Mahmoud Abbas: First Obstacle to Peace

This column was originally published in American Thinker.

For reasons both financial (his $100 million fortune) and ideological, a genuine peace with a Jewish Israel is the last thing Mahmoud Abbas wants, and the last thing one should expect to emerge from current negotiations. 

Life is good for Mahmoud Abbas.  He is not about to mess it up by reaching a comprehensive peace agreement with Israel. Continue reading

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Why Did Netanyahu Release Palestinian Prisoners?

Israelis may be masters of intelligence. They may be military geniuses. But they are inept when it comes to visionary diplomatic moves—especially those whose success hinges on the misplaced belief in the good faith of others.

This column was originally published in The Daily Beast.

Here is Abe’s interview on the John Batchelor Show on this topic.

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Stop Blaming Israel And America For Fayyad’s Fall

This column was originally published in The Daily Beast.

 Popular as he was in international aid circles and New York Times (and Daily Beast) op-eds—and even among Israelis—Fayyad had no democratic Palestinian constituency to speak of.  As Archie Bunker once said of then-President Gerald Ford, “He’s doing a great job for a guy nobody voted for.”

Who lost Salam Fayyad? The resignation-dismissal of the respected Palestinian Prime Minister has provoked plenty of finger-pointing. Continue reading