Middle East

The region known as the Middle East has been conquered and reconquered by every super power in the West. This has created a region rich in a culture of resistance and thousands of ethnic groups looking for their piece of land. This has created a complicated region and Jpost's Middle East News simplifies it.

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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

Why is Iran so good at nuclear diplomacy?

Because US policy is always compartmentalized and because the end goal is a “deal,” Iran knows that it can exert pressure through various means.

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

Gaza opens limited corona vaccination program ahead of int'l parley

Funding has been an issue for the Palestinian Authority in general and specifically with respect to the vaccines, in both the West Bank and Gaza.

23/02/2021
US President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U

Ex-IDF generals, top Mossad officials urge Biden's return to Iran deal

Former senior defense officials express support for Biden's position not to lift Iran sanctions unless it returns to 2015 deal

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

Iran stops snap nuclear inspections, state-run daily urges caution

A US State Department spokesman said Khamenei's comments "sounds like a threat" but reiterated US willingness to engage in talks with Iran about returning to the 2015 nuclear deal.

By REUTERS
23/02/2021

Pakistan police pop on rollerblades to catch Karachi's criminals - watch

Gliding in a circle with their weapons pointed inwards, and lifting and lowering the guns in unison, the 20-member unit clad in black undergoes rigorous training.

By REUTERS
23/02/2021
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Khamenei says Iran may enrich uranium up to 60% purity if needed

"Americans and the European parties to the deal have used unjust language against Iran...Iran will not yield to pressure. Our stance will not change," Khamenei said.

By REUTERS
22/02/2021
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UAE tells Israeli conference it uses AI for space travel

Top Israeli official says country could be AI power

Israeli and Egyptian ministers visit the Leviathan natural gas rig

"This is the first and largest cooperation of its kind since the peace agreement signed between Egypt and Israel 40 years ago," Steinitz said.

Is the International Atomic Energy Agency 'flying blind' on Iran?

It will take months after a deal in principle is reached for Tehran to export all of the additional and excess enriched uranium it has illegally produced.

Gaza launches COVID-19 vaccinations, with 22,000 doses

The Gaza health ministry sent out text messages to urge those eligible to come and get their shots.

By REUTERS
22/02/2021

Iran's Khamenei decrees that female cartoon characters must wear hijab

The supreme leader was answering a question posed by a Telegram user, asking if observing compulsory hijab is necessary for characters in animated features.

Discovery of uranium traces unlikely to derail US-Iran talks, experts say

US, Iran signal openness to negotiations despite setbacks

By URI COHEN/THE MEDIA LINE
22/02/2021

Gulf rabbinical court to 'revive golden age' of Jewish-Muslim cooperation

‘Jewish communities are being reborn in Arab lands which for the last 70 years have been practically cleansed of any Jewish communities in most of these countries’

Students attend class in the Nafit 1, a modern school built with the aid of a grant from Kuwait, in

Int'l Mother Tongue Day finds most Middle Eastern children multilingual

Speaking one language in school and speak another at home can be a "big problem" but new approaches could help, expert says.

By MARCY OSTER/THE MEDIA LINE
22/02/2021
A participant stands near a logo of World Bank

Palestinian COVID vaccine plan faces large funding gap, World Bank says

The Palestinians began vaccinations this month and have received small donations from Israel, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

By REUTERS
22/02/2021
Mourners stand next to the coffins with the remains of people from the Yazidi minority, who were kil

Yazidis denounce Syrian ruling requiring them to follow Islamic law

Members of religious minority reportedly requested their own court for personal issues, say their faith is thousands of years old.

By KRISTINA JOVANOVSKI/THE MEDIA LINE
22/02/2021

Libyan interior minister escapes shooting attack on motorcade in Tripoli

Fathi Bashagha was a losing candidate to become prime minister of the unity government, but has made public statements of support for the new administration.

By REUTERS
21/02/2021
A handout satellite image shows the new centrifuge assembly workshop, according to the Middlebury In

The Iran nuclear deal dance begins anew - Analysis

The two countries are at loggerheads over what comes first, the US removes sanctions it imposed – the Iranian demand – or the Iranians go back into full compliance with the JCPOA.

21/02/2021
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at

Russia wants to show who’s the boss - Analysis

Israelis are furious that their taxes are funding vaccines for the enemy.

21/02/2021

PFLP terror group to participate in Palestinian vote

The PFLP stressed that its participation in the elections “does not mean that it is a partner in the consecration of the humiliating and disastrous Oslo Accords.”

Defense expo IDEX and Gulfood open in UAE – but without Israelis

When it comes to new defense technologies, there is a need for major defense exhibitions like IDEX. It appears every other country realized this - except Israel

After the swap: Russia’s role in Syria and Israel’s policy

Russia has been an ally of the Syrian regime and of the Assad family for decades.

How the West betrayed Turkish democracy amid crackdown on HDP - analysis

The betrayal of Turkey’s democratic activists has been a long, slow process.

Iran's says ending IAEA snap inspections doesn't breach 2015 nuclear deal

"All our steps (to breach the deal) are reversible...The move on Feb. 23 is not abandoning the deal," Zarif said in a televised interview with Iran's English Language Press TV.

By REUTERS
21/02/2021
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will have daily flights to Tel Aviv beginning in Ma

Emirati, Israeli logistical cooperation to bolster economic sector

The Dubai-based WLP is a logistics loyalty policy initiative aimed at increasing trading opportunities between emerging markets.

US won’t unilaterally lift Trump era sanctions against Iran

“We’re prepared to reengage in negotiations with the P5+1 on Iran’s nuclear program,” Biden tells the Munich Security Conference.

Iran uses server in Netherlands for spying on dissidents – report

Dutch government has accused Iran’s regime of assassinating two Iranian dissidents in Holland

PA PRESIDENT Mahmoud Abbas – ‘He makes threats and engages in fiery rhetoric as part of a strategy t

Abbas orders release of ‘political’ detainees to facilitate elections

Recently, Hamas officials said that some of their supporters were arrested or summoned for interrogation by the PA security forces.

Drone attacks on Saudi Arabia from Iraq are a new threat

Saudi Arabia has a history of not retaliating for drone attacks backed by Iran.

Biden talks democracy at Munich as US silent on Ankara’s mass arrest

The contrast is strong between US rhetoric and how the US pushes democracy in some countries but not others.

US President Joe Biden stands in front of Air Force One.

US won't bow to pressure from Iran on sanctions relief before talks

The European Union is working on organizing an informal meeting with all participants of the Iran deal and the United States, a senior EU official said on Friday.

By REUTERS
20/02/2021
A view shows railway packages for containers with uranium hexafluoride salt, raw material for nuclea

IAEA found uranium traces at two sites Iran barred it from

The find and Iran's response risk hurting efforts by the new US administration to restore Iran's 2015 nuclear deal.

By REUTERS
19/02/2021
Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran will reverse nuclear actions when US lifts sanctions - Zarif

Tehran said Washington's move was not enough to persuade Iran to fully respect the accord.

By REUTERS
19/02/2021
F35 Adir fighter jet

Turkey hires US lobbying firm to return to F-35 jet program

Ankara had ordered more than 100 stealth fighters and has been making parts for their production, but was removed from the program in 2019.

By REUTERS
19/02/2021

‘Dismal’ travel outlook for Middle East in 2021, analysts predict

Early figures show slump in flight ticket sales, but vaccination campaigns provide silver lining in otherwise bleak forecast.

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
19/02/2021
A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, Iran

US says ready for talks with Iran to revive nuclear deal

Acting US Ambassador Richard Mills informed the 15-member body in a letter seen by Reuters.

By REUTERS
19/02/2021

US, EU-3 move toward Israel on Iran – but is it far enough?

If Iran can legally get to the nuclear weapon threshold with no limits in 2030, then the whole game could eventually be up.

Israeli MK meets with Moroccan members of parliament for the first time

The Moroccan delegation proposed creating a parliamentary friendship group between the Israeli-Moroccan parliamentarians, the first proposed such group with a country included in the Abraham Accords.

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