mahmoud abbas
The Odds Are Stacked Against Mahmoud Abbas

The Odds Are Stacked Against Mahmoud Abbas

Shortly before Mahmoud Abbas took to the UN podium on September 30 — in his first address to the General Assembly as the representative of the “non-member state” of Palestine — his office hinted that the Palestinian Authority leader would drop a “bombshell.” When the...

read more
Recognizing Palestine

Recognizing Palestine

In his recent meeting with President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was "committed to the vision of peace for two states for two peoples." That sounds nice. But if he’d been pressed, Netanyahu might have admitted that the two states he...

read more
Conflict Resolution 101: Talking With Hamas

Conflict Resolution 101: Talking With Hamas

The world awaits with bated breath to see if the interim truce negotiated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will lead to a long-term ceasefire. But if U.S. mediation is to be sincere and effective, the United States government needs to take Hamas off its terrorist...

read more
Assad and the Palestinians

Assad and the Palestinians

The three-year old Syrian crisis presents dire dilemmas for Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and in refugee camps across the Middle East. Given Syria’s traditional role as a sponsor of Palestinian resistance movements and a home to hundreds...

read more
Asking the Hard Questions about Israel

Asking the Hard Questions about Israel

In 1948, the village of Tantura fell within the borders of the newly created state of Israel. It was a small, seaside village of approximately 1,200 residents, most of them Arab farmers and fishermen. As the war between Israel and its Arab neighbors escalated, Tantura...

read more
History and the Right of Return in Israel-Palestine

History and the Right of Return in Israel-Palestine

Amid ongoing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, leaders on both sides have hardened their stances toward the “right of return” for Arabs who fled the fledgling State of Israel in 1948 and their descendants. In a January 11th address, Palestinian Authority (PA)...

read more