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Video: How UNRWA Perpetuates the Israel-Islamist Conflict

February 8, 2024

The United States and a dozen other countries have suspended funding of UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees) after Israel revealed that at least 12 UNRWA employees participated in Hamas’ October 7 massacres. Israel has estimated that 10 percent of UNRWA’s workforce has direct or indirect ties to terrorists in […]

The West Bank After Abbas

April 4, 2023

“Authority,” the nineteenth century British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson once wrote, “forgets a dying king.” Few would describe Mahmoud Abbas, the obese, 87-year-old autocrat who rules the Palestinian Authority (PA), as “kingly.” Indeed, the Soviets reportedly used the code name “Mole” to describe his stolid, bespectacled figure. But there is little question that Abbas’s power […]

Video: Mahmoud Abbas and the Game of Thrones – Planning for a post-Abbas West Bank with Sean Durns

March 9, 2023

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is in the 18th year of a four-year term, 87 years old, and a heavy smoker. A recent Palestinian public opinion poll indicates that Abbas and the PA are unpopular with the West Bank Arabs they administer and continue to lose influence to groups like Hamas, the Iranian-backed Islamic Resistance […]