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.

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Will Fatah and Hamas run together in the parliamentary election?

Other Fatah operatives said they were “surprised” to hear about the idea of joining forces with Hamas.

The entrance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is seen in The Hague March 3, 2011.

Gov’t to raise ICC response with Biden administration

“The outgoing administration sanctioned the ICC, and we supported this pressure,” the official said.

Will the US deploy Iron Dome to protect bases in the Gulf?

‘The system will assist the US Army in protecting American troops from ballistic & airborne threats, as well as from developing threats in the areas where US troops are deployed on various missions.'

Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, July 2020

Nukes, terror, Syria, Iraq, Hezbollah - Iran's tentacles are spreading

Iran has often used the nuclear program to distract from its real desire: Regional hegemony

Palestinian cartoons

Palestinians elections – just like in the West?

“The Palestinian system is now divided. Hamas and Fatah are seeing what’s going on… with the new administration of [US President Joe] Biden and after four bad years for them”

By BARUCH MOORE
24/01/2021
IRGC siezes ship near Bu Musa Island, Iran

Israel and US officials to hold first talks on Iran, Abraham Accords

Biden has said that if Tehran resumed strict compliance with the 2015 agreement, Washington would rejoin it.

Gov't to approve sending Morocco normalization deal to Knesset for a vote

The deals with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were both sent to the Knesset for a vote and then returned to the government for ratification.

Iran’s regime punishes innocent murdered wrestler’s coach and club

"The regime just took the wrestling club of Navid's coach and cut his insurance and salary. They gave his wrestling club to Omid Norouzi, the head of Sepahe Fajr Basij."

PA: Importing settlement products is a war crime

The complaint apparently refers to the United Arab Emirates, which recently signed agreements with settler companies to export their products to the Gulf state.

Sudan working to cancel Israel boycott law - report

The sovereign council denied that discussions to cancel the law were taking place.

By MAARIV ONLINE
23/01/2021
PAKISTANI SHI’ITE Muslims walk with a banner and signs during a protest against US and Israel over t

Anti-Israel rally attracting tens of thousands held in Pakistan

The thousands of participants could be seen donning the colors of the JUI-F, raising tall black and white striped flags as they marched down a Karachi street.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a virtual speech, on the occasion of the Proph

Top Iran leader posts Trump-like image with drone, vows revenge

"The intention of the tweet seems to be keeping alive the spectre of revenge, which perhaps by itself is a kind of revenge," a Tehran-based analyst said.

By REUTERS
23/01/2021
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

No, Twitter did not suspend Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader

But Twitter said it suspended the account because it was fake, Reuters reported. Khamenei’s main account, with more than 880,000 followers, was still active.

By BEN SALES/JTA
23/01/2021

US State Dept working to conclude Houthi terrorist designation review

"As noted by Secretary-Designate Blinken, the State Department has initiated a review of Ansarallah's terrorist designations," the spokesperson said, using another name used for the Houthis.

By REUTERS
22/01/2021
FOREIGN MINISTERS Sergei Lavrov (C) of Russia, Walid al-Muallem (L) of Syria and Mohammad Javad Zari

Syria cuts gasoline subsidies, again

Economic sanctions, internal conflicts and power struggle behind the frequent jumps in prices, experts say.

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
22/01/2021
Mohammed bin Salman’s announcement of The Line

Saudi Arabia investing $200 billion to create a green smart city

In ‘The Line’ project, the kingdom aims to build an international high-tech metropolis near the borders of Jordan, Israel and Egypt.

By HUDHAIFA EBRAHIM / THE MEDIA LINE
22/01/2021

Baghdad bombing could be the Biden admin's first challenge

The bombing was only four kilometers from the US embassy compound and occurred in an area where there have been protests over the last year and a half.

World Bank provides Lebanon with $34M to buy vaccines

As new infections rise in the region, Jordan announced that it is vaccinating refugees alongside the rest of the population

By JOSHUA SHUMAN/THE MEDIA LINE
22/01/2021

Ahead of Palestinian elections, Abbas stays wary of rivals Dahlan, Hamas

PALESTINIAN AFFAIRS: Despite announcing new elections, Abbas seems to have no intentions of stepping down.

Palestinian PM: Abbas is our presidential candidate

Last week, Abbas called for general elections for the first time since 2006.

Gulf War: How Israel went from 0 to world's best missile defense

So is Israel in better or worse shape in terms of missile defense and deterrence than it was 30 years ago?

Omer Goldstein in the UAE

Team Israel Start-Up Nation to return to the UAE Tour in February

The team made its first appearance in the UAE Tour last season and was warmly received as the first Israeli team to race in an Arab country.

Ex-IDF intel expert: Iran retaliatory attack certain, unclear when, where

JPost One-on-One weekly 'Zoomcast': Yonah Jeremy Bob with former top IDF intelligence and security official Brig.-Gen. Itai Bruin - Episode 2

Egypt's cabinet toughens law banning female genital mutilation

"Most of them do not take cases seriously because they believe it is for the benefit of the girl to undergo female circumcision for the protection of her chastity," he said.

By REUTERS
21/01/2021
 A demonstrator holds a poster with a picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi

Saudi-American Relations could waiver over Biden's position on Khashoggi

Though early days could be rocky, Saudi analysts say strategic alliance between the two countries over the next four years won't be affected.

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
21/01/2021

Voices from the Arab Press: When the platform rises up against its owner

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

By THE MEDIA LINE
21/01/2021
ISRAEL HAS to examine carefully how much the US wants to sell the F35 to the UAE.

US-UAE arms deal signed an hour before Biden takes office

The deal comes following the Abraham Accords.

By REUTERS
20/01/2021

Biden administration to engage with Israel, Gulf states on Iran policy

Blinken noted that in his opinion, the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran was succeeding in blocking Iran's pathways to producing material for nuclear weapons.

20/01/2021
MOSSAD DIRECTOR Yossi Cohen.

EXCLUSIVE: As Trump exits, the full Mossad story on normalization into focus

Key moments with Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates in 2017 and 2019 led to last year’s deals

Supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Tahrir square after presidential election r

Egypt, Qatar agree to resume diplomatic relations

The move follows an agreement between Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt earlier this month to end their boycott of Qatar

By REUTERS
20/01/2021
Iraqi Kurds wave flags of Iraqi Kurdistan during a demonstration

From Afrin to Kirkuk, Kurds suffered grievously under Trump - analysis

In January 2020 Trump ordered the killing of Muhandis and Soleimani, more than two years after the US had not heeded the warning of Erbil about their advance on Kirkuk.

Iran's Rouhani says 'ball in US court' over nuclear deal return

"If Washington returns to Iran's 2015 nuclear deal, we will also fully respect our commitments under the pact," Rouhani said in a televised cabinet meeting.

By REUTERS
20/01/2021

Top incoming Biden aides say no quick Iran deal - analysis

But US, Israel conflict over Iran still likely at later date

Protesters stand in front of riot police during a demonstration outside the parliamentary building i

Ten years after revolution, Tunisians again take to the streets

The capital’s large, poor western Tadamon neighborhood has seen some of the most violent fighting.

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
19/01/2021
US President Donald Trump gestures while boarding Air Force One as he departs Washington for campaig

For Palestinians, Trump’s exit marks end of a ‘nightmare’

Palestinians are hoping that the Biden administration would reverse some of the decisions taken by the Trump administration.

Iran’s paratroopers drill with old American C-130s

Iran has been showcasing missiles, drones and naval ships in recent weeks, seeking to show off its capabilities on the eve of the incoming Biden administration.

Iraqi security forces re-open BaghdadÕs Sinak bridge, after it was shut down by protesters, in Baghd

Rumors of an airstrike in Iraq come amid Iran tensions

Claims that the US struck Iranian-backed militias were at the heart of the rumors.

Normalization with Israel - Why it is good for Africa

2020 ended on a high note for Arab countries and Israel. After a decades-long break, a new era of cooperation and mutual understanding is ready to begin.

By HAKIM ARIF
19/01/2021
Turkish Kurds

Kurds in Syria could also be reconciling as new US admin take shape

The US Embassy in Syria tweeted on January 15 that it supported the ongoing Syrian intra-Kurdish dialogue and looked forward to its continued progress.

The novel “A Girl in a Blue Shirt," written by Prof. Gabriel Bensimhon

Israeli novel becomes first to be translated into Arabic in Morocco

"As a Moroccan Jew, I have come to realize a dream: that my works are read in my hometown is a source of great personal pride" • "there is yearning for the old times when Jews and Moslems coexisted"

Alleged US airstrike was ISIS attack on power lines: Iraqi officials

While pro-Iran media claimed the explosions were caused by US airstrikes, Iraqi officials have confirmed that the incident was an ISIS attack on infrastructure.

19/01/2021
Members of Magic Movement, a group of young Bangladeshis, stage a mock execution scene in protest of

Executions plunge 85% in 2020 as Saudi Arabia halts drug-related sentences

Questions about death-penalty reforms remain.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
19/01/2021

Iran loses UN voting rights over unpaid dues, blames US sanctions

Iran owes $16.2 million, more than any other country.

A golden opportunity waiting - Analysis

An overview of the Dubai and Abu Dhabi real estate market.

By SEMADAR MICHAELOV
18/01/2021
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (C) waits with others for a P5+1 meeting in Lausanne

Russia's FM: Syria must not be an Israel-Iran battlefield

He argued that Israel should notify Russia about security threats in Syria rather than going after them. Israel's policy is to notify Russia before attacking such threats.

A protester holds a poster of Jordan's King Abdullah as he takes part in a human chain during a sit-

Jordanian Embassy visits Jordanian prisoners in Israel amid lockdown

According to 'The Jordan Times,' a Jordanian English daily, local news sources claim that few Jordanian detainees have contracted COVID-19.

Members of Magic Movement, a group of young Bangladeshis, stage a mock execution scene in protest of

Saudis vowed to stop executing minors but some death sentences remain

The decree was never carried on state media nor published in the official gazette as would be normal practice.

By REUTERS
18/01/2021
Attack in Syria on August 25, 2019.

US support for Israeli airstrikes in Syria has been important recently

James Jeffrey sees Israel’s campaign against Iran as part of a multi-pillar US strategy in the region that worked between 2018 and 2020.

The day Israel’s wars changed forever

This war was different, because this was not our tanks against theirs on some desert plain; rather, it was their missiles against our population centers, their rockets against our kindergartens.

17/01/2021
 L-R: NBB CEO National Bank of Bahrain Jean-Christophe Durand and Bank Hapoalim CEO Dov Kotler meet

Hapoalim, Leumi sign agreements with top Bahrain bank

The memorandums of understanding will enable customers to carry out transactions and banking operations in Bahrain and Israel.

17/01/2021
A boy looks out from inside a tent in al-Roj camp, Syria, January 10, 2020.

Former US envoy argues ‘Afghan’ model to attrition Iran in Syria

James Jeffrey was widely critiqued for supporting policies aligned with Turkey during his years at the helm of US Middle East policy.

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

Iran's Zarif: avoid 'absurd nonsense' about Tehran's nuclear work

"Reality check: YOU are destabilizing OUR region. Stop protecting criminals who chainsaw their critics and use YOUR arms to slaughter children in Yemen," Zarif tweeted,

By REUTERS
17/01/2021

Beirut blast chemicals possibly linked to Syrian businessmen - report

Haswani, Khoury and his brother Mudalal Khoury have all been sanctioned by Washington for supporting Assad's war effort.

By REUTERS
17/01/2021
ABBAS CONFERS with senior Fatah official Mahmoud Aloul (right) during a ceremony marking the anniver

Palestinian elections: This time for real?

The power struggle between Abbas’s Fatah faction and Hamas escalated after the Islamist movement won the January 2006 parliamentary election.

PA: Abbas rival won’t be allowed to run in Palestinian election

Divisions and bickering in Fatah were one of the reasons why the ruling faction lost the parliamentary election to Hamas in 2006.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a virtual meeting with Palestinian factions over Israel

Palestinian factions to meet in Cairo to prepare for general elections

It is not clear whether Abbas would present his candidacy in the upcoming presidential election.

Massive Iran missile drill is message to US, Gulf and Israel - analysis

Footage from Iran shows the missiles and precision strikes.

An Iranian carries the Iranian and Hezbollah flags during the commemoration of the 41st anniversary

UNSC must combat state-sponsored Iranian terror, Erdan says

Security Council has taken steps to stop the financing and material support of terrorist groups, but "more must be done."

PALESTINIANS BURN tires in a demonstration during the First Intifada in Ramallah in 1988

'Expert' on PA TV claims Israeli rabbis encourage killing children

The claim from Wasef Erekat comes as PA and Fatah officials have long promoted terrorist attacks to Palestinian children.

Iran-Hezbollah terror

Is Israel ignoring the biggest strategic threat it faces? - comment

Several estimations indicate that Iran-backed Hezbollah has managed to accumulate a few hundred mid to long range accurate missiles by now.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a virtual meeting with Palestinian factions over Israel

Abbas announces dates for presidential, parliamentary elections

The last presidential election was held on January 9, 2005, when Abbas was elected to succeed former PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat.

Tik Tok logo / illustrative

Egyptian women jailed over TikTok posts to face trafficking charges

Egyptian lawmakers last year demanded the government ban TikTok in the country, saying it promoted nudity and immorality.

By REUTERS
15/01/2021
US President-elect Joe Biden delivers a pre-Thanksgiving address at his transition headquarters in W

Wary of Biden tack on Iran, Israel revisits military options - report

President-elect Joe Biden wants to rejoin the deal if Tehran - which denies seeking the bomb - returns to strict compliance.

By REUTERS
15/01/2021
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a virtual speech, on the occasion of the Proph

Fake journalists spread anti-Israel disinformation, part of Iranian plot

Some fake stories eventually made it to legitimate news sites.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
15/01/2021

Yemen's Houthis designated terrorists: Pompeo's parting gift

BEHIND THE LINES: US designation of Houthis in Yemen forms part of efforts to cement hard-line strategy toward Iran.

Will Iran overplaying its hand force Biden to call its bluff - analysis

Biden may focus on the June Iranian elections as a deadline or may decide to wait longer and deal with whomever is elected afterward.

Red Cross fears US move against Yemen's Houthis will impede aid

The designation will come into effect on Jan. 19, the Trump administration's last full day in office.

By REUTERS
14/01/2021

Wizz Air to offer Israel's first direct flight to Abu Dhabi

The airline will offer four round-trip flights a week in February, and then begin daily flights starting in March.

14/01/2021

The US targets Iran’s key henchman ‘Abu Fadak’ in Iraq

On Wednesday, Abu Fadak al-Mohammadawi was listed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

An Iranian Shahed 171 drone dropping a bomb as part of a military exercise in the Gulf, in Iran

Reports say Iran has expanded ‘kamikaze drone’ base in Yemen

Tehran is very openly bragging about its UAV capabilities and regularly lists its arsenal.

The UAE’s unprecedented role in helping reunite Jewish family is symbolic

The UAE reunited one family of 15 members in Abu Dhabi after the government helped fly some from Yemen and London. A second family, the Salem family, was reunited after 15 years apart.

Journalist and former MK Ksenia Svetlova poses with her new book, On Heels in the Middle East.

Ksenia Svetlova recounts covering historic events from Syria, Libya

Memoir of an Israeli-Russian journalist’s eyewitness account of the demise of Jewish communities and rise of terrorism in the Middle East.

By THE MEDIA LINE
14/01/2021

Kuwait’s minority government bows out after a month

Legislature clashes with executive over constitutional prerogatives, including selection of speaker

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
14/01/2021
F-35 Fighter

Israeli airstrikes near Syria-Iraq border targeted Iranian weapons

According to the reports, approximately 30 people were killed in the strikes.

13/01/2021

Pompeo to 'Post': Biden appeasing Iran would be bad for US security

As a result of the “maximum pressure,” Pompeo said “it’s very clear that Iran is more isolated than it has ever been.”

IRGC siezes ship near Bu Musa Island, Iran

With Middle East on edge, miscalculation could trigger conflagration

Few are paying attention to some very dramatic developments taking place in the Middle East involving Israel, the US, Iran and its proxies. But they should.

13/01/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy & Water Resources

Steinitz: Biden won't let Iran get nukes

Boasts of Israel's leadership in energy and water

13/01/2021
A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen

Iran says research on uranium metal-based fuel has started

The IAEA official added that Iran had given design information about its research to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

By REUTERS
13/01/2021

Iran’s navy launches missile drill, again - analysis

The Makran is now Iran’s largest ship. Video shows four helicopters operating from it.

Hangman’s noose

US, UK officials want EU and Olympics to stop execution of Iran wrestler

Lord John Mann asked “Where is the International Olympic Committee and world wrestling on this? (among others!)”

A missile is launched during the annual military drill, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman

Iran launches missile drill amid rising tensions with US

Iran has one of the biggest missile programs in the Middle East, regarding such weapons as an important deterrent and retaliatory force against US and other adversaries in the event of war.

By REUTERS
13/01/2021
Screenshot of the signing ceremony participants

First of its kind: Bar-Ilan, UAE universities sign academic collaboration

Israel's Bar-Ilan University has signed an agreement to academically collaborate with the UAE's Gulf Medical University.

Inside Israel’s social media campaign to woo the Middle East

Inside Israel’s social media campaign to woo the Middle East

Their mission: Using social media to convince Arabs to embrace the Jewish state.

By REUTERS
13/01/2021

How has Oman's constitution been amended?

The sultan of Oman has announced constitutional changes that will provide for a more seamless succession and for the guarantee of more rights and freedoms for its citizens, including women.

By MARCY OSTER/THE MEDIA LINE
13/01/2021

Turkey’s blank check to invade countries may end with Trump - analysis

Turkey fears President-elect Joe Biden and his incoming team may not take orders from Ankara and may not welcome its threats.

Iran is the “new home base” of al-Qaeda, says Pompeo

Pompeo went on to say that the Iran-al-Qaeda axis poses a grave threat to the security of nations and to the American homeland itself.

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the IAEA headquarters in Vienna

EU ‘concerned’ over Iran increased uranium enrichment

Member states unite on statement against Iran’s latest actions, look forward to working with Biden on return to Iran deal.

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

Ex-intel, atomic chiefs: Why are there so many Iran nuke estimates?

Former IDF intelligence chief Amos Yadlin and former Israel Atomic Energy Official Ephraim Asculai explain why there are so many estimates for the Iran nuke breakout timeline.

Morocco arrests Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist member for identity theft

The 57-year-old suspect manufactured a false identity, claiming he was the manager of a foreign firm, and used false French and Portuguese passports.

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo departs from Ben Gurion airport after completing his visit

Pompeo, in Tuesday speech, to accuse Iran of al-Qaeda links

Iran has been a target throughout the Trump administration and Pompeo has sought to further ratchet up pressure on Iran in recent weeks with more sanctions and heated rhetoric.

By REUTERS
12/01/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu boarding the plane to Athens

Netanyahu planning UAE, Bahrain trip for after lockdown

The prime minister’s previous plans to visit Manama and Abu Dhabi did not work out.

The aftermath of a rocket attack in Baghdad

New details emerge of Iran’s attack on US in Iraq last year

There were 110 survivors of the blasts that were diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries. Twenty-nine were “injured seriously enough to receive Purple Hearts.”

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