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The Implications of Siege and the Internal Palestinian Division on the Situation in the Gaza Strip Since 2007

By: Omar Shaban  Introduction: June 2017 marks the 10th  year of the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip. It began on June 15, 2007, one day after Hamas seized control in Gaza and one year after Hamas won the Palestinian parliamentary elections, which left Gaza mired in internal political conflict. The closure policy was not new; since 1967 the occupation military ... Read More »

New Release: What are the Alternatives with the Disappearence of the Two-State Solution?

What are the Alternatives with the Disappearence of the Two-State Solution?   By: Omar Shaban The two-state solution as a proposal for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is on the verge of vanishing. The United States (US) and the European Union (EU) as sponsors, as well as the Israelis and Palestinians, have openly expressed this. (…) Unfortunately, everyone warns that the two-state ... Read More »

Round table discussion with Mr. Jacques de Maio, Head of ICRC delegation in Israel and the Occupied Territories

Palthink for Strategic Studies continues its work as an independent Palestinian institution founded in March 2007 to promote dialogue, subjective and rational debate, and interest in the Palestinian cause and regional issues. In the past, Pal Think hosted respected guests who have influence on the Palestinian cause, including Mr. Pierre Krähenbühl UNRWA Commissioner-General,Mr. Reza Idris, deputy head of the Tenth ... Read More »

An Open Letter to the International Community

This open letter was drafted by Palthink for Strategic Studies and was signed by 52 Palestinian civil society organization An Open Letter to the International Community from Palestinian civil society Members of the International Community who have supported the Palestinian struggle for autonomy and self-determination now hold the key to the reunification of Palestine and the national healing process engaged ... Read More »

Are the Palestinians Ready for Independence?

By: Omar Shaban  The current Palestinian leadership does not appear ready for sudden independence. Despite the push for Palestinian statehood, there remains weaknesses in the Palestinian political establishment that undermine this quest. Political and social fragmentation, a lack of representative leadership and an inability to apply the rule of law seem to indicate that if Palestine were to become an ... Read More »

Egypt and Hamas—Cooperation in the Works? – By Omar Shaban

By: Omar Shaban  Egypt, which enjoys friendly relations with both the Palestinian Authority and Israel, understands that it must normalize relations with Hamas to be able to act as a mediator between the three parties. The Egyptian government, which has yet to achieve convincing results in the fight against terrorist groups in Sinai, is also in need of Hamas’ cooperation ... Read More »

New Gaza War Inevitable without International Action

By: Omar Shaban  With the exception of the extremely slow reconstruction process of what was destroyed during the last Israel-Gaza war in the summer of 2014, the conditions that preceded that war remain in place. The Palestinian reconciliation process remains cosmetic, negotiations for a truce between Israel and Hamas that were supposed to resume under Egyptian auspices have stalled, and ... Read More »

The Palestinian Municipal Election should include Gaza as well – By Omar Shaban

By: Omar Shaban The Palestinian national consensus government decided to hold Palestinian municipal elections in October  2016 in the west bank only without the Gaza governorates .It may be somewhat justified that the elections took place in the first time in 2012  without including the  governorates of Gaza under the political division, but there will be no justification  to exclude ... Read More »

Mr. Omar Shaban met with Belgium MFA in Gaza

Mr. Omar Shaban was invited to meet with the Belgium MFA Mr. Reynders who visited Gaza this week to brief him on the situation. The visit of H.E was confined to the destroyed areas where he met with displaced people, he heard from women and children. The visit has given very important signal of solidarity and support to the marginalized ... Read More »