Middle East politics

Israel to Participate in Bahrain Economic Peace Workshop

TEL AVIV – In a rare move, Israel will participate in a U.S.-led economic workshop in Bahrain next month, in what is being billed as a precursor to President Donald Trump’s so-called “deal of the century.” 

Israeli politician former Likud minister and head the Kulanu party, Moshe Kahlon, delivers a speech during a debate on economy on March 11, 2015 in the coastal Israeli city of Tel Aviv. Six days before Israel votes in a snap general election, the centre-left Zionist Union opened a lead of …

Officials Say Iran Quadruples Production of Enriched Uranium

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity amid tensions with the U.S. over Tehran’s atomic program, nuclear officials said Monday, just after President Donald Trump and Iran’s foreign minister traded threats and taunts on Twitter.

An Iranian technician works at a Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) in Isfahan 20 November 2004. Representatives and ambassadors from Cuba, Algeria, South Africa and Malaysia along with IAEA`s inspectors visited the Isfahan facility and became acquainted with uranium processing in the center. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestinian Extremist Hanan Ashrawi Says She’s Been Denied U.S. Visa

TEL AVIV – Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi claimed she was denied a visa to enter the U.S., citing her support for non-violent resistance as a possible reason.  “It is official! My US visa application has been rejected. No reason given,”

Senior Palestinian official says refused US visa

Britain Warns U.S.-Iran Conflict Could Begin ‘by Accident’

BRUSSELS — Britain warned Monday that conflict might break out “by accident” between the United States and Iran amid rising tensions, as European Union powers gathered to thrash out ways to keep afloat the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.

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Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Reportedly Goes Into Effect

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday commented on reports of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire deal in Gaza, after two days of fighting in which four Israelis were killed, saying that Israel was readying for further confrontations with terrorist groups in the coastal enclave.

Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a meeting with the heads of local regional councils, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009. General elections in Israel are scheduled for Feb. 10 and pre-election polls show Netanyahu with a lead over Foreign Minister and Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni.(AP …

Israel Releases Fatah Terrorist And Drug Smuggler Back to Syria

TEL AVIV – Israel on Sunday released two Syrian prisoners – a Fatah terrorist and a drug smuggler – to Damascus in a Russian-mediated “goodwill gesture” following the return of Israeli soldier’s remains earlier this month. 

TEL AVIV - Thirty-seven years after he was killed, an Israeli soldier whose body was found after a decades-long intelligence mission was due to be buried in Jerusalem on Thursday evening. 

Iranian FM Zarif Claims Netanyahu, Saudis Goading Trump into War

TEL AVIV – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday said he does not believe President Donald Trump wants war with Iran, but added that the American president could be lured into a conflict by a “B-team” comprising national security adviser John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed. 

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reacted with surprise and attempted satire Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would stick by Saudi Arabia despite allegations over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Damascus Opens Contested Airspace to Qatar Airways

Damascus — Syria’s government has agreed to allow planes from regional aviation giant Qatar Airways to fly over the country after eight years of conflict kept its planes at bay.

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