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.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets members of the Assembly of Experts in Tehran, Ira

Iran's election ‘competition for who is most sycophant’ - expert

Hardliner Judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi may be frontrunner in the race to elect the next president of Iran.

Israeli police seen on the streets of the central city of Lod, May 12, 2021.

Is Israel reaching a tipping point with internal clashes?

The explosion of violence appears to have come from nowhere but has deep roots in the country.

Voices from the Arab press: The future of America's wars

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

By MEDIA LINE
13/05/2021

Turkey calls on Muslims to take clear stance over Gaza

"What we desire is that active measures are taken," Turkey's vice president, Fuat Oktay told reporters after morning prayers marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

By REUTERS
13/05/2021

Is massive Hamas attack on Israel the assault Iran warned of? - analysis

Iran’s IRGC head Hossein Salami warned last week that Israel was vulnerable to one large tactical operation because the country is so small.

Global Investment Forum

Global Investment Forum to turn UAE-Israel collaborations into reality

Presented by The Jerusalem Post and the Khaleej Times | June 2, 2021 | Dubai | Live on jpost.com and khaleejtimes.com

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

Turkey, Russia discuss Israel clashes in call - Turkish presidency

Erdogan and Putin call for work to be done on sending international peacekeepers to the region to help safeguard Palestinians, a proposal Turkey has made since 2018.

By REUTERS
12/05/2021
Palestinians run as an Israeli military vehicle fires tear gas canisters during an anti-Israel prote

Clashes break out on the Temple Mount, throughout West Bank

Two Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank, according to Palestinian reports.

12/05/2021
The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, befor

Iran’s June 18 presidential election race kicks off

To date there is no clear candidate from the reformist camp, and anyone too popular might be disqualified by Iran’s Guardian Council.

11/05/2021
Hamas's A-120 rockets

Hamas uses 'A-120' rocket, named for slain commander, to fire at Jerusalem

The "A-120" is said to have a range of about 120 kilometers and was seen in footage shared by Hamas of a long rocket being loaded by masked terrorists into a launcher in the Gaza Strip.

Tourism Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen

Israeli tourism minister cancels UAE trip after Netanyahu rejects request

Ministers require permission from the Prime Minister’s Office and the cabinet secretary for overseas trips.

Iran blames US ship for warning shots incident in Gulf

A Revolutionary Guards statement accused US naval ships of "unprofessional behavior such as flying helicopters, firing flares and aimless and provocative shooting."

By REUTERS
11/05/2021
Pro-Palestinian demonstration near the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul

In Turkey, protests against Israel over surge in violence

Despite a full lockdown aimed at curbing COVID-19 cases, the protesters in Istanbul, including Syrians & Palestinians, carried Palestinian flags while chanting "Down with Israel, down with America."

By REUTERS
11/05/2021
People hold Hamas flags as Palestinians gather after performing the last Friday of Ramadan to protes

Egypt, Qatar and the UN urge Hamas to end violence against Israel

The United Nations, Egypt and Qatar have contacted Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh to prevent further violence. Haniyeh defended the actions taken today against Israel.

Protesters hold placards and Jordanian national flags as they take a part in a human chain during a

Jordanians protest against Israel over al-Aqsa violence

"Revenge...revenge...Oh, Hamas, bomb Tel Aviv!" they chanted.

By REUTERS
10/05/2021
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a virtual speech, on the occasion of the Proph

What is Iran’s goal in the Jerusalem crisis?

At Iran’s Press TV, its propaganda network focused on Western audiences in English, has wall-to-wall coverage of the violence in Jerusalem.

Iranians burn an Israeli flag during a rally marking the annual Quds Day, or Jerusalem Day, in Tehra

Iranian man ironically catches fire while burning an Israeli flag - Watch

A video shows the man lifting a burning Israeli flag and attempting to wave it, before a sudden burst of wind causes the fire to quickly spread down the pole and to his clothes.

Mysterious explosion on oil tanker off coast of Syria - report

A tanker off the coast of Syria had a fire in one of the engines.

People stand at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 8, 2021.

Was the latest attack in Afghanistan on Shi’ite women an act of genocide?

The increasing attacks on Shi’ite minorities could be considered genocide. ISIS has done this before in their acts of genocide against Iraq's Yazidi minority in 2014.

US confiscates massive arms shipment off coast of Oman, Yemen - analysis

The raid comes amid tensions in Yemen and Iran’s attempt to support the Houthi rebels. However, it may be linked to other militant groups in Yemen or even the Horn of Africa or elsewhere.

At least 68 killed in Afghan school blast, families bury victims

At first, a car bomb was detonated in front of the Sayed Al-Shuhada school on Saturday, and when the students rushed out in panic, two more bombs exploded.

By REUTERS
09/05/2021
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a meeting of his ruling AK Party via video link in Ankara,

Turkey calls Israel 'terrorist' state, seeks to 'save Jerusalem' - analysis

Accusing Israel of being a “cruel” and “terrorist” state is part of Ankara’s desire to use the tensions in Jerusalem to boost Turkey’s image.

Jordan warns Israel against 'barbaric' attacks on mosque -statement

Jordan, which has custodianship of Moslem and Christian sites in Jerusalem, said Israel should respect worshippers and international law safeguarding Arab rights.

By REUTERS
09/05/2021
IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY Guards Corps commander Qassem Soleimani uses a walkie-talkie

Israel helped US track Qasem Soleimani using cell phone - report

"The Israelis, who had access to Soleimani’s numbers, passed them off to the Americans, who traced Soleimani and his current phone to Baghdad."

Fire at shipyard in Bushehr, Iran, July 15, 2020

Massive fire breaks out near Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant - Watch

The cause of the fire is still unknown, according to Iranian media reports.

LGBT flag on Jerusalem's King George Street, July 31, 2018

Iran’s anti-LGBT military law blamed for murder of gay man

Three Iranian males, one who was his half-brother, kidnapped the victim and went to the village of Borumi near the capital of Ahvaz and murdered him during the night.

Sensing victory, Jerusalem 'shabab' turn Sheikh Jarrah into major crisis

The Palestinians have also succeeded in making the Sheikh Jarrah dispute appear as being part of an overall Israeli scheme to drive Arabs out of Jerusalem and “Judaize” the city.

IRANIAN PRESIDENT Hassan Rouhani (right) and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Who wanted to pay the pri

Iran's Zarif says on US to revive nuclear deal

The United States has expressed its readiness to lift many of its sanctions on Iran at the Vienna nuclear talks but Tehran is demanding more, Iran's senior negotiator said on Friday.

By REUTERS
08/05/2021

Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah join to incite terror against Israel - analysis

The tensions in Jerusalem go back to late April when Ramadan began and Israeli police restricted access to Damascus Gate.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech in Tehran, Iran March 11, 2

Does the US want a nuclear deal sooner than Iran? - analysis

Does Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei want to see the outcome of June's presidential election before agreeing to a new nuclear deal?

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Iran ‘conceals illegal activities’ for WMD tech - German intel

The report said Iran’s regime can use “Detour deliveries over ‘third states’ in order not to identify the final buyer” and “the use and misuse of inexperienced freight deliverers and transporters."

Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, speaks during Tehran's Friday prayers Jul

Iran IRGC head: Israel can be destroyed in one operation

Salami says Israel’s security bubble has been burst, brags about maritime, cyber and Dimona operations, ‘Zionist regime’ collapsing from within.

Is Iran increasing drone attacks against US in Iraq?

The US-led anti-ISIS Coalition said that just after two in the morning, “Ain al-Asad Air Base was attacked by an unmanned aerial surveillance system. No injuries reported. A hangar was damaged.”

‘Card for the starved’: Lebanese PM plans to cut aid to families by $3.8B

75% of the population depends on state assistance for basic needs.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
08/05/2021

Saudi Arabia re-evaluates policy towards Syria - analysis

The kingdom is recalibrating its foreign policy and resetting relations with its neighbors as it works to stop the influence of global powers in the region

By MOHAMMAD AL-KASSIM/THE MEDIA LINE
08/05/2021
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters during a public appearance at a re

Iran's nuclear power 'for peace but nightmare for Israel' - Nasrallah

The Hezbollah chief spoke of growing relationships with other Middle Eastern countries and warned Israel and the Gulf states of imminent Iranian threats during his Quds Day speech.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran's Khamenei says fight against Israel is a public duty

Khamenei was speaking on Iran's annual Quds Day, which uses the Arabic name for Jerusalem, held on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

By REUTERS
07/05/2021

Gulf states, Iran should agree on format for dialog, says Qatari minister

Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran have been locked in a rivalry that has played out in proxy wars across the region.

By REUTERS
07/05/2021

Iran deal results and future - opinion

The JCPOA was a bad deal that worked pretty well. Canceling it, in contrast, led Iran to multiply its efforts to obtain nuclear weapons or force concessions from the US.

By MARK LAVIE/THEMEDIALINE
06/05/2021

IDF on alert for Jerusalem violence

EU, UN call for Israel not to evict Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah homes, as court delays ruling.

Nuclear deal possible in weeks despite gaps if Iran takes decision

Iran has "continued to take steps that are restarting dangerous parts of their program that the nuclear agreement stopped,” he told MSNBC.

By REUTERS , OMRI NAHMIAS
06/05/2021

Palestinians count down to the end of Abbas's era

PALESTINIAN AFFAIRS: The decision to delay Palestinian elections will have far-reaching implications

Turkey and Iran: Parallel Islam imperialist ambitions for the Middle East

BEHIND THE LINES: Neither Ankara nor Tehran want a strong Iraq, or a strong Syria. On the contrary, the fragmentation of these countries suits both.

Nuclear deal possible in weeks if Iran takes political decision

"Is it likely? Only time will tell, because as I said, this is ultimately a matter of a political decision that needs to be made in Iran," he added.

By REUTERS
06/05/2021

International conference in Dubai signals new chapter for Middle East

An important step in realizing the economic potential of Israel’s relations with the Gulf states and in making the dream of peace between the peoples of the region come true

By OFRA PREUSS
06/05/2021

Morocco recalls its ambassador to Berlin over Western Sahara

The German embassy in Rabat was not immediately available to comment.

By REUTERS
06/05/2021
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IDF carries out attacks on Hezbollah outposts - Syrian reports

This is the second consecutive night that Syrian media reports an attack attributed to the IDF in Syria.

Top 10 ways Iran has claimed attack on Israel, MidEast region - IRGC

From calling out vulnerability in Israel's maritime trade to claiming Mossad operatives were killed in Iraq, IRGC general lists Iran's operations and threats to Israel and the region in an interview.

FM Ashkenazi hosts Muslim ambassadors for Ramadan fast breaking event

"The path toward peace with our neighbors in the Middle East goes through mutual recognition," Ashkenazi said during the event. "Recognizing each other's culture, traditions, ambitions and dreams."

Voices from the Arab Press: The war on extremism, 5 years on

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

By THE MEDIA LINE
06/05/2021

Death of diplomat in Iran feeds gossip and conspiracies - analysis

When high profile people or those involved in sensitive work fall out a window, it is naturally considered suspicious.

1 killed, 6 injured in alleged Israeli airstrike targeting Syrian coast

The strike targeted a "civilian plastic warehouse," according to SANA. Initial reports and video from the scene indicated that a large fire had broken out in the area.

05/05/2021
GIRLS STAND next to a poster depicting Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (right) and

Turkey, Saudi, Iran, Syria: High-level talks underpin new MidEast ethos

Over the last decade, there were increasing divisions in the region as Iran gobbled up property in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen and as Saudi Arabia worked closely with Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain.

U.S. soldiers inspect the site where an Iranian missile hit at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar provinc

Iranian-backed rocket attacks on US increase in Iraq

The attacks are growing and coincide with Iranian-backed attacks by the Houthis against Saudi Arabia. They also go hand in hand with Iran trying to wring concessions from the US in Vienna.

Biden to Abu Dhabi crown prince: Normalization with Israel is important

President Biden and the Crown Prince discussed the strategic importance of the normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, among other regional issues.

Turkey welcomes foreign tourists while locking down locals

The government has exempted foreign holidaymakers from the 2-1/2-week long lockdown in an effort to revitalize tourism, a critical sector of the Turkish economy.

By DAREN BUTLER/ REUTERS
05/05/2021
A Ghadr 1 class Shahab 3 long range missile is prepared for launch during a test from an unknown loc

Dutch intel proves Iran sought weapons of mass destruction tech in 2020

The findings from the three European intelligence agencies in 2021 contradict Khamenei’s claims and are likely to fuel a new debate about rejoining the Iran nuclear deal.

Iranian gets 20 years for bomb plot, first official tried since 1979 revolution

Belgian authorities have said they will oppose any potential swap deal with Western prisoners, prosecution lawyers said.

By REUTERS
05/05/2021

Palestinian journalist detained after calling Abbas at home

A Palestinian journalist from Ramallah said that PA media outlets have refused to publish anything about Najjar’s case out of fear of being punished by the Palestinian security forces.

Iran says it wants peace with Saudis, but sends Houthi drones instead

So what does Turkey think about Saudi Arabia’s possible détente with Iran?

Senior Swiss diplomat in Iran found dead after fall from high-rise

The diplomat was 51, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported. Other reports put her age at 52.

By REUTERS
04/05/2021

First team of mounted archers takes aim in Gaza

Mounted archery is a hard skill to master. Centuries ago it helped Genghis Khan's Mongol army conquer much of Asia and today is showcased in niche competitions.

By REUTERS
04/05/2021

UN committee to examine Palestinian apartheid charges against Israel

A United Nations arbitrations committee is poised to examine a Palestinian Authority complaint that Israel has committed acts of apartheid.

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Mixed messages on Iran-US deals and 'prisoners' - analysis

It would appear rumors about a rapid return to a deal and US appeasement of Iran’s regime may not be on the cards as quickly as some have predicted.

Iran wants to use China to counter US - what are the implications?

This shift to the east is a topic that has been discussed openly in Iran for years, including in its leading media.

Future looks gloomy for journalists working in Middle East

On International Press Day, observed on May 3, recently released 2021 World Press Freedom Index finds Mideast journalists subject to arrest, attack, work ban, and other forms of judicial harassment.

By MOHAMMAD AL-KASIM/THE MEDIA LINE
03/05/2021
Foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) arrive, ahead of an annual leaders' summit i

Middle East e-commerce profits surge 4-fold in last 5 years

Go-Gulf report looks at the Middle East’s latest online shopping developments

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
03/05/2021

Gunmen attack home of candidate who called on EU to halt funding to PA

“They opened fire at my home, tossed stun grenades and broke the doors,” the candidate said.

US Senators urge tougher stance on Turkey’s human rights abuses

Turkey has established a new military base in Iraq and Turkish-backed extremists in Syria continue to threaten Kurds, Yazidis and Christians.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Thursday any U.S. or Saudi military strike against Iran

Iranian families slam Zarif for slandering Soleimani

Audio of Zarif giving an interview in which he slammed Soleimani and appeared to suggest the IRGC had undermined him has led to controversy.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attends a joint news conference after meeting with Norway's Fore

Zarif apologizes for leaked comments about Soleimani

"I hope that the noble people of Iran and all the lovers of General Soleimani, and especially his family, will forgive me," said Zarif.

Fire at a petrochemical plant in the Shokuhieh Industrial Town in the Qom Province of Iran

Fire, explosion at petrochemical plant in Iran

Two firefighters were seriously injured and two of the fire trucks battling the flames caught fire and were destroyed.

02/05/2021
Exhibition of nuclear achievements of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, April 10, 2021

Fmr. Iran nuke chief: Natanz explosion was 5th in recent years

"We think this is the fifth time that a severe attack has been carried out on Natanz's facilities in the last 15 years," said the former head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.

02/05/2021
The Tomb of Serah, daughter of Asher, Pir Bakran, Iran

Archaeologists discover millennia-old iron production sites in Iran

This finding can be added to the 60 cultural and historical relics and sites that have already been discovered during a survey led by the Iranian archaeologist Hossein Azizi.

Iran expects sanctions on banks, oil to be lifted based on nuclear talks

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Friday the talks were in "an unclear place," meaning it was uncertain whether they would lead to an agreement.

01/05/2021

EU, UN call on Abbas to set new date for Palestinian elections

Abbas blamed Israel for the delay, explaining it had rejected a request to allow for Palestinians to vote in Jerusalem. Israel has not issued a formal public response on the matter.

Will Abbas survive the elections crisis?

The controversy over the Jerusalem vote provided Abbas with a good excuse to call off the elections. There's nothing better than blaming Israel for obstructing the planned elections.

Abbas’s decision to delay elections sparks public outcry

Abbas’s political opponents condemned the decision as a “big catastrophe” and called on the PA president to proceed with the elections.

A Kurdistan Region Peshmerga looks out at ISIS positions from his frontline near Kirkuk in 2015

Kurdistan Region calls for unity against ISIS threats

ISIS attacked Kurdish Peshmerga fighters near Pirde in Iraq overnight.

Supporters of Turkey counter-protest members of the Armenian diaspora as they rally in front of the

Turkey's regional relations fall short - analysis

Ankara has backed away from its more aggressive foreign policy amid domestic and economic strain

By KRISTINA JOVANOVSKI/THE MEDIA LINE
30/04/2021

Iran seeks tech in Sweden for nuclear weapons - Swedish intel. report

Iran, China and Russia are the biggest security threats to Sweden

Judo - World Judo Championships - Men's Under 81 kg - Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan - August 28, 2019

Iran banned from international Judo till Sept 2023 over Israel

Iran has already been under indefinite suspension since September 18, 2019, a move that was overturned in March by the Court of Arbitration for Sports located in Switzerland.

Police stand outside a hotel where a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan

Israel and the US are learning to manage JCPOA disagreements - analysis

According to the Israeli official, the Israeli delegation told the US delegation that there is no point negotiating specific details at this moment of the “longer and stronger” deal

Israel's warplanes can reach Iran, minister warns amid nuclear talks

Reiterating Israel's position that it does not consider itself bound by the diplomacy, Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said: "A bad deal will send the region spiraling into war."

By REUTERS
29/04/2021
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attends a joint news conference after meeting with Norway's Fore

Iran bans 15 people from traveling over Zarif leak, official resigns

The recording, shedding a rare light on ties between the government and the elite Guards, has angered hardliners in Iran, who called the leak "an espionage act."

By REUTERS
29/04/2021

Egyptian archaeologists unearth rare tombs dated back to before Pharaohs

They also found tombs nearby from the later Hyksos period (1650 to 1500 B.C.), when Western Asian migrants took over the country, putting an end to Egypt's Middle Kingdom.

By REUTERS
29/04/2021

Despite Riyadh tone change, Iran-Saudi ties seen likely to stay rocky

Unless Tehran transforms its foreign policy, any rapprochement will be marginal, experts say.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
29/04/2021

Saudi ban on Lebanese produce adds pressure on country’s economic crisis

A ban over claims that fruit and vegetables are used to smuggle drugs comes as the country experiences its worst economic and political crises ever.

By DANIEL SONNENFELD/MEDIA LINE
29/04/2021

Hezbollah exported drugs, weapons, with Lebanon government knowledge

After massive drug and weapons seizures, Saudi Arabia bans the import of Lebanese produce, with support from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and the UAE.

By HUDHAIFA EBRAHIM/THE MEDIA LINE
29/04/2021

Senior US delegation headed to Middle East amid concerns about Iran deal

While the final itinerary was unclear, there were tentative plans for the team to visit Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan.

By REUTERS
28/04/2021
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a virtual meeting with Palestinian factions over Israel

Before crucial meeting, Abbas urges EU to press Israel on Jerusalem vote

Abbas is reportedly planning to announce his plans to postpone the elections indefinitely because of Israel's failure to respond to a PA request to hold the vote in Jerusalem.

Regavim calls on IDF to halt construction of illegal Palestinian road

The road, that Regavim said links Area B of the West Bank and Area C, is located near the Palestinian city of Tubas and the village of Tayasir.

A Ghadr 1 class Shahab 3 long range missile is prepared for launch during a test from an unknown loc

Iran still seeks mass destruction weapons - German intelligence report

'Additional focus of Iran’s intelligence is the observation of and fight against opposition groups domestically and abroad.'

Saudi crown prince softens Iran rhetoric in balancing act

The comment contrasts with remarks made by Prince Mohammed in 2017, after becoming crown prince, in which he called the supreme leader of Iran "the new Hitler of the Middle East."

By REUTERS
28/04/2021

Balcony death spotlights social pressure for single Egyptian women

A 35-year-old fell to her death from a balcony in Cairo last month after neighbors confronted her over suspected pre-marital relations, prompting an outpouring of anguish from single Egytpian women.

By REUTERS
28/04/2021
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