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.

A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, Iran

Iranian official admits Israel swiped nuclear archive

Iran needs to revamp its security, says the secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council who reports directly to the supreme leader.

Lebanon energy minister blames fuel shortage on Syria smuggling

"The Syrian market's needs for gasoline drive Lebanese smugglers to sneak gasoline into Syria to achieve huge profits."

By REUTERS
15/04/2021
The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, befor

Iran, world powers resume nuclear talks amid enrichment, Natanz attack

"We will have to see how in the coming days we address these violations with the will to press ahead in the talks."

By REUTERS
15/04/2021
AN ISRAELI military observation tower overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and part of the maritime bor

US envoy: resolving border talks with Israel will help crisis-hit Lebanon

While pledging not to abandon US interests in Lebanon, Hale said resolving a maritime border dispute with Israel would "have potential to unlock significant economic benefits for Lebanon."

By REUTERS
15/04/2021

Debunking revisionism about Iran's last Shah

Unpacking the Shah’s modernization, his despotism, and US-Iran relations

Car bomb kills four in Baghdad's Sadr City - police

Black smoke was rising from the market place and ambulances rushed to save the wounded, said Reuters witnesses.

By REUTERS
15/04/2021
A Jordanian Imam reads the Koran in an empty mosque during Ramadan as prayers by worshipers are susp

As COVID cases spike, Middle East countries restrict Ramadan activities

Turkey, Iran, Oman, Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon experience particularly high volume of new infections.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
15/04/2021

Voices from the Arab Press: Erdogan is looking for friends

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

By THE MEDIA LINE
15/04/2021
Vehicles drive under campaign posters ahead of the parliamentary election, in Erbil, Iraq

Explosive drone targets Erbil airport in Iraq

Explosions were heard in the area and a warning siren sounded at the US consulate in Erbil, according to Arabic media.

14/04/2021
Mahmoud Abbas Khaled Meshaal and Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani

Hamas picks former chief Khaled Meshaal to head foreign political bureau

Veteran leader will work to repair ties with Saudi Arabia, other countries in region

By MOHAMMAD AL-KASSIM/THE MEDIA LINE
14/04/2021

Iran has 'almost completed preparations' to enrich uranium to 60% -IAEA

Iran's nuclear deal with major powers only lets Tehran enrich uranium to up to 3.67% purity, one of many limits that it breached more than a year ago.

By REUTERS
14/04/2021
The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, befor

How will the Natanz incident affect Iran's Vienna negotiations? - analysis

The incident could give the US leverage - if they want it.

Iran censors soccer match over 100 times due to woman referee

Exclusive: Reaction from prisoners in Tehran to execution of wrestler Navid Afkari

Sources in Iraq deny Iran media claims of attack on 'Israelis'

The sensitive nature of the claims paired with the lack of detail left many skeptical as to whether an attack had taken place.

Iran has begun 60% uranium enrichment - chief nuclear negotiator

Araqchi also announced that Iran will introduce 1,000 more centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear facility.

Iranian media spreads report of attack on alleged Mossad center in Iraq

Casualties were reported in the alleged attack, Iraqi sources told Iranian media

14/04/2021
F-35 Fighter

Biden decides to advance sale of F-35 fighter jets to UAE

In the last months of the Trump administration, Israel reached deals with the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco as part of the Abraham Accords.

By REUTERS
14/04/2021

Iran fires missile at Israeli-owned ship near UAE - report

The vessel is associated with the Israeli Ray Shipping company, the same company that owns the vessel that was hit by an alleged Iranian attack in February.

14/04/2021
Palestinians take part in a rally in support of president Mahmoud Abbas, in Hebron

Fatah says 1975 attack was 'one of the greatest high-quality operations'

The Savoy Hotel attack, carried out by eight members of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), resulted in the murder of eight Israeli civilians and three IDF soldiers.

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

Natanz attack hit 50 meters underground, destroyed most of the facility

The attack was reportedly carried out through a remotely detonated device smuggled into the facility.

Turkey says it will hold Afghan peace summit on April 24

Officials worry that violence in the country will surge if an agreement is not reached soon.

By REUTERS
13/04/2021

Iran: Grandson of first supreme leader drops presidential bid

This was reportedly at the request of current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

13/04/2021

Egypt says owners of Suez Canal traffic jam ship owe almost $1 b.

International supply chains were thrown into disarray when the 400 meter (430 yard) Ever Given ran aground in the canal on March 23.

By REUTERS
13/04/2021
AN ISRAELI military observation tower overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and part of the maritime bor

Lebanon Pres.: Maritime claim in with dispute Israel needs gov't approval

Israel already pumps gas from offshore fields but Lebanon has yet to find commercial gas reserves in its own waters.

By REUTERS
13/04/2021

What is Iran’s game plan after Natanz?

The incident has been too well reported to enable Tehran to pretend it didn’t happen – and it was Iran that revealed it in the first place.

Day 3 after Natanz: Iran reiterates 'right' to retaliate

This “reserves the right” story about retaliation appears to be a dialing back of Iran’s claims it would retaliate.

VIEW OF a damaged building after a fire broke out at Iran’s Natanz Nuclear Facility, in Isfahan on J

‘Mossad behind attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility’

Security cabinet set to meet next week amid growing tensions between Israel and Iran.

Pentagon chief Austin wraps up Israel trip without mentioning Iran

Austin’s visit took place less than 100 days into the Biden administration, and was the first for a Biden cabinet member.

AN IDF soldier patrols the border area between Israel and Jordan at Naharayim, as seen from the Isra

Netanyahu agrees to give Jordan extra water during Austin's visit

It's a gesture Israel can comply with given that rainfalls have increased the level of available water in the Sea of Galilee.

Mossad Director Yossi Cohen

Mossad’s Cohen doctrine on Iran: Never stop - analysis

Underground, above, doesn’t matter, we will get you

Iranian FM calls cyberattack on Natanz a 'war crime,' 'nuclear terrorism'

"The Zionists want to take revenge because of our progress in the way to lift sanctions... We will not fall into their trap...We will not allow this act of sabotage to affect the nuclear talks."

Turkey, Libya commit to eastern Mediterranean maritime accord

Greece, which opposes the maritime agreement between Tripoli and Ankara, called for the accord to be canceled, as it reopened its embassy in Libya after seven years.

By REUTERS
12/04/2021

Natanz: Setting Iran back one step at a time - analysis

Iran has been on an inexorable march toward nuclear capabilities since the end of the Iraqi war in the 1980s.

12/04/2021
Wadi al-Joz in east Jerusalem

Palestinian factions: No elections without Jerusalem

Palestinian civil society activists warned the Palestinian leadership against using the issue of Jerusalem as an excuse to delay or even cancel the elections.

Computer hacking

Iran tried luring Israelis abroad to kidnap them via fake Instagram pages

This method bears a strong resemblance to previous intelligence techniques used by agents on Iranian dissidents living abroad in Europe.

Iran vows to replace damaged Natanz centrifuges

Iran says it is hosting Russians this week.

An Israeli military observation tower overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and part of the maritime borde

Lebanese minister expands claim over disputed maritime area with Israel

Negotiations between old foes Lebanon and Israel were launched in October to try to resolve the dispute.

By REUTERS
12/04/2021

Gunmen attack home of Palestinian candidate in Hebron

No one was injured in the incident, which is seen as a sign of mounting tensions among members of the ruling Fatah faction ahead of the election.

Thousand of Basij soldiers stage mock seige of Temple Mount in Iran

EU sanctions Iran militia, police, three prisons over 2019 protests

Iran has repeatedly rejected accusations by the West of human rights abuses.

By REUTERS
12/04/2021
FILE PHOTO: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a meeting with Russia's For

Iran’s Zarif blames Israel for Natanz attack, vows revenge

The foreign minister’s comments on Monday morning appear to be building to a crescendo that could indicate Iran intends to retaliate.

Ramadan decorations up in Jerusalem as Palestinians prepare for holy month

Although Jerusalem is still without foreign tourists, far more people were roaming the Old City, where shops reported brisk business.

By REUTERS
12/04/2021

Striking Natanz facility planned long before Vienna talks - sources

At the time the operation was planned, it was still unclear exactly when and if the US and Iran would return to serious negotiations regarding a return to the 2015 nuclear deal.

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

Israeli explosion sets back Natanz enrichment facility by 9 months - NYT

While Israeli media initially reported the incident was caused by a cyberattack, more recent reports say an explosive device was used.

12/04/2021

Natanz: Iran tried playing the West but got outmaneuvered by Israel

There are indications that the disruptions in Natanz were the result of a cyberattack, and, as always, all eyes are on Israel when these things happen.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani unveils and visits exhibition of the Atomic Energy Organization, Ap

Israel’s battle against Iran’s Natanz centrifuges - timeline

The history of the Jewish State's fight to prevent the Islamic Republic creating nuclear weapons.

Israel, UAE close to reaching tax treaty

However, regardless of when the treaty is actually signed and ratified by both countries, it would only come into effect next January 1.

11/04/2021

KKL-JNF approves West Bank land purchases, pending final authorization

In February, the KKL-JNF’s board of directors voted to approve in principle KKL-JNF land purchases in the West Bank for the first time in the organization’s history.

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

Iran downplays Natanz ‘incident’ - analysis

Iranian media is being forthright about the current incident and downplaying it.

Palestinian elections: Fatah fails in bid to block rival candidates

Critics claimed that the Fatah objections were politically motivated with the goal of preventing its political rivals from participating in the vote.

King of Jordan Abdullah II addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France January 15, 2020.

Jordan's King Abdullah, estranged Prince Hamza make joint appearance

State media showed the monarch and other members of the royal family laying wreaths at the memorial to the unknown soldier and tombs of royalty in the Raghdan palace in Amman.

By REUTERS
11/04/2021

Defense officials call to probe leak of alleged Israeli op. against Iran

The revelation of this alleged Israeli involvement was unusual in that generally Israel prefers to keep a low profile if it undertakes such attacks.

Iran further breaches nuclear deal as talks with the US near 'impasse’

US official doubts Iran’s seriousness about return to JCPOA.

By REUTERS , LAHAV HARKOV
10/04/2021

Iran regime theater director: Purge gays from Tehran district

A 2008 British WikiLeaks cable said Iran’s regime executed 4,000-6,000 gays and lesbians since the country’s 1979 Islamic revolution.

US defense chief to visit Israel amid cloud of Iranian tensions - analysis

Experts say that the Red Sea area became a primary venue for confrontation between Jerusalem and Tehran in the past three years.

10/04/2021

Iran boasts of '133 nuclear achievements' after Vienna talks

Tehran is saying it will do whatever it wants regarding the enrichment of uranium.

The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, befor

US, Iran clash on sanctions; US sees possible 'impasse' on nuclear deal

The expert groups will continue to work "in the course of next week."

By REUTERS
10/04/2021
FILE PHOTO: Members of the media and officials tour the water nuclear reactor at Arak, Iran December

UN atomic watchdog reports new Iranian breach of nuclear deal

While the amount of enriched uranium extracted is small, it amounts to a fresh breach at a delicate stage, as the US and Iran hold indirect talks in Vienna regarding a renegotiation of the deal.

By REUTERS
10/04/2021

Iran blames Israel, US for Saviz cargo ship attack

The spokesman warned that Iran would "without any doubt" respond to the alleged attack, but added that Iran would not take any action until an investigation into the incident is completed.

09/04/2021

Iran frees S.Korean ship, captain after promise to help with frozen funds

Iranian authorities seized the chemical tanker in the Strait of Hormuz off Oman. They accused it of polluting the waters with chemicals.

By REUTERS
09/04/2021
Nadia Al-Sakkaf and The Media Line's Felice Friedson run a journalism workshop

‘Men tested and failed; Time for women to shine,’ - fmr. Yemeni minister

"My goal is to change the mindset of Yemenis and those involved in Yemen to consider women as leaders and give them their rightful place."

By FELICE FRIEDSON/THE MEDIA LINE
09/04/2021
Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam

Dispute over Nile dam project may lead to military conflict

As negotiations between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over Addis Ababa’s massive dam reach impasse some analysts believe military confrontation is imminent.

By MOHAMMAD AL-KASSIM/THE MEDIA LINE
09/04/2021

Turkish-controlled Islamist militia's ravaging of Afrin

BEHIND THE LINES: State Department, UN and NGO reports cite a pattern of grave human rights violations, assaults and targeting of women.

Palestinian Elections: will they happen in Jerusalem?

May 19 has been set for the election to the Palestinian Authority parliament, but much remains unclear, including whether it will actually take place at all.

08/04/2021

Cousins Meetup: Bringing young Israelis, Emiratis together

REGIONAL AFFAIRS: Making peace on the ground in Dubai.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
08/04/2021

Israel concerned as US offers to axe Iran sanctions for JCPOA compliance

The JCPOA is the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, which placed limitations on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program that would expire in 2030.

Iran pres candidate gives racist/sexist rant: Women resort to African men

Security forces arrested family members of the victims of the regime's 2019 mass murder of protesters against regime corruption.

Mahmoud Ezzat, deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, attends a news conference in Cairo May 30, 2

Egyptian court sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader to life in prison

Ezzat was sentenced on charges of inciting violence and supplying firearms during clashes outside the Brotherhood's headquarters between its supporters and opponents in 2013.

By REUTERS
08/04/2021
A medical staff member in protective gear checks the temperature of a cleric man amid concerns over

Iran's COVID-19 infections rise above 2 million -health ministry

Health officials have called on Iranians to avoid unnecessary trips and stay home.

By REUTERS
08/04/2021

Jewish Judge gets stuck in Dubai

Richard Bernstein, 46, is a judge serving on the Michigan Supreme Court. He’s been stuck in Dubai for two months and counting.

By ASMA ALI ZAIN/JTA
08/04/2021
kobani syria

4 Syrian soldiers injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes on Damascus

A large explosion was heard near the border between Israel and Lebanon during the strikes after a Syrian air defense missile was fired at an Israeli aircraft.

08/04/2021
AMOS GILEAD speaks at a recent Herzliya Conference. ‘We are in a period of historic opportunity, wit

Former defense official: Iranian ship and Syria strikes may be the IDF

Even if the IDF has great defensive capabilities, Gilead explained that this is not enough to stop Iran from developing dangerous weaponry.

Palestinian employees of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) take part in a protest again

Israel slams Biden's resumption of UNRWA funding for Palestinians

US President Joe Biden had promised during his campaign for the presidency that he would resume such funding, but has yet to make good on his pledge.

Iran talks, mines in the Red Sea, and a message from Jerusalem -analysis

Israel’s biggest problem with the JCPOA is that it does not actually stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

King of Jordan Abdullah II addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France January 15, 2020.

Jordan's King Abdullah says sedition quashed, country stable

"Nothing comes close to what I felt - shock, pain and anger - as a brother and guardian of the Hashemite family and a leader of this dear people," King Abdullah said in a letter.

By REUTERS
07/04/2021

Israel notifies US it attacked Iranian ship in Red Sea - report

While officially listed as a merchant ship, the Saviz was likely a covert IRGC forward base.

07/04/2021
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi shakes hands with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif duri

Zarif tours central Asia as US is in Vienna for talks

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said promoting “civilizational, historical and cultural” affinities with Central Asian states has been among Iran’s priorities.

Hezbollah wants a representative office in Moscow

Russia’s foreign minister reportedly received a delegation of senior Hezbollah figures on March 15 led by “the head of the Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc, the political wing of Hezbollah."

The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, befor

Iran talks on unexplained uranium traces delayed -diplomats

"It's been pushed back several weeks regarding the April start. Could be as little as two," a European diplomatic source said, adding that the reason was technical.

By REUTERS
07/04/2021
The coast of the Red Sea from southern Eilat.

Will Red Sea incident mobilize pro-Iran-deal Israel critics in the US?

The incident could harm those who support “rapprochement,” the article noted. This would cast the attack as somehow harming the exploration of talks between Iran and the US.

US and Iraq set to continue strategic dialogue

Baghdad needs the US to balance Iran, but only in a quiet way.

The social audio app Clubhouse is seen on a mobile phone in this illustration picture taken February

Arabs talk sex and taboos on Clubhouse app, but for how long?

As Arab fans embrace Clubhouse as a means to broach matters seldom discussed in public, some fear a broad clampdown by authoritarian governments in the region.

By REUTERS
07/04/2021
Esmail Qaani

In Soleimani’s path, Iran’s IRGC is in Iraq for meetings

Iraq is a military issue because Iran uses the pro-Iranian militias there to traffic weapons to Syria and uses Iraq as a base to threaten Israel.

Iran has produced 55 kg of 20% enriched uranium since January - official

Trump's withdrawal prompted Iran to steadily overstep the accord's limits on its nuclear program designed to make it harder to develop an atomic bomb - an ambition Tehran denies.

By REUTERS
07/04/2021
A general view shows an empty street after a curfew was imposed to prevent the spread of the coronav

Light art festival illuminates Saudi capital of Riyadh

The exhibition, which will be on display until June 12, features 30 masterworks from a range of artists who explore light as an artistic medium in the form of installations, sculptures and videos.

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
07/04/2021

Sudan moves to cancel Israel boycott

Sudan last year signed up to the Abraham Accords on regional reconciliation with Israel sponsored by the US administration of then-president Donald Trump, and Israeli officials have visited Sudan.

06/04/2021

Etihad launches first commercial flight from Abu Dhabi to Israel

Aboard the flight were Ambassador to the UAE Eitan Na’eh and UAE Ambassador to Israel Mohamed Al Khaja.

Jewish communities in Gulf set to mark Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Jewish community of Bahrain, known as the House of the Ten Commandments, and the Jewish Council of the Emirates (JCE) will each hold their own separate Holocaust Remembrance Day events.

Has Jordan successfully managed the royal crisis?

No country in the region appears to have tried to fan the flames of the controversy or take advantage of it.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a meeting of his ruling AK Party via video link in Ankara,

Turkey arrests admirals, student for criticism

Turkey on Monday detained ten retired admirals after they openly criticized a canal project.

Iran receives 700,000 coronavirus vaccines through COVAX

“We purchased 16.8 million doses of vaccine from the COVAX mechanism."

King of Jordan Abdullah II addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France January 15, 2020.

Jordan bans media coverage of royal feud - state news agency

Prince Hamzah pledged allegiance to King Abdullah late on Monday after mediation by the royal family.

By REUTERS
06/04/2021
Islamist rebels from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham are seen outside the villages of al-Foua and Kefraya

Did former US officials support extremists in Syria as an 'asset'?

It is unclear why the US saw these groups as assets, considering that not long ago, they were cheering 9/11 and supporting genocidal terrorism.

A prison guard stands along a corridor in Tehran's Evin prison June 13, 2006.

Iran targets its Azeri areas for 'Israeli spies'

Security services said the defendants were "engaged in fraud, forgery of documents, preparation and purchase and sale of illegal bank checks” and other offenses.

On eve of Iran talks, Netanyahu warns Tehran against harming Israel

During his speech in Jaffa, Netanyahu spoke of the difficulty of relying on allies and friends, and the importance of self-defense.

Top Hamas terrorist disqualified from Palestinian election

Ruled out for not appearing on the commission's final voter registry.

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