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Published: Tue, 16 May 2017 08:56:01 -0400

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The Need to Change Palestinian Political Culture

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:56:46 -0400

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will be visiting Washington soon and will call for a renewed commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state. But both opinion polls, and actions by the Palestinian Authority glorifying terrorism and terrorists, suggest that Palestinian political culture is oriented to violence and revanchism, not to peace. Elliott Abrams argues that a change in Palestinian political culture is a necessary precondition for real peace.


Stop Supporting Palestinian Terror

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:56:15 -0400

Should Congress cut aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it ceases payments to terrorists and their families? In the new issue of National Review magazine, Elliott Abrams argues that Congress should pass the Taylor Force Act, cut the aid, and try to force a change in Palestinian political culture.


U.S.-Israel Relations

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:21:10 -0500

CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert Danin examine President Donald J. Trump's priorities on Israel.


Media Files:

President Trump and the Art of the "Ultimate" Israel-Palestine Peace Deal

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:00:23 -0500

The Obama obsession with Israeli settlement activity ruined his policy toward Israel, prevented the negotiations he wanted, and was not based on the facts. The Trump administration should take a very different approach, Elliott Abrams argues in Foreign Policy magazine. 


Why Peace Is Not at Hand

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:43:19 -0400

New polls of Israelis and Palestinians prove that peace is not at hand, and views on a peace deal are very far apart. But they also contain some interesting data, as Elliott Abrams explains in National Review.



The Disappearance of the Two-State Solution

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:30:23 -0400

The 2016 Republican Party platform contains no references to the two-state solution. Is this a crisis? Elliott Abrams writes in National Review that, after years of failed attempts to broker a peace agreement, the United States should seek to promote the goal of peace without dictating one sole path forward.



Too Soon to Rekindle Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process?

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 10:33:01 -0400

Domestic pressures facing Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas mean France's bid to reboot Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will likely be a nonstarter, says CFR's Robert Danin. 


Bernie Sanders: The Old Lefty’s Wrong View of Israel

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:23:19 -0400

Bernie Sanders recently spoke at some length about Israel, with the New York Daily News. Elliott Abrams analyzed the interview in The Weekly Standardfinding no hostility to the Jewish State—but confusion and misinformation.


The Always Reliable United Nations

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:47:41 -0400

The UN has filled the post of “Special Rapporteur on human rights in Palestine” with someone whose one-sided, biased track record of bashing Israel should have disqualified him immediately. Elliott Abrams tells the story in National Review.


Don't Fold on UNESCO

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:40:58 -0500

In an article for The Weekly Standard, Elliott Abrams writes that the U.S. should be consistent in its commitment to withhold funding from UN organizations that admit the PLO as a full member.


Words Have Consequences

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 10:00:32 -0400

Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies Elliott Abrams argued that incitement by Palestinian leaders and media—not poverty and hopelessness—has been the motivating forces behind recent violence against Israel.


A Violent Uprising in the West Bank

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:06:53 -0400

There is growing risk of a violent uprising in the West Bank that could be costly to Israelis and Palestinians and harmful to U.S. interests. Steven Simon suggests measures to reduce the probability of West Bank violence and minimize its consequences.


The Death and Life of the Two-State Solution

Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:36:03 -0400

On March 17, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won reelection, thanks in part to a desperate last-minute pledge to his right-wing base that the Palestinians would never get a state so long as he was in power. After the election, he tried to walk his comments back, but Palestinian observers weren’t buying it. 


Long-Running Farce Continues at the United Nations

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:16:47 -0500

William Schabas has recused himself from his post as head of the UN Human Rights Council’s investigation into the Israeli operation in Gaza in 2014.  In an article for Newsweek, Elliott Abrams explains why this happened too late to prevent a miscarriage of justice.


Keeping the Status Quo, and Improving It

Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:47:45 -0400

After years of peace negotiations and sporadic conflict, Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are at a standstill. Elliott Abrams argues that making small improvements in the welfare of both sides would be more productive than any grand gestures.


The Fog of Cease-Fire

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:41:44 -0400

Elliott Abrams examines the costs and aims of the Gaza war and explains why it is too early to determine the victor in the conflict.


What Now for Israel?

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:51:40 -0400

Elliott Abrams examines the shifting alliances in the Middle East and the conventional wisdom as to what is “sustainable.”


The U.S. Needs a More Ambitious Role in Ukraine and Gaza

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 22:02:12 -0400

In Ukraine, the United States seeks an outcome that may not be achievable; in Gaza, U.S. policy needs to transcend the immediate crisis and recast the basic dynamics of the conflict. Finding out whether these crises have seeds of opportunity within them is the purpose of foreign policy, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


Bring Hamas to the Table

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 09:36:54 -0400

"Unless we better understand Hamas," writes Ed Husain, and include them in peace negotiations, "we cannot help halt the killings of Israelis and Arabs in the Middle East."


The Israel-Gaza Crisis: Three Things to Know

Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:00:32 -0400

The violence in Gaza is likely to continue until a third party brokers a deal that allows both Israel and Hamas to claim successes as a result of the bloodshed, says CFR's Robert Danin.


Media Files:

The Long War Against Hamas

Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:42:10 -0400

Elliott Abrams refers to the cease-fire from Israel's 2006 battle with Hezbollah to argue how the Gaza war of 2014 will end.


Salvaging Abbas

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:02:57 -0400

Almost from the start of the conflict in the Gaza Strip, the commentariat has been seized with the idea of "empowering [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas" as the only way out of the recurrent violence between Israel and Hamas.


President Obama's Statement on Ukraine and Gaza

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:34:16 -0400

President Barack Obama spoke on July 21, 2014, about the conflict between Hamas and Israel, and about investigations into the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Ukraine on July 17, 2014 and Russia's actions in the area.


Hamas and Israel in a Bind

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:35:15 -0400

The latest round of fighting between Hamas and Israel is likely to intensify while marginalizing the Palestinian Authority, says CFR's Robert M. Danin.


The Palestinian Mess

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:06:49 -0400

A year from now, expect to see the same Palestinian, Israeli, and U.S. leaders pursuing the same policies.


The Pitfalls of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Tue, 13 May 2014 11:16:15 -0400

Mistrust, complex domestic politics, and a lack of urgency by Israeli and Palestinian leaders continue to bedevil peace talks brokered by the Obama administration, says former U.S. negotiator Aaron David Miller.


Update on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:00:50 -0500

CFR Senior Fellow Elliott Abrams leads a conversation on U.S. policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.


Media Files:

Update on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:00:01 -0500

CFR Senior Fellow Elliott Abrams leads a conversation on U.S. policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.


Media Files:

The Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: Aiming "Low" or "High"

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:45:17 -0500

Elliott Abrams argues that U.S. policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian peace process should focus on pragmatic, achievable goals rather than raising expectations for a comprehensive peace settlement that is not now attainable.


Remarks by Secretary Kerry and Lead Negotiator Erekat

Sat, 04 Jan 2014 11:35:50 -0500

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discussed a peace process framework regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict. Secretary Kerry and Lead Negotiator for the Palestinian Authority Saeb Erekat delivered remarks about the discussions on January 4, 2013. Secretary Kerry also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.