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Ghassan Khatib

حسناً فعلت الحكومة، وحسناً فعل الرئيس، ولكن!

حسناً فعلت الحكومة عندما استجابت للضغط الجماهيري المطالب بتعديل قانون الضمان الاجتماعي، الذي تتوج في تظاهرة الثلاثاء 19/4/2016 الحاشدة أمام مجلس الوزراء. وحسناً فعل الرئيس عندما تدخل الشهر الماضي لقبول مطالب المعلمين بعد تحركهم الجماعي وتضامن الجمهور معهم في تظاهرات جماهيرية حاشدة أمام مقر مجلس الوزراء أيضاً، وحسنا فعل الرئيس قبل شهرين عندما استجاب لشبه الإجماع بين جمهور الصحافيين الذين اعترضوا جماعيا وبطرق مختلقة على المصادقة على مسودة قانون الاعلام.

ANALYSIS: Laying out a new paradigm

The long stagnation in the peace process, where years have passed now since any real breakthrough, and the growing tension in Palestinian-Israeli relations invite analysts and politicians to examine why this has happened, and to suggest fresh ideas and ways forward.

ANALYSIS: Succession fever? Is there a cure?

RAMALLAH, September 7, 2015 - Debate and speculation among Palestinians over who will succeed the Palestinian president have suddenly intensified. Foreign journalists and diplomats are instantly drawn to the topic. Leaks from those in President Abbas’ inner circle that he will resign, and the replacement of Yasser Abed Rabbo with Saeb Erekat as secretary general of the executive committee of the PLO have fed the discussion.

The Israeli election and the future of the Palestinian authority

Last week’s victory of Benyamin Netanyahu and his right wing allies at the polls in Israel, and what amounts to the shrinking of left and center-left parties, is merely one more indication that Israeli society continues a trend of radicalization. Over the last 20 years, with only some fluctuations, each successive Israeli government and parliament has been more radical and more right wing than the one before it.

ANALYSIS: Jerusalem at a crossroads

The increase in Palestinian resistance to Israel’s attempts to change the status quo in occupied east Jerusalem and its holy sites has put the divided city of Jerusalem and the relationship between the two sides living there at a crossroads. It has become quite possible--if the recent escalation gains dynamics that sustain it, deepen it and expand it--for events to get out of hand.

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JMCC, Media & Communication Centre.

ANALYSIS: The third war on Gaza--maintaining the status quo?


Who's calling whose bluff?

In a noteworthy turn of events, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appeared last week to have successfully outmaneuvered his two main opponents, a much more powerful Israel and the stubborn Palestinian faction Hamas. For the first time ever, Palestinians were not blamed for the failure of nine months of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that were shepherded by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Indeed, there were even hints and leaks and sometimes even outright statements from US and European officials blaming Israel for the collapse of the talks.

Analysis: Fayyad’s resignation is a crisis for Abbas

The seemingly inevitable resignation of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has left Palestinians in the occupied territories, and their president, knee deep in trouble. The bowing out of such a prominent figure -- the man responsible for the two positive events of the last decade -- has created anxiety and worry among Palestinians.

President Abbas, get yourself off the hook

The overwhelming international support for the bid to upgrade the status of Palestine at the General Assembly of the United Nations late last month was a sweet reward for President Mahmoud Abbas and his faction Fateh. They had just experienced a bruising in public opinion due to Israel’s assault on Gaza, after which rival Hamas came out looking strong and defiant.

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