The Next US Administration and Palestine
In Print by Hussein Ibish - Al-Hayat (Opinion) - October 30, 2012 - 11:00pm

Whoever wins the election, President Barack Obama or his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, will face the same fundamental problem regarding Palestine.


American Elections Matter and the System is Open
In Print by Ziad Asali - Al-Hayat (Opinion) - October 24, 2012 - 11:00pm

The silly season, the protracted multibillion dollar period of escalating frenzy leading up to US national elections, is coming to a close. All that is said or done in this season is fair if it is deemed legal. The game ends with one winner while two parties share the uneven pie of diffuse power across the nation.  The United States and its elections matter. What other countries do not know about the US system, including elections, cost them.


Hamas Rising?
In Print by Hussein Ibish - Ynetnews (Opinion) - October 24, 2012 - 11:00pm

Is everyone conspiring to undermine the Palestinian Authority and promote Hamas? This morning, in the context of yesterday's visit of the Emir of Qatar to Gaza, with his pledges of massive financial and diplomatic support, it sure looks that way. The biggest threat to the PA is a fiscal crisis originating in its quixotic U.N. membership bid of September 2012, which produced a confrontation with its main donors, particularly the United States.


The Lessons of Novembers Past
In Print by Hussein Ibish - Ynetnews (Opinion) - October 15, 2012 - 11:00pm

Historically, November often signifies numerous crucial turning points in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The lessons of Novembers past demand close attention. Palestinians and Israelis can learn from them to address their differences and common future, and American leaders to be more balanced.


Hamas in transition
In Print by Hussein Ibish - NOW Lebanon (Opinion) - October 8, 2012 - 11:00pm

The recent exchange of attacks between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip is unlikely to lead to a broader conflict, but it helps illuminate some of the dramatic changes happening within Hamas. It is yet another indication of the increasing willingness of Hamas factions in Gaza to resume not only countenancing but participating in rocket attacks against Israel. This, in turn, reflects the increasing influence and independence of more militant elements within the organization and their strategy for trying to wrest control of Hamas away from externally-based leaders. 


Western double standards and free speech
In Print by Hussein Ibish - NOW Lebanon (Opinion) - October 1, 2012 - 11:00pm

In my recent columns I've been critical of calls for a global "blasphemy" ban from the Organization of Islamic Conference and other Muslim leaders. But free-speech protections, if they are to be meaningful, must be universal. The greatest threat to them is double standards that are the bedrock of advocacy for the slippery slope of restrictions.


Mideast Peace Mired as Abbas Trades Taunts With Netanyahu
Media Mention of Hussein Ibish In Bloomberg - September 27, 2012 - 11:00pm

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exchanged taunts at the United Nations as the world body watched a peace process that has all but slipped away.


Abbas set to renew bid to upgrade Palestine's UN status
Media Mention of Hussein Ibish In The National - September 26, 2012 - 11:00pm

RAMALLAH // When Mahmoud Abbas addresses the UN General Assembly today, those in attendance could be forgiven if they experience a sense of déjà vu. During his speech at last year's annual gathering of the world body, the Palestinian Authority (PA) president announced his intention to seek recognition for a Palestinian state amid great fanfare and popular support back home. Today, he is expected to make a similar request. Only this time, the distinguished guests will notice the Palestinian leader doing so under less enthusiastic circumstances.


No Drama at Turtle Bay
In Print by Ziad Asali - The Daily Beast (Opinion) - September 25, 2012 - 11:00pm

At the upcoming United Nations General Assembly meeting, the world will be watching—though with markedly less intensity than last year—to see what the Palestinians will do.


Palestinian Leader Abbas Back at UN With Lowered Aims
Media Mention of Hussein Ibish In Bloomberg - September 25, 2012 - 11:00pm

This time last year Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was a hero to his people as he waved an application for statehood recognition from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly.



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