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.

Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine labels are seen in thi

PA forms commission of inquiry into ‘vaccine scandal’

Following a public outcry, the Palestinian Authority decided on Monday to form a special commission of inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the botched Pfizer exchange agreement with Israel.

A Houthi supporter shouts slogans during a rally against Trump's Middle East peace plan

End of Yemen quagmire? Saudi-led coalition, Houthis near peace deal

Talks between Saudi-led coalition and Houthis are focused on steps to lift a blockade on Houthi-held ports and Sanaa airport in return for a promise from the Iran-aligned group for truce talks.

By REUTERS
21/06/2021
Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi attends a news conference in Tehran, Iran June 21, 2021.

US violated 2015 Iran nuclear deal, EU failed commitments - Raisi

Iranian and Western officials alike say Raisi's rise is unlikely to alter Iran's negotiating stance in talks to revive the nuclear deal.

By REUTERS
21/06/2021

US can’t find its roar on African Lion’s Sahara issues - analysis

US military won’t explicitly deny what others are confirming in Western Sahara.

By MIKE WAGENHEIM / THE MEDIA LINE
21/06/2021

Due to COVID, MidEast conflict-prone reputation hits construction sector

In the 2021 Global Constructions Disputes survey, the region leads the world in average value, length of contract disagreement

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
21/06/2021

Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant has emergency shutdown - state TV

Iran has witnessed dozens of mysterious fires and explosions across the country since mid-2020, many near nuclear facilities.

20/06/2021

40 years since Operation Opera, attack against Iran 'would be different'

Unlike the raid on Iraq's Osirak nuclear project, Iran’s nuclear sites are spread across the country, some deep underground or in mountains, surrounded by air defense systems.

Palestinians to renegotiate COVID-19 vaccine deal with Israel

Palestinian Authority plans to renegotiate deal to receive over a million Pfizer vaccines from Israel, after scrapping the original agreement out of fear.

Iran's outgoing President Hassan Rouhani meets with Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran,

Iran: Raisi is smokescreen, Khamenei still calls the shots - analysis

If Raisi does succeed Khamenei, this would be the first major opportunity for change in Iran, for better or for worse.

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

Turkey is radicalizing extremists to attack Kurdish women

Women have become key targets of Turkey’s extremist government in recent years, videos increasingly showing violence against women in the streets of cities, including women being beaten by men.

Abu Dhabi releases rehabilitated sea turtles back into the wild

This is the first cluster of over 150 sea turtles that will be gradually released into key marine areas surrounding the Emirate.

Is the 'hardliner' talking point about Iran’s Raisi a whitewash?

Is the term accurately a descriptive for Iran’s far-right extremist theocratic leaders, or is it used to whitewash and excuse Iran’s politics?

Iranian Presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a campaign meeting at the Mosalla mosque

‘Butcher of Tehran’ Raisi wins Iran election amid low turnout

Lapid: His election should prompt renewed determination to immediately halt Iran’s nuclear program.

20/06/2021

Palestinians call for probe into ‘vaccine scandal’

The deal was denounced as a “political, health and moral scandal.”

US to pull Patriot batteries from key MidEast countries - report

According to the WSJ report “the Biden administration is sharply reducing the number of US antimissile systems in the Middle East in a major realignment of its military footprint there.

Iran's foreign minister says Raisi is new elected president

In a televised speech, outgoing President Hassan Rouhani congratulated "the people's elected (president)," without naming him.

By REUTERS
19/06/2021
The sun rises over the Dead Sea, Israel

Jordan pulls plug on Red-Dead water project with Israel - report

The project has long been frozen and professionals have expressed concern about environmental issues and the cost-effectiveness of the project compared to other alternatives.

Turkish Uni. to hold Muslim-Brotherhood, Hamas affiliated conference

The conference, scheduled to take place between June 18-23, will be held under the theme “Challenging Apartheid in Palestine: Reclaiming the Narrative, Formulating a Vision.”

By LAUREN MORGANBESSER
19/06/2021

Polls close in Iran election, voting extended in some stations

"Polling stations are obliged to accept ballots as long as there are people at polling stations," the Interior Ministry said in a statement, according to state TV.

By REUTERS
19/06/2021
The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, befor

Iran's presidential election begins

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s pick, Ebrahim Raisi, is likely to win * Low turnout expected, as low as 30%-40% compared to 70% in 2017.

Lebanon Army Chief: Economic situation will lead to collapse of military

"The army is the only and last institution that is still coherent and guarantees the security and stability in Lebanon and the region."

17/06/2021
PRIME MINISTER Naftali Bennett meets this week with IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi.

What security challenges will Israel's new government face?

BEHIND THE LINES: In the past, the emergence of a new leader has prompted Israel’s adversaries to put him to the test

THE DANISH flag.

Voices from the Arab press: Will Iraqis boycott the next election?

The 2021 Iraqi parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place in October. Will the scenario we witnessed in the previous elections of 2018 be repeated? Will Iraqis boycott the election en masse?

By THE MEDIA LINE
17/06/2021

Four wild Iran nuclear standoff developments

There have been four wild developments on Wednesday and in recent days which will have major impacts on the future of the Iranian nuclear standoff.

Iran bolsters nuclear enrichment, despite election

As elections are set to begin in Iran, the country continues enrichment of uranium for its nuclear program, even as the Biden administration discusses reentering the Nuclear Deal

What is Turkey’s real goal in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region? - analysis

Turkey’s growing role in northern Iraq does not correlate with any kind of increased “terrorism."

Iranian election officials at the ballot.

Two low-profile candidates drop out of Iran's presidential race - TV

The decision resulted in a field of two low-key moderates five hardliners, including the front-runner, hardline judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi, an ally of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

By REUTERS
16/06/2021
A view shows railway packages for containers with uranium hexafluoride salt, raw material for nuclea

40 years after Israeli strike, Iraq looks to build nuclear reactors

An Iraqi official confirmed that the Russian state corporation Rosatom would implement the project to build the nuclear reactors.

16/06/2021
People gather to ask for justice for late Sarah Halimi on Trocadero plaza in front of the Eiffel Tow

Iran regime-backed Hezbollah builds stronghold in France - report

Investigative journalist Rachel Binhas reported the French government authorized the extradition of the Lebanese national Mazen al-Atat, who is alleged by the US to be an agent for Hezbollah.

Iran intensified efforts for nuclear weapons, missile tech in Germany

The report showed a dramatic increase in the number of members and supporters from the internationally recognized terrorist movements, Hamas and Hezbollah, who are active in Germany.

Erdoğan’s first meeting with Biden ends with no agreements

Oner said Erdoğan is hoping to show that he is still working with Biden and is not fully aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

By KRISTINA JOVANOVSKI/THE MEDIA LINE
15/06/2021
Ethiopia

Arab states call on UN Security Council to meet over Ethiopian dam

Ethiopia previously has rejected calls from Egypt and Sudan to involve mediators outside the African Union.

By REUTERS
15/06/2021
The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, befor

Iran moderate candidate: 'Positive coexistence' may pave way to US talks

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say in all matters of state, has repeatedly ruled out negotiations with the United States.

By REUTERS
15/06/2021
Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam

How do Egypt, Ethiopia stack up, militarily?

Egypt calls the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam an “existential threat.” Ethiopia says Egypt and Sudan have nothing to worry about.

By MOHAMMAD AL-KASSIM/THE MEDIA LINE
15/06/2021

Nikki Haley warns Biden Iran policy 'death wish' to Israel

Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley spent Sunday touring rocket-tattered southern Israel and Monday in meetings with top Israeli officials.

Women in Saudi Arabia to be allowed to live, travel without male guardian

The landmark ruling states that "an adult woman has the right to choose where to live. A woman’s guardian can report her only if he has evidence proving she committed a crime."

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

Khamenei set to tighten grip in Iran vote as frustrations grow

The front-runner in a carefully vetted field is Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judge seen by analysts and insiders as representing the security establishment at its most fearsome.

By REUTERS
15/06/2021

Abraham Accords spawns stamp expo

The exhibition will be held virtually and include a variety of rare and expensive items.

By LAUREN MORGANBESSER
14/06/2021

Palestinian Authority perturbed about Egypt-Hamas rapprochement

The Egyptians are said to be outraged by Abbas’s alleged attempt to obstruct Cairo’s effort to contribute to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.

Hady Amr likely to be US consul-general to Palestinians

The administration has yet to announce an ambassador to Israel, nor an envoy for peace talks, which many presidents appoint.

Likely new Iranian president Raisi embraces possible nuke deal

A mark of his campaign has been Iranian self-resilience and the “resistance economy” having the ability to overcome American sanctions.

Iran on new Israeli government: 'The tyrant has fallen'

While Iranian officials welcomed Netanyahu's exit, they stressed that nothing was likely to change.

14/06/2021

Jordanian armed forces making great strides in gender equality

A new military women’s training center means increased opportunities in nontraditional posts.

By DAOUD KUTTAB/THE MEDIA LINE
14/06/2021
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani casts his vote during the presidential election in Tehran

Iran vote turnout poses test of youth frustrations and hopes

Iran will hold a presidential election on June 18, seen as a referendum on the Islamic Republic's handling of an array of political and economic crises.

By REUTERS
14/06/2021

Hamas appoints new prime minister in Gaza

The Hamas announcement came shortly after Egypt decided to call off a meeting of Palestinian factions in Cairo to discuss the formation of a Palestinian unity government

Netanyahu Congress

Bennett plans to continue Netanyahu's Iran policies

PM hopes to cooperate with Biden administration, thankful to US president for supporting Israel in last Gaza war

Imam al-Khoei Foundation in New York

Questions raised after US State Dept. tweet about Shi’ite charity

Criticism of the tweet has ranged from alleging that the US supports the Muslim Brotherhood to claims that it is trying to cozy up to Iran

Security Forces

Palestinian businessman: PA wants to arrest me because of a Facebook post

The PA security forces recently resumed a crackdown on social media users, political activists and critics in the West Bank.

Pro-Iran militias show off new drone air force

The use by various militias of UAVs, often supplied by Iran, dates to at least 2019. They have used drones against ISIS and against Kurds in an Iranian attack in Koya.

JORDAN’S KING Abdullah reviews the honour guard before the opening of the second ordinary session of

Jordan ex-royal court chief faces trial over alleged monarchy plot

Prosecutors referred the case to the court of Bassem Awadallah, an ex-royal court chief and finance minister who played a big role in the drive to liberalize Jordan's economy, and Sherif Hassan.

By REUTERS
13/06/2021
Lebanon's President Michel Aoun speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace last mont

Lebanon currency drops to new low as financial meltdown deepens

Market dealers said the Lebanese pound was trading at around 15,150 to the dollar, losing around 90% of what it was worth in late 2019, when Lebanon's economic and financial crisis erupted.

By REUTERS
13/06/2021
PEOPLE WALK through debris in the center of Afrin, Syria, on March 24, 2018.

Turkey tries to use hospital bombing for propaganda

Turkey appears to have invented a narrative without any investigation to try to pressure the Biden administration before the US president meets his Turkish counterpart Erdogan in Brussels on June 14.

A Palestinian Hamas-hired civil servant displays U.S. Dollar banknotes

Israeli victims of Hamas terror file suit against Qatari banks, charities

Shurat HaDin Law Center initiated the legal action on behalf of 24 Israeli families of terror victims, a total of 120 Israeli individual plaintiffs.

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

Family of murdered Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari beaten and arrested

Navid’s brother, Saeed, tweeted “Two female officers beat my mother so that her head was hit on the asphalt. 20 people beat Navid, 5 people [beat] Elham."

Eliran Golan, CEO and one of the founders of Albi, Israel’s first albinism association

Persons with albinism in the MENA region fight for their rights

On International Albinism Awareness Day, activists struggle for recognition.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
13/06/2021

Was Israel involved in Saudi, US attempts to undermine Jordan's king?

Defense Minister Benny Gantz reportedly held a secret meeting with the King of Amman at the beginning of this year due to his fear of the deteriorating relations between the King and Netanyahu.

Islamist rebels from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham are seen outside the villages of al-Foua and Kefraya

A Jihadist leader in Syria did outreach to the US at a key time

Some US think tanks get funding, often indirectly, from states in the Middle East, or sympathizers with those states. Some are linked to Qatar, some are even close to Iran

Significance of UAE being elected to UN Security Council - analysis

The UAE was chosen alongside Albania, Brazil, Ghana and Gabon to serve on the UN Security Council for two-year terms beginning next year.

'Intense' Iran nuclear talks resume as Germany calls for rapid progress

The sixth round of talks kicked off with a meeting of remaining parties to the deal - Iran, Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union - in the basement of a luxury hotel.

By REUTERS
12/06/2021
AN ISIS fighter uses his phone to  lm a military parade in Syria’s northern Raqqa province in 2014

Iraq remembers Speicher massacre anniversary

The Speicher Massacre as it became known was one of the first examples of the genocidal brutality of ISIS

PA TV distorts Israeli archives, claiming Arabs were massacred en masse

Palestinian TV host Nasser Al-Lahham has also compared incoming Prime Minister-designate Naftali Bennett to Adolf Eichmann.

Iran nuke talks back over weekend, but could drag into August

Iranian officials started to leak that they would like a deal by August, around when the country’s new president, who will be elected on June 18, actually takes office.

Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire began 105 years ago today

The impact of the revolt helped contribute to the downfall of the Ottoman Empire and continues to impact Middle Eastern geopolitics to this day.

10/06/2021
An information analyst works in front of a screen showing a near real-time map tracking cyber threat

Growing cyberattacks in US are worrying for MidEast

Earlier this year, a series of reports alleged Iran was responsible for a growing number of cyberattacks on Israel.

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

Iranian political prisoner dies, allegedly from medical misconduct

"When you jail an innocent person for his beliefs and opposition, and he dies, this death is not an ordinary death; this is murder."

Mike Pompeo: F-35 sale to Abu Dhabi was 'critical' for UAE-Israel peace

Despite Pompeo's statements, other Israeli officials have told the Post that the F-35 sale was still not part of the deal from the Israeli perspective.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani casts his vote during the presidential election in Tehran

Why Iranians won’t vote: Survey reveals massive political disenchantment

The combination of modern totalitarianism and Iran’s Islamic theocracy, with a supreme leader, cannot allow for more than a voting spectacle.

By REUTERS
10/06/2021
US F-16 fighter jet arrives at a military base in Balad, north of Baghdad July 13, 2015.

Rockets target US facility in Iraq, again

These rockets are one of many attacks on US forces in Iraq over the last two years.

An oil tanker loads gas in Assaluyeh seaport at the Persian Gulf

Iranian oil tankers set to arrive in Syria on Friday

Another about 300,000 barrels of oil are on a third tanker waiting in the Suez Canal.

10/06/2021

Qatar's Al Jazeera network says it combated cyberattack

The Qatar-funded channel's coverage of Middle East politics is regarded as inflammatory by many in the region and was one of the factors that led four Arab states to boycott Qatar in 2017.

By REUTERS
10/06/2021

Is Egypt planning to retake control of the Gaza Strip?

Entry of construction equipment first time Egypt has deployed in the coastal enclave it used to rule until 1967.

Voices from the Arab press: A Vietnamese lesson for Lebanon

The Islamic resistance led by Hezbollah has transformed into a full-fledged army that is involved in the war in Syria and plays roles in several countries.

By THE MEDIA LINE
10/06/2021
AT THE Global Investment Forum in Dubai in early June, presented by ‘The Jerusalem Post’ and the ‘Kh

Israel-UAE ties: Game-changer or mirage in the sand?

Nine months on, a look at whether the Abraham Accords brought the prosperity it promised for UAE and Israel.

EU study finds incitement in Palestinian textbooks, kept from public

The 200-page report, commissioned by then EU foreign affairs representative Federica Mogherini, examined 156 textbooks and 16 teaching curriculums issued by the PA between 2017-2019.

Former IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot

Ex-IDF chief Eisenkot: Iran not existential threat, but nuke deal worrying

Rejects Netanyahu's framing of the severe threat posed by Iran as having the constant ability to destroy the Jewish state.

Ex-Mossad chief Tamir Pardo: Netanyahu broke policy with Iran, US

Netanyahu's non-strategy led to 60% nuke enrichment

Egyptian start-up offers end-to-end undertaking service

Sokna - Arabic for "calm" or "repose" - says it gives the bereaved space to mourn, free from the usual logistics and bureaucracy.

By REUTERS
09/06/2021
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony for the 95th batch of

Resigned to a nuclear deal revival, Saudi Arabia, UAE engage with Iran

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made clear on Monday that Washington's priority was to get the deal "back in the box" and then use it as a platform to address other questions.

By REUTERS
09/06/2021

Many Gazan children traumatized after last round of Hamas-Israel fighting

Half of the young people in Gaza - around 500,000 children - could be in need of psychological support after 11 days of fighting in May between the Hamas rulers and Israel.

By REUTERS
09/06/2021
A Houthi supporter shouts slogans during a rally against Trump's Middle East peace plan

Houthis claim they arrested a Mossad spy in Yemen

Yemen's Houthis have threatened Israel in the past, including threats to attack Israeli vessels in the Red Sea and fire rockets and drones towards Israel.

09/06/2021
A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Muslim Brotherhood: We have ‘no connection’ with the Islamist Movement

“The Brotherhood stresses that there is no connection – ideological or organizational – between it and this movement."

By DANIEL SONNENFELD/THE MEDIA LINE
09/06/2021

The time for negotiating with Iran is over, Israeli analysts warn

Regional experts recommend harsher measures after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Tehran is not prepared to comply with 2015 nuclear deal

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
09/06/2021
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaking at the State Department in Washington, earlier this mo

Blinken: 'We don't know if Iran is willing, able to comply with JCPOA'

"Even in the event of a return to compliance with the JCPOA, hundreds of sanctions will remain in place,” Blinken told lawmakers

Mossad director Joseph (Yossi) Cohen attends a cybersecurity conference at Tel Aviv University, Isra

Ex-Mossad chief Yossi Cohen: Will West go easy on Iran?

"Will we be pushovers to Iran? Will we let it support and carry out terror? Destroy embassies?”

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan mee

US working on more normalization between Israel, Arab states - Ashkenazi

The Biden administration does not use the Trump-era name “Abraham Accords,” calling them “normalization agreements.”

Iran weighs using Palestinians against Israel again

Whether it is Sheikh Jarrah or a planned march in Jerusalem, now called off, or other “threats,” there is always an excuse to stoke war plans.

US CENTCOM: Iran drone threat in Iraq

At a briefing with US Central Command head General Kenneth McKenzie on Monday, he discussed the increasing drone threat.

Top US general warns of Iran, China and Russia in Middle East

US General Kenneth McKenzie talks Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan

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

Jordan’s tribal problems continue - analysis

Dissident legislator’s kindred protest as he comes under fire for criticizing king, establishment.

By DAOUD KUTTAB/THE MEDIA LINE
08/06/2021
Palestinians treat a dog, which was wounded during the recent Israeli-Palestinian fighting, in Gaza

Gazans mourn pets lost during last round of clashes with Israel

"The state of veterinary medicine is disastrous in Gaza," said one Gaza veterinarian.

MFA Spokesperson: Palestinian leaders should invest in defending citizens

The Media Line’s Felice Friedson sits down with Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Lior Haiat to talk about what went right and wrong during the 11-day Operation Guardian of the Walls.

By FELICE FRIEDSON/THE MEDIA LINE
08/06/2021

Blinken: Iran not close to returning to 2015 nuke compliance

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that Iran has not given indications that it’s willing to return to compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement.

A man holds up a sign as he and several thousand other protestors demonstrate during a rally

Sticking points in the Iran nuclear deal - analysis

The US and Iran both want a return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. So, what is preventing the deal from being signed?

IAEA chief: Deeply concerned Iran hiding nuclear material

“After many months, Iran has not provided the necessary explanation for the presence of the nuclear material particles at the 3 locations where the Agency has conducted complementary accesses."

Iran hopes Russia and China oppose US role in MidEast, Central Asia

“The main goal of the United States in the Middle East and Central Asia at the moment is to create problems for strong political and economic partnerships,” an article in Iranian media noted.

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