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.

Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, speaks during Tehran's Friday prayers Jul

Iran IRGC head: Israel can be destroyed in one operation

Salami says Israel’s security bubble has been burst, brags about maritime, cyber and Dimona operations, ‘Zionist regime’ collapsing from within.

Is Iran increasing drone attacks against US in Iraq?

The US-led anti-ISIS Coalition said that just after two in the morning, “Ain al-Asad Air Base was attacked by an unmanned aerial surveillance system. No injuries reported. A hangar was damaged.”

Fire at shipyard in Bushehr, Iran, July 15, 2020

Massive fire breaks out near Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant - Watch

The cause of the fire is still unknown, according to Iranian media reports.

‘Card for the starved’: Lebanese PM plans to cut aid to families by $3.8B

75% of the population depends on state assistance for basic needs.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
08/05/2021

Saudi Arabia re-evaluates policy towards Syria - analysis

The kingdom is recalibrating its foreign policy and resetting relations with its neighbors as it works to stop the influence of global powers in the region

By MOHAMMAD AL-KASSIM/THE MEDIA LINE
08/05/2021
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters during a public appearance at a re

Iran's nuclear power 'for peace but nightmare for Israel' - Nasrallah

The Hezbollah chief spoke of growing relationships with other Middle Eastern countries and warned Israel and the Gulf states of imminent Iranian threats during his Quds Day speech.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran's Khamenei says fight against Israel is a public duty

Khamenei was speaking on Iran's annual Quds Day, which uses the Arabic name for Jerusalem, held on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

By REUTERS
07/05/2021

Gulf states, Iran should agree on format for dialog, says Qatari minister

Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran have been locked in a rivalry that has played out in proxy wars across the region.

By REUTERS
07/05/2021

Iran deal results and future - opinion

The JCPOA was a bad deal that worked pretty well. Canceling it, in contrast, led Iran to multiply its efforts to obtain nuclear weapons or force concessions from the US.

By MARK LAVIE/THEMEDIALINE
06/05/2021

IDF on alert for Jerusalem violence

EU, UN call for Israel not to evict Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah homes, as court delays ruling.

Nuclear deal possible in weeks despite gaps if Iran takes decision

Iran has "continued to take steps that are restarting dangerous parts of their program that the nuclear agreement stopped,” he told MSNBC.

By REUTERS , OMRI NAHMIAS
06/05/2021

Palestinians count down to the end of Abbas's era

PALESTINIAN AFFAIRS: The decision to delay Palestinian elections will have far-reaching implications

Turkey and Iran: Parallel Islam imperialist ambitions for the Middle East

BEHIND THE LINES: Neither Ankara nor Tehran want a strong Iraq, or a strong Syria. On the contrary, the fragmentation of these countries suits both.

Nuclear deal possible in weeks if Iran takes political decision

"Is it likely? Only time will tell, because as I said, this is ultimately a matter of a political decision that needs to be made in Iran," he added.

By REUTERS
06/05/2021

International conference in Dubai signals new chapter for Middle East

An important step in realizing the economic potential of Israel’s relations with the Gulf states and in making the dream of peace between the peoples of the region come true

By OFRA PREUSS
06/05/2021

Morocco recalls its ambassador to Berlin over Western Sahara

The German embassy in Rabat was not immediately available to comment.

By REUTERS
06/05/2021
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IDF carries out attacks on Hezbollah outposts - Syrian reports

This is the second consecutive night that Syrian media reports an attack attributed to the IDF in Syria.

Top 10 ways Iran has claimed attack on Israel, MidEast region - IRGC

From calling out vulnerability in Israel's maritime trade to claiming Mossad operatives were killed in Iraq, IRGC general lists Iran's operations and threats to Israel and the region in an interview.

FM Ashkenazi hosts Muslim ambassadors for Ramadan fast breaking event

"The path toward peace with our neighbors in the Middle East goes through mutual recognition," Ashkenazi said during the event. "Recognizing each other's culture, traditions, ambitions and dreams."

Voices from the Arab Press: The war on extremism, 5 years on

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

By THE MEDIA LINE
06/05/2021

Death of diplomat in Iran feeds gossip and conspiracies - analysis

When high profile people or those involved in sensitive work fall out a window, it is naturally considered suspicious.

1 killed, 6 injured in alleged Israeli airstrike targeting Syrian coast

The strike targeted a "civilian plastic warehouse," according to SANA. Initial reports and video from the scene indicated that a large fire had broken out in the area.

05/05/2021
GIRLS STAND next to a poster depicting Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (right) and

Turkey, Saudi, Iran, Syria: High-level talks underpin new MidEast ethos

Over the last decade, there were increasing divisions in the region as Iran gobbled up property in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen and as Saudi Arabia worked closely with Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain.

U.S. soldiers inspect the site where an Iranian missile hit at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar provinc

Iranian-backed rocket attacks on US increase in Iraq

The attacks are growing and coincide with Iranian-backed attacks by the Houthis against Saudi Arabia. They also go hand in hand with Iran trying to wring concessions from the US in Vienna.

Biden to Abu Dhabi crown prince: Normalization with Israel is important

President Biden and the Crown Prince discussed the strategic importance of the normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, among other regional issues.

Turkey welcomes foreign tourists while locking down locals

The government has exempted foreign holidaymakers from the 2-1/2-week long lockdown in an effort to revitalize tourism, a critical sector of the Turkish economy.

By DAREN BUTLER/ REUTERS
05/05/2021
A Ghadr 1 class Shahab 3 long range missile is prepared for launch during a test from an unknown loc

Dutch intel proves Iran sought weapons of mass destruction tech in 2020

The findings from the three European intelligence agencies in 2021 contradict Khamenei’s claims and are likely to fuel a new debate about rejoining the Iran nuclear deal.

Iranian gets 20 years for bomb plot, first official tried since 1979 revolution

Belgian authorities have said they will oppose any potential swap deal with Western prisoners, prosecution lawyers said.

By REUTERS
05/05/2021

Palestinian journalist detained after calling Abbas at home

A Palestinian journalist from Ramallah said that PA media outlets have refused to publish anything about Najjar’s case out of fear of being punished by the Palestinian security forces.

Iran says it wants peace with Saudis, but sends Houthi drones instead

So what does Turkey think about Saudi Arabia’s possible détente with Iran?

Senior Swiss diplomat in Iran found dead after fall from high-rise

The diplomat was 51, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported. Other reports put her age at 52.

By REUTERS
04/05/2021

First team of mounted archers takes aim in Gaza

Mounted archery is a hard skill to master. Centuries ago it helped Genghis Khan's Mongol army conquer much of Asia and today is showcased in niche competitions.

By REUTERS
04/05/2021

UN committee to examine Palestinian apartheid charges against Israel

A United Nations arbitrations committee is poised to examine a Palestinian Authority complaint that Israel has committed acts of apartheid.

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Mixed messages on Iran-US deals and 'prisoners' - analysis

It would appear rumors about a rapid return to a deal and US appeasement of Iran’s regime may not be on the cards as quickly as some have predicted.

Iran wants to use China to counter US - what are the implications?

This shift to the east is a topic that has been discussed openly in Iran for years, including in its leading media.

Future looks gloomy for journalists working in Middle East

On International Press Day, observed on May 3, recently released 2021 World Press Freedom Index finds Mideast journalists subject to arrest, attack, work ban, and other forms of judicial harassment.

By MOHAMMAD AL-KASIM/THE MEDIA LINE
03/05/2021
Foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) arrive, ahead of an annual leaders' summit i

Middle East e-commerce profits surge 4-fold in last 5 years

Go-Gulf report looks at the Middle East’s latest online shopping developments

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
03/05/2021

Gunmen attack home of candidate who called on EU to halt funding to PA

“They opened fire at my home, tossed stun grenades and broke the doors,” the candidate said.

US Senators urge tougher stance on Turkey’s human rights abuses

Turkey has established a new military base in Iraq and Turkish-backed extremists in Syria continue to threaten Kurds, Yazidis and Christians.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Thursday any U.S. or Saudi military strike against Iran

Iranian families slam Zarif for slandering Soleimani

Audio of Zarif giving an interview in which he slammed Soleimani and appeared to suggest the IRGC had undermined him has led to controversy.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attends a joint news conference after meeting with Norway's Fore

Zarif apologizes for leaked comments about Soleimani

"I hope that the noble people of Iran and all the lovers of General Soleimani, and especially his family, will forgive me," said Zarif.

Fire at a petrochemical plant in the Shokuhieh Industrial Town in the Qom Province of Iran

Fire, explosion at petrochemical plant in Iran

Two firefighters were seriously injured and two of the fire trucks battling the flames caught fire and were destroyed.

02/05/2021
Exhibition of nuclear achievements of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, April 10, 2021

Fmr. Iran nuke chief: Natanz explosion was 5th in recent years

"We think this is the fifth time that a severe attack has been carried out on Natanz's facilities in the last 15 years," said the former head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.

02/05/2021
The Tomb of Serah, daughter of Asher, Pir Bakran, Iran

Archaeologists discover millennia-old iron production sites in Iran

This finding can be added to the 60 cultural and historical relics and sites that have already been discovered during a survey led by the Iranian archaeologist Hossein Azizi.

Iran expects sanctions on banks, oil to be lifted based on nuclear talks

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Friday the talks were in "an unclear place," meaning it was uncertain whether they would lead to an agreement.

01/05/2021

EU, UN call on Abbas to set new date for Palestinian elections

Abbas blamed Israel for the delay, explaining it had rejected a request to allow for Palestinians to vote in Jerusalem. Israel has not issued a formal public response on the matter.

Will Abbas survive the elections crisis?

The controversy over the Jerusalem vote provided Abbas with a good excuse to call off the elections. There's nothing better than blaming Israel for obstructing the planned elections.

Abbas’s decision to delay elections sparks public outcry

Abbas’s political opponents condemned the decision as a “big catastrophe” and called on the PA president to proceed with the elections.

A Kurdistan Region Peshmerga looks out at ISIS positions from his frontline near Kirkuk in 2015

Kurdistan Region calls for unity against ISIS threats

ISIS attacked Kurdish Peshmerga fighters near Pirde in Iraq overnight.

Supporters of Turkey counter-protest members of the Armenian diaspora as they rally in front of the

Turkey's regional relations fall short - analysis

Ankara has backed away from its more aggressive foreign policy amid domestic and economic strain

By KRISTINA JOVANOVSKI/THE MEDIA LINE
30/04/2021

Iran seeks tech in Sweden for nuclear weapons - Swedish intel. report

Iran, China and Russia are the biggest security threats to Sweden

Judo - World Judo Championships - Men's Under 81 kg - Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan - August 28, 2019

Iran banned from international Judo till Sept 2023 over Israel

Iran has already been under indefinite suspension since September 18, 2019, a move that was overturned in March by the Court of Arbitration for Sports located in Switzerland.

Police stand outside a hotel where a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan

Israel and the US are learning to manage JCPOA disagreements - analysis

According to the Israeli official, the Israeli delegation told the US delegation that there is no point negotiating specific details at this moment of the “longer and stronger” deal

Israel's warplanes can reach Iran, minister warns amid nuclear talks

Reiterating Israel's position that it does not consider itself bound by the diplomacy, Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said: "A bad deal will send the region spiraling into war."

By REUTERS
29/04/2021
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attends a joint news conference after meeting with Norway's Fore

Iran bans 15 people from traveling over Zarif leak, official resigns

The recording, shedding a rare light on ties between the government and the elite Guards, has angered hardliners in Iran, who called the leak "an espionage act."

By REUTERS
29/04/2021

Egyptian archaeologists unearth rare tombs dated back to before Pharaohs

They also found tombs nearby from the later Hyksos period (1650 to 1500 B.C.), when Western Asian migrants took over the country, putting an end to Egypt's Middle Kingdom.

By REUTERS
29/04/2021

Despite Riyadh tone change, Iran-Saudi ties seen likely to stay rocky

Unless Tehran transforms its foreign policy, any rapprochement will be marginal, experts say.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
29/04/2021

Saudi ban on Lebanese produce adds pressure on country’s economic crisis

A ban over claims that fruit and vegetables are used to smuggle drugs comes as the country experiences its worst economic and political crises ever.

By DANIEL SONNENFELD/MEDIA LINE
29/04/2021

Hezbollah exported drugs, weapons, with Lebanon government knowledge

After massive drug and weapons seizures, Saudi Arabia bans the import of Lebanese produce, with support from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and the UAE.

By HUDHAIFA EBRAHIM/THE MEDIA LINE
29/04/2021

Senior US delegation headed to Middle East amid concerns about Iran deal

While the final itinerary was unclear, there were tentative plans for the team to visit Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan.

By REUTERS
28/04/2021
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a virtual meeting with Palestinian factions over Israel

Before crucial meeting, Abbas urges EU to press Israel on Jerusalem vote

Abbas is reportedly planning to announce his plans to postpone the elections indefinitely because of Israel's failure to respond to a PA request to hold the vote in Jerusalem.

Regavim calls on IDF to halt construction of illegal Palestinian road

The road, that Regavim said links Area B of the West Bank and Area C, is located near the Palestinian city of Tubas and the village of Tayasir.

How Israel and the US are taking Iran’s drone threat seriously - analysis

The decision to try to counter UAVs or drones has been in the works for years. Back in 2018 Congress first authorized a cooperative US-Israeli Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) Program

US-Israel to tackle Iranian drone, missile threat as nuclear talks proceed

A new inter-agency working group will be formed between the US and Israel, focusing on the shared threat of Iranian drones and missiles.

A Ghadr 1 class Shahab 3 long range missile is prepared for launch during a test from an unknown loc

Iran still seeks mass destruction weapons - German intelligence report

'Additional focus of Iran’s intelligence is the observation of and fight against opposition groups domestically and abroad.'

Saudi crown prince softens Iran rhetoric in balancing act

The comment contrasts with remarks made by Prince Mohammed in 2017, after becoming crown prince, in which he called the supreme leader of Iran "the new Hitler of the Middle East."

By REUTERS
28/04/2021

Balcony death spotlights social pressure for single Egyptian women

A 35-year-old fell to her death from a balcony in Cairo last month after neighbors confronted her over suspected pre-marital relations, prompting an outpouring of anguish from single Egytpian women.

By REUTERS
28/04/2021
Amnesty International

Amnesty International condemns 'sham, torture-tainted' trials

Eastern Libya is trying civilians in military court, and Western Libya is no bastion of justice, either.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
28/04/2021
A boat of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) sails, at undisclosed place

IRGC boats harassed US Coast Guard in Persian Gulf - report

Three boats swarmed a US vessel in the Persian Gulf just a day after an announcement about talks to return to the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal.

Nixing elections will harm Abbas, reignite Fatah-Hamas dispute - analysis

Many Palestinians are convinced that the deep crisis in Fatah is the main reason behind Abbas’s fear of holding the elections.

John Kerry denies he informed Iranian FM about Israeli strikes in Syria

A number of Republicans expressed outrage at the allegations against Kerry, blasting the former secretary of state for allegedly leaking sensitive information.

27/04/2021

John Kerry, the latest victim of Zarif’s big mouth - Analysis

It seems ridiculous that Zarif was unaware of the widely reported alleged Israeli airstrikes in Syria, begging the question why he's claiming he didn't know.

US dead set on Iran deal, but ‘long way to go’ - analysis

Joe Biden appears to be unfazed by the Natanz incident, Iran's 60% uranium enrichment and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's claim that John Kerry leaked info to him.

US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on Middle East peace at the Department of State in

Give John Kerry a break this time – Zarif is the problem - analysis

There are real reasons to criticize Kerry, such as failing to predict the Abraham Accords and backing the Iran deal, but he probably doesn’t deserve the wrath he’s attracting over this Zarif quote.

Parties to Iran nuclear talks to speed up efforts for Iran, US compliance

Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia began a 3rd round of meetings in Vienna on Tuesday to agree steps that would be needed if the 2015 agreement.

By REUTERS
27/04/2021
Netanyahu and Abbas

Israel not interfering in Palestinian election, Foreign Min. clarifies

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is reportedly considering canceling the May 22 election if it cannot be held in Jerusalem.

An oil tanker loads gas in Assaluyeh seaport at the Persian Gulf

Oil tanker reportedly involved in 'incident' in Red Sea

It is unclear if the reported incident was an attack on an oil tanker in the area.

27/04/2021

Turkey's banks shy away from Erdogan's 'crazy' canal - sources

Erdogan says the canal would protect the Bosphorus Strait, which runs through the heart of Istanbul, by diverting traffic.

By REUTERS
27/04/2021

Erdogan urges Biden to reverse 'wrong step' on Armenian declaration

Turkey accepts that many Christian Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in WWI, but it contests the figures and denies that the killings were systematic or constitute a genocide.

By REUTERS
26/04/2021

Israel ready to make greater sea territory demands in Lebanon border talks

Israel set to respond to increased demands from Lebanon by claiming more than double the area of the Mediterranean Sea that is currently in dispute.

Delek sells its share in Tamar gas field to Abu Dhabi for $1.1 billion

The deal is believed to be the largest and most significant commercial agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates since the establishment of diplomatic relations.

26/04/2021
Drone displayed in Army Day parade in Iran, April 18, 2021

Iran again unveils masses of small kamikaze drones

The Islamic Republic has also created a new radar for drones, according to Press TV.

FILE PHOTO: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a meeting with Russia's For

Iran’s secret tapes: Is Iran’s Zarif really sidelined by the IRGC?

Leaked tapes appear to show Zarif claiming that Russia wanted to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal signed in 2015.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas: No Palestinian elections without Jerusalem

He praised the residents of east Jerusalem for their “steadfastness in the face of Israeli schemes aiming to control the holy city.”

A swarm of desert locusts fly near the town of Rumuruti, Kenya, January 31, 2021.

Lebanon battles swarms of locusts after wind changes direction

The locusts, which threaten crops, are the latest addition to a long list of challenges faced by Lebanon, which is battling its worst financial crisis in decades.

By REUTERS
26/04/2021
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Thursday any U.S. or Saudi military strike against Iran

Iran FM Zarif bemoans IRGC, Soleimani overreach in leaked interview

The Iranian foreign minister complained about how he was forced to act for military interests instead of diplomatic ones.

Supporters of Turkey counter-protest members of the Armenian diaspora as they rally in front of the

Here's how Ankara uses genocide as blackmail - analysis

Turkey has threatened for years that it would rapidly move to sanction the US and ally with Iran, China and Russia or other US enemies, if the US would recognize the Armenian Genocide.

Jerusalem escalation could be how Israel's next war starts - analysis

It is important to understand that this timeline is similar to how tensions grew in 2014 and other cycles that led to tensions in Gaza and Jerusalem.

A crew member raises the Iranian flag on Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, previously named Grace 1

Iran, Syria say 'attack' on tanker never happened

Iranian media walked back initial reports of an alleged "drone" attack on a tanker off the coast of Syria, calling it a welding accident.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh  in Ramallah. August 25, 2020

Palestinians reject European offer to hold Jerusalem election online

The PA has said they may delay or cancel the May 22 election, as Israel has yet to respond to its demand to hold the vote in Jerusalem.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow,

Turkey’s genocide blackmail: Threats to work closer with Iran and Russia

The Biden administration has called Turkey’s bluff: that it might leave NATO because it is angry to hear the word “genocide” – and that Ankara should never be offended, but can do what it wants.

White House: Israel won't change position on Iran deal

Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen and National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat are expected to go to Washington this week to meet their counterparts to discuss the Iranian nuclear threat.

Fatah, Hamas use Jerusalem unrest to deflect attention from own problems

The Palestinian factions are already competing for the title of the best “defenders of Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa Mosque” against alleged Israeli efforts to “Judaize” the city.

Terror candidates must not run in Palestinian elections, US tells UNSC

"Terrorists who deny Israel's right to exist are being allowed to participate in the elections," said UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan.

Iraq, Turkey set records for COVID cases as Tunisia runs out of ICU beds

MENA region fights rising infection rates.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
23/04/2021
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