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  • Chinmaya asked: What is Palestine’s economic and strategic standing in West Asia?

    Md. Muddassir Quamar replies: With time, the Palestinian issue has lost some of its strategic importance. Historically, the question of Palestine occupied centrality in West Asian politics and was the primary issue during the heydays of Pan-Arabism in the 1950s and 1960s. The Arab defeat in 1967 significantly changed the regional geopolitical dynamics. The 1978 Camp David Accords and the subsequent signing of a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1979 resulted in Palestine losing an important regional supporter.

    Fatah – Hamas Reconciliation and Prospects for the Elusive Palestinian Unity

    On October 12, 2017, Fatah and Hamas, the two dominant factions in Palestinian politics, signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo to end their decade-long conflict.

    November 03, 2017

    What does Modi’s Israel visit mean to the Palestinians?

    Modi is merely responding to the changing Middle Eastern situation. A few hours of stay in Ramallah will not gain him any political dividends in the region or in India.

    July 03, 2017

    Fatah at the Crossroads

    Abbas needs to take steps for a gradual change of guard in the Fatah within a specified time-frame to keep the cause of Palestinian statehood alive.

    January 04, 2017

    Continued Israeli Settlement Policy in the Occupied Territories

    Continued Israeli Settlement Policy in the Occupied Territories

    Settler entrenchment has reached a point where no peaceful assimilation of the entire West Bank into a compact territory of a future Palestine state and a harmonious division of Jerusalem city linked to this entity may be possible.

    April 19, 2016

    Palestine and US Presidential Candidates

    US-Palestine Relations

    None of the candidates from either major party has articulated a clear and unconditionally supportive long-term view in favour of the Palestinian cause.

    April 05, 2016

    Russian Military Intervention in Syria

    Russian Military Intervention in Syria

    Will the action of Russia make it easier to find a negotiated political agreement on transition among Syrians? Most unlikely.

    October 06, 2015

    Reaffirming India’s Ties with Palestine

    Prime Minister Modi’s meeting with President Abbas in New York reaffirms the government’s commitment to maintain continuity in India’s Palestine policy.

    October 01, 2015

    Jishnu J. Raju asked: Why aren't the GCC and the Arab world able to pressurise the US to give Palestine a fair deal? Are the Palestinian Arabs largely Sunni or Shia?

    Gulshan Dietl replies: The US Administration is under the pro-Israeli influence. It is pervasive in terms of its political, financial and media power. The Arab world is in no position to pressurise the US on the Israel-Palestine issue.

    A vast majority of Palestinians are Sunni. According to estimates, only about one per cent of them are Shia.

    Posted on August 20, 2014

    Israel-Palestine Talks: Enablers and Prospects

    Prospects of a solution will hinge on the ability of the two sides to moderate their maximalist positions and the ability of the Obama administration to play the role of an ‘honest broker’.

    August 26, 2013

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