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

Exclusive: Iran jails Jewish-Iranian for 10 years for living in Israel

Second prisoner sentenced for wanting to compete in sports event in Israel.

Democratic 2020 US presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden reacts during a televi

US: Our Middle East allies don't get blank check to oppose US interests

"We will maintain our ironclad commitment to Israel’s security, while seeking to further its integration with its neighbors and resuming our role as promoter of a viable two-state solution."

Ballistic missiles target north Syria oil facilities in rare attack

Many alleged Russia and the Syrian regime were behind the attack which appears aimed at denying Turkish-backed Syrian groups from trading oil.

Palestinians fume over PA decree targeting civil society groups

The decree was published on March 2, one week after it was secretly approved by the PA government.

Pope’s Iraq visit kindles hope among many wanting to see country recover

The Pope was greeted by a lively folk song and dance event and many felt moved seeing images of him meet Sistani.

Pope Francis holds historic meeting with Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric

Francis’s meeting in the holy southern city of Najaf, during a whirlwind and risky tour of Iraq, marked the first time a pope has met with such a senior Shi’ite cleric.

By REUTERS
06/03/2021
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a meeting

Russia signals openness to the US, could that change the Middle East?

Where could the “bilateral cooperation continue,” as the Russian Foreign Ministry has indicated it might? On Iran, Russia sees US steps so far as pragmatic.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finds allies in his fight against Iran. In Abu Dhabi, Crown Prince

Will Israel, Saudi Arabia form the NATO of the Middle East?

DIPLOMATIC AFFAIRS: A Gulf-Israel alliance against Iran seems to be on the way

Paramilitary soldiers wear face masks as they stand in front of a closed gate of Pakistan's border p

UN condemns up to 23 killings in Iran's border area with Pakistan

The killings had triggered demonstrations in several cities across the province, during which the revolutionary guard and security forces fired lethal ammunition at protesters and bystanders.

By REUTERS
05/03/2021
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a meeting of his ruling AK Party via video link in Ankara,

Radicalization of Turkey's schoolbooks shows Erdoğan's grip on power increasing

"The real meaning of jihad is loving our country, homeland and to act accordingly in order to achieve national unity and togetherness."

Palestinian workers getting vaccinated against the coronavirus, March 4, 2021.

COVID-19 Vaccine Line-Jumping Controversies Continue in MENA Region

Fallout over politicians jumping the queue ahead of elderly, health care staff in Lebanon, Tunisia and the Palestinian territories.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
05/03/2021
A Spanish Civil Guard boat sails past Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 as it sits anchored after it was se

Why did Gila Gamliel blame the oil spill on Iran? - Background

Officials in the Mossad and the IDF have distanced themselves from Gamliel's claims that terrorism was the cause of the oil spill.

04/03/2021
An oil tanker loads gas in Assaluyeh seaport at the Persian Gulf

Could Iran really be linked to 'eco-terrorism' against Israel? - analysis

The ability of a ship to purposely dump oil so that, two weeks later, it harms a country’s coastline appears very complex.

Turkey tries insulting Egypt, Greece in imaginary maritime deal - analysis

Greece and Egypt signed a deal in August 2020 after they, along with France, the UAE and Cyprus, condemned Turkey’s provocative actions at sea in May.

Biden needs to respond to rocket attacks on US forces in Iraq - analysis

The US is not being hasty in saying who did it. This is because naming names requires actually doing something in response.

Voices from the Arab press: Arab democracy: Iraq as an example

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

By MEDIA LINE
04/03/2021

Meet the Arab-Israeli, Palestinian women making an impact on society

“I want to see more women from the Arab sector at work so that they can improve their social and economic conditions.”

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Hezbollah deputy head: We are not interested in war with Israel

Qassem warned that Hezbollah's decision to respond to the death of one of its operatives in Damascus last year was still in place.

04/03/2021

Al-Asad base in Iraq attacked with rockets after being targeted by Iran

A mysterious Twitter user who often reports Iranian-backed threats and attacks before they happen wrote on February 21 that 107mm rockets might be used against the base.

Diplomats, activists talk Abraham Accords’ effects on women in region

International Women’s Day panel discusses recent Middle East peace pacts

By URI COHEN/THE MEDIA LINE
04/03/2021
Houthi troops ride on the back of a police patrol truck after participating in a Houthi gathering in

US officials have met Yemen's Houthis as Washington seeks end to war

The Saudis and Houthis have been negotiating for more than a year towards a truce, directly and under the auspices of the United Nations.

By REUTERS
03/03/2021

Biden administration cannot return to Iran deal - JINSA

Iran has sought to put tougher restrictions on IAEA inspections and Iran has been using advanced centrifuges at its Natanz and Fordow facilities

Nasser al-Qudwa

In blow to Fatah, Arafat’s nephew forms new list for Palestinian election

Abbas and other senior Fatah officials have threatened to take punitive measures against any member of the faction who runs outside the official list.

WOMEN HOLD pictures of Iranian Maj.-Gen. Qasem Soleimani during a funeral procession and burial at h

Inside Iranian Gen. Soleimani’s imminent threats that led to US airstrike

Soleimani was killed by the US alongside Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis on January 3, 2020.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gute

Iran’s Rouhani: Our centrifuges are spinning faster

Europe is pushing for an IAEA resolution on Iran, despite Russia and Iranian warnings. Iran won’t meet with the US or Europeans unless sanctions are lifted by Washington.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets members of the Assembly of Experts in Tehran, Ira

Iran’s international judo ban for avoiding Israeli athletes is dropped

The Court of Arbitration for Sport decided Monday that the International Judo Federation’s 2019 blanket ban on Iranian judo athletes went too far.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
03/03/2021
Democratic 2020 US presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden reacts during a televi

Biden must condemn ‘horrific’ abuses vs. Iran’s LGBTQ community - report

"How can President Biden, who claims to be supportive of gay rights say absolutely nothing about the mullahs' horrific human rights abuses toward us gay and lesbian in Iran?"

Gantz expresses intent to promote ‘security arrangement’ with Gulf allies

“We will continue to confront any threat, along with our new and veteran partners, chiefly the US, so that Iran will not be able to develop nuclear capacity.”

By UDI SHAHAM , REUTERS
02/03/2021
Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi A

Saudi Arabia says COVID-19 vaccination required for 2021 haj

"The COVID-19 vaccine is mandatory for those willing to come to the haj and will be one of the main conditions (for receiving a permit to come)," the report said.

By REUTERS
02/03/2021

Protestors shut down roads as Lebanese economy crashes

"We can't bear it anymore...The dollar is going up and they don't care about us. They're still dividing up their gains," Rabih Khaled, who has been unemployed for months, said.

By REUTERS
02/03/2021

Iranian-backed Houthis threaten to attack Aramco: 'Wider scope than 2019 attack'

The Houthis pointed to the “Safer oil fields”, as an example. It was not clear where this red line was or what specific infrastructure they don’t want targeted.

Military personnel place a flag on a submarine during the Velayat-90 war games by the Iranian navy i

Iran responds to attack on Israeli ship: We monitor Israel's behavior in region

The MV 'Helios Ray,' a cargo vessel bound for Singapore, was hit with an explosion in the Gulf of Oman over the weekend.

Peace with Israel a shared goal of Saudi Arabia and US, State Dept says

Price’s remarks came several days after the US announced a “recalibration” of US-Saudi ties, releasing the Director of National Intelligence’s report on the killing of Khashoggi

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin

Israel in talks with Saudi, UAE, Bahrain for defense alliance against Iran

Following op-ed by Ronald Lauder in Saudi paper, PMO says its 'not confirming report, but we are always interested in upgrading ties with our Middle East partners.'

Palestinian Election: Coronavirus, Fatah strife may delay, cancel vote

A PA official said that he did not rule out the possibility that the elections may be postponed in light of the upsurge in coronavirus infections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Coronavirus: Palestinians decry ‘favoritism’ in PA vaccinations

The call came in response to allegations that vaccines that arrived in the West Bank were being distributed “outside the framework of a clear and published plan.”

How Iran signals credit for attacks on US, Israel and Saudi Arabia

Iran receives information directly from the Houthis on their alleged gains and their drone and missile attacks.

Iran’s strategy is 'threaten, rinse, repeat' to get concessions - expert

Iran’s goal is to up the pressure on the US by showing it dictates the tempo.

A health worker draws a dose of the AstraZeneca's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at the vac

Syria begins COVID-19 vaccinations with healthcare workers

The statement did not make clear what type of vaccine Syria had acquired or the quantity.

By REUTERS
01/03/2021
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi as they wear prote

Europeans push IAEA Iran resolution despite warnings by Russia, Tehran

Iran has recently accelerated its violations of the 2015 deal in an apparent bid to raise pressure on Biden, as each side insists the other must move first.

By REUTERS
01/03/2021
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Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria, responds to ship attack - report

The strikes on Sunday night come just days after an Israeli-owned commercial vessel was attacked by mines in the Gulf of Oman.

01/03/2021

Iran and Turkey appear to be on collision course in Iraq - analysis

It appears that Iran, having helped the Iraqi government grab Sinjar from the Kurdistan region, doesn’t want Turkey entering Sinjar now.

Netanyahu says Iran 'clearly' behind blast on Israeli-owned ship

"This was indeed an operation by Iran. That is clear," Netanyahu told Kan radio.

01/03/2021
Military personnel place a flag on a submarine during the Velayat-90 war games by the Iranian navy i

Iran says it was not behind blast on Israeli-owned ship

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran on Monday for a blast aboard the MV Helios Ray, a vehicle-carrier ship.

01/03/2021
SAUDI ARABIA’S envoy and other Gulf states gather in Kuwait in 2017.

Gulf states anxiously await results of upcoming Israeli elections

Abraham Accords and a change in US administrations have all raised the level of uncertainty ahead of Israelis going to the polls.

By MELANIE SWAN/THE MEDIA LINE
01/03/2021
IRANIAN PRESIDENT Hassan Rouhani (right) and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Who wanted to pay the pri

Iran rejects EU, US offer to hold direct talks on nuclear deal

The US was "disappointed" with the Iranian response, a White House official reportedly to Walla News.

By REUTERS
01/03/2021

Don't bully Riyadh, Saudi columnists tell Biden administration

"America does not have the right to bully a strategic regional ally," Khaled al-Malik wrote in local Al Jazirah newspaper.

By REUTERS
28/02/2021

Israel to vaccinate Palestinian workers within days

Physicians for Human Rights Executive director said the vital and necessary gesture was better late than never.

IRGC siezes ship near Bu Musa Island, Iran

Twenty-four hours of Iran’s total war in Yemen, Iraq and Syria

The attack on Saudi Arabia on Saturday included video of an interception over the skies of Riyadh.

A man wears a protective face mask as he walks along the main market in downtown Amman

Two Jordanian ministers fired for partying in breach of their own rules

Their appearance in a public banqueting room, disregarding social distancing rules, added to widespread outrage at the hefty fines slapped on ordinary people while officials go unpunished.

By REUTERS
28/02/2021

Clubhouse chat app creates space for debate in land of the Nile

Citizens look for ways to communicate free from state monitoring

By MINA NADER/THE MEDIA LINE
28/02/2021

Gulf, Egyptian authorities keep clubhouse chat app users on a tight leash

Participants accused of seeking a second Arab Spring

By HUDHAIFA EBRAHIM / THE MEDIA LINE
28/02/2021

Stalemate between Tunisia’s PM, president continues with no end in sight

As political elite engages in brinkmanship, concerns for democracy grow

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
28/02/2021
Evening over Damascus, Syria

Russian helicopter crashed in Syria - report

The helicopter was not fired at, the report added.

By REUTERS
28/02/2021

Turkey opens gov't department in charge of Jerusalem tourism

Umrah pilgrimage tours, which stop in Jerusalem, have been organized by Turkey since 2015.

28/02/2021
King of Jordan Abdullah II addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France January 15, 2020.

Gantz secretly met Jordan's King Abdullah - report

Regarding Prime Minister Netanyahu, Gantz stated that "his presence interferes with the advancement of [these] relations."

Saudi-led coalition says it thwarted Houthi missile attack on Riyadh

Six drones aimed at targeting "civilians and civilian objects" were launched towards Jazan and Khamis Mushait, the coalition said in a statement carried on Saudi state media.

By REUTERS
28/02/2021
A burned church of the Immaculate Conception by Islamic State militants is seen in the town of Qaraq

Pope to visit desecrated 'Jerusalem of Nineveh plains' in Iraq

Tolerated by former President Saddam Hussein but persecuted by al Qaeda and then Islamic State, Iraq's Christians number around 300,000, one fifth of the total before 2003.

By REUTERS
28/02/2021
A man walks along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea as a cargo vessel that arrived at Israel's Ashd

Iran suspected in attack on Israeli ship, UAE to assess the damage

The ship is being sailed to Dubai and should arrive there on Monday for the UAE to assess the damage.

28/02/2021
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz

What does Biden’s performative rap on Riyadh mean for Israel? - analysis

Israeli officials are concerned that increased pressure on the Saudis, will weaken the regional alliance against Iran.

A demonstrator holds picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest in front of Saudi

Beyond Khashoggi: How the US and Saudi Arabia fell out and might ‘reset’

Saudi Arabia only received a bit of credit for its reforms that Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman announced.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a meeting

Iran condemns US strikes in Syria, denies attacks in Iraq

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday condemned the US strikes as "illegal and a violation of Syria's sovereignty".

By REUTERS
27/02/2021

PA imposes new restrictions to curb spread of coronavirus

The PA government has purchased vaccines worth $10 million, PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh revealed.

Iran: US airstrikes in Syria encourage terrorism in the region

“America’s recent action strengthens and expands the activities of the terrorist Daesh (Islamic State) in the region.”

By REUTERS
27/02/2021

Rise in rocket attacks in Iraq attributed to domestic, regional politics

Recent attacks have targeted the areas of the Green Zone in Baghdad that host US troops, diplomats and contractors.

By MOHAMMAD AL-KASSIM/THE MEDIA LINE
27/02/2021

Biden warns Iran to 'be careful' following US airstrikes in Syria

"You can't act with impunity. Be careful," Biden told reporters in Texas when asked what message he was sending Iran with the strikes.

By REUTERS
27/02/2021
Stamp issued in honor of Eli Cohen

55 years after execution in Syria, Israeli spy Eli Cohen makes headlines

A new video released by a Russian news network purports to show Cohen walking in Damascus; his legendary status and recent talk of Israeli-Syrian normalization behind the headlines, experts say.

By DANIEL SONNENFELD/THE MEDIA LINE
27/02/2021
Khashoggie Saudi Arabian Consulate

Saudi Arabia rejects US intelligence report on Khashoggi's killing

The murder caused a global uproar and tarnished the reformist image of Prince Mohammed, and strained the relationship between the US and its closest Arab ally.

By REUTERS
27/02/2021
"Code Pink" activist group co-founder Medea Benjamin participates in a demonstration

Saudi crown prince approved Khashoggi murder - US intelligence report

Riyadh has denied any involvement by the crown prince, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler.

By REUTERS
26/02/2021

Runaway schoolgirl who joined IS cannot return to Britain, top court says

She was stripped her of her British citizenship in 2019 on national security grounds.

By REUTERS
26/02/2021

Iran threatens to end deal with IAEA over US-led push to criticize it

Iran and US President Joe Biden's administration are now locked in a standoff over who should move first to save the unraveling 2015 deal.

By REUTERS
26/02/2021

Middle East Boosts Vaccination Efforts

Afghanistan starts inoculation drive among other regional improvements, Lebanese legislators jump queue

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
26/02/2021

Events in Yemen are an indicator of broader regional dynamics

BEHIND THE LINES: The desire for an end to war in Yemen is understandable. Unfortunately, however, the US has leverage over only one of the sides.

Elections worthless if Abbas is in power - ex-PA security commander

“Palestinians will vote for anyone who runs against Abbas and Fatah with a promise to end corruption and implement major reforms.”

Hamas releases 45 ‘security’ detainees ahead of vote

The move came days after Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called on Hamas to release more than 80 “political” detainees and prisoners.

Morocco set to legalize cannabis production for medical use

Cannabis is mostly grown in the northern Rif mountains, which in recent years have seen protests over economic inequality.

By REUTERS
25/02/2021

Syria says it has received COVID-19 vaccinations from 'friendly country'

Hassan Ghabash's comments, carried by state news agency SANA, did not specify which country provided the vaccines or how many doses had arrived.

By REUTERS
25/02/2021

Morocco set to receive 65 million vaccine doses

As of Tuesday, over 2.5 million people have received their first dose across the country, the Moroccan Ministry of Health said.

By MOHAMMED ZAINABI
25/02/2021
Maj.-Gen. Hossein Salami visits underground missile site of Iran's Revolutionary Guards

How a US intelligence analyst thinks Biden should handle Iran

...And how a civilian intel researcher learned Jason Bourne-style driving tricks

Iran: UN investigator lacks authority to comment on Ukrainian plane

UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said she had found no concrete evidence the plane was targeted intentionally but that Iran had not proven it was accidental.

By REUTERS
25/02/2021
Palestinian employees of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) take part in a protest again

UN malpractice harms Palestinian children - opinion

Instead of protecting Palestinian children from serial abuse, the UNRWA channels denial of Israel and hatred of Jewish neighbors

By ABRAHAM COOPER/ THE MEDIA LINE , DEBBIE SOFFEN/THE MEDIA LINE
25/02/2021
Paratroopers' brigade participate in a drill simulating battle against Hezbollah (August 6, 2018).

IDF prepared to take action to stop Iran from obtaining nukes - Gantz

Foreign Ministry: “Without supervision, Iran will continue to act in the dark to promote its nuclear plan.”

Lebanese-Palestinian terrorist al-Naqqash dies from COVID-19 age 70

Assad said in a condolence message to his family that Naccache "had spent his life a resistance fighter against occupation and a defender of Arab causes in both body and thoughts."

By REUTERS
24/02/2021

German court issues guilty verdict in first Syria torture trial

Eyad A.'s lawyers had asked for an acquittal, saying he had carried out the arrests in and around Damascus under duress by his superiors.

By REUTERS
24/02/2021

Iranian regime shoots fuel traders causing revolt in Saravan

The 'Post' can also reveal a tweet that shows footage of the IRGC shooting at protesters.

A Palestinian man pushes a cart with bags of flour at an aid distribution center run by UNWRA.

UNRWA food distribution points close in Gaza amid refugee protests

Palestinians reject reduced food parcels as political move; UN agency says change means more families will benefit

By SANAA ALSWERKY/THE MEDIA LINE
24/02/2021
A WOMAN YELLS as she stands near her destroyed house in Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip in 20

Gas to Gaza? The pipeline that might provide a lifeline

For years the project was a distant prospect because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

By REUTERS
23/02/2021

Iraq militia denies role in anti-US attacks, welcomes pressure on Saudi

It is a rare direct denial and the first time the Kataib Hezbollah group, one of the Iraqi factions closest to Iran, has commented on the most serious incident this year.

By REUTERS
23/02/2021

Iran ending snap inspections is ‘dangerous,’ France, Germany, UK say

“We urge Iran to stop and reverse all measures that reduce transparency and to ensure full and timely cooperation with the IAEA.”

Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz seen during a visit on the Israel-Leban

Gantz: If Hezbollah attacks, all of Lebanon will sadly suffer

Among the topics discussed in his visit were the threats being posed by Hezbollah and other Iranian proxies that have stationed themselves along Israel's borders with Lebanon and Syria.

23/02/2021

UAE weapons maker EDGE wants in on F-35 supply chain

The Gulf state, one of Washington’s closest Middle Eastern allies, was promised a chance to buy the war planes when it established formal ties with Israel last year.

By REUTERS
23/02/2021
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets members of the Assembly of Experts in Tehran, Ira

Another win for Iran in South Korea deal - analysis

According to the report, Tehran also wants “damages” from South Korea for the wait time accumulated while the assets were frozen.

Slain Italian Ambassador remembered in Middle East

Luca Attanasio died alongside an Italian soldier after their car was attacked as they traveled in a UN convoy in the eastern part of the Congo.

Egypt receives second shipment of Chinese coronavirus vaccine

The new batch from China was the second shipment of the Sinopharm vaccine to Egypt. The country received its first 50,000-dose shipment in December.

By REUTERS
23/02/2021
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