Fatah's Azzam al-Ahmad (right) and Saleh al-Aruri (left) of Hamas shake hands after signing a reconciliation deal in Cairo on Oct. 12. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Anyone End the Palestinian Civil War?

A new agreement aims to mend the rift between Fatah and Hamas — but the wounds may run too deep.

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Edgar on Strategy (VI): Speaking of Israel and Palestine, it’s time to consider social strategies and technical solutions  

As a strategic planner in the Israel Defense Forces specializing in the Palestinian arena, I was privileged to play a role in the 2013 Israeli-Palestinian security dialogue, conducted by General John R. Allen.

The Palestinian Rehabilitation Committee raised the UNESCO flag next to the national Palestinian flag in front of Hebron's Ibrahimi Mosque or the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the southern West Bank city's old quarter on December 13, 2011, as the Palestinian flag was hoisted at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, a month after the Palestinians' admission to the UN cultural agency sparked anger and reprisals from the United States and Israel. AFP PHOTO / HAZEM BADER (Photo credit should read HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel to Withdraw from UNESCO, Following United States

Tensions have built since the U.N. agency recognized Palestine in 2011.

BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) with Secretary General Interpol Jurgen Stock (Center-R) and Meng Hongwei (Center-L), president of Interpol pose for a group photo before the 86th INTERPOL General Assembly at Beijing National Convention Center on September 26, 2017 in Beijing, China. The General Assembly, themed 'Connecting Police for a Safer World',  will take place in Beijing from September 26-29. (Photo by Lintao Zhang - Pool/Getty Images)

Palestine Just Joined Interpol. Is That Bad for Israel?

It’s easy to abuse Interpol’s red notice system. That doesn’t mean Palestine will.

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MAY 23:  (ISRAEL OUT) US President Donald Trump (L) and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leave after delivering a speech during a visit to the Israel Museum on May 23, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. U.S. President Donald Trump spend his second and final day visited Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, then visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and delivering an address at the Israel Museum, both in Jerusalem, before departing for the Vatican.  (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Is Trump’s Middle East Peace Effort Dead in the Water?

Whatever faint hopes there were of a breakthrough in the Israel-Palestine conflict are beyond reach right now. 


Are American Jews Giving Up on Israel?

As the ultra-Orthodox pass new measures governing prayer at the Western Wall and religious conversion, a rift is growing between Israel and American Jews.

Israeli forces stand guard as Palestinian Muslim worshippers, who refuse to enter Al-Aqsa mosque compound due to newly-implemented security measures by Israeli authorities which include metal detectors and cameras, pray outside the Lions Gate, a main entrance to Al-Aqsa mosque compound, in Jerusalem's Old City on July 18, 2017.
Israel reopened the ultra-sensitive holy site, after it was closed following an attack by Arab Israeli men in which two Israeli policemen were killed. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI        (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Tensions Rise in Jerusalem After Israel Installs Metal Detectors at Mosque

The new security measures spark clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces.

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MAY 23:  (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout photo provided by the Israel Government Press Office (GPO), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with US President Donald Trump prior to the President's departure from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on May 23, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. Trump arrived for a 28-hour visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority areas on his first foreign trip since taking office in January.  (Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images)

Donald Trump Playacts Peace in the Middle East

On his first visit to Israel, the president stressed his “personal commitment” to ending the country’s conflict with the Palestinians but did nothing to prove it.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 15:  U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shake hands following a joint news conference at the East Room of the White House February 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted Prime Minister Netanyahu for talks for the first time since Trump took office on January 20.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Trump’s Middle East Trip Is Full of Traps

The stakes could not be higher for the president's first trip abroad. And he'll need to be careful and disciplined.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 15: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shake hands during a joint news conference at the East Room of the White House February 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted Prime Minister Netanyahu for talks for the first time since Trump took office on January 20.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Lessons for Trump and Kushner From My 20 Years of Failing at Middle East Peace

Not even the greatest dealmaker the world has ever seen can bridge a divide if the two sides aren’t ready to get to work.


Remember the Two-State Solution? Abbas Does.

Joint comments by Trump and Abbas were a cordial reminder of the barriers to a peace deal.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29:  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the General Assembly at the United Nations before a UN General Assembly vote on upgrading the status of the Palestinians to non-member observer state on November 29, 2012 in New York City. With many European nations in favor, it looks certain that the Palestinians will win the coveted U.N. recognition as a state today.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Don’t Waste Arab-Israeli Cooperation on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Trump shouldn't prematurely risk the opportunity to assemble an unprecedented coalition on efforts to bridge the Middle East's most enduring political divide.

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - SEPTEMBER 16: In this handout image supplied by the Palestinian Press Office (PPO), Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas makes a speech to confirm that the Palestinian Authority will request full membership at the United Nations when the General Assembly convenes next week, on September 16, 2011 in Ramallah, West Bank. President Abbas will formally submit the application for Palestinian statehood to the 66th United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 20th. The Palestinians and the Israelis are taking part in global diplomatic lobbying to win support for their differing positions on statehood. The Palestinian bid arises from two decades of on-and-off peace talks that have failed to produce a deal. The ultimate goal of the Palestinian Authority is to end Israeli occupation and to establish a sovereign and independent state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital. (Photo by Thaer Ganaim /PPO via Getty Images)

A U.S. Plan for the Abbas-Trump Meeting

This week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas heads to Washington as President Donald Trump makes his first major foray into Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

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