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.

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.

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

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.

Palestinians to receive Russian COVID-19 vaccine within month

The RDIF said that the PA’s Health Ministry approved the vaccine for use in the territories.

A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, Iran

IAEA chief: Iran nuke deal must be revived in weeks, not months

"It is clear that we don’t have many months ahead of us. We have rather weeks."

11/01/2021
White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner during a visit with Israeli delegation to Rabat, Morocco

Ex-ambassador to Egypt to reopen Israeli mission in Morocco

Qatar FM quashes rumors of normalization with Israel.

Settlers throw stones at Urif

Yesh Din: Palestinian vehicles attacked in West Bank

The organization has documented over 50 instances of settler violence against Palestinians since December 21.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses a news conference at the State Department in Washington,

Pompeo to designate Yemen's Houthis as foreign terror group

What are the ramifications of a last-minute decision before the secretary of state leaves office?

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.”

FILE PHOTO: Members of the media and officials tour the water nuclear reactor at Arak, Iran December

Kissinger: Return to Iran deal could spark Middle East nuclear arms race

“I don’t believe that the spirit [of the Iran deal], with a time limit and so many escape clauses, will do anything other than bring nuclear weapons all over the Middle East."

Mahmoud Abbas to set date for new elections by January 20

Once Abbas sets dates for the elections, several Palestinian factions will meet in Cairo to discuss issues related to the voting.

Vigil held for Navid Afkari, a wrestler killed by the Iranian regime, in Toronto, Canada

Iran's regime to execute another champion wrestler

“The Olympic Committee has as yet refused to take any serious actions against the regime in Tehran for its bloody assault against athletes.”

Palestinian health workers wearing protective masks walk in a quarantine zone installed by the minis

Palestinian Authority says AstraZeneca vaccines could come in March

Supplies would also come through a World Health Organization vaccine program for poor and middle income countries.

By REUTERS
10/01/2021

Friedman recalls close connection to Trump as days in post draw to close

Speaking to Trump weekly and meeting monthly gave Friedman unparalleled power as an ambassador.

Settlers begin exporting 'made in Israel' products to Dubai

"This is a historic day for Samaria and the entire State of Israel," said Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan.

Twitter removes COVID-19 vaccine conspiracy tweet by Iran's Khamenei

The Twitter removal of the tweet was a rare instance of Western social media giants actually confronting Iran’s far-right authoritarian regime.

Captagon

Hezbollah denies links to tons of amphetamines seized in Italy

Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah would "fire any young man in the party if it becomes evident that he is using drugs in any way."

10/01/2021
Wax statue of former IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in Tehran

Wax statue of former IRGC commander Qasem Soleimani unveiled in Tehran

Pictures from the event show family members and officials posing next to the statue and even kissing it, while some participants stopped to take a selfie with the wax figurine.

10/01/2021

Afghanistan investigating if civilians killed in strike against Taliban

A local government official told Reuters that the Afghan air force targeted a residential house where it suspected Taliban were present, adding that all 14 killed were from a single family.

By REUTERS
10/01/2021

Why will the big tech giants never censor foreign authoritarian regimes?

Because they have never been regulated, they are not like other industries. There is no transparent explanation of why a social media giant bans one account or another.

Joint Israeli-Palestinian NGO brings young entrepreneurs together

Despite pandemic, Tech2Peace barrels ahead with program aimed at building lasting business partnerships.

By FELICE FRIEDSON/THE MEDIA LINE
09/01/2021
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, May 14, 2019

Leading Iranian dissident urges Twitter to suspend Khamenei’s accounts

“A close review of these accounts in multiple languages which include Persian, English, Spanish, and Arabic, shows that Khamenei has repeatedly violated Twitter rules.

IRGC siezes ship near Bu Musa Island, Iran

Iran’s naval drill marks humiliation anniversary in message to US admin

Iran says its navy and IRGC naval units are at the peak of their abilities.

Missiles are seen at an underground missile site of Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Iran's IRGC unveils underground missile base in the Gulf

"The base is one of several bases housing the Guards' Navy's strategic missiles," the state media quoted the head of the Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, as saying.

By REUTERS
09/01/2021

Iran exports continue despite US sanctions

The Director of the Ports in Bandar Lengeh, had boasted about the continued exports despite US sanctions.

A view shows railway packages for containers with uranium hexafluoride salt, raw material for nuclea

Iran will expel UN nuclear watchdog inspectors unless sanctions are lifted

Parliament passed a law to halt inspections of its nuclear sites by the IAEA and to step up uranium enrichment beyond the limit set under Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal if sanctions aren't eased.

By REUTERS
09/01/2021
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a virtual speech, on the occasion of the Proph

Iran leader Khamenei bans imports of US, British COVID-19 vaccines

"If the Americans were able to produce a vaccine, they would not have such a coronavirus fiasco in their own country."

By REUTERS
08/01/2021
Grooms attend their mass wedding held by the Houthis, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (CO

Prospects for COVID-19 vaccination vary widely across Middle East

For poor countries, obtaining the vaccine is the first of many obstacles to getting shots into the arms of citizens.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
08/01/2021

PA cracks down on Nabi Mousa to protect image of defending holy sites

PALESTINIAN AFFAIRS: This is the kind of stuff that plays into the hands of the PA’s critics and political foes, particularly Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

As Biden enters White House, did Israel's Mossad win war with Iran?

INTELLIGENCE AFFAIRS: As Biden prepares to take office, Israel is in a better place in efforts to prevent Iran’s nuclear program.

How will Gulf 'sulha' impact the Palestinians? - analysis

Palestinians seem unsure whether the developments in the Gulf were good or bad for the Palestinian issue.

Meir Ben Shabbat and Jared Kushner meet with King Mohammed VI of Morocco

Morocco's King to Netanyahu: Opening embassies is the 'natural next step'

“This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship,” Netanyahu told the king, quoting from the movie Casablanca.

Voices from the Arab Press: Will Biden keep US forces in Iraq?

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

By THE MEDIA LINE
07/01/2021

Sudan officially joins Abraham Accords to normalize Israel ties

Sudan became the third of four countries to agree to sign on to the Trump administration-brokered accords, following the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, and before Morocco.

A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, Iran

France, Germany, UK call on Iran to stop 20% uranium enrichment

The three countries, known as the E3, are party to the 2015 Iran deal.

US Capitol building

FBI probing Soleimani-related ‘threat’ to fly plane into US Capitol

Officials: Transmission picked up by air traffic control a hoax

Middle East economies to see slow growth in 2021

The coronavirus pandemic is currently the focus for the coming year and furnishes the biggest question mark regarding the region’s economic recovery.

By JOSHUA SHUMAN/THE MEDIA LINE
06/01/2021
Oil tankers pass through the Strait of Hormuz

Iran denies seized Korean ship and crew are being held as hostages

South Korea summoned the Iranian ambassador, called for the ship to be released and said it was dispatching a delegation to Iran to discuss it.

By REUTERS
05/01/2021
A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, Iran

Iran vows 'decisive response' to any Israeli move against it

Iran gave more details about its enrichment decision by saying it had the capacity to produce up to 9 kg of 20% enriched uranium per month.

By REUTERS
05/01/2021
A NEWS conference with Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdullatif bin Rashid

Does reconciliation in the Gulf impact Israel? - analysis

Israel has been increasingly engaged in the Gulf in recent years.

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

Gantz: Iran is igniting the region with instability

Iran recently announced that it resumed 20% uranium enrichment at an underground nuclear facility.

05/01/2021
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Bahrain's Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khali

Saudi Arabia and Qatar reconciliation: What might change in the region

In some ways the Trump administration helped fuel the break in the Gulf, or at least made Riyadh feel that it might get concessions from Qatar

Oil tankers pass through the Strait of Hormuz

Iran says South Korea holding $7 bln Iran funds 'hostage'

The seizure of the MT Hankuk Chemi and its 20-member crew near the strategic Strait of Hormuz has been seen as an attempt by Tehran to assert its demands.

By REUTERS
05/01/2021

What is the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit?

The GCC was set up in 1981 as the political and economic confederation of six states, all headed by monarchies, that make up the Arabian Peninsula, minus Iraq and Yemen.

By MARCY OSTER/THE MEDIA LINE
05/01/2021

Kuwaiti reports say Saudi Arabia and Qatar on road to reconciliation

Kuwait has long been neutral in the confrontation in the Gulf. Riyadh led a group of states, including the UAE and Egypt to break relations with Qatar.

A Qatar Airways flight.

Saudi Arabia to reopen airspace, land border to Qatar

A high-ranking Trump administration official said that a breakthrough deal had been reached.

By REUTERS
04/01/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during a meeting with Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Janša in Je

Netanyahu: Increased enrichment shows Iran seeks nuclear weapons

"A few minutes ago, the process of producing 20% enriched uranium has started in Fordow enrichment complex," Iran said Monday.

UAE deny reports of foiling terror attack in Dubai

Emirati intelligence reportedly arrested Iranians who were suspected of plotting to carry out terrorist attacks against Israelis, though the UAE has said this was "wholly false."

A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, Iran

At max speed, new Iran enrichment could cut nuke breakout to 6 weeks

Iran, Biden official duke it out over ballistic missiles

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

Gantz: ‘Events’ with Iran possible amid US administration change

Remarks add to the current assessments in the IDF, in which there is a possibility of an Iranian attack through its proxies

04/01/2021

The 'USS Nimitz' turns around: US 100,000-ton message to Iran

Ninety-six hours after being told to come home the 'Nimitz' got another order to “halt its routine redeployment” and remain on station.

Oil tankers pass through the Strait of Hormuz

Iran’s IRGC seizes South Korean tanker in naval piracy

The IRGC also behaves more like a pirate navy than an actual navy, harassing ships, threatening others and sometimes outright stealing and hijacking vessels.

Afghan rivals to resume talks as civilian killings sow suspicion

Afghan government officials have in recent weeks accused the Taliban of a string of high-profile murders, including of bureaucrats and journalists, and bomb attacks.

By REUTERS
04/01/2021
Booth displaying coronavirus vaccine candidate from CNBG, a unit of Sinopharm, in Beijing

Egypt approves emergency use of Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine

The first shipment of the Sinopharm vaccine arrived in Egypt in December.

Palestine Monetary Authority governor quits abruptly

Crises at Palestinian Authority institutions behind central banker’s surprise move, expert says

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
04/01/2021
Explosion near Tehran, June 26, 2020

10 injured in explosion near Lebanon-Syria border

The explosion occurred while Hezbollah Nasrallah was speaking to mark the anniversary of the assassination of former IRGC Quds Force commander Qassam Soleimani.

04/01/2021
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