The Middle East Quartet still includes the US, so can it still play a role in the peace process?

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 9/2/2018 President Donald Trump address to Congress in Washington, US on 30 January 2018 [Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency]   Since US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the subsequent decision to cut American funding to UNRWA and the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinian leadership …

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EU is all talk and no action on Israel-Palestine conflict

First published by the Middle East Eye on 6/2/2018 If it is to be taken seriously as a broker for peace, the EU must make disruptive decisions to pressure Israel, just as the US has been doing against Palestinians The past few weeks have been transformational for the prospects, or rather lack thereof, for peace …

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Pro-Israel positions likely to continue with new British landscape

First published by the Arab Weekly on 2/7/2017 British Prime Minister Theresa May There are ques­tions with regards to what effects the snap elections have on British foreign policy towards Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. The Conservative Party, led by Prime Minister Theresa May, won 318 seats in parliament but that was eight seats …

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Mahmoud Abbas has led the Palestinians to a dead end. He must go 

First published by the Middle East Eye on 29/6/2017 The president has hit a new low, cutting the salaries and electricity of Palestinians in Gaza. The next intifada will be against the Palestinian National Authority and this should worry Israel and Abbas Photo: A photo of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas from 2016 (AFP) The embattled …

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Can the Palestinians sue Britain over Balfour?

First published by the Arab Weekly on 30/4/2017 The Balfour Declara­tion is a letter from Arthur Balfour, then the British foreign secretary, to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, dated November 2, 1917. The critical part of this short letter said: “His Majesty’s government view[s] with favour the establishment in Palestine of a …

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Abbas commits to more negotiations while violence escalates

The Middle East Monitor publiched my article on 15/1/2016 Abbas commits to more negotiations while violence escalates    Image from the Middle East Monitor In his first speech of 2016, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas reviewed the situation facing the Palestinians and set out his approach for the forthcoming year. He started with the …

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when will the 2-state solution window actually close?

'The window is closing fast on the 2-state solution'. That is a statement that most western leaders regurgitate on an almost daily basis to explain the urgency of restarting the 'peace process'.   But when will the 2-state solution window finally close and who will make that critical announcement? Who ever makes it, the question …

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