Published in Sharnoff’s Global Views on Dec. 31, 2012. Since the 1993 Oslo Accords, a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians has remained elusive. The politically correct paradigm proffered by the international community including Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the United States has been two states, two peoples: an independent Palestinian state including … More Will Jordan and Egypt Play a Greater Role in Palestinian Affairs in 2013?
Al-Ahram reports that a Gazan teen unable to find employment and care for his family set himself on fire in Gaza’s main hospital last Thursday. He succumbed to his wounds Sunday evening. The teen’s father said he had appealed to the Hamas government in Gaza and the West Bank Palestinian Authority to find work, but … More Palestinian Self-Immolation
The failure to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have produced a surge of commentary among analysts and pundits advocating various alternatives. The primary scenarios proffered include maintaining the status quo and refusing to compromise, a one-state bi-national option, a two-state option in which a Palestinian state lives next to Israel, and a three-state option in which … More Weekend Thinking: Israelis and Palestinians
Published in the Daily Beast on July 26, 2012. No, Dani Dayan, the status quo in the West Bank cannot continue. I’ll leave it to other commentators to explain why this is the case on the Israeli side. But when it comes to the Palestinian side, it’s time to consider alternatives to Fatah and Hamas—they’re not all we’ve … More Give Palestinian Third Parties a Chance
Published in American Diplomacy on June 20, 2012. Palestinian Attitudes Toward Israel by Dr. Michael Sharnoff http://www.fpri.org/enotes/2012/201205.sharnoff.palestinian-attitudes-israel.html Reviewed by Norvell B DeAtkine The writer, a recent graduate of King’s College, London, writing for the Foreign Policy Research Institute, surveys Palestinian attitudes from the standpoint of the secularists, Hamas, Fatah, and the general public toward the … More Article Review
Published in the Middle East Media Monitor, an Foreign Policy Research Institute E-Note series, on May 23, 2012. As the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East enter into their second year, how have these unprecedented events impacted Palestinian attitudes toward Israel? Will Palestinians be emboldened to mimic these revolts and collectively decide to … More Palestinian Attitudes Toward Israel
Published in the Huffington Post on Jan. 12, 2012. In the autumn of 2011, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas embarked on a controversial diplomatic offensive to have the United Nations recognize the state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital. While Abbas asserts that this strategy is neither intended to delegitimize nor embarrass Israel, the … More Confronting Palestinian Reactions to Failed Talks With Israel