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US President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani faced off at the UN in September

Rouhani: Trump Seeking Regime Change in Iran

TEL AVIV – The U.S. is looking to oust the current Iranian regime and is the most hostile administration in the four decades since the founding of the Islamic Republic, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday.

Russia has sent the first part of its S-300 air defence missile system to Iran, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency on Monday.

Report: Russia Says It Gave S-300 to Syria for Free

TEL AVIV – Russia supplied Syria with three S-300 anti-aircraft battalion sets with eight launchers and more than 100 surface-to-air guided missiles each free of charge, Russia’s state news agency TASS reported.

This combination of pictures created on April 1, 2018 shows a file photo taken on November 19, 2017 of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) attending the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem and a file photo taken on December 15, 2017 of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the inauguration …

Report: Netanyahu Called Erdogan ‘Unpredictable and Reckless’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told the foreign ministers of Greece and Cyprus last month that he is deeply pessimistic about Turkey’s future as a democracy under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and said he believes its economy is destined for further decline.

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas gestures as he addresses a crowd of demonstrators at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, 30 August 2006. Workers from a cross section of trade unions representing Palestinian Authority employees marched to the PA headquarters to demand their salaries. Unemployment levels …

Mahmoud Abbas to Convene Anti-Trump Meeting at UN

TEL AVIV – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that he will host a conference on Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly with the aim of devising a scheme to scuttle the Trump administration’s plan for peace, an Israeli TV report said.

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Netanyahu Doubles Down: Syria to Blame for Downed Russian Plane

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a telephone conversation on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which he blamed the Syrians for last week’s downing of a Russian spy plane after an IAF strike in Latakia, despite Russia’s conclusions that Israel bears responsibility for the incident.

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Putin: Chain of Tragic Accidents Led to Downing of Aircraft

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed Tuesday that Israel did not shoot down a Russian military reconnaisance plane with 15 people on board, saying the downing of the plane by Syrian air defenses was a “chain of tragic accidental circumstances.”

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Abbas Adviser: Trump Has ‘Poisoned Palestinian-American Relations’

The Palestinian Authority on Saturday accused US presidential adviser Jared Kushner of “ignorance,” following statements in which he said that recent US punitive measures against the Palestinians won’t hurt chances for a peace deal in the Middle East.