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Why America’s ‘ultimate deal’ for peace may still fail

  • There has been much speculation over President Donald Trump’s plan to reach an “ultimate deal” between Israel and the Palestinians and, until Dec. 6, when the US president announced his infamous decision with regard to Jerusalem, the Palestinian leadership was cautiously optimistic over its...
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Only Palestinian unity can thwart US-Israeli onslaught

  • There was an ironic sense of déjà vu surrounding Sunday’s meeting of the Palestinian Central Committee in Ramallah; a feeling that we have been here before. And that is true in many ways. Almost two years ago, the PCC met and adopted what was described then as tough decisions against Israel,...
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Paris conference: Mourning the two-state solution

  • Throughout its tragic and tumultuous history spanning nearly a century (beginning roughly with the 1917 Balfour Declaration), the Palestinian national cause has never seen a more surreal and bizarre period as the one it finds itself ensnared in today. One can describe the plight of the Palesti...
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Long road to Astana

  • Between now and the convening of Syria peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana in mid-January, anything could happen that could derail the historic cease-fire agreement reached by Russia and Turkey, and embraced by most opposition groups and the Damascus regime.Despite a number of breaches by...
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Assad’s Pyrrhic victory in Aleppo

  • To the victor go the spoils, but who exactly are the victors in Syria following the epochal fall of East Aleppo to regime forces and their Iranian and Russian allies? As tens of thousands of traumatized civilians begin their painstakingly slow evacuation from the ruins of what used to be their...
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Paving the way for Abbas’ successor

  • Palestinians are pinning high hopes on the outcome of Fatah’s seventh congress, which opened in Ramallah on Tuesday, against a background of critical internal divisions within the movement as well as the rift between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas in Gaza. About 1,400 delegates are...
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All is not quiet on the Libyan front

  • Libya has not been much in the news lately but that does not mean that all is good. Five years after western powers intervened militarily in that country — in the height of the so-called Arab Spring — resulting in the collapse of the regime of autocratic leader Muammar Gaddafi and his subsequent...
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Putin ups the stakes in Syria

  • Russia is playing a dangerous game in Syria and it is raising the stakes there so hastily that pundits are now talking about a sharp dip, and heightened tension, in US-Russian ties the kind of which we have not seen since the era of the Cold War. Some have even warned that the ingredients for a...
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A deal that was bound to fail

  • Syria's truce has unraveled as many observers had predicted. Lack of confidence between the US and Russia has marred a last minute agreement by the foreign secretaries of the two countries from the start. It was an agreement that lacked transparency and took many parties by surprise. Until...
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Syria’s humanitarian crisis

  • Even if at one point in time a political solution is achieved ending years of bloody conflict in Syria, the international community should not compromise on a pledge to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by various parties against civilians and combatants. Only last week...
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