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.

SUPPORTERS OF Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah wave flags and pictures of Syrian President Bashar A
Lebanon forms government with backing of Hezbollah and allies

But analysts said Hezbollah's role in the government's formation meant it might have difficulty convincing other states to provide urgently needed financial support.

By REUTERS
21/01/2020
US team meets Mideast officials to discuss peace plan rollout

The United States’s peace team is currently attending the World Economic Forum in Davos before traveling to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz

Ex-Mossad official: Iran likely to ignore EU pressure for new ‘Trump deal’

Shine said the chances of rehabilitating the nuclear deal or of a new negotiation toward a modified “Trump deal” were “medium to low.”

Germany, UK call on Iran to recognize Israel

German and British ambassadors spoke after Israeli Ambassador called Iranian people a "partner in building a better future in the Middle East"

Palestinians hail Putin's 'historic' visit to Bethlehem

PLO groups slam world leaders attending Holocaust ceremony in Jerusalem.

Iran’s regime straining to cope with Soleimani’s absence

The new head of the IRGC Quds Force, Maj. Gen. Esmail Ghaani, eulogized Soleimani over the weekend. “Our enemies do not understand a language other than force so we must stand firm against them.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  October 1, 2019.
Rouhani bashes Israel during meeting with Venezuelan foreign minister

President Rouhani’s office released a statement about how Iran and Venezuela will cooperate in power plant construction and technological knowhow.

Assyrian Christian family sit together at their house in Tehran, Iran December 24, 2019.
Iran continues to persecute Christians in violation of international law

Although Iran's constitution nominally protects religious minorities, ex-Muslim converts are afforded no such protection and are considered enemies of the state.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
21/01/2020
Iranian MP announces $3 million award for 'whoever kills Trump'

Another parliamentarian said that Iran would be protected if it had nuclear weapons.

By REUTERS
21/01/2020
S-400 surface-to-air missile systems displayed during the May Day parade 2010.
Russia ships 120 missiles to Turkey for S-400 system

Turkey hopes system will be operational by April, a major turning point in Turkey-Russia relations.

Haaretz denies any connection to journalist arrested in Lebanon

The live video feed in question on Haaretz's Facebook account was a feed from the Reuters news agency.

21/01/2020
Lebanon caretaker PM Hariri: new gov't needed urgently to avoid collapse

Hariri said the "continuation of the caretaker government is not the solution so let's stop wasting time and have the government bear the responsibility."

By REUTERS
20/01/2020
Dozens of Iraqi protesters wounded as anti-government unrest resumes

In Baghdad's Tayaran Square overnight, protesters threw petrol bombs and stones at police who responded with tear gas and stun grenades, Reuters witnesses said.

By REUTERS
20/01/2020
MUSLIMS PRAY next to Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Al-Aqsa preacher: Jerusalem will soon be capital of global caliphate

The crowd cheered as Nidhal “Abu Ibrahim” Siam called upon them to wage Jihad and seek martyrdom.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
20/01/2020
FILE PHOTO: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a meeting with Russia's For
Iran abruptly pulled out of Davos

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will not attend the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, where US President Donald Trump is slated to be a featured speaker.

By REUTERS
20/01/2020
plane crash at the Boryspil… REUTERS 19/01/2020 12:16 IRAN-NUCLEAR/IAEA FILE PHOTO: An Iranian flag
Tehran warns it may exit NPT as tensions heighten with EU over Iran deal

Iran pulls out of Davos where Trump is featured speaker

By REUTERS
20/01/2020
Smoke rises as a demonstrator walks during a protest against a ruling elite accused of steering Leba
Lebanese security forces, protesters clash for second night

Beirut's unrest has deepened the multi-faceted crisis sweeping Lebanon as it grapples with financial strains that have sunk the currency, pushed up prices and driven banks to impos capital controls.

By REUTERS
20/01/2020
Colombia and Honduras designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization

Netanyahu: They took important step joining Israel and US in fighting terror.

A demonstrator carries an Iraqi flag as he walks near burning tires blocking a road during ongoing a
Clashes, live fire amid mass protests in Iraq for 16th week

Fifty injured, two reported killed in overnight protests across Baghdad and southern Iraq

Turkey rapidly succeeds in taking over Libya conflict - analysis

Libya is in the midst of a civil war that pits Khalifa Haftar, a general controlling most of the country, against a weak government.

More than 370 people wounded in Beirut protest clashes

The Lebanese Red Cross said it had treated 220 people who were wounded on both sides on Saturday night, taking 80 of them to hospital.

By REUTERS
19/01/2020
Houthi followers attend a gathering to receive food supplies from tribesmen in Sanaa, Yemen Septembe
Yemen's president says military needs to be on high alert after attack

The attack killed 73 people on Saturday.

By REUTERS
19/01/2020
A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, Iran
Iranian nuclear weapon plans go back to 2002, secret documents reveal

These documents, if true, undermine the basis of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran deal, signed in 2015 by the US, Iran, France, the UK, Germany, China and Russia

Israel: Nations must follow UK and freeze Hezbollah’s political assets

“Hezbollah is a terror group, all its units serving the same purpose. We expect more countries to follow the UK,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry said.

18/01/2020
US sanctions Iranian commander for shooting protesters

The U.S. State Department has said previously it had received videos of the Revolutionary Guards opening fire without warning on protesters in Mahshahr county in southwest Iran.

By REUTERS
18/01/2020
Iranians shout slogans during a protest against President Donald Trump's decision to walk out of a 2
Iran’s regime arrests famous Christian convert in Tehran

"The 21-year-old, who after her conversion now prefers to be known as Mary, was reportedly arrested on Sunday near Azadi Square."

A MAN displays a picture of Quds Force head Maj.-Gen Qasem Soleimani (right) and Iraqi militia comma
Saudi editor: US elimination of Soleimani was 'act of heroism'

Newspaper says there are “more Soleimani’s” in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen

U.S. President Trump speaks with Congressional Republicans at the White House in Washington
Trump gives dramatic account of Soleimani's last minutes before death

"No emotion. 'Two minutes and 11 seconds to live, sir. They're in the car, they're in an armored vehicle. Sir, they have approximately one minute to live, sir. Thirty seconds. Ten, 9, 8 ...'"

By REUTERS
18/01/2020
Dozens injured as security forces clash with protesters in Beirut

Witnesses said they saw young men hurling stones and flower pots towards riot police, while protesters tried to push through an entrance to a heavily barricaded district of Beirut, near parliament.

By REUTERS
18/01/2020
Iran banned from hosting international soccer matches

The Asian Football Confederation sent a letter to the Iranian Football Federation on Friday announcing the ban, but the IFF has yet to specify their reasons for receiving it.

Iran denies decision to send Ukraine airliner black box to Ukraine

The Iranian authorities are also prepared for experts from France, Canada and the United States to examine the data from the boxes, the semi-official, IRGC-run, news agency said.

By REUTERS
19/01/2020
TURKISH PRESIDENT Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan calls on Europe to support Turkey's moves in Libya

Erdogan made his remarks in a column published on the Politico website on Saturday, ahead of a summit in Berlin on Sunday that will try to stabilize the country.

By REUTERS
18/01/2020
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stands in front of a jeep
Iran's Khamenei stands by Guards after unrest over downed plane

US President Donald Trump hit back later on Twitter, writing that Khamenei should be careful what he says.

By REUTERS
18/01/2020
Emmanuel Macron
Macron: France will deploy aircraft carrier to the Middle East

The nuclear-powered ship is meant to assist French operations in Syria and Iraq.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/01/2020
 Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and Donald Trump
Twitter Wars: Trump and Khameini exchange jabs following Iran protests

The ayatollah said in a tweet that "the villainous US govt repeatedly says that they are standing by the Iranian ppl. They lie."

Egypt extends the detention of Coptic activist by 15 days.

The activist was told that if he wishes to be released, he must stop writing about violations of freedom of religion or belief in Egypt.

By OMRI RON
17/01/2020
Iranian protester speaks to Israeli station i24News, risks his life

He provided his opinion on the current political reality in Iran, Soleimani and Iran's nuclear weapons program. "What the Iranian people want with all their being, is that the regime will fall."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/01/2020
Ali Khamenei
Iran can take fight beyond its borders, Khamenei says in rare sermon

In his first Friday prayers sermon in eight years, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also told thousands of Iranians who chanted "Death to America!" that European powers could not be trusted.

By REUTERS
17/01/2020
Alexandria, Egypt
Despite economic growth, most Egyptians still struggling

While Egypt boasts one of few countries in the MENA region whose economy improved, the relief is not being felt on the microeconomic level

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
17/01/2020
Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah carry the party's flag in Beirut
UK expands Hezbollah asset freeze, targets entire organization

Previously it was only Hezbollah's Military Wing which was subject to asset freezing under UK government rules.

By REUTERS , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/01/2020
Iranian foreign ministry: Don't turn plane crash into a political issue

Abbas Mousavi said Tehran had cooperated "beyond expectations" with countries whose citizens were killed in the crash.

By REUTERS
17/01/2020
IRAN’S SUPREME LEADER Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech during a gathering in Tehran on Wedne
Iran’s Khamenei: IRGC Quds are humanitarian organization with human values

Iran's leader delivers Friday prayer sermon for the first time since 2012.

By REUTERS
17/01/2020
An Afghan woman weeps at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan July 23, 2016
Despite 'Year of Tolerance,' human rights violations abound in Middle East

The latest World Report from Human Rights Watch makes for gloomy reading.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
17/01/2020
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in th
Turkey considering ‘mission accomplished’ in Syria - experts

Turkish and Syrian intelligence chiefs reportedly discussed a ceasefire in rebel-held Idlib and the status of eastern-based Kurdish forces.

By KRISTINA JOVANOVSKI / THE MEDIA LINE
17/01/2020
Palestinian employees of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) take part in a protest again
UNRWA head: 2020 to be a 'difficult' year with fund cuts, Israeli pressure

Christian Saunders also said Israel was seeking to replace UNRWA services for Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem with those of its own.

By REUTERS
16/01/2020
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, Yisrael Beteynu chairman Avigdor Liberman and Prime Minister Benj
Poll: Gantz beats Netanyahu again, but still lacks majority to form gov't

Avigdor Liberman's Yisrael Beytenu Party remains the kingmaker; Otzma Yehudit passes the electoral threshhold to enter the Knesset.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/01/2020
Members of Iran's Basij militia march
Iranian militia declares Iraq not for ‘filthy homosexuals, collaborators'

"If God wills it, we will shut down [anti-government protesters’] squares of prostitution, humiliation... spies, scandal and abasement; eliminate them and drive them out of Iraq," the official said.

A BURNED vehicle is seen during clashes between Iraqi security forces and ISIS in Mosul in 2014.
Winter in the Middle East - book looks at issues in the region

The book explores the war against ISIS, the end of the Arab Spring and those who shaped the region.

A wall along the border between Turkey and Syria is pictured at the Syrian town of Atimah, Idlib
Turkey announces it will build 'settlements' in occupied Syria

Turkey wants to settle mostly Arab Syrian refugees in Kurdish areas of Syria, rather than in areas around Jarabulus which Turkey also occupied.

UN says around 350,0000 people have fled Idlib since Dec. 1

Russian jets and Syrian artillery have pounded towns and villages in recent weeks in a renewed assault backed by pro-Iranian militias that aimed at clearing the opposition.

By REUTERS
16/01/2020
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  October 1, 2019.
Rouhani: Iran's nuclear enrichment at higher level than before 2015 deal

"We are enriching more uranium before the deal was reached ... Pressure has increased on Iran but we continue to progress," the Iranian president said.

By REUTERS
16/01/2020
Iranians shout slogans during a protest against President Donald Trump's decision to walk out of a 2
Iran says Europeans yielding to "high school bully" Trump in nuclear row

Britain, France and Germany triggered the deal's dispute mechanism this week. London said it was now time for a "Trump deal" to replace it, while Paris said broad talks were needed.

By REUTERS
16/01/2020
Reza Pahlavi, the last heir apparent to the defunct throne of the Imperial State of Iran and the cur
Former Iranian Crown Prince: We are beginning to see end of the regime

He said that there is no point to try and negotiate with the Islamic Republic.

Lebanon protests turn violent for second night

On Tuesday night, riots broke out in Beirut's Hamra area, with bank facades smashed and stones pelted at security forces who fired back with tear gas.

By REUTERS
16/01/2020
Iranians bury dead from downed plane after days of rage on the street

Emotions have been running high as the victims of the January 8 crash are mourned.

By REUTERS
16/01/2020
Turkish airstrikes target Yazidi areas recovering from ISIS genocide

The impoverished Yazidi community survived ISIS genocidal attacks but has been targeted repeatedly by Turkey since 2017.

Mourners attend the funeral of Qasem Soleimani (pictured) in Kerbala, Iraq,  on January 4
After Soleimani: Israel's challenges through the eyes of experts

"The one common denominator expressed by all the experts was the importance of maintaining the strength of the US-Israel relationship."

By ERIC R MANDEL
17/01/2020
Iran's St Stepanos Church, a medieval Armenian Christian place of worship, is seen near the city of
Iran bulldozes grave of reverend hanged by regime

A spokesman for Article 18 told Fox News the family discovered the desecrated grave when they went to visit on the anniversary of his hanging --December 3.

FILE PHOTO: A destroyed and burnt tank that belonged to the eastern forces led by Khalifa Haftar, is
How Turkey made Syrian rebels tools of foreigners and Libyan mercenaries

Thousands of Syrians are in Libya fighting for Turkey and for a ramshackle government in Tripoli that they have no stake or interest in.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, May 14, 2019
Trump’s Iran czar to ‘Post’: Iran’s weak, sanctions and protests work

In light of recent protests in Iran and US administration's "maximum pressure" campaign, the Iranian regime now has "very few options and all of them are bad."

King Abdullah addresses the European Parliament.
Abdullah: What if world gives up on two-state solution?

Jordan's King Abdullah warns the European Parliament against one-state and says failure to resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict endangers world peace.

British ambassador leaves Iran after being briefly detained - report

Robert Macaire was briefly detained on Saturday, which Iranian officials said was because he attended an illegal demonstration. He stated that he had attended a vigil for victims of the crash.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , REUTERS
15/01/2020
US citizen detained in Egypt dies following hunger strike

In August 2013 Mustafa Kassem, a 54-year-old New York taxi driver and a father of two, was visiting Cairo. He was accused of participating in the protests against Sisi and sentenced to 15 years.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/01/2020
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, January 15, 2020
Iran's president dismisses idea of a new 'Trump deal' in nuclear row

Iranian Foreign Minister told a New Delhi conference that the original 2015 nuclear deal was still on the table.

By REUTERS
15/01/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran flanked by U.S. Defense Secretary Mark E
Neither Trump nor Democrats have figured out how to stop Iran - analysis

Tehran is closer to a bomb now, compared to when US pulled out of deal in May 2018

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting in Moscow, Russia
Russian FM encouraging Gulf states to form joint security mechanism

Tensions in the Gulf have risen following the U.S. killing of Iranian military commander General Qasem Soleimani and a retaliatory missile attack by Iran on U.S. forces in Iraq.

By REUTERS
15/01/2020
The Leviathan gas platform, 10km. offshore Israel
Israel starts exporting natural gas to Egypt

The flow of natural gas to Egypt will both serve the domestic market and also enable exports of gas to Europe, via liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals located in Egypt.

16/01/2020
Smoke rises from tear gas during anti government protests in Beirut, Lebanon December 15, 2019.
Lebanon security forces fire tear gas at protesters in Beirut

A wave of protests erupted last October against a ruling elite accused of steering Lebanon towards its worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.

By REUTERS
15/01/2020
Senators call to investigate pro-Iran group - report

The congressmen claimed the group was "amplifying regime propaganda in the United States."

By LEON SVERDLOV
15/01/2020
Syrian air defence batteries responding to what the Syrian state media said were Israeli missiles
Three pro-Iranian militia fighters killed in strike on T4

Alleged Israeli strike comes hours after IDF intel assessment finds Soleimani killing a window of opportunity for Israel to act against Iran.

Iran missiles
Iran threatens retaliation against Greece for US use of military bases

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis supported the killing of Qasem Soleimani

Fleur Hassan-Nahoum
Jerusalem deputy mayor to UK: Don't fund anti-Israel Palestinian textbooks

UNRWA schools’ curriculum, designed by the Palestinian Authority, “perpetuates incitement, antisemitism and glorification of martyrdom,” Fleur Hassan-Nahoum said.

Iraqi security forces wait for vehicles travelling to Mosul to fight against militants of Islamic St
Five rockets fired on US army base in Iraq

According to the Iraqi military, there were no casualties.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , REUTERS
14/01/2020
Women facing down soldiers in Tehran at a protest following the downing of a Ukrainian airliner
IRGC arrest person who uploaded video of missile striking Ukrainian plane

The results of the investigation will presented to the public, Fars said, without providing additional details.

By REUTERS , TZVI JOFFRE
15/01/2020
FILE PHOTO: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pray n
Iran will have enough material for a nuclear bomb within the year

Israeli intelligence estimates that Iran will have capabilities to build a missile capable of carrying nuclear weapon within two years.

Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar shakes hands with Russian Foreign Ministe
Leaving Moscow, Libya’s Haftar weighs Russia deal in Libya

Hafter is concerned that the deal will allow Turkey to entrench itself, in much the same way as it has in Syria.

A supporter of the Houthis has a poster attached to his waist of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleim
Syrian official gave US intel on Soleimani whereabouts - report

The source said that the official, who has been in contact with the Americans for a long time, had set a condition that the Americans would not eliminate Soleimani in Syria.

By YASSER OKBI/MAARIV
14/01/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCP
What does triggering the Iran nuclear deal dispute mechanism mean?

Read how the dispute resolution process, which could take up to 65 days to play out unless extended by consensus, works

By REUTERS
14/01/2020
Iran's judiciary brands UK ambassador 'undesirable'

Iran's Foreign Ministry, which summoned him, would be responsible for announcing any move to expel Rob Macaire, who has been in the post since 2018.

By REUTERS
14/01/2020
A European Union flag flies outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Decem
France, Britain, Germany trigger Iran nuclear deal dispute mechanism

The EU must now inform the other parties to the deal – Russia, China and Iran. If no resolution is found after 15 days, UN sanctions could be snapped back.

By REUTERS
14/01/2020
FILE PHOTO: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pray n
Pompeo: Soleimani killing part of new strategy to deter U.S. foes

"Your adversary must understand not only that you have the capacity to impose cost but that you're in fact willing to do so," US Secretary of State told Stanford students.

By REUTERS
14/01/2020
Debris of a plane belonging to Ukraine International Airlines, that crashed after taking off from Ir
Iran makes arrests over Ukraine plane disaster as protests continue

The shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752, killing all 176 people aboard, has led to one of the biggest public challenges to the Islamic Republic's clerical rulers since 1979.

By REUTERS
14/01/2020
US troops describe 'miraculous' escape from Iranian attack on Iraqi base

The scale of the damage at the Ain al-Asad base showed Iran's destructive capability.

By REUTERS
14/01/2020
TRUCKS CARRY belongings of people fleeing Maarat al-Numan, in northern Idlib, Syria, this week.
Idlib Residents: Limited UN Aid Plan Will ‘Finish Us Off’

Russian closure of two out of four aid-crossing points, insistence on six-month rather than year-long program, has war-weary Syrians even more on edge

By MINA NADER , LAITH FAKHRI AJLOUNI/THE MEDIA LINE
14/01/2020
Unidentified aircraft strike Iranian militias in Syria: report

Militias along the Iraq-Syria border have been on high alert since the strike that killed Soleimani two weeks ago; dozens of the Syrian regime force members and a pro-regime militia are defecting.

14/01/2020
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, May 14, 2019
Iranian protests enter 3rd day as injuries reported, internet disrupted

Security forces continued to face off with demonstrators, as some reports claimed that protests were violently suppressed.

14/01/2020
Experts Blame Political Divide, Lack of Foresight for Failed Tunisian Gov.

Unclear whether this strengthens or hurts country that is sole success story to emerge from Arab Spring.

By CHARLES BYBELEZER/THE MEDIA LINE
14/01/2020
Even if Trump’s peace plan released now, Area C is still a battleground

Even if the plan is not published, Netanyahu cannot make any annexation moves, because an interim government cannot apply sovereignty. So the baton of action is with Defense Minister Naftali Bennett.

U.S. soldiers inspect the site where an Iranian missile hit at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar provinc
Hours of forewarning saved US, Iraqi lives from Iran's missile attack

When the missiles finally landed at about 1:30 a.m., they struck “empty bunkers that had been evacuated hours before,” the intelligence source said. No one was injured or killed.

By REUTERS
13/01/2020
PA security forces scuffle with protesters
Palestinian Authority crackdown on Hamas 'jeopardizes elections'

Hamas: Abbas looking for excuse to avoid elections

King Abdullah: Annexation talk absence of gov’t harms Israel-Jordan ties

Jordan's King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein spoke with France24 this week about the West Bank annexation and US President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century."

Supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) protest as European Union foreign mi
Fury at air crash cover-up puts Iran’s leaders back on defensive

The Iranian regime had only recently quelled protests, which have flared up again following the revelation that it was behind the downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing everyone on board.

By MARC CHAMPION / ARSALAN SHAHLA / GOLNAR MOTEVALLI / BLOOMBERG / TNS
13/01/2020
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