Rabbi Marc Schneider speaks during the during the 32nd Annual Muslim Day Parade Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 in New York. Rabbi Schneier was named the Honorary Grand Marshal of the parade. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)

U.S. Rabbi: Arab World Ready for Relations with Israel

Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU), who maintains extensive ties with countries in the Persian Gulf, said he has recently seen a vast improvement in relations between Israel and the Gulf states.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the opening of an exhibition showcasing the 1976 Israeli commando rescue raid that freed hostages from a hijacked plane at Entebbe, Uganda, as he attends the event at the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

Netanyahu Cuts Short Paris Trip as Gaza Heats Up

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rushed back to Israel on Monday, hours after an Israeli army officer and seven Palestinians, including a local Hamas commander, were killed after an incursion by Israeli special forces into the Gaza Strip.

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Jihadi Chiefs Traded for Deserter Bergdahl Working Taliban’s Qatar Office

The five high-level Taliban members transferred from the American prison in Guantánamo to Qatar in exchange for U.S. Army deserter, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have joined the jihadi organization’s political office in Doha, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid revealed Tuesday.

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.

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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.

A tanker delivers fuel at the Gaza power plant in Nuseirat, in the central Gaza Strip on October 9, 2018. - Trucks carrying Qatari-bought fuel entered the Gaza Strip on October 9 to help power the Palestinian enclave's only power station. An agreement reached between the United Nations, Qatar, Israel …

Qatar Donates Fuel for Gaza Power Station

Qatari-bought fuel arrived at the Gaza Strip’s only power station after entering through Israel on Tuesday in a bid to alleviate conditions in the Palestinian enclave, a Hamas spokesman and sources said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian National Council at his compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, April 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Report: Furious Abbas Plans on Cutting Aid to Gaza

TEL AVIV – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will reportedly cut financial aid to the beleaguered Gaza Strip in protest over Qatar’s decision to circumvent the PA and send funds directly to the Hamas-run coastal enclave.

FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 6, 2011 file photo, a traditional dhow floats in the Corniche Bay of Doha, Qatar, with tall buildings of the financial district in the background. Qatar's government says it is forming a committee to pursue compensation for damages stemming from its isolation by four …

Saudi Arabia Considers Plan to Saw Qatar Off and Make It an Island

The dispute between Qatar and its Gulf Cooperation Council neighbors now threatens to reshape both the political and literal geography of the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is considering a plan to dig a canal that would turn the Qatari peninsula into an island.

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Hajj 2018: Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca Begins amid Saudi Diplomatic Turmoil

The annual pilgrimage to Mecca known as the Hajj, which observant Muslims are supposed to make at least once during their lives, officially begins on August 19. Mecca is located in Saudi Arabia, which is currently embroiled in serious disputes with Muslim nations such as Qatar, Iran, and Yemen, as well as Western countries with Muslim citizens who wish to make the pilgrimage, most notably Canada.