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.

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
uae Mars

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

Blinken meets E3 peers as US seeks united position on Iran

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned that Iran’s latest moves jeopardize a return of the United States to the nuclear deal.

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.

ICC Prosecutor to decide Cyprus file before exit

Case could have implications for Israeli settlements

AN IRANIAN FLAG is pictured near in a missile during a military drill, with the participation of Ira

Iran’s use of Iraq as a missile base: Threats and logistics - analysis

Tensions with Iran appear underpinned by similar discussions about deterrence

PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT Mahmoud Abbas – not saying anything about the elections, but working behind th

Palestinian Authority launches probe into tampering with polling centers

Some Palestinians said they believed the PA security forces were responsible for the changes as part of an attempt to prevent voters from casting their ballots.

RALLYING IN support of US president Donald Trump at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem on January 6.

Voices from the Arab Press: The far right - a threat to US democracy

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

By THE MEDIA LINE
18/02/2021
Members of the Syrian Civil defense wear protective gears as they sanitize a school as part of the p

NYT accused of whitewashing Turkey’s Afrin occupation

The New York Times has been accused of whitewashing Turkey's military occupation of Afrin and their ethnic cleansing of the residing Kurdish people.

Qasem Soleimani, commander of IRGC Quds Force

Iran's Soleimani set up centers to monitor Jews for Zionism - report

IRGC commander helped build Lebanese tunnel into Israel

View of Mount Hermon covered with snow as it seen from the northern Golan Heights, near the border w

Netanyahu says using ties with Putin to secure Israeli's release from Syria

The deal includes Israel releasing two Syrian prisoners in exchange for the release of the young woman who crossed into Syria's border.

Son of slain ‘collaborator’ sentenced to death by Hamas

Shadi al-Sufi, 38, was found guilty of killing Jaber al-Qeeq, a former activist with the PLO’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

Aircraft deal increases threat on Iran - analysis

The new tankers will increase the Air Force’s ability to carry out wide operations, with multiple fighter jets in distant areas – such as Iran.

17/02/2021

1,000 Russia-donated vaccines enter Gaza

The infrastructure and limited electricity supply in Gaza do not allow for the storage of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines Israel purchased.

Palestinian Elections: 93% of eligible voters register

The Central Election Commission said 2.6 million out of 2.8 million eligible voters did so before a Tuesday deadline.

By REUTERS
17/02/2021

Khamenei: Iran wants 'action not words' from parties to 2015 deal

"We have heard many nice words and promises which in practice have been broken and opposite actions have been taken."

By REUTERS
17/02/2021

Outrage over ‘killing’ of Iranian Dervish prisoner of conscience

'Iran killed another political prisoner by denying him medical treatment in prison for his epilepsy.'

US State Sec. Blinken: 'The path to diplomacy is open right now' with Iran

"The president's been very clear publicly, repeatedly, about where we stand. And we'll see what, if any, reaction Iran has to that," he said.

By REUTERS
17/02/2021
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at

Israel asks Russia for humanitarian assistance in Syria

Emergency cabinet meeting shrouded in mystery

Iran blows its threat against IAEA with empty gesture - analysis

Had the Islamic Republic followed through on throwing out the nuclear inspectors, Israel, the US and the world would truly have needed to start considering the military option.

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon more likely to die with COVID-19

An estimated 207,000 Palestinian refugees live in Lebanon, the vast majority in cramped camps where social distancing is impossible.

By REUTERS
16/02/2021

Hamas imposes travel restrictions on unmarried women

“Her guardian may prevent her from traveling if there is absolute harm in her travel or if there is a lawsuit requiring a travel ban,” the Supreme Sharia Court Council ruled.

Was Iran behind attack on US forces in Iraq’s Erbil?

Erbil is the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq. US forces have concentrated there after withdrawing from a half-dozen places across Iraq in 2020.

An exhibition at Expo Tel Aviv

UAE's ADNEC & Israel's Expo Tel Aviv sign strategic MOU in tourism sector

The signature of this MOU will demonstrates the wider spirit of cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.

Kalimiyan Synagogue in Iran

Iran arrests thieves digging secret tunnel to steal from synagogue

"These people had secretly dug a tunnel leading to the historical synagogue inside their personal house located in the historical context & adjacent to the Kalimiyan Synagogue,” said Hijabi.

Rockets injured US personnel in Iraq, killed contractor: Will Biden act?

The coalition spokesperson Col. Wayne Marotto wrote that one civilian contractor was killed, five injured and one US service member was injured.

ISIS militants who surrendered to the Afghan government are presented to media in Jalalabad, Nangarh

Countries continue to abdicate responsibility on foreign ISIS members

Many countries don’t want ISIS members back because they know that justice systems in places like Europe have no real laws to keep them in prison.

Iran says it will end snap IAEA inspections if nuclear deal terms not met

"Tehran has informed UN watchdog about its plan next week to end sweeping inspection powers given to the agency under the nuclear pact."

By REUTERS
15/02/2021

Iran attempted to target embassies in Africa in revenge attacks - report

A spokeswoman for the Iranian Embassy in Addis Ababa denied the report, calling it "baseless allegations...provoked by the Zionist regime’s malicious media."

15/02/2021

Houthis step up attacks after removal from ‘terror’ list

The ten days since the announced removal have seen almost daily Houthi drone attacks on Saudi Arabia and increased fighting in Yemen.

Syrian air defence batteries responding to what the Syrian state media said were Israeli missiles

Alleged Israeli missile strike targets sites near Damascus

The strikes targeted the 1st Corps of the Syrian military south of Damascus, as well as other targets, according to initial reports.

15/02/2021

Iran will scale back nuclear commitments if 2015 obligations not revived

US President Joe Biden's administration is weighing a wide array of ideas on how to revive the Iranian nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers.

By REUTERS
15/02/2021

30 years after Amiriyah shelter bombing in Gulf War: Lessons from tragedy

There was no justice for the victims, a fact that still scars Iraqis decades later.

Qatari envoy: Gas pipeline project to power Gaza electricity advancing

At present Gaza residents live on about 11 hours of electricity a day, up from the four to six hours of electricity they received a few years ago.

Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (R) speaks to British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) during

20 years later: Bahrainis praise national action charter, demand reform

The document reintroduced constitutional rule and strengthened economic and social rights, including rights for women.

By HUDHAIFA EBRAHIM / THE MEDIA LINE
15/02/2021

UAE's first ambassador to Israel sworn in

The UAE's cabinet last month approved the establishment of an embassy in Tel Aviv.

14/02/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Iran at the weekly cabinet meeting

Who is Bibi's Iran project manager - Yossi Cohen or Meir Ben Shabbat? -analysis

Whatever Biden’s timeline is for moving forward on the Iran issue – be it before Tehran’s June elections or at a later date – the identity of the Israeli emissary has become clouded as time goes by.

Hamas allows Dahlan loyalists to return to Gaza

‘Marwan Barghouti determined to run for president’

Undated image shows archaeologists discover a 5000-year-old mass production brewery

Ancient mass production brewery uncovered in Egypt

The site in Egypt's Sohag Governorate likely dates back to the reign of King Narmer around 3,100 BC, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

By REUTERS
14/02/2021
Reza Pahlavi, the last heir apparent to the defunct throne of the Imperial State of Iran and the cur

Fmr. Iranian crown prince: Nuclear deal a mistake, Ayatollahs won't change

"Unlike countries that define themselves with what they support, that is, prosperity and progress for their people, the ayatollahs' regime defines itself through what it opposes."

Turkey says finds bodies of 13 killed by terrorists in Iraq

The PKK has not issued a statement on the incident.

By REUTERS
14/02/2021

Displaced Syrians near Afrin say Turkish airstrikes terrorize civilians

The area has many displaced people, including Kurdish and Yazidi minorities, who fled Afrin when Turkey invaded northern Syria in January 2018.

State Dept. revokes terrorist designation on Yemen's Houthi movement

"This decision is a recognition of the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

Iranian official arrested in Istanbul over dissident's killing

Iran's Foreign Ministry said the newspaper report was "baseless."

By REUTERS
12/02/2021
Morocco's first humanoid robot, called "Shama."

Women changing the face of science in the Middle East and North Africa

For International Day of Women and Girls in Science, four inspiring women scientists tell their stories.

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
12/02/2021
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