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.

Joe Biden salutes supporters next to the slogan ‘Battle for the soul of the nation’ during a pre-ele
Given America's history in the Middle East, should Biden stay the course?

American presidents, in short, can’t win in the Middle East, and this alone should be reason for Joe Biden to avoid initiative here. Nothing in the Middle East demands urgent American action.

A missile is launched during the annual military drill, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman
Iranian war games, Trump's legacy and boxing in Biden - analysis

The US will not attack Iran in the final weeks of Trump's Presidency.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi as they wear prote
Iraq trains US-sanctioned militia leader for army position

Some critics, however, call it a risky gambit that puts someone with a questionable human rights record and who has been close to Iran at the heart of the Iraqi military.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finds allies in his fight against Iran. In Abu Dhabi, Crown Prince
Israel-Saudi-UAE alliance sends signal to Biden to tread lightly with Iran

The Saudis twice, in 1948 and 1973, sent troops to help other Arab countries wage war on Israel. Much has changed since then: Israel and Saudi Arabia are both threatened by Iran.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) 40th Su
No deal between Israel & Saudi Arabia yet, but expect more weapons sales

Iran is viewed as a threat by Jerusalem, Riyadh and Washington. So despite human rights violations, there will likely be more arms procurement by the Kingdom should they normalize ties with Israel.

French special police take part in a drill inside Groupama Stadium near Lyon
Voices from the Arab press: Europe’s timid confrontation with terrorism

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

Murat Karayilan, PKK military commander
Kurdish PKK leader tells ‘Post’ of ‘peaceful struggle’ against Turkey

A voice from Kurdistan tells of the struggle against Turkish forces

First Israeli business delegation travels to Bahrain

Adiv Baruch, chairman of the Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute, said that the Bahraini market created opportunities for Israel throughout the Arab world.

The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Istanbul, Turkey
Turkish court issues life sentences in 2016 coup trial -Anadolu

The state-owned Anadolu and other media said 25 F-16 pilots were given aggravated life sentences while four civilians were each given 79 life sentences.

Baghdad Jewish cemetery where Sass Peress' paternal grandfather is buried.
Jews from Arab countries, Iran are in need of support

The Kaddish Initiative takes root

Elliot Abrams, special representative for Iran and Venezuela at the State Department testifies befor
US Iran envoy says more sanctions coming, urges Biden to maintain leverage

Biden, set to take office on Jan. 20, has said he will return the United States to the Obama-era deal if Iran resumes compliance.

Gaza Ministry signs off on solar energy project

By eliminating power interruptions, industrial park expects to double the number of jobs it provides

IDF strikes target belonging to Syrian military in southern Syria after explosives found on border
Syria blames Israel for overnight strikes

Strikes reportedly targeted Iranian, Hezbollah targets; 8 pro-Iranian fighters said to have been killed.

A prison guard stands along a corridor in Tehran's Evin prison June 13, 2006.
Iran swaps jailed British-Australian academic with Iranians jailed abroad

Moore-Gilbert was tried and convicted within the Iranian courts in secret just over a year and a half ago.

A participant stands near a logo of World Bank
World Bank warns of $760m. Palestinian Authority funding deficit in 2020

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the PA could be forced to cut basic services, including medical ones, unless it found a way to make up the shortfall.

UAE's ADGM to sign MOU with Israel's securities authority on fintech

After the UAE and Israel agreed to normalize relations in August, the two countries have signed a host of accords to boost economic and business ties.

UAE halts new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim states - document

The document, which was sent to companies operating in the park and was seen by Reuters, cited an immigration circular that came into effect on Nov. 18.

Foreigners can now own companies outright in UAE

Abu Dhabi seeks to attract investment, diversify economy by relaxing rules, even on social issues.

Guard at Egyptian college turned classrooms into brothel after classes

To hide what was going on, he used to tell the lecturers that he cleans the classrooms in their honor so that they can teach in a more pleasant atmosphere.

Iran cracks down on champion Iranian wrestler for street peddling

“While the regime's thugs drive around in their luxury cars and send their kids and money abroad, honest, hardworking Iranians are denied a livable wage.”

Iran's supreme leader nixes new negotiations with West post-Trump

President-elect Joe Biden's victory has raised the possibility that the United States could rejoin a deal Iran reached with world powers in 2015.

Iran sees foreign firms returning if US lifts sanctions

Major foreign companies left Iran after US President Donald Trump two years ago abandoned Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and restored economic sanctions.

Senior State Dept. official says Saudis enthusiastic about Israel ties

Abraham Accords advancement are strategic, not political; UAE-China ties taken into consideration in new, closer Israel-UAE-US security cooperation.

A U.S. B52 bomber
When 'secret flights' aren't very secret – analysis

Netanyahu's flight to Saudi Arabia was easily trackable; so were two B-52 bombers which crossed Israel. Were they sending a message?

A general view picture shows the Israeli settlement of Efrat (L) in the Gush Etzion settlement block
Israel and PA push for control of West Bank's Area C via land registration

“These are the critical years in which the fate of the territory is being determined.”

Image of Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr, and text, posted to the Of
PLO official gives directly opposing statements to NYT and Arab media

Qadri Abu Bakr told The New York Times that prisoners' families salaries would change to match the families' needs, instead of correlating to prison sentence. He denied the statement to Arab media.

Netanyahu trip to Saudi Arabia shows importance of Israeli-Saudi ties

While Riyadh has suffered diplomatic setbacks on the world stage in recent years, it has been trying to shore up support.

Some 49% of Israelis want Biden to relaunch talks with the PA

When asked if Biden should advance talks with the Palestinians, 49% said “yes,” 36% said “no,” and 15% had no opinion.

Saudi UN ambassador: Biden is not ‘naïve enough’ to rejoin Iran deal

As part of Biden's campaign promises during the 2020 presidential election, he has vowed to re-enter the agreement.

Saudi Aramco logo is pictured at the oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia October 12, 2019
Yemen's Houthis say they fired missile at Saudi Aramco site

The Houthis' military spokesman warned foreign companies and residents in Saudi Arabia to exercise caution as "operations will continue."

Lebanon’s ability to hang on now in question

Former US ambassador tells The Media Line: No one trusts members of ruling class to keep their word on reform.

Renewed cooperation with Israel deepens divides in Palestinian leadership

Some call move capitulation while others cite unilateral decision-making, with public complaints quickly followed by arrests

Latest Hamas attack on Israel might come from desperation

Increasingly isolated and under siege from pandemic, Islamist group ruling Gaza Strip could ramp up attacks, expert warns

Netanyahu’s message to Biden: Don’t rejoin Iran deal

“We must keep to an uncompromising policy to ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons.”

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
PA wants Biden to reverse ‘anti-Palestinian’ decisions

US to be presented with list of demands, including rescinding recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Why has the US sent B-52s back to the Middle East? - Analysis

The shake-up and the deployment of the strategic heavy bombers, changes in Iraq, and in Afghanistan as well as question marks about the US role in Syria.

Dov Kotler, Bank Hapoalim’s CEO, and Arif Amiri, the CEO of DIFC
Bank Hapoalim inks agreements with UAE financial giants

Agreements were signed with the Dubai International Financial Centre and the Abu Dhabi Global Market.

Millions of COVID-19 vaccines to be bought for Palestinians - report

The distribution plan was achieved through joint teamwork by Israeli and Palestinian professionals.

Pompeo to 'Post': All options still on the table to counter Iran

On Thursday Pompeo became the first US Secretary of State to visit a West Bank settlement, as well as the Golan Heights.

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum meets with UAE businessman Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor
Iran supports all terrorists in the world, UAE mogul claims

"Hezbollah controls everything and while they are present there is nothing we can do to help. Someone must get rid of them."

Houthi troops ride on the back of a police patrol truck after participating in a Houthi gathering
Labeling Houthis ‘terrorists’ will not end Yemen war - analysts

Yemen’s civil war began in 2014 after the Houthis commandeered Saada Province in the North, and later the capital city, Sanaa.

Iranian Navy ships on a training exercise
Iran has a new warship packed with drones and missiles

On its surface this is just a transport ship, but Iran has crowded its deck with all sorts of weapons to show off what it can do.

THE PALESTINIAN flag flies at a Palestinian Authority diplomatic post.
PA arrests political activist for criticizing security coordination

Palestinian journalist Aseel Sulieman, meanwhile, denied that she had been suspended from her work after strongly criticizing the PA over its decision to restore ties with Israel.

Five Lebanese prisoners die in accident following mass prison break-out

The ISF statement did not say how the 69 prisoners had escaped from the facility.

More than 60 prisoners escape Lebanese jail, say security sources

Five of the prisoners died after a car they seized crashed into a tree.

People stage a mock hanging as they protest outside German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin.
50 face execution in Iraq after unfair trials, UN says

The wave "seems to be part of a larger plan to execute all prisoners on death row."

Mysterious Turkish paraglider lands in Lebanon north of Israel

The man appeared to be a professional who had been blown off course.

Egyptian security forces arrest senior staff members of rights group

Man sets himself ablaze in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to protest corruption

Hanan Ashrawi
PLO member Ashrawi: 'Made in Israel' endorses land theft, plunder

Ashrawi also took aim at the Trump administration's willingness to provide separate designations of products coming from the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

UN condemns Iran’s extrajudicial killing of champion wrestler

According to the final tally, 79 countries voted for the resolution to condemn Iran’s regime while 32 voted against the resolution. A total of 64 nations abstained.

Islamic state claims responsibility for blast between Egypt and Israel

A blast struck the Al Arish-Al Qantara natural gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, three witnesses told Reuters.

What’s behind Iran’s terror campaign in Europe?

BEHIND THE LINES: The plot to bomb the Paris NCRI rally reflects a notable pattern of activity by certain Iranian state bodies, conducted via Iranian representations abroad.

Three US senators introduce resolutions to stop arms sales to the UAE

The senators said the Trump administration, seeking to rush the sale as it brokered a peace deal between the UAE and Israel, circumvented the normal review process.

Iran's Guards launch aircraft carrier-scale warship amid tensions with US

The Islamic Republic reiterated that any attack on it by the United States would face a "crushing" response.

Pompeo says Iran isolated but Israel’s Syria airstrikes show otherwise

The reality in Syria is that Iran’s role and its entrenchment have not diminished.

Joint Egyptian military drills with Jordan, UAE, Bahrain are regional gamechanger

Together, these four countries, with support from Saudi Arabia and links to Greece and Cyprus, increasingly look like a bloc of countries that share views and are a kind of alliance.

An Iraqi flag flies at a military camp near the border with Syria at al-Qaim, Iraq, November 25, 201
Arar border crossing between Saudi Arabia and Iraq open for business

The opening is part of a gradual process of Saudi Arabia and Iraq seeking to rebuild ties in the last four years.

Iranians wear protective face masks, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a
Iranian Christian gets 80 lashes for drinking Communion wine

According to Article 18, a religious freedom website, “Zaman Fadaee, who prefers to be called Saheb, received 80 lashes.”

Saudi Arabia takes aim at Muslim Brotherhood before Democrats take DC

The Brotherhood, which welcomed Biden's election win earlier this month, denied the Saudi accusations.

Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, July 2020
US imposes fresh Iran-related sanctions, targets Khamenei-linked charity

The US also slapped sanctions on Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, accusing his ministry of playing a role in human rights abuses against Iranians, including during the November 2019 protests.

Iraq-Saudi Arabia border crossing opens for trade, first time since 1990

Riyadh has been wooing Baghdad as part of an effort to stem the growing regional influence of Iran, while Iraq is seeking economic benefits from closer ties with its southern neighbor.

Iran feeding uranium gas into advanced centrifuges underground - IAEA

The move is the latest nuclear standoff escalation by Iran with the US, Israel and their allies.

Voices from the Arab press: The alleged victory against the United States

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

Rivlin hosts Bahraini Foreign Minister at President's Residence - watch

President Reuven Rivlin and Bahrain's Foreign Minister will make remarks before holding a diplomatic meeting.

Erdan shows UNSC map of Hezbollah activity, demands immediate action

Gilad Erdan's letter indicated that not only was Hezbollah never disarmed, but that the terrorist organization "uses human shields to protect its arsenal of more than 130,000 rockets."

Iraqi security forces gather in a street, during a curfew imposed to fight the coronavirus
Iraqi gov't called upon to take action against enforced disappearance

Iraq has one of the highest disappearance rates in the world.

Trump can help Israel against Iran in final months - analysis

It's likely that the US and Israel have something up their sleeves that can’t be mentioned.

Jewish settlers dismantle parts of a structure during the eviction of buildings that an Israeli cour
IDF legal adviser insists outposts must be treated as illegal entities

A 2005 Attorney-General Directive stated that the outposts must be treated as illegal, which is still in effect, including with regard to security matters.

Emiratis unperturbed by fatwa banning them from prayers on Temple Mount

In spite of a fatwa issued by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Emiratis remain defiant and will not be bullied.

A MOROCCO FAN waves his national flag at a soccer match.
Moroccans outraged by Palestinians’ ‘support’ for rebel group

Earlier this week, the leader of the Algerian-backed Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, announced that his movement will no longer abide by the three-decade UN-supervised ceasefire in Western Sahara.

US should stay in Eastern Syria, a refuge of religious freedom - expert

“There is a way forward. It is a win-win for the US and the autonomous administration," says Nadine Maenza, a US commissioner.

Middle East suffers from worst income inequality in the world - report

The average income of the bottom 50% of the population – less than $8,000 – is just a little more than 1% of the average income of the top 1% of the population.

Flag of al-Qaeda
How did Iran, al-Qaeda end up in bed together?

The wild world of intelligence: Were Jerusalem, Tehran both side shows in the latest attack that took out Abu Muhammad al-Masri?

How Trump’s team appeased Turkey up until its final months in office

Trump's State Department finally turns on Turkey after years of misleading its own partners, potentially trying to sabotage Biden as he comes into office.

EU aid to PA may be used to fund more than teacher salaries - report

In the May announcement, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared that the PA is "absolved" of all security agreements and understandings between Israel and the PLO.

Afghanistan's Youngest Mayor to US: 'Stop Taliban Deal'
Afghanistan's youngest mayor to US: 'Stop Taliban deal'

Female mayor survived two assassination attempts before terrorists killed her father.

Palestinian Authority seen losing control of the coronavirus pandemic

Experts blame government for lack of strategy and planning – while citizens couldn’t care less about safety measures

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani speaks during the annual Munich Se
Qatar FM: Normalization with Israel undermines Palestinian statehood

The UAE, Bahrain and Sudan broke with decades of Arab policy that had demanded Israel first cede land to the Palestinians to form their own state before establishing relations.

25 Iranian border guards killed this year

Iran says the 25 men killed on the borders this year are names added to the overall list of some 13,000 “martyrs” killed over the years.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moalem attends a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov
Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moalem dies at age 79

Walid al-Moalem held a succession of top diplomatic posts, including envoy to the United States and was involved in unsuccessful negotiations with Israel in the 1990s on a peace settlement.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visiting Sudan, 2020.
Can Pompeo replace annexation with a glass of Psagot wine?

Pompeo would be the first US Secretary of State to enter the West Bank to visit areas under Israeli control.

Abu Mazen
PA: Pompeo’s visit to a settlement is a provocation

Several Palestinian factions denounced Pompeo’s planned visit to Psagot. Hamas called it a “new American aggression against the Palestinians and Arabs.”

Timing of report on 'Israeli hit' could aid Biden-Israel relations

The assassination could make the Biden administration less inclined to go soft on Iran.

Can US return to Iran Deal? Iran is not so sure

If the Biden administration returns to the 2015 deal but doesn’t lift the other sanctions, it is just a “symbolic” return, Tehran believes.

Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, July 2020
Iran media pushes Holocaust denial: Jews perpetrated mass murder in Yemen

An article in Iranian media has asserted that the 'real' holocaust was carried out by Jews on the border of Yemen, some 1,000 years ago.

Pompeo to visit West Bank settlement, Golan - report

Pompeo’s visit would mark the first time a US Secretary of State has visited a West Bank settlement or the Golan.

Protesters carry Al-Qaeda flags during an anti-government protest after Friday prayers
Iran denies Israel killed al-Qaeda’s second-in-command on their soil

The killing of Masri, who was seen as a likely successor to al-Qaeda’s current leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, was kept secret until now.

Israel to ratify Bahrain normalization as Pompeo heads to Middle East

While in Israel later this week, Pompeo will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and is likely to discuss Iran, China and the Abraham Accords.

Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden at a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., Ju
Biden plans to reshape Mideast alliances

President-elect has a very different agenda for region, experts say

Marc and Debra Tice, parents of US journalist Austin Tice, talk during a news conference in Beirut,
Lebanese security chief visited Syria in efforts to free US captive

"I won't stop working on this subject - I promised Tice's mother."

Islamic State claims responsibility for Saudi Arabia attack

The attack on a non-Muslim cemetery in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah wounded several people commemorating World War I.

Replacing Erekat will be no easy task - analysis

Palestinian experts say finding new top negotiator can wait until the Biden Administration’s policies become clear

Eight peacekeepers killed in military helicopter crash in Sinai

Israel Air Force's search-and-rescue unit reportedly evacuated one person in critical condition to Soroka hospital in Beersheba.

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