Palestine

  • Towards a Third Palestinian Intifada?

    Towards a Third Palestinian Intifada?

    Hossam Ezzedine
    March 23, 2010

    Hamas is capitalizing on Palestinian anger over Israeli steps in Jerusalem to incite unrest. But do Palestinian Authority leaders believe a third intifada would serve their interests?

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  • Who Will be Arafat's True Successor?

    Helga Baumgarten
    January 13, 2010

    President Mahmoud Abbas's difficulties have torn the veil from competition going on inside his Fatah movement. Outsiders might find it surprising who the real contenders for Palestinian leadership are.

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  • Where is Hamas in the West Bank?

    Omran al-Risheq
    November 10, 2009

    What is the survival strategy of Hamas inside the West Bank, in light of strong pressure from Fatah and Palestinian security forces?

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  • The Long-Delayed Hope for Fatah’s Rebirth

    Hossam Ezzedine
    May 05, 2009

    Holding a General Congress is a critical step for Fatah in selecting new leadership and competing with Hamas. Can the movement overcome intense competition between older and younger generations on one hand, and politicians and military members on the other?

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  • Pressures on Hamas in Reconciliation Talks

    Khaled Hroub
    April 02, 2009

    Hamas has faced pressures to recognize Israel and give up "resistance" since its 2006 election, and such issues are at the heart of the Fatah/Hamas talks in Cairo. Egypt wants to keep the pressure up on Hamas, but also wants the talks to succeed. Which way will Hamas go?

  • Redrawing the Map of Palestinian Legitimacy

    Omran Risheq
    February 03, 2009

    The Israeli war on Gaza simultaneously restored Hamas’s damaged legitimacy as the leader of the Palestinian resistance and pulled the rug out from under President Mahmud Abbas.

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  • Toward a New Negotiating Paradigm for the Palestinians

    Mohammad Yaghi
    November 11, 2008

    Efforts to reconcile Fatah and Hamas are doomed; here is another way to promote Palestinian statehood and peace, even in the absence of a unified leadership.

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  • Interview with Ghassan al-Khatib on Palestinian Leadership and Elections

    Will President Mahmud Abbas postpone the presidential election? Ghassan al-Khatib, a former minister and Vice President of Bir Zeit University, discusses the implications for Palestinian politics and Fatah-Hamas relations.

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  • Israeli Approaches to Palestinian Reform

    Yossi Alpher
    August 26, 2008

    During the Arafat era, Israelis were ambivalent, even cynical, about the Palestinian reform process. The election of Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), who appears to be more genuinely committed to reform, will perhaps produce a more positive Israeli attitude. But for a host of reasons, in some circles the skepticism will persist.

  • Palestine: The Region's Second Democracy?

    Ziad Abu-Amer
    August 26, 2008

    By adopting free and democratic elections at the presidential, legislative, and local levels, Palestinians may be laying down the foundation of another working democracy in the Middle East. In the January 9 presidential election, none of the seven candidates, including Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), took victory for granted.

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  • Palestine's Prime Minister: A New Roadmap for Arab Governance?

    August 26, 2008

    On April 29, 2003 Mahmud Abbas (widely known as Abu Mazen) won a vote of confidence from the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) to serve as the first prime minister of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). Beyond its much-discussed implications for a revived Israeli-Palestinian peace process, this step could also mark a departure in Arab governance.

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  • Palestinian Reform and International Assistance

    Larry Garber
    August 26, 2008

    On March 1, the Quartet (the United States, United Nations, European Union, and Russia) and other donors will meet in London to discuss ways to support the new Palestinian leadership in carrying out political, economic, and security reform, as well as preparing for Israeli disengagement from Gaza.

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  • Prospects for Palestinian Security Reform

    Alastair Crooke
    August 26, 2008

    Events since PLO Chairman Arafat’s demise—the unexpectedly smooth transfer of business to a pragmatic leader committed to negotiations and reform, Palestinian security forces’ efforts to stop militant attacks, and the Israeli-Palestinian truce announced at the February 8 Sharm Al Sheikh summit—have brought a wave of optimism to analyses of Palestinian affairs.

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  • Intense Wrangling Precedes Palestinian Elections

    On July 17, 2005, Palestinians are scheduled to elect a new parliament. The stakes are enormously high, especially as groups that sat out the 1996 parliamentary election—notably Hamas but also smaller factions—will field candidates. Various parties have been squabbling over the electoral rules.

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  • Democracy and the Palestine Issue: A Lesson from Tunisia

    Khaled Hroub
    August 25, 2008

    Tunisians took to the streets in February protesting Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's scheduled visit to their country in November 2005 to attend the World Information Summit. Inviting Sharon, seen as a war criminal by many Tunisians and other Arabs, was an undemocratic decision by the Tunisian regime exercised against the popular will of the Tunisian people.

  • Gaza: Disengagement's Harsh Realities

    Mkhaimar Abusada
    August 20, 2008

    In the few weeks that have passed since Israel's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, the urgent challenges facing President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have become clear but whether Abbas will succeed has not. The stakes are high.

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  • After Arafat: A View from Gaza

    Mkhaimar Abusada
    August 20, 2008

    Even murkier than the cause of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's death is the question of who will fill the gaping political hole left by his passing. True to his penchant for avoiding definitive decisions, Arafat did not name a successor.

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  • A New Hamas?

    Khaled Hroub
    August 20, 2008

    Will Hamas and Sharon sit at the same negotiating table in the near future? Yesterday's inconceivable fantasies may become tomorrow's realities, regarding developments in the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas.

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  • Gaza Turmoil Renews Demands for Palestinian Reform

    Khalil Shikaki
    August 20, 2008

    The eruption of popular violence against Palestinian Authority (PA) officials in the Gaza Strip in July reflected both popular discontent with the PA and a power struggle between "young guard" nationalists and their "old guard" rivals who dominate the Palestinian leadership.

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  • The Paradox of Press Freedom in the Arab World

    Kamel Labidi
    August 19, 2008

    The second of June marked the second anniversary of the assassination of Lebanese writer Samir Qasir, with no indication of who ordered the car bombing that silenced one of the loudest Arab voices criticizing autocratic Arab regimes, particularly the Assad family in Syria.

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