Middle East

The region known as the Middle East has been conquered and reconquered by every super power in the West. This has created a region rich in a culture of resistance and thousands of ethnic groups looking for their piece of land. This has created a complicated region and Jpost's Middle East News simplifies it.

MEDICAL OFFICERS spray Indonesian nationals with antiseptic as they arrive from Wuhan, China’s cente
Kuwait, Bahrain report coronavirus in people who visited Iran

Kuwait detected the virus in three people among 700 who had been evacuated on Saturday from the Iranian city of Mashhad.

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters through a screen during
France 'ready to support Lebanon financially' says finance minister

"France always stands ready to help Lebanon. It has always been the case in the past and it will be the case in the future." Bruno Le Maire said

'Words won’t save lives': Will Germany wake up after terror attack?

Members of Kurdish minority worry after attack by far-right terrorist, link attack tor rising hate crimes and antisemitic attacks.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casts his vote at a polling station during parliamentar
Iran hard-liners win election, but with record low-turnout of 42.57%

Experts: Regime trying to prepare for more years of Trump.

Abbas to rule on quitting of official accused of normalizing Israel ties

The criticism came in response to the reported resignation of the head of the committee, Mohammed al-Madani.

Palestinian health workers wearing protective masks walk in a quarantine zone installed by the minis
PA, Jordan and Lebanon take precautionary measures against coronavirus

Palestinians say they are working with Israel to combat the virus

Hamas official Ismail Haniyeh (R) and the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani
A secret Mossad Qatar trip, Hamas outreach to Egypt and Iran’s threat

In Israel, the Mossad-Qatar-Hamas story was revealed by Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman over the weekend and was reported locally.

PA shuts facilities visited by Korean tourists amid coronavirus scare

The PA announced on Sunday that no cases of coronavirus have been found in the West Bank so far and said the relevant ministries are actively following up on the matter.

Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Armenia close Iran borders for coronavirus

Iran has confirmed 15 new cases of the virus, bringing the country's total to 43 with a death toll of eight. Most of the infections have been in the Shi'ite Muslim holy city of Qom.

Iran’s Houthi proxies targeted G20 in Saudi Arabia

Even as Iranians were lining up to buy masks to help stop the coronavirus from spreading, the regime was urging the Houthis in Yemen to attack Saudi Arabia amid the G20 gathering.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures as he delivers a Friday prayer sermon in Tehra
Iran's leader says enemies tried to use coronavirus to impact vote

Iranian authorities have yet to announce the turnout and the final result of the Feb. 21 election for the 290-seat parliament — a litmus test of the popularity of the establishment.

A supporter of the Houthis has a poster attached to his waist of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleim
Assad almost resigned but Soleimani convinced him to continue - report

In an interview with a close friend of Soleimani who accompanied him on various visits to Iraq and Syria, Hasan Flark revealed that Bashar Assad was on the verge of giving up his reign in Syria.

Pope appears to give thumbs down to Trump's Mideast peace plan

Francis made his comments in the southern Italian port city of Bari, where he traveled to conclude a meeting of bishops from all countries in the Mediterranean basin.

Nine dead in Turkey after quake hits rural Iran border region

Turkish TV footage shows people digging through rubble with shovels, as well as crumbled exterior walls of homes, cracks in roads and residents outside in the snow.

An Iranian cleric walks in front of the Shrine of Fatima Masumeh in Qom
Iranian cleric blames Trump for coronavirus outbreak in Qom

Saeedi claimed that the outbreak was Trump's way of fulfilling his promise to hit Iranian cultural sites if the Islamic Republic took revenge for the killing of Soleimani.

Iranians burn U.S and Israeli flags as they gather to mourn General Qassem Soleimani, head of the el
Iran uses German and US visas to make films against Israel and America

Films whitewash Iranian regime's crackdown of protests. Films bash the US and Israel.

People wearing face masks take a picture with a mobile phone outside Rafik Hariri hospital in Beirut
Lebanese woman suspected of carrying coronavirus vows revenge for 'lies'

"You all know Lebanon, the lies in Lebanon, and agents in it. My brother will come to Lebanon and take revenge on my behalf from the General Security."

Iranian couple wearing protective masks to prevent contracting a coronavirus walk in Tehran, Iran
Iran’s government and media lied about coronavirus outbreak, riots erupt

“Even the hospital medical staff, some of whom are infected with the coronavirus, are terrified."

Vakt-i Kıraat program ends with songs and coffee
More than Just Al-Aqsa: The Changing Ways Muslims Explore Israel

As the number of Muslim tourists to Israel rises, their interests widen beyond Islamic holy sites to include the sites of other religions as well as places of historic and cultural interest

Syrian President Bashar al Assad visits Syrian army troops in war-torn northwestern Idlib province,
Syrian bomb kills 16th Turkish troop in Idlib this month

Turkish forces retaliated and destroyed 21 "regime targets", the ministry said, adding the soldier was a tank mechanic who died while being transferred to the hospital.

Turkey continues armored build-up for Idlib

Turkey has concentrated hundreds of armored vehicles in Idlib province to try to slow-down a Russian-backed Syrian regime offensive.

Iran reports 12 dead, 61 infected with coronavirus within Islamic Republic

Iran has suspended religious pilgrimage trips to Iraq over coronavirus fears, an official who oversees pilgrimage trips said on Saturday, according to the Fars news agency.

Hardline Guards make early gains in restricted Iran election

Iran's rulers, under intense US pressure over the country's nuclear program, need a high turnout to boost their legitimacy, damaged after nationwide protests in November.

plane crash at the Boryspil… REUTERS 19/01/2020 12:16 IRAN-NUCLEAR/IAEA FILE PHOTO: An Iranian flag
Iranian official denies report that mayor tested positive for coronavirus

Four infected people in Iran have died of coronavirus.

Absolute boredom in Iran on Election Day

Record low turnout as evening begins and Tehran scrambles to keep polls open and beg people to vote.

Kuwait stops all flights to and from Iran amid fears of coronavirus

The statement that comes in accordance with the Kuwaiti health ministry instructions, called citizens not to travel to Iran for the time being.

Pompeo talks about confronting Iran in Saudi Arabia and Oman amid tensions

Oman is important for regional security and for discussions with Iran because it frequently hosts Iranian diplomats.

Spread of coronavirus in Iran worries Middle East

The Iranian outbreak began in the holy city of Qom where pilgrims from all over the world come.

Hamas leader met with the Qatari envoy to the Gaza strip

The leader of the Hamas met with Muhamad al-Amadi and the conversation between the two led to the first documentation in three months.

Beirut concert brings music and medicine together for cancer patients

Patients sat in the front row, some with their IVs. Nurses and visitors listened in, while some doctors sat down to type up their notes as they soaked up the music.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a meeting with
Iran blacklisted by 200 member nations of Financial Action Task Force

Until this decision, the only other country blacklisted on the task force was North Korea.

Jewish refugees
Iran FM: Middle East has no record of antisemitism

"In this region, we do not have a record of antisemitism. People of the region have always hosted – and continue to host – Jews in a warm manner."

Doha, Qatar
Qatar accuses Saudis of hampering access to Gulf coronavirus coordination

"We are surprised to see that Saudi is politicizing a humanitarian sector, that requires close collaboration and coordination due to the urgency of the situation."

Iraqi Women Seek Rights – and to be Part of a Change

Amid attempts to transform the political system, feminists are looking for 50% representation in any new government

A Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter sits as medics treat his comrades injured by sniper fire
US Congressman Abraham visits eastern Syria to see Christians and Kurds

Abraham met with SDF General Abdi and Christian defense forces and saw key areas such as Raqqa and Tel Tamr.

Are the Palestinians urging peace dialogue with Israel heroes or traitors?

Palestinian Affairs: Recent meetings between Israelis and Palestinians aimed at promoting a dialogue have been met with a backlash. Will it cause the Palestinians to back down?

Iran, Hezbollah stir chaos in Syria's southwest

Behind Enemy Lines: Iran, Hezbollah and ongoing, armed resistance to Syria’s regime merge to create constant chaos

plane crash at the Boryspil… REUTERS 19/01/2020 12:16 IRAN-NUCLEAR/IAEA FILE PHOTO: An Iranian flag
Iran parliamentary election set today with hardliners expected to win

FATF expected to blacklist Iran from int’l banking

A US military vehicle is pictured behind the Turkish border walls during a joint US-Turkey patrol
US says Russia violating 'de-confliction' in eastern Syria

There is a pattern of Russian harassment of US forces, leading to increased tensions between the two.

British Conservative MP Stephen Crabb is seen near the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain
British MP: Palestinians must bring more to table than a sympathy plea

The United Kingdom has welcomed Trump’s efforts while holding to its acceptance of a two-state solution at the pre-1967 lines.

Russian military vehicles return following a joint Turkish-Russian patrol in northeast Syria
Road Rage: US military runs Russian military vehicle off road in Syria

A civilian bystander can be seen leaping out of the way of the Tigr just in time to avoid being hit.

INTERNALLY DISPLACED Syrians from the western Aleppo countryside ride on a tractor with their belong
Voices from the Arab Press

A weekly selection of opinions and analyses from the Arab media around the world

Offering support through Persian-language media

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Iranian versions of the American RQ-170 drone which were used in a military exercise in the Gulf in
Components link Iran to drone attacks in eight countries

US CENTCOM reveals Iran's role in smuggling weapons

Iranian armed forces members march during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Ir
Does Iran’s regime plan to destroy the tomb of Esther and Mordechai?

US religious group blasts Iran for threats to Esther and Mordechai tomb.

Iranian-linked cleric attacks Chicago for 'immorality, homosexuality'

The Iraq-based cleric Muqtada al-Sadr promotes gender segregation in Iraq.

Turkey weighs Libya operation amid Russia talks hurdle

Turkey is in a difficult position because Syrian rebels feel they have been abandoned amid Turkish promises to give them land and security. Instead, Turkey shipped them to Libya.

PA police in training demonstration [file}
Palestinian teen killed by PA police in Jenin amid clashes

Three people, including one member of the Palestinian security forces, were wounded in the clashes that erupted amid celebrations following the release of a prisoner from an Israeli jail.

Iran reports first two cases of coronavirus

There was no indication to the nationalities of the people affected.

Iraqi people burn a U.S. flag and a picture of U.S. President Donald Trump in a protest after an air
Iraqi MP: 'Deal of the Century' will transfer Palestinians to Iraq

The MP claimed that the US is preparing a large area of the al-Anbar desert for Palestinian families.

German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler doing a Nazi salute
Saudi Arabia accuses Muslim Brotherhood of working with the Nazis

n a speech to delegates at the 37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem in 2015, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew a great deal of criticism after claiming this exact theory.

Defense minister Moshe Arens wth Israeli Air Force personnel at the Paris Air Show in 1999.
'Israeli missile is only guarantee of survival from potential Iran nukes’

The Arrow missile system has already succeeded in pushing Iran to shift its military tactics.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani salutes the crowd during the commemoration of the 41st anniversary
Iran election expected to heighten tension with West - analysis

Khamenei calls voting key to stopping ‘US, Zionist plots’

Iran’s ayatollah claims 'wealthy Zionists' control America

Khamenei also claims the US “Deal of the Century” is “satanic” and that it includes the “Jewishization” of Jerusalem.

FILE PHOTO: A destroyed and burnt tank that belonged to the eastern forces led by Khalifa Haftar, is
Eastern Libyan forces strike Tripoli port in new escalation

Tuesday's attack on the port unfolded as officers from the Tripoli forces and the LNA held a second round of indirect talks in Geneva to establish a permanent ceasefire.

A wall along the border between Turkey and Syria is pictured at the Syrian town of Atimah, Idlib
Turkey and Russia seek deal as 900,000 flee Idlib

Ankara told Washington it is trying to help Syrians in Idlib and got support from the Trump administration

Demonstrators gesture at a protest over unemployment, corruption and poor public services, in Baghda
Amnesty report equates IDF defense with Iranian action against protesters

Agrees with ICC decision to charge Israel with war crimes committed against Palestinians

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes the King of Jordan Abdullah II at the Elysée Palace on Jan
Is Jordan’s stability indispensable?

It would be wise for Israel and the US to plan for the day that a Jordanian uprising destabilizes the kingdom with civil war and anarchy, similar to the Syrian civil war.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivers a speech
Nasrallah's son criticized for wearing US-made shirt despite boycott

Jawad responded to the allegations by confessing to owning another US-brand product, saying "I don't buy American products, even my iPhone I plan to sell."

Demonstrators gesture at a protest over unemployment, corruption and poor public services, in Baghda
UN envoy condemns use of birdshot against Iraqi protesters

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq said it had received credible allegations of protesters being targeted with hunting rifles, stones and firebombs over the weekend, leading to at least 50 injuries.

The Palestinians’ statehood gamble at the ICC – analysis

Legal briefs filed with the ICC on the court's jurisdiction over east Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza have produced split results on the question of Palestinian statehood.

Airstrikes destroy IRGC Quds Force HQ, warehouse at Damascus airport

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps sites at Damascus International Airport were heavily damaged due to airstrikes.

Burning Israeli flag
Bahrain sentences citizen to 3 years in prison for burning Israeli flag

The man, whose identity has not been revealed to the press, was arrested after burning the Israeli flag during a pro-Palestinian protest in the country.

Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani attends a news conference at the Iranian embassy in Beirut's
Snubbed by Gulf, Lebanon's PM Diab hosts Iranian official

Iran's parliament speaker, Ali Larijani, is the first senior foreign official to visit since Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab's government took office.

The Hague
Israel's, PA’s allies press ICC on war crimes decision – who wins?

Analysis: After over 30 parties, including countries, NGOs and top experts, filed on behalf of Israel and the PA, Jerusalem’s position may have improved.

A demonstrator carries an Iraqi flag as he walks near burning tires blocking a road during ongoing a
Iraq’s pro-Iran politicians allege US conspiracy

US leads anti-ISIS Coalition, trains Iraqi forces, has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to help defeat ISIS in Iraq

FILE PHOTO: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a meeting with Russia's For
Iran's FM: Iranian accused of violating US sanctions returns from Germany

Detained in Germany, he has been freed and has returned to Iran after diplomatic efforts by Tehran announced Iran's foreign ministry

Participants gather before a conference with attendance of Taliban representatives arranged by the A
No let up in Taliban attacks, fresh orders awaited over deal with US

Commanders in Paktika and Nangarhar - two other provinces regarded as strongholds for the Taliban – also said they would continue their attacks as planned.

Syrian forces consolidate control of Aleppo to eradicate insurgents

The advances have sent hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians fleeing towards the border with Turkey in the biggest single displacement of the nine-year-old war.

Jordan's King Abdullah II does his part in cleaning up the Red Sea

Towards the end of the video you can see the king saving the life of a sea turtle entangled by a rope, which is chaining the turtle to a rock on the seafloor.

Major General Qasem Soleimani (April 2016)
Qasem Soleimani's life: Secrets of his role with Turkey, Russia, Syria

Iran’s former defense minister on how Soleimani confronted “Zionists,” ISIS and helped persuade Russia on the importance of Syria. “He was more than a commander: he was a diplomat and administrator."

Iraq’s pro-Iran politicians allege US conspiracy

The US is the leader of the anti-ISIS coalition, has been training Iraq and has spent hundreds of millions to help Baghdad defeat ISIS.

Iran parliamentary elections might give Khamenei loyalists a tighter grip

Like hardliners, conservatives back the ruling theocracy, but unlike them support more engagement with the outside world.

Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) run across a street in Raqqa, Syria, July
Car bomb near Syria-Turkey border kills two, wounds five

The Turkish Defense Ministry has blamed the Kurdish YPG militia for the attack.

Crisis puts Lebanon's survival at stake, Hezbollah warns

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah also said there was no point in politicians trading blame over the causes of the crisis.

The logo of the FATF (the Financial Action Task Force) is seen during a news conference after a plen
Iranian economy due to get slammed by FATF

Expected blow to come after new IAEA chief ramps up pressure

Ivanka Trump arrives in the UAE for Global Women's Forum in Dubai

Currently in its second year, the annual Global Women's Forum Dubai is a two-day summit taking place on February 16 and 17, with the conference's theme this year being "the power of influence."

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, January 15, 2020
Rouhani: Iran will never yield to US pressure for talks

"America's 'maximum pressure' towards Iran is doomed to failure ... our enemy (the United States) is very well aware that their pressure is inefficient," Rouhani said.

Pro-Soleimani posters appear across Italy honoring slain General

The posters in honor of slain Iranian general Qasem Soleimani were placed by the European Solidarity Front for Syria.

Oman sees the biggest Gulf clash risk in Strait of Hormuz

The waterway between Iran and Oman - 33 km (21 miles) wide at its narrowest point - is the conduit for some 30% of all crude and other oil liquids traded by sea.

Palestinian family says it lives within the borders of Israeli settlement

Israel claimed ownership of the land surrounding the Gharib family's house and created a West Bank settlement there.

Amazon packages awaiting dispatch
Amazon forces Palestinians to list Israel as residence for free shipping

Amazon's policy constitutes “blatant discrimination between potential customers on the basis of their nationality.”

Iraqi people burn a U.S. flag and a picture of U.S. President Donald Trump in a protest after an air
Iraqi Nujaba militia: Countdown to attacks on US forces has begun

"We are closer than you think," the group claimed in a tweet.

Saudi newspaper slams Muslim Brotherhood as ‘Nazis’

The article published on Friday refers to the close connections between the Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including Haj Amin Husseini, and the Nazis.

WOMEN HOLD pictures of Iranian Maj.-Gen. Qasem Soleimani during a funeral procession and burial at h
Hezbollah unveils Soleimani statue at Israeli border

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah: Soleimani’s death will speed up liberation of “Palestine”

A woman casts her vote at a polling station during a snap parliamentary election in Baku, Azerbaijan
Lessons for Israel from Azerbaijan’s election

Two of the three Israelis who traveled to Azerbaijan as foreign observers in the country's recent snap election have said that Israel could learn a few things from them.

James Jeffrey, U.S. State Department special representative for Syria Engagement; testifies before a
Turkey embraces Russia, condemns US envoy and US peace plan

Turkey’s President Erdogan speaks to Trump after slamming the US, while its foreign minister seeks to work with Russia in meetings about Syria crises.

Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif speaks with the media on the sidelines of a security conference, India
Iran's Zarif: We were close to war with US after Soleimani assassination

Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the US and Iran were "very close to a war" and that, at the moment, the black box of the crashed Ukrainian airliner is not being touched.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in th
Turkey says it met responsibilities over Syria's Idlib in Russia deal

Turkey and Russia, which back opposing sides in Syria's war, agreed in 2018 to set up a de-escalation zone in the northwestern region.

Yemen's airstrikes 'kill 31 civilians' after Saudi jet crash

The United Nations office in Yemen said preliminary field reports indicated that "as many as 31 civilians were killed and 12 others injured in strikes that hit Al-Hayjah area" in Al-Jawf province.

Iran’s Hajizadeh: We must unite to expel the Zionists and Americans

The Iranian commander was speaking to pro-Houthi media in Yemen, which means his comments were also directed at Saudi Arabia. Iran has sent technology to the Houthis to aid their fight against Riyadh

US and Taliban reach reduction of violence agreement -US official

An agreement that leads to a major US troop withdrawal could be a political boost for Trump, who has repeatedly promised to stop "endless wars" as he seeks re-election in November.

What it’s like on the ground helping Syrians fleeing Idlib

Free Burma Rangers faith group helps hundreds of families who fled fighting in Idlib

A member of the Taliban holds a flag in Kabul, Afghanistan
Taliban, Afghan forces clash despite talk of breakthrough in peace deal

"As result of a targeted air strike by Afghan air forces, Mawlavi Sardar Mohammad, a key member of the Taliban military commission was killed along with eight others,"

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