Middle East peace process

Iran’s Rouhani Arrives for First Official Visit to Iraq

BAGHDAD — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Baghdad on Monday, Iraqi state television said, making his first official visit to the nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State group.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) speaks during a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Barham Saleh at the Presidential palace in Baghdad on March 11, 2019. - Iran's President arrived in Iraq for his first official visit, as Baghdad comes under pressure from Washington to limit political and trade …

Lindsey Graham: Giving Up Golan Heights Would Be Israeli Strategic Nightmare

TEL AVIV – Senator Lindsey Graham, on a visit to Israel’s north with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said Israel must keep the Golan Heights or face a “strategic nightmare,” and vowed that he would work to get U.S. recognition of the area as part of sovereign Israel.

(L to R) US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is accompanied by Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman as they visit the border line between Syria and the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on March 11, 2019. - The influential US senator allied to President Donald Trump …

U.S. Shutters Consulate in Jerusalem as Embassy Fills Role

JERUSALEM – In a move that angered Palestinians, the U.S. officially closed its consulate in Jerusalem on Monday, merging consular activities with the main embassy which was relocated to the capital in May. 

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Netanyahu Meets Putin in Moscow to Discuss Iran

TEL AVIV – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in Moscow early on Thursday for a brief trip during which he is expected to discuss Syria and Iran with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Netanyahu-Putin to meet in Russia on Wednesday

Iran: ‘Great Risk’ of War with Israel

TEL AVIV – Iran’s foreign minister on Sunday claimed that Israel is “looking for war” and warned that its behavior along with that of the U.S. was increasing the prospects of a conflict in the region.

Iran takes aim at 'hateful' Pence comments

Pompeo: Peace Plan to Come ‘Immediately Following’ Israeli Elections

TEL AVIV – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the rollout of the Trump administration’s much-anticipated peace plan will begin “immediately following” Israeli elections on April 9 and that certain aspects of the proposal have already been discussed with regional partners. 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) signs an MOU and statement of intent with Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, the Deputy Prime Minister and Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the Sheraton Grand in the Qatari capital Doha on January 13, 2019. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / …

Netanyahu Stops Qatari Cash Transfer to Hamas After Gaza Violence

TEL AVIV – Amid another flare-up along the Gaza border during which a Palestinian sniper opened fire on a group of IDF soldiers and explosions were reportedly heard in the northern Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stopped the transfer of Qatari funds to the Hamas-run enclave. 

Netanyahu defends Qatari cash infusion to Gaza

Russia to Host Putin-Erdogan-Rouhani Summit Early 2019

Moscow will early next year host the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey to discuss the Syrian conflict, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said Friday, after the United States announced it was withdrawing troops from the country.

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Report: Netanyahu Failed to Persuade Trump to Reverse Syria Decision

TEL AVIV – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is said to have tried in vain to persuade President Donald Trump to walk back his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, a move that was met with significant “disappointment” in Jerusalem, Israeli media reported. 

US President Donald Trump poses for a photo with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump said he 'may' attend the opening of a controversial new US embassy in Jerusalem, a fraught prospect …

EU Sides With UN Envoy in Spat with Palestinian Authority

TEL AVIV – Amid sharp objections from the Palestinian leadership, the European Union on Sunday supported United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolay Mladenov’s efforts to reach a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas.

UN envoy 'no longer acceptable' for Palestinians