Middle East politics

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.

Iran FM Taunts Donald Trump’s Support for Saudi Arabia

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.

Iraq's new President Barham Salih (R) meets Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on his official visit to Tehran

Iraq’s President Visits Iran Weeks After U.S. Renews Sanctions

TEHRAN — Iraq’s President Barham Salih began a visit to Iran on Saturday, where he pledged to improve relations less than two weeks after the United States restored oil sanctions that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh on October 23, 2018. - Saudi Arabia is hosting the key investment summit overshadowed by the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi that has prompted a wave of policymakers and corporate giants to …

Saudi Arabia Clears Crown Prince of Involvement in Khashoggi Murder

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had absolutely no involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom’s public prosecutor said Thursday, adding that five Saudi officials face the death penalty if found guilty of the crime.

US President Donald Trump has tapped John Abizaid to serve as his ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Trump Picks Retired General John Abizaid for Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — A retired four-star general is President Donald Trump’s pick to be US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, filling a key diplomatic vacancy at a time when US-Saudi relations are being tested by the slaying of a journalist critical of the Saudi royal family.

Israel's President Reuven Rivlin addresses journalists on May 3, 2018 during a visit to Ethiopia

Egyptian, Jordanian Envoys Recommit to Peace With Israel

TEL AVIV – The newly appointed ambassadors from Jordan and Egypt on Thursday praised their countries’ peace agreements with Israel in a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin Thursday, but said that Israel must also come to an agreement with the Palestinians. 

"If Iran wants to have good relations with Saudi Arabia, it has to change its policies. It has to respect international law," Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said

‘Hysterical’: Saudi FM Slams Global Outcry over Brutal Khashoggi Murder

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat said Saturday that the global outcry and media focus on the killing of a Saudi journalist earlier this month has become “hysterical” as he urged the public to wait for the results of an investigation before ascribing blame to the kingdom’s top leadership.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference following his meeting with Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis at the government's headquarters in Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Netanyahu Accuses Unnamed Rival of Seeking His Overthrow

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made severe accusation on Wednesday, claiming a former minister from the Likud party, which he heads, is plotting to overthrow him after the Likud wins the 2019 elections.

Gaza fuel trucks (Said Khatib / AFP / Getty)

Israel to Transport More Qatari Fuel into Gaza

Israel will renew the supply of Qatari-purchased fuel into the Gaza Strip starting Wednesday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s office said Tuesday evening, following relative calm this week along the border.

Jamal Khashoggi

Turkey Vows to Reveal ‘Naked Truth’ over Khashoggi Death

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday vowed to reveal within days the “naked truth” over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Riyadh said it did not know the whereabouts of his body and that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had been unaware of any operation to murder him.

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - JUNE 27: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in the Office of the President, during his official tour of Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories on on June 27, 2018 in Ramallah, West Bank. (Photo by Joe Giddens - Pool/Getty Images)

Abbas Thanks Soros-Funded J Street for Lobbying Efforts

TEL AVIV – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas thanked the leaders of J Street for their work lobbying the Trump administration against its recent decisions regarding the Palestinians during a meeting with the dovish policy group at his Ramallah headquarters. 

Mahmoud Abbas UN

Nonexistent ‘Palestine’ Becomes Chair of Major U.N. Bloc

TEL AVIV – The UN General Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to appoint the “State of Palestine” as chair of Group 77, the biggest bloc of developing countries at the United Nations, which would see it able to act like a full UN member state in the coming year. 

A member of Hamas's armed wing stands guard during a funeral in the Gaza Strip on March 22, 2018

Hamas Vows More Israel Border Violence

A senior Egyptian delegation is scheduled to visit Ramallah on Thursday in a last-ditch effort to avert a military confrontation in the Gaza Strip and end the Hamas-Fatah rift.

UNRWA

Israel: Palestinian Refugees Number in the Thousands, Not Millions

A government study shared with Washington argues that Palestinian refugees number in the thousands, not the millions designated by a UN aid agency whose funding has been slashed by the Trump administration, an Israeli official said on Friday.