Kushner Alone Knows What’s Best for the Middle East

February 10, 2020

As the entire world knows, Jared Kushner has been working very hard over the past two and a half years at crafting a deal with so much cash in it ($50 billion) that no reasonable Palestinian could refuse. To his deepest consternation, when he finally revealed its contents to the public at...

A Game of Thrones for the Palestinian Authority

President Mahmoud Abbas seems to be on his way out as the leader of the Palestinian Authority. Who will take his place?  Palestinian politics today is undergoing a change as President Mahmoud Abbas’ health condition deteriorates. With no clear heir to ensure a landslide victory, the question...

Trump Botches Jerusalem Opportunity

December 08, 2017

America’s self-styled master dealmaker didn't leverage recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to advance the peace process. Instead, he set it back. There is a good deal less than meets the eye in President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move...

Trump-Abbas Meeting: Hold Off on the Ululating and Mazel Tovs

May 07, 2017

If President Trump pulls this off, he will have elevated himself from mortal deal maker to American statesman. Former US Ambassador Gary Grappo explains. Only one person benefited from the White House meeting on May 3 between US President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud...

Now is the Time for Obama to Recognize Palestine

December 27, 2016

Just as he established diplomatic ties with Cuba, Obama should do the same with Palestine. I’d like to return today to an argument I made two years ago in The Nation, which is that President Barack Obama should recognize Palestine before he leaves office. For different but related...