Putin and Erdogan warn of rising tension after Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

:: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned against the repercussions of Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel asserting it would be the cause More »

Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage chief highlights tourism’s role in maintaining peace

:: Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) President Prince Sultan bin Salman on Monday iterated that Saudi Arabia’s care for tourism and heritage represents its care for the global human More »

Fighting corruption is a must to achieve development goals, says Muslim World League chief

:: Referring to corruption as a “black hole” that hinders the development process of a nation, Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa called for confronting this menace in all ways possible. Al-Issa, More »

King Salman’s speech will serve as guideline for Shoura, says council member

:: Guidelines for addressing local and regional challenges with a special reference to domestic and foreign policies, will be spelled out by King Salman on Wednesday, and will set the tone for More »

Trump’s Jerusalem decision could help militants — UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed

:: US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital could provide a lifeline to militants after the setbacks they suffered this year, the de facto leader of the United More »


Tag Archives: Israel

Saudi Arabia calls on US to back down on Jerusalem decision

:: Saudi Arabia on Saturday called on the US administration to back down from a recent decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said: “my government calls on the US administration to back down

Palestinian president warns US against Jerusalem recognition

:: The Palestinian president has warned that the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would jeopardize the White House’s nascent Mideast peace efforts. According to the official Wafa news agency, President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that recognizing Jerusalem

Israeli missiles hit military position near Damascus

:: Israeli missiles struck a military position near Damascus overnight and Syria’s air defence system thwarted them, Syrian state television said on Saturday. The “blatant assault” led to material losses at the site in the countryside around the capital, it

Trump likely to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital next week

:: President Donald Trump is likely to announce next week that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a senior administration official said on Friday, a move that would upend decades of American policy and possibly inflame tensions in

Israel intelligence chief who plans to succeed Netanyahu

:: Israel’s intelligence minister said Thursday he plans to succeed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is embroiled in corruption scandals and a police investigation. But Israel Katz said in an interview with The Associated Press he hopes Netanyahu will be

Israel bars Swiss diplomats from Gaza after Hamas talks

:: Israel will refuse Swiss diplomats access to the Gaza Strip until further notice after recent meetings were held with Hamas leaders, an Israeli official said Wednesday. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman issued the order to prevent the diplomats from travelling

Lebanon army chief asks troops for readiness at Israel border

:: Lebanon’s army chief urged “full readiness” at the southern border to face the “threats of the Israeli enemy and its violations,” the army said in a tweet on Tuesday. Army Commander General Joseph Aoun called on soldiers to be

Priti Patel exposed the truth about Britain and Israel

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg :: By now, Priti Patel probably wishes she had devoted her family visit to Israel in August to a round of ordinary tourist sightseeing and downtime away from her busy ministerial work, instead of conducting an

The trials of Netanyahu and Israel’s layered corruption

Ramzy Baroud

By : Ramzy Baroud :: Whether or not the corruption scandals hounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lead to his sacking matters little. Though nearly half of Israelis polled in July — well before the scandals took a much dirtier

Israel signals free hand in Syria as US and Russia expand truce

:: Israel signaled on Sunday that it would keep up military strikes across its frontier with Syria to prevent any encroachment by Iranian-allied forces, even as the United States and Russia try to build up a ceasefire in the area.

Israel downs Syrian drone over Golan Heights: army

:: The Israeli army said it had shot down a Russian-made Syrian drone carrying out a reconnaissance mission over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Saturday. The drone was intercepted by a Patriot missile in the demilitarized zone between the Israeli-

UK Cabinet accepts minister Patel’s resignation after secret Israel meetings

:: The British government on Wednsday accepted the resignation of international development secretary Priti Patel amid demands she be fired over unauthorized meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli politicians. Britain’s Press Association news agency and other

Israel approves 240 east Jerusalem settler homes

:: Israeli authorities on Wednesday approved building permits for 240 new homes in settlement neighborhoods in Jerusalem’s eastern sector, Deputy Mayor Meir Turjeman told AFP. A city planning committee approved 90 units in Gilo and another 150 in Ramat Shlomo,

A worrying glimpse inside Netanyahu’s parallel universe

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg :: A foreign visit is always a welcome break for a leader besieged at home. The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to be rather relaxed and enjoying himself on a celebratory visit to London to

Stepping up: Israel’s increasing anxiety about Syria

Chris Doyle

By : Chris Doyle :: Syria is very popular in the Middle East. Practically every regional power has sent forces, intervened, sponsored proxies or affected this conflict in some way. Yet perhaps one actor that has received less attention than

Netanyahu signals Gaza militant bodies to be bargaining chips

Benjamin Netanyahu

:: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signalled Monday Israel would use the bodies of Palestinian militants as bargaining chips to retrieve the remains of soldiers believed held by Gaza’s Hamas rulers. Israel blew up a tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip

Israel beats the drums of war

Maria Dubovikova

By : Maria Dubovikova :: Israel is beating the drums of war in the region. Disappointed by American inactivity, and having failed to persuade Moscow to change its mind on the majority of regional issues that most concern Tel Aviv,

Israeli jets bomb Syria arms depot

:: Israel’s air force bombed a weapons depot in Syria’s Homs province on Wednesday, adding to a series of strikes in recent weeks, according to a monitoring group. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was still unclear

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