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.

Rosh Hanikra border crossing
Syrian infiltrator injured by IDF fire returned to Lebanon

The suspect had been treated in Israel and was released after an investigation.

Dr. Sirous Asgari
Iranian professor acquitted of sanctions busting leaves US, Zarif says

In April 2016, the materials science professor was indicted as US federal prosecutors accused him of stealing trade secrets in violation of US sanctions on Iran.

US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, US.
Turkey orders 118 people detained over suspected Gulen links

Gulen, a former ally of President Tayyip Erdogan, has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999. He denies any involvement in the attempted coup.

The knife at the scene of were a stabbing attack was attempted in Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in Jer
US court: Iran, Syria, Hamas, IJ can be liable for 'lone-wolf' attackers

The court only decided liability, and could take years to decide actual damages for certain Knife Intifada-era attacks.

A CAPTURED Taliban insurgent is presented to the media after he was detained with car explosive devi
Taliban, al-Qaeda retain ties despite US-Taliban deal, UN monitors say

Ties between the Taliban, especially its Haqqani Network branch, and al Qaeda remain close, independent UN sanctions monitors said in a report made public on Monday.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates, Anwar Gargash
A weighty UAE tweet - analysis

The ambassadors of the UAE, Bahrain and Oman were in that White House room in January when US President Donald Trump rolled out his peace plan

A Palestinian man waits at a counter to make a withdrawal at the Housing Bank for Trade & Finance in
World Bank: Palestinian economy could contract by 11% due to COVID-19

In 2019 the Palestinian economy grew by only 1% due in part to low levels of investment, movement restriction, poor tax collection and a stand-off between the PA and Israel.

Wadi al-Joz in east Jerusalem
200 east Jerusalem businesses to be demolished for ‘Silicon Wadi’

The chairman of east Jerusalem’s Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry called the move a "racist order" to destroy the only Palestinian industrial area in east Jerusalem.

Iran's then-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he leaves a news conference in Istanbul, Turke
Iran's Ahmadinejad tweets N-word over George Floyd death, quotes Tupac

The message did not go down too well with Twitter users who lambasted the former politician for his apparent disregard for the sensitivity of the word, especially in the context it was used.

Saudi Arabia, Israel negotiating Temple Mount control - report

While Jordan had strongly objected to any change in the makeup of the Waqf, in recent months their stance changed after Turkey became involved in east Jerusalem and the Temple Mount

Workers of the state-oil company Pdvsa holding Iranian and Venezuelan flags greet during the arrival
Iran ready to continue oil shipments to Venezuela

Seeking to deter further shipments of Iranian fuel to Venezuela, Washington is monitoring the supply.

Iran 'likely' to give Ukrainian airplane black box to France – report

Following the Ukrainian’s side delay in responding to Iran’s offer regarding the Ukrainian plane’s black box, the Iranian authorities have decided to send the black box to another country.

THE ISRAEL-LEBANON border this week – when will the next flareup take place?
Lebanon arrests 5 Sudanese trying to infiltrate into Israel

The incidents over the weekend follow a series of incidents in recent weeks in which Sudanese nationals were caught infiltrating Israel from Lebanon.

Challah (illustrative)
‘Kosherati’: Gulf media heralds UAE's first kosher food delivery

‘Kosherati” is a blend of the words ‘kosher’ and ‘Emirati.' The article claims there are only 200 Jews in the UAE, but there are many Jewish visitors.

Assad replaces governors along Israel’s Golan

The shakeup may be a sign that he has lost confidence in several key governors or that he recognizes a series of security incidents requires a change.

Turkish drone strikes kill civilians, Iranian insurgents in Iraq

The Turkish Air Force frequently operates in northern Iraq.

Iranians wear protective face masks, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a
587,000 total cases of COVID-19 in Middle East

Turkey and Iran are the worst hit, with almost 4,500 dead in Turkey and more than 7,000 killed in Iran from the pandemic.

HEZBOLLAH FLAGS flutter along an empty street, at the entrance of Mays Al-Jabal village
Austrian MPs want Iran-backed Hezbollah banned within European Union

NEOS party urges Austrian to outlaw the Lebanese terrorist movement.

Members of the medical team spray disinfectant to sanitize indoor place of Imam Reza's holy shrine,
Mosques in Iran to resume daily prayers - president

As of Friday, Iran had recorded 146,668 infections, with 7,677 deaths.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, May 14, 2019
Ali Khamenei reacts to George Floyd protests, tweets 'Black Lives Matter'

"A human, for his black skin, has no reassurance to live in society, if indeed, a police officer can beat him to death because of his colored skin," Khamenei said.

Trump and Khamenei
Twitter censors Trump for glorifying violence, lets Iran threaten Israel

The social media giant provided no explanation for what defines “glorifying violence” and does not provide a way to report tweets specifically for this issue.

Iranian woman
18-year-old woman killed by brother for marrying older man - report

"Honor killings" is a term referring to murders oftentimes committed with the motive of the victim's actions being shameful in some manner or the other to their family.

The Tomb of Serah, daughter of Asher, Pir Bakran, Iran
Stolen Hebrew, Persian inscriptions returned to Jewish site in Iran

The theft was originally reported last summer but the stolen items were only found 10 days ago.

The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Cairo
Some medics say they are muzzled in Egypt’s coronavirus response

Egypt has reported 19,666 cases of the coronavirus, including 816 deaths.

'Honor killing' of 14-year-old girl in Iran sparks outrage

Ashrafi, 14, attempted to elope with her 35-year-old boyfriend from the town some 320 kilometers northwest of Tehran, after her father objected to their marriage, local media reported.

PAKISTAN’S PRIME MINISTER Imran Khan (right) and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speak during an ag
Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia and Qatar form troubling new alliance

This emergent alliance is a reflection of a shift in power in the Islamic world away from its traditional Arab center.

Jordan: World cannot stay silent in face of Israeli annexation

“The decision will kill the two-state solution and fuel the conflict," said Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi.

US MILITARY advisers from the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade work with Afghan soldiers at an
US troop strength in Afghanistan down to 8,600 ahead of schedule

A key provision of the Feb. 29 agreement between the Taliban and the United States, to which the Afghan government was not a party, involved a US commitment to reduce its military footprint.

Members of Libya's internationally recognised government flash victory signs after taking control of
As Libya conflict increases, anti-Israel voices seek to spin the narrative

Israel’s name was moved above Saudi Arabia, France, the UAE and Syria, as one off the supposed “belligerents” on the Wikipedia list of supporters of eastern Libya House of Representatives.

A Houthi holds up an image of Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, the movement leader, during protests
Iran is increasingly promoting antisemitic Houthi leader from Yemen

Iran’s role in Yemen gives it the ability to project power into the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandab Strait.

A U.N peacekeeper of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) walks near a poster depict
Hezbollah's Nasrallah warns of 'great war' on all fronts with Israel

Nasrallah warned that any Israeli air strike on Lebanon would 'not pass without a response,' adding that the terror group has 'military capabilities that did not exist before 2006.'

After Twitter flags Trump’s tweets, will it stand up to Iran? - analysis

Many social media companies have been accused in recent years of playing a heavier handed role in controlling, manipulating or molding the content that appears on their platforms.

Palestinian security forces guard outside al-Istishari hospital in Ramallah
The units of the Palestinian Authority Security Forces – background

With the security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in doubt, the focus now is on the Palestinian security forces

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Russia's foray into Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking

Analysts say that Russia is not ready to replace the United States as Middle East powerbroker.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  October 1, 2019.
Iran passes law banning use of Israeli technology

A bill passed last week on “confronting the hostile acts of the Zionist regime against peace and security” prevents any cooperation with Israel.

Russia’s MiG diplomacy: US, Turkey, Russia, Egypt square off over Libya

Russians rapidly up the stakes in Libya with their MiG deployment.

A Palestinian vendor sells food in a restaurant after Palestinians ease the restrictions of the coro
Palestinians welcome ease of restrictions with hope and anxiety

“The biggest challenge now facing the PA government is the high rate of unemployment and poverty,” said economy expert Adnan Sulieman.

Church of the Nativity reopens as Palestinians ease coronavirus curbs

There have been 423 recorded coronavirus cases and two deaths in the West Bank.

Incendiary balloons return, balloon units threaten more launches

Terror group demands medical supplies to fight COVID-19; Gaza Health Ministry announces the first death of a Palestinian infected with coronavirus in the Strip.

Iran's chief rabbi says Zionists 'do not represent Judaism'

Leaders in the community have long been stressing the difference between Judaism and Zionism in order to distance themselves from Israel and prevent Iranian Jews from being considered pariahs.

German party seeks to ban Iranian-regime center in Hamburg

Islamic Center is Iran's supreme leader's long arm in Germany

A YAZIDI man pulls rubble from his house in Sinjar that ISIS terrorists destroyed in February.
Islamic State says it was behind blast in southern Libya

The blast targeted a security point at the entrance to Taraghin, 780 km (590 miles) south of Tripoli, but did not cause any casualties, a resident said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a leadership meeting in Ramallah, in the Israeli-o
'Dramatic' announcement brings Abbas back into the limelight

Alarmed by Shtayyeh’s growing stardom, Abbas’s associates have in recent weeks made a big effort to bring the 84-year-old Palestinian leader back to center stage.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures as he delivers a Friday prayer sermon in Tehra
Israeli minister to Twitter: Remove Khamenei from microblogging platform

"Khamenei is using his Twitter account to promote hatred against the Jewish people and the State of Israel,” MK Orit Farkash-Hacohen wrote.

Erdogan: We won't allow Palestinian lands to be offered to anyone else

"I would like to reiterate that Al Quds Al-Sharif, the holy site of three religions and our first Kiblah, is a red line for all Muslims worldwide," Erdogan said.

Protests in southwest Iran over water shortage

Worker protests have broken out in multiple locations around the country in recent weeks, as municipalities and employers fail to pay employees

Members of Libya's internationally recognised government flash victory signs after taking control of
Russian fighters flown out of western Libya after Haftar retreat

The reported departure of the Russians is another blow to Khalifa Haftar's Libya National Army (LNA).

An Iranian cleric walks in front of the Shrine of Fatima Masumeh in Qom
Europeans Look to More Local Approach to Containing Iran

Analysts argue that because Europe is unable to make up for a leadership vacuum left by the US leaving the JCPOA, its strategy should focus more on Arab countries.

Palestinians defy coronavirus lockdown to celebrate Eid al-Fitr

A number of mosques in the nearby towns of Halhoul, Sa’ir, Bet Ula, Durra and Bet Kahel were also reopened for the festival prayer.

TURKEY-BACKED Syrian rebel fighters walk through a field of flowers in Idlib’s southern countryside,
Russia faces Libya setback, Syria challenge amid COVID-19 crisis

Russia is in a tight spot. Gone from its state media TASS are stories of its great military and diplomatic victories, replaced with the difficulties of the COVID-19 crisis.

A volunteer from Basij forces wearing a protective suit and face mask sprays disinfectant
Iranian 107-year-old woman recovers from coronavirus - Fars

"She defeated the virus with the help of doctors and nurses at the hospital," Fars said.

Why is IRGC’s best aerospace commander talking about economic 'woes'?

He has pioneered and pushed for better drone arms and rockets.

Shahid Rajaei Port in southern Iran near Bandar Abbas
Iran celebrates tankers arriving in Venezuela amid US tensions

Tasnim media in Iran, which is close to the IRGC, celebrated the great victory on Sunday with coverage across its homepage. “A turning point for Venezuela’s sovereignty and independence,”

Thousands of Iranians register for, plan to attend hajj amid coronavirus

Considering that Saudi Arabia has not officially announced its position on this year's hajj, registration and selections have gone on as they had in previous years.

Muslims in the Old City in Jerusalem shop in preparation for Ramadan
MENA Countries Showing Effects of Rush to Jump-start Economies

'At the mid-point of the coronavirus, most Israelis expressed trust in Netanyahu. In the last month, you can see a pretty steep decline in this trust'

Iraqi Kataib Hezbollah calls for operations inside Saudi Arabia

The spokesman called on the government and other groups to target Mohammed bin Salman, comparing the Saudi royal family to ISIS.

State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus stands next to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Ortagus: Our Job is to Deliver on the President’s Vision for Peace

US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus is an active Navy Reserve officer who previously served as deputy US treasury attaché in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

An official wearing a protective mask uses a telescope to view the moon to mark Eid Al-Fitr
Saudis, African Muslims debate date of Eid Al-Fitr

The UAE's International Astronomy Center announced that the moon had set before the sun for all countries in the Muslim world on Friday, meaning that it could not have been seen on Friday night.

LIBYAN COMMANDER Khalifa Haftar meets Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (not pictured) at the
Libya's Haftar seeks to rouse forces against Turkey

Haftar, in an audio message addressed to his forces, urged them to battle the "colonial" intervention by Turkey until its defeat, in a reference to one-time Ottoman control of Libya.

3 IRGC members killed by airstrike in eastern Syria - report

Sources told SOHR that they believed that the explosion was caused by an airstrike because more damage was caused to the top of the car than the bottom of the car.

Libya conflict heats up as Turkish Air Force increases activity

Twitter accounts that follow air traffic revealed unusual movements by Turkey’s air force.

UN coronavirus aid going to Palestinian terror-linked groups

Some of the countries that contributed to the COVID-19 emergency response plan were Canada, the EU, France, Germany, Ireland, Kuwait, Norway, Sweden, Spain and the UK.

Lebanese journalist: Israel is internationally respected, Lebanon is not

Nadim Koteich lamented the situation in Lebanon, comparing each citizen's portion of the GDP ($360)to Israel's, which he says is $3,600 for each citizen.

Trump urges Libya de-escalation on call with Erdogan

Turkey “will not bow to threats by Haftar or anyone else,” Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said separately in an interview on NTV.

A boy wearing a face mask walks inside Jaramana Palestinian refugee camp, following the outbreak of
UAE activists rail against Palestinians for rejecting medical supplies

"If the plane was carrying dollars, Abbas would have received it."

Libya Libyan
How Libya’s civil war became a war of words: 'Warlord' and 'Islamists'

The LNA said Turkey was sending “terrorists.” Turkey’s government also said that if Tripoli fell then Europe would face a “terrorist threat,” apparently meaning that locals would resort to terrorism.

 Palestinians, wearing masks as a preventive measure against the coronavirus disease, work in a bake
Hamas-controlled Health Ministry reports Gaza's first coronavirus death

Hamas has closed crossings with Egypt and Israel except for essential traffic, but, unlike the West Bank, it said a full lockdown was not yet needed.

Demonstrators attend an 'al-Quds Day' protest rally in Berlin, Germany, July 11, 2015
Rise in violent Iranian regime supporters in Berlin - Intel report

Middle East Forum Berlin urges ban of "antisemitic" al-Quds rally.

Members of the medical team spray disinfectant to sanitize indoor place of Imam Reza's holy shrine,
Iran to reopen religious, cultural sites for Eid al-Fitr - president

Rouhani said last week that the shrines would open for three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon.

A banner hangs on a bridge on Palestine street showing pictures of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah A
Iraqi protesters tear down Iranian 'Quds Day' posters - report

The posters included images of Iranian leaders and pro-Iranian groups, including Hezbollah and its leader Hassan Nasrallah.

Hezbollah Nasralla
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah: Israel must be destroyed

"The West Bank remained steadfast as well, as we saw recently with the Israeli soldier killed by a rock."

Amid coronavirus closures, Gaza's young female boxers train on the beach

The sight of over a dozen girls boxing on the beach while wearing face masks caught the eye of passersby in the Mediterranean coastal enclave, where the sport is mostly popular with men

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures as he delivers a Friday prayer sermon in Tehra
Wiesenthal to Germany, Austria: Recall ambassadors to protest Iran

"They should explicitly denounce this religious Nazi in Tehran and recall ambassadors for his genocidal threat to Jewish people."

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iran's Khamenei: Israel will not survive

The ayatollah said Gaza can now defeat Israel with Iranian weapons.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attends a joint news conference after meeting with Norway's Fore
Iran's Zarif says Israel 'greatest threat to international security'

Donald Trump's "racist" Deal of the Century "proved Washington to be a hopeless partner of the aggressor," Zarif added.

Trump's Space Force could be a gamechanger for the Middle East - experts

Many mocked Donald Trump’s new US Space Force but experts say wars in the Middle East will be won and lost in orbit

Khashoggie Saudi Arabian Consulate
Khashoggi family forgives those who killed their father

"In this blessed night of the blessed month (of Ramadan) we remember God's saying: If a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah."

Tourists wearing protective face masks, due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) concerns, stroll at Su
Israel-Turkey relations could be in for a change - analysis

Evidence for this comes from foreign reports that “Israeli airplanes and drones are challenging Iranian military targets in Syria.”

Shtayyeh: UAE did not coordinate with us delivery of medical supplies

'Palestinians won't abide by agreements because Israel violated all of them'

 Palestinians, wearing masks as a preventive measure against the coronavirus disease, work in a bake
Gaza coronavirus cases nearly triple - Hamas

Hamas has decided to close all border crossings to individuals until the end of June.

An Israeli-Turkish love affair over Hezbollah?

Turkey was the first Muslim country to recognize Israel’s independence in 1949 and the two countries had been close allies with many shared regional interests.

A PAKISTAN ARMY vehicle carrying the long-range surface-to-surface Ghauri missile
Eight soldiers killed in Pakistan's restive Balochistan Province

Deaths occurred Tuesday in two separate assaults near border with Iran, according to military

TURKEY-BACKED Syrian rebel fighters walk through a field of flowers in Idlib’s southern countryside,
Voices from the Arab press: Erdogan is blackmailing Syrian factions

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

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures as he delivers a Friday prayer sermon in Tehra
German government condemns Iran’s call to 'destroy Israel'

The government has largely refused to criticize the regime over the years for its lethal antisemitism and Holocaust denial.

Eid al-Fitr celebrations at the beach in Tel Aviv.
Iran asks people not to travel for Eid holiday to avoid COVID-19 spike

"I am urging you not to travel during the Eid. Definitely, such trips mean new cases of infection...People should not travel to and from those high-risk red areas."

The Nasna Foundation - Meet Yemen’s female entrepreneurs

Alternative stoves, special heat-retaining cooking bags aid during wartime gas shortage.

Iran dismisses new US sanctions as 'fruitless and repetitive'

"Washington's fruitless and repetitive sanctions against Iranian officials is a sign of weakness, despair and confusion of the US administration."

Lebanon at risk of major food crisis, PM warns

Imported food prices had more than doubled since the start of 2020, Diab wrote.

THE GOOD Fence crossing, Metulla, May 23, 2000.
Lebanon: The war that never ends makes a comeback

“The War with No Name” is the first time in any format, written or visual, that anyone has tried to tell the entire story of the security zone from beginning to end.

A Kurdistan Region Peshmerga looks out at ISIS positions from his frontline near Kirkuk in 2015
Iraqi security services arrest ISIS leader - report

According to the British intelligence agencies, he was appointed leader hours after al-Baghdadi's assassination during a special operation held by US special forces.

Despite Pompeo's vow, US has not cut funding to Afghan security forces

The Pentagon has been reluctant to shave the funds announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper has not provided guidance to his agency on how to carry it out.

Iranian armed forces members march during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Ir
Cyberwarfare and the ‘Octopus Doctrine’ - analysis

Speaking at the Herzliya Conference in May of that year, Bennett said, “The Iranians don’t love dying, but it is very easy for them to send others to die."

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a leadership meeting in Ramallah, in the Israeli-o
Abbas cries wolf again, and Israel stays silent - analysis

The reasoning behind the government's non-response is simple: The boy may be crying wolf, but no one wants to goad an actual wolf into showing up.

Iran arrests athlete for kissing girlfriend on roof in Tehran

In the footage, Japalaghy is seen wearing shorts while shirtless while kissing a woman who wears shorts and a sports bra.

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