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August 28, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Mere State-Building in Palestine

How can a Palestinian state be built? For those who believe that the "two-state outcome" is important, and this includes the governments of Europe and the United States, that’s a critical question. F…

April 11, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Will Fayyad Resign?

Reuters reports that "Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad offered his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday following a rift between the two men over government policy...." Fayyad …

November 30, 2012

Palestinian Territories
Nabil Sha’ath and the Sad Story of Palestinian "Leadership"

Nabil Sha’ath has been a top Palestinian official for decades, serving as foreign minister, ambassador to the UN, planning minister, and in many other posts. He has been in the Fatah Party Central Co…

July 2, 2012

Israel and the Palestinians: A Sad Tale of High Finance

Who is helping the Palestinians in the financial crisis the Palestinian Authority now faces? The United States and the nations of the European Union are the largest donors. Arab nations, including th…

May 22, 2012

Palestinian Territories
The Palestinian Disunity Government

Last Sunday in Cairo, Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement to create the national unity government to which they agreed in principle months ago in Doha. They will meet on May 27 and have given themsel…

December 28, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
What Would a Hamas-Fatah Agreement Mean?

There are repeated efforts to forge a unity agreement of some sort between Hamas and Fatah, leading to a new "unity government" for the Palestinian Authority. Such a coalition was briefly in force in…

November 16, 2011

Palestinian Territories
Palestinian Diplomacy, Lost at Sea

"Palestinians ponder next step in their statehood bid," said the Los Angeles Times. "Palestinians will keep knocking on U.N.’s door," said Reuters. They will go to the Security Council; or they’ll g…

May 30, 2011

The Third Man

In late May President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered two speeches each in Washington, debating how to understand events in the Middle East. But the third man was missing: Mahmou…

July 26, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Will the Arab League Pay for Palestine?

Will the Arab League pay up? Because donors are not meeting their pledges,  the Palestinian Authority is nearly broke and cannot meet its payroll. The PA told a specially convened session of the Ara…

August 4, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Fatah Attacks Dahlan, Dahlan Attacks Fatah

Palestinian cabinet minister Mohammed Dahlan waves after returning to Gaza from treatment abroad October 22, 2005 (Mohammed Salem/Courtesy REUTERS). For many years Mohammed Dahlan was the top securi…

Fatah Attacks Dahlan, Dahlan Attacks Fatah