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King Hassan II and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Rabat, 1993.

A 1993 meeting with Moroccan King Hassan II worth remembering

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From 1992 to 1994, I served as political adviser to the late Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin. In that capacity, I was sent to brief the King of Morocco, Hassan II,...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah, Aug. 18, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Palestinian succession battle heats up as Biden prepares to take office

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 In the run-up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Mohammed Dahlan, the former leader of the PLO’s Fatah faction in Gaza, has launched a major media campaign against Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas. On...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas addresses the U.N. Security Council concerning details of the Mideast peace plan put forth by the United States on Feb. 11, 2020. Credit: Eskinder Debebe/U.N. Photo.

Can the Palestinians adjust to changing times?

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They’ll always have the United Nations. Even as the rest of the world abandons their cause, the Palestinians can still count on the world body to be their faithful ally in their century-old struggle...
The Cave of the Patriarchs in the city of Hebron, Dec. 4, 2019. Photo by Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90.

Abbas adviser: Hanukkah menorah at the Cave of the Patriarchs a ‘desecration’

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The Palestinian Authority’s highest Islamic authority, Mahmoud al-Habbash, harshly condemned the placing of a Hanukkah menorah at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, calling it a “crime.” According to a report published by Palestinian...
Palestinian politician Hanan Ashrawi in her office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Jan. 31, 2012. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi resigns

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Senior Palestine Liberation Organization official Hanan Ashrawi announced her resignation on Wednesday, saying that Palestinian politics needed a “renewal.” Ashrawi said she had informed Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas last month of her decision to...
Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on March 9, 2016. Photo by Flash90.

Abbas congratulates Biden as Palestinians celebrate Trump’s defeat

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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden in a statement on Sunday and alluded to the possibility that the P.A. would end its boycott of the administration in Washington when he...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech regarding the coronavirus outbreak, at P.A. headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on May 5, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Palestinians press for international peace conference to renew talks with Israel

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Top Palestinian diplomat Riad Malki on Monday called for an international peace conference as the only way to renew talks with Israel, AP reported. According to the report, this comes on the heels of a similar call...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech regarding the coronavirus outbreak, at P.A. headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on May 5, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Mahmoud Abbas: Down and out in Ramallah?

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Angry, sad and ill, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has been stuck at home in Ramallah for a few months now. COVID-19 is forcing him to be extra careful. At his age, 85, with...
U.S. President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on May 23, 2017. Credit: Shealah Craighead/White House.

The Palestinians’ view of the US elections

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Four difficult years have passed for the P.A. and its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, since U.S. President Donald Trump took office. Senior Fatah sources say that in recent days the color has returned to the...
World Jewish Congress president Ronald S. Lauder. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

World Jewish Congress president meets with Abbas

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World Jewish Congress president Ronald S. Lauder met with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, announced a Palestinian minister. In a Twitter post, P.A. Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh disclosed the information, though provided...