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.

Amos Yadlin
Ex-IDF intel. chief: Trump peace plan not even basis for talks

Plan is ‘so much less’ than Palestinians have already been offered; Ex-US envoy, general ‘hyperventilated’ upon hearing the plan – will go nowhere.

 Participants take photos next to a picture of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during the Mis
Life is getting better for Saudi Arabia's women

Changes for women in the Kingdom make Saudis hopeful.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
29/01/2020
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
UAE confirms new coronavirus case in family arriving from China

Those diagnosed with the virus were in stable condition and under medical observation, the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency WAM.

By REUTERS
29/01/2020
donald trump Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, UAE welcome Trump peace plan

"The Kingdom reiterates its support for all efforts aimed at reaching a just and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian cause," said the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Zeinab Soleimani
Soleimani's daughter meets with Nasrallah

Zeinab tweeted a video of her meeting with the Hezbollah leader, along with the text: "The spider nests of America and Zionists will collapse."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
29/01/2020
U.S. soldiers inspect the site where an Iranian missile hit at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar provinc
US says 50 troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after Iran strike

President Donald Trump and other top officials initially said Iran's Jan. 8 attack had not killed or injured any U.S. service members.

By REUTERS
29/01/2020
ICC gives Israel, Palestinians until March to respond to war crime charges

The PA itself limited its complaints against Israel to the post June-2014 period.

A BURNED vehicle is seen during clashes between Iraqi security forces and ISIS in Mosul in 2014.
UN criticizes Iraq trials of ISIS 'members,' including human shields

In another case, the defendant, who was a pharmacist, was given a life sentence in Mosul for providing wounded ISIS members with medical services.

By REUTERS
28/01/2020
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures as he delivers a Friday prayer sermon in Tehra
The fall of Qasem Soleimani and the Mahdi Doctrine

This messianic creed is the raison d’être for the Islamic Republic of Iran according to its founders and leaders.

The wreckage of an airplane is seen after a crash in Deh Yak district of Ghazni province, Afghanista
Iranian media: CIA agent behind Soleimani killing shot down in Afghanistan

Taliban claims CIA agents were onboard downed plane but won’t verify who

Motion for Iran to quit nuclear proliferation treaty enters parliament

The report did not say when parliament might vote on the motion.

By REUTERS
28/01/2020
Syrian President Bashar al Assad visits Syrian army troops in war-torn northwestern Idlib province,
While Idlib burns, Turkey pushes Syrians to fight its war in Libya

How Turkey achieves its goals is by offering a few of its solders to train Tripoli's forces and send the same Syrian rebels Turkey was recently using to fight Kurds in eastern Syria.

The site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz is pictured during
Muslims, Christians, Yazidis memorialize Holocaust in Iraq and Mideast

Willingness to recognize the Shoah may be an indication that the Arab world is willing to normalize relations with Israel.

Former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley spoke at the Israel Center on Addictions even
Nikki Haley: No. 1 priority of ‘Deal of the Century’ is Israel’s security

‘When the [PA] realizes that they don’t have the backing they think they have, I think we might see a shift’

28/01/2020
A headquarters building of Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) burns after being torched b
Iranian-backed militias play political party by day, fighters by night

The militias are playing a dangerous game as they try to edge the US out of Iraq without inviting retaliation measures.

Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard
IRGC encourages Basij mobilization amid 'US, Israel threats' to Quds Force

The threats reveal Tehran’s fears that the US will not stop targeting their key officials and that the US has put Iran on the back foot in its plans for the region.

Afghan National Army forces go towards the site of an airplane crash in Deh Yak district of Ghazni p
Taliban claims responsibility for US military plane crash in Afghanistan

US officials have described the plane as a small military craft, and denied it was brought down by enemy activity.

By REUTERS
27/01/2020
A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon.
ISIS calls on operatives to target Jews with chemical weapons

The message called on the operatives to begin targeting Jews and to turn the conquered territories into fields of weapons and rocket experiments.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/01/2020
Egypt mummy
Voice of mummified ancient Egyptian priest brought back to life

According to the academics, the priest's "expressed wish" was for his voice to carry on into the afterlife.

Protesters and militia fighters throw stones towards the U.S. Embassy during a protest to condemn ai
Rockets make 'direct hit' on US embassy, Baghdad, reportedly injuring one

At least one rocket hit a dining facility or cafeteria at the site. Sirens sounded in the compound directing people to seek shelter.

Qasem Soleimani, commander of IRGC Quds Force
Rouhani calls for unity, accuses Trump of exploiting rift

Iranian official: We deterred US for years by our response to Soleimani’s death

27/01/2020
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  October 1, 2019.
Rouhani threatened to quit if Iran did not admit to downing Ukrainian jet

After finding out that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) tried to cover up the downing of the Ukrainian plane, Rouhani gave an ultimatum, come clean or walk.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/01/2020
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan attends a cabinet meeting, December 2019.
Erdan: Israel sovereignty, security is basis for any 'Deal of the Century'

Palestinian threats over the "Deal of the Century," will not deter Israel fulfilling this objective, nor is the plan grounds for “violence or terrorism” against Israel, Erdan said.

MEDICS EVACUATE MK Osama Sa’adi (Joint List) during a clash between riot police and Arab citizens in
Palestinian factions call ‘day of rage’ on day of Trump peace plan

Palestinians often mark “days of rage” by initiating clashes with IDF soldiers in the West Bank and Israeli policemen in east Jerusalem.

Fatah member references Abbas' book, describing secret Nazi-Zionist ties

These comments came during Palestinian coverage of the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, alleging that Palestinians have been suffering from this 'historic crime that has been continuing for 70 years.'

By HANNAH HEPNER
27/01/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, board a plane to the US, January 26, 2020.
Netanyahu says he and Trump will ‘make history’ this week

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is heading to the US to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss the "Deal of the Century."

Iran may be pushing Islamic Jihad to challenge ‘Deal of Century’

On the face of it, Iran’s media has reported the “deal” in a relatively neutral manner, but Tasnim news media's report may indicate Iran’s real intentions.

Unidentified aircraft target Iranian militias in east Syria - report

No details were available on the extent of damages or injuries.

26/01/2020
A computer engineer checks equipment at an internet service provider in Tehran February 15, 2011
Iran admits to using hacking to avoid US sanctions on news website

An official admitted that the company had restored the domain to Fars by using DNS spoofing, a type of hacking that redirects users to the wrong website when they try to access a certain URL.

26/01/2020
Prince Charles wants to visit Iran - Sunday Times

"Yes, obviously I would like to [go to Iran]," he was quoted as saying.

By REUTERS
26/01/2020
FILE PHOTO: Members of the media and officials tour the water nuclear reactor at Arak, Iran December
Iran has passed low uranium enrichment threshold for a nuke - Iran official

Actual nuke still requires decision to weaponize, deliver

Muqtada al-Sadr
Sadr betrays Iraq’s protests and tries to hijack them with his own

A tale of two protests has unfolded in Iraq over the last forty-eight hours.

Four protesters killed as Iraqi security forces advance on Baghdad square

The demonstrators demand the removal of what they see as a corrupt Iraqi ruling elite and the end of interference in politics by foreign powers, namely Iran.

By REUTERS
25/01/2020
US still weighing how to protect troops in Iraq from missiles

US Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman did not elaborate at a press conference Friday but did indicate that America is considering options.

Pompeo slams Iran for funding militias, using terror proxies

Pompeo spoke to NPR on Friday in an interview that later raised controversy about US Ukraine policy.

Turkey earthquake kills 35, dozens pulled from rubble

It killed 31 people there and four in the neighboring province of Malatya.

By REUTERS
26/01/2020
Bezos allegations put phone hacking technology in the spotlight

Here is how smartphones can be hijacked and a look at the potential consequences and the thriving market in surveillance vendors helping the world's spies get access to people's secrets.

By REUTERS
24/01/2020
Prince Charles tours Palestinian territories during Middle East visit

During the trip, the Prince of Wales visited the grave of his late grandmother Princess Alice as well as many of the holy Christian and Muslim sites.

Iraqi people burn a U.S. flag and a picture of U.S. President Donald Trump in a protest after an air
Crowds turn out in Iraq for anti-US and anti-Israel protest

This is the result of weeks of US tensions with Iran and the result of US airstrikes on an Iraqi militia called Kataib Hezbollah, which a key role in Iraq’s paramilitary forces.

U.S. says 34 troops diagnosed with brain injury after Iran strike

Hoffman said the military had seen symptoms like headaches, dizziness, sensitivity to light and nausea.

By REUTERS
25/01/2020
FILE PHOTO: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a meeting with Russia's For
Absent Iran faces detente calls from worried West and Middle East

While Iran was absent from the corridors of the conference center, there was an urge for de-escalation among those present.

By REUTERS
24/01/2020
PA PRESIDENT Mahmoud Abbas – ‘He makes threats and engages in fiery rhetoric as part of a strategy t
Putin and Abbas meet in Bethlehem, discuss Deal of the Century

Putin praised Palestinian-Russian relations and expressed readiness to cooperate with and support Palestine. He invited Abbas to the Victory March in Moscow in May.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/01/2020
Million-man march in Baghdad against US military presence in Iraq, Jan. 24, 2020
'Million-Man March' in Baghdad against US presence in Iraq - WATCH

Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for a "peaceful, unified demonstration to condemn the American presence and its violations."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , REUTERS
24/01/2020
A DEMONSTRATOR IN Beirut holds up a national flag as police use water cannon during a protest agains
Hezbollah-dominated government emerges in Lebanon for the first time

For the first time since the departure of Syrian troops from Lebanon in 1990, the latter country has a government in which only Hezbollah and its allies are represented.

34 international organizations view COGAT projects at Kalandiya Crossing

The representatives saw some of the many projects used to improve Palestinian life in the West Bank and make passing through crossings easier and more efficient.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/01/2020
US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft speaks to the United Nations Security Council, October 28 2019
US ambassador to the UN slams Iran at Security Council

She urged the Council to stop criticizing Israel and to take a closer look at Iran's destabilizing role instead.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
24/01/2020
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chats with his party's members in Airport City near Tel Av
'Deal of the Century?' Netanyahu just got the gift of the century

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz are expected to be at the White House next Tuesday to discuss the “Deal of the Century.”

25/01/2020
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump shakes hands with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Trump: I will release the Middle East peace plan before Netanyahu visit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to make a visit in Washington on January 28.

LEBANON’S PRIME MINISTER Hassan Diab reviews an honor guard at the government palace in Beirut earli
Can Lebanon's new government revive the economy?

Any move to delay bond repayments could constitute a default in the eyes of credit rating agencies and risk pushing its credit rating further into junk territory.

By REUTERS
24/01/2020
AN IRANIAN FLAG flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters in Vienna l
Assessing the ticking clock on Iran's nuclear weapon

The battle is on over when Iran could break out to a nuclear weapon, but opinions vary on what that means.

Iraqi Shi'ite Muslims march during a parade marking the annual al-Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) on the la
Pro-Iranian militias in Iraq threaten Iraqi president for meeting Trump

Iraqi President Barham Salih met US President Donald Trump on Wednesday at Davos during the economic summit.

The aftermath of an Iranian ballistic missile strike on the Koya headquarters of the KDP-I Iranian o
Mystery surrounds US report that anti-missile air defense on way to Iraq

US Patriot batteries could be sent but reports say there are a shortage leading to questions about whether other systems, such as the two Iron Dome batteries the US has could be an interim solution.

The battle for Mosul, Iraq, in 2017 left rubble-strewn cities. One of the book’s authors lost her br
She lost her brother in Iraq

To heal, Ryan Manion has co-written a book with two war widows.

By ERIN ARVEDLUND
23/01/2020
LIBYAN PRIME MINISTER Fayez Mustafa Al-Sarraj is pictured during an interview in Berlin on January 2
Voices from the Arab Press: Libya, Shiite Terrorism and Iran

Arab press discusses important events in the past week in the Middle East.

By MEDIA LINE
23/01/2020
 Mourners attend the start of the funeral in Kerbala, Iraq, of Gen. Qasem Soleimani
Successor to slain Iran general faces same fate if he kills Americans

"If (Esmail) Ghaani follows the same path of killing Americans then he will meet the same fate," Brian Hook told the Arabic-language daily Asharq al-Awsat.

By REUTERS
23/01/2020
Abbas to Macron: We look forward to France recognizing Palestinian state

Abbas made the appeal during a meeting in his Ramallah office with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Lebanon presents new government with multiple female ministers

Some see presence of multiple female ministers – including one holding defense portfolio – as effort to win-over angry street, skeptical world

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
23/01/2020
Rights groups condemn Qatari crackdown on free speech

Doha’s move clears way for heavy fines against people who disseminate information that authorities consider untrue or prejudiced

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
23/01/2020
IDF: Gaza incident 'not a spontaneous act'

Military says investigation still looking into whether the teens were part of a terrorist group or acted on their own initiative

Residents of Qom, Iran meet Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei after US assassination of Qasem Soleimani
Iranian commander gunned down in front of his own home

Abdolhossein Mojaddami was gunned down by two gunmen on a motorcycle.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/01/2020
Rouhani: Iran will never seek nuclear weapons, with or without deal

Iran's president told European powers not to copy the United States by undermining Tehran's strained nuclear pact with world powers.

By REUTERS
22/01/2020
A prison guard stands along a corridor in Tehran's Evin prison June 13, 2006.
Jailed British-Australian academic refuses Iran's offer to become a spy

"I am not a spy. I have never been a spy and I have no interest to work for a spying organization in any country. When I leave Iran, I want to be a free woman and live a free life."

U.S. soldiers inspect the site where an Iranian missile hit at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar provinc
Additional US soldiers leave Iraq for treatment after Iran missile attack

The number of service members requiring treatment could increase in coming days.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Hezbollah members carry mock missile during procession held to celebrate Ashura in Lebanon, 2009
New Quds Force deputy is Iran’s missile man in Lebanon

Mohammad Hejazi led IRGC forces in Lebanon and worked with Hezbollah to improve precision guidance.

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.”

Israel ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, holds up a picture of Nikta Esfandani, age 14, who was sho
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
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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
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