a new outbreak of violence.…

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  • Welcome to the new American-Israeli consensus

    The peace process, which began ceremoniously on the White House lawn in September 1993, has come to an end. We must find a new way. By Menachem Klein Conferences around the Arab world marking 100 years since the Balfour Declaration have just barely come to an end, and along comes a mini-Balfour and hands occupied Jerusalem over to Israel on a silver platter (apologies to Lord Balfour for the comparison). It is almost unnecessary to mention the many political and social differences between today and 100 years ago. But what molds Palestinian and Arab political opinion is not the historical reality,…

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  • Trump confirms what Israelis and Palestinians already know

    All those living in this country live under a single Israeli sovereign, and the U.S. is an avid supporter of that regime. Now that the veil has been officially lifted, maybe something can actually start to change. By Mairav Zonszein and Aziz Abu Sarah Headlines and experts have warned that President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and eventually move the American embassy there is a catastrophe that upends decades of American policy. That it will kill the peace process. From the ground, though, it doesn’t look like Trump is breaking with U.S. policy, but rather authenticating it. And he can’t kill the peace…

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  • Three takeaways: Trump's Jerusalem declaration and Palestinian reactions

    Let's not pretend that there was a peace process for Donald Trump to obstruct. 1. To those who are worried that Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will create an insurmountable roadblock to achieving the two-state solution, I remind you that on at least four separate occasions in recent years (one, two, three, four) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to never withdraw Israeli troops from the West Bank. That’s surmountable? [tmwinpost] Let’s be real. There has been no two-state option on the table at least since the late spring of 2014, before the Gaza war…

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  • Palestinian reconciliation could work this time. Israel must support it

    The current Palestinian reconciliation agreement looks like it could actually hold, largely due to regional and internal changes over the past few years. What does this bode for the peace process? A former minister in the Palestinian government explains. By Ashraf al-Ajrami This is not the first time the two large Palestinian political movements, Fatah and Hamas, have come to a reconciliation agreement. There is a great deal of skepticism about whether it will succeed, particularly following the failure of previous reconciliation agreements. However, many feel that this time the two parties are serious, and success is possible. [tmwinpost] This is based…

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