The Palestinian Authority, which has often displayed a large degree of intolerance toward journalists who refuse to serve as a mouthpiece for its leaders, wants to work only with sympathetic reporters.
In the short term, the Palestinian Authority may succeed in restoring law and order to areas under its control in the West Bank. But in the long term, its current clampdown will increase bitterness and frustration among a large number of Fatah gunmen and security officers who feel betrayed by Abbas.
Hamas can't tolerate Palestinians rejoicing & celebrating-Hamas is the "Grinch" who stole New Year!
As Obama visits the region, he would do well to take the following facts into consideration.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is now saying that he will resume his efforts in September to achieve, unilaterally, UN recognition of a Palestinian state. This time, however, Abbas says he will go to the General Assembly, where the Palestinians enjoy the support of more than 130 countries, with a request to recognize a Palestinian state as a non-member of the UN.
Jordan has recently witnessed weekly demonstrations calling for far-reaching reforms and an end to financial corruption. King Abdullah did not take the protests seriously at first, but is now desperate to restore calm and order; going as far as ordering the arrest of some of his most trusted officials.
Hamas's decision to participate in the upcoming local and municipal elections will further strengthen the movement and pave the way for it to extend its control from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank.
Adult activists who send and encourage children to take part in violence should be held accountable.
This latest dictatorial move by the PA should tell the world the current readiness of the Palestinian leadership for statehood, and what such statehood would look like. It would resemble its brutal Arab neighbors.
Those who think that Abbas's invitation to Hamas to join the PLO is a positive step for the peace process are deluding themselves.
Israel is facing two Palestinian camps: Hamas does not want to make peace with Israel because it believes Israel ought not to exist, and Fatah can't make peace with Israel because it is too weak
Abbas is fortunate to have Israel sitting with him in the West Bank. Otherwise, Hamas would have succeeded in its effort to topple his regime and "transfer" its weapons to the West Bank.
Iran's leaders see the situation in Gaza: "We are not sending these groups and militias cash and guns so that they can strike ceasefire deals."
On the political arena, the appointment of Hamdallah will have no impact whatsoever.
The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate wants Palestinian journalists to serve as soldiers on behalf of the Palestinian cause. Journalists, according to the syndicate, should first and foremost be loyal to their president, prime minister, government, homeland, and cause. As for the truth, it appears at the bottom of the syndicate's list of priorities.
Hamas faces two options: initiate new confrontation with Israel, or to confront the Egyptian Aramy in the Sinai.
Even if Mashaal himself changes, Hamas will always remain the same Hamas.
Turning Jordan into Palestine would mean the loss of a moderate and rational Arab leader at a time when Islamists are rising to power in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Libya.
Fatah: Hamas stole relief aid for Gaza and distributed it amongst its followers in mosques.
They have begun threatening businessmen who want to work with Israeli counterparts.
Originally published at the Gatestone Institute. The consequences in the long-term are disastrous: they embolden the radicals and help raise new generations of Arabs...
Abbas was one of the first Arab leaders to congratulate Hamas on its "victory" over Israel during the recent eight-day confrontation.
According to the Greek Orthodox Church in the Gaza Strip, at least five Christians have been kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam in recent weeks. In a rare public protest, leaders and members of the 2,000-strong Christian community in the Gaza Strip staged a sit-in strike in the Gaza Strip this week to condemn the abductions and forced conversions in particular, and persecution at the hands of radical Muslims in general.
The activists do not care about the Palestinians' suffering as much as they are interested in advancing their anti-Israel agenda. They rarely have anything good to offer the Palestinians.
The Egyptian and UN mediators, in failing to call out the leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad for their deception and conflicting messages, are permitting the two groups to deploy the ceasefire with Israel as a cover to prepare for the next war.
The decision of six Arab states to attend the Bahrain conference despite the Palestinian boycott call shows that the Arabs have chosen to endorse a new direction – one that will leave the Palestinians to fend for themselves in a hell of their own making. For their choice to thumb their noses not only at the US but also at influential Arab states, the Palestinians are likely to emerge as the biggest losers.
Signs of the impending trouble awaiting King Abdullah emerged in the past few days.
From Abbas's point of view, Hamas's terrorism will only increase the pressure on Israel to capitulate. Here Abbas has an ally in Hamas: to multiply jihads to force Israel to its knees.
Hamas and other Palestinian terror group consider Israel one big settlement that needs to be annihilated.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas understood that he had made a grave error in calling out his Arab brothers for their tightfistedness. This was a massive mistake because his Arab brothers do not tolerate any form of criticism. For them, Abbas should only be criticizing Israel and the US.