Middle East

Iran gradually moving toward resumed military ties with Europe

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Following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran’s relations with Europe mostly remained intact at the economic and at times political level. Saeid Jafari AlMonitor But in terms of military cooperation, there were almost no ties whatsoever. However, the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2015 created an environment that encouraged Tehran to also push for military cooperation with its European counterparts. Looking back, there have been very few instances in history when the two sides have actually ... Read More »

How Egyptians are fighting forced marriage

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CAIRO — Four women in their 20s launched Nov. 25 the Mategberneesh (Don’t Force Me) online campaign in an effort to counter forced marriage in Egypt. Ahmed Aleem AlMonitor The campaign aims to raise awareness on social media as well as open up a space to discuss the controversial topic In the future, the campaign plans to organize live street events to increase public interaction. “The campaign idea came on the heels of combating violence against women, and forced marriage ... Read More »

Ten Tips for Israel when Negotiating with Saudi Arabia and the Arab World

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When negotiating with the Saudis and their friends, Israel’s number one rule should be to make clear that it will not pay anything for peace. By Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Mordechai Kedar BESA If the Saudis want to live in peace with Israel, it will extend its hand to offer them peace in return. But that is all they will get. There is no other kind of peace agreement. If they do not want peace on those terms, then there ... Read More »

Israel has transferred Ahed Tamimi to three different detention facilities in the last five days even though she has not yet been charged with a crime

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The recent arrest of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi by Israeli soldiers from her family home in the West Bank town of Nabi Saleh has sparked protest around the world and refocused light on Israel’s unjust treatment of Palestinian children Jesse Rubin  Mondoweiss In the five days since her arrest, Israeli authorities have attempted to coerce confession from Ahed, a minor, without access to a lawyer or a parent (her mother Nariman was herself arrested when she arrived to accompany her daughter ... Read More »

Chess federation says Israel excluded from Saudi-hosted match

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Israeli players have been denied visas to participate in a speed chess championship hosted by Saudi Arabia this week, a vice president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) said on Dec. 24. ATHENS – Reuters Hurriyet Seven Israeli players had requested visas for the tournament on Dec. 26-30. It would have marked the first time Saudi Arabia had publicly hosted Israelis as the Gulf state does not recognize Israel and there are no formal ties between them. FIDE Vice President ... Read More »

Egypt denies Russian mediation to restore ties with Turkey

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CAIRO – 24 December 2017: Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry denied speculations about Russian mediation between Egypt and Turkey, stressing that the Egyptian and Turkish people have many things in common. Nawal Sayed  Egypt Today “Egypt hopes to overcome tensions with Turkey on bases of respect of countries’ sovereignty without interfering into each other’s domestic affairs,” Shoukry told Akhbar al-Youm newspaper on Saturday. Shoukry’s statements come amid several denials made by Egyptian officials, while Turkish officials have reaffirmed hopes to ... Read More »

Turkey’s Looming Crisis

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Viewed one way, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks unassailable: He weathered last year’s coup attempt, jailed more than 50,000 opponents, fired more than 100,000 civil servants, beheaded the once powerful Turkish military, eviscerated much of his parliamentary opposition, dismissed almost half of the county’s elected officials, and rammed through a constitutional referendum that will make him an all-powerful executive following the… Conn Hallinan CounterPunch In the meantime, a seemingly never-ending state of emergency allows him to rule by… So ... Read More »

PA looks to Russia, China, to upstage United States

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas has said repeatedly that the US has forfeited its role as a mediator due to President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. BEN LYNFIELD JPost Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas dispatched delegations to Moscow and Beijing on Tuesday, as part of efforts to find new sponsorship for the peace process, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported. The move came as Ahmad Majdalani, a PLO executive committee member who is leading the delegation to China, ruled ... Read More »

A former Israeli diplomat answers 5 questions about Jerusalem

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Editor’s note: Professor Dan Arbell of American University, who spent 25 years in the Israeli Foreign Service, answers five questions about Jerusalem, which President Donald Trump recently recognized as the capital of Israel. Dan Arbell The Conversation 1. What is Jerusalem like today? Jerusalem has a growing high-tech sector, a diverse, multicultural and multiethnic population, and bustling business centers and marketplaces that attract millions of tourists annually. Jerusalem is situated in a mountainous region, at 2,650 feet above sea level, ... Read More »

The reconfiguration of the New Syria

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Whatever happens, the New Syria which is currently reshaping will be the breaking point that will give rise to the new Middle East from which, however, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China and even the United States will no longer be excluded or marginalized. Giancarlo Elia Valori Modern Diplomacy Those who currently think of a repetition of the Cold War on the banks of the Euphrates are badly mistaken. Russia does not want the US expulsion from the ... Read More »

Donald Trump threatens to cut aid to countries over UN Jerusalem vote

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General assembly to vote on rejecting US recognition of city as Israeli capital Trump: ‘We’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer’ Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem The Guardian Donald Trump has threatened to withhold “billions” of dollars of US aid from countries which vote in favour of a United Nations resolution rejecting the US president’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. His comments came after the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, wrote to about 180 of ... Read More »

ECHR orders Turkey to pay compensation to three citizens for violation of freedom of assembly

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Dec. 19 ordered Turkey to pay compensation to three citizens following their application over a violation of the right to freedom of assembly in suppressed protests in the southern province of Adana. STRASBOURG Hurriyet The court ordered Turkey to pay 240 euros in pecuniary damages to one applicant and 80 euros to the other two. The case related to fines imposed by Turkish courts against Adnan Öğrü, Veysel Kurtuluş Alabaş, and Beyhan ... Read More »

Theresa May fails to challenge Trump over Britain First in first call since incident, read out suggests

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The Prime Minister did discuss the President’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Joe Watts The Independent Official reports of Theresa May’s first call with Donald Trumpsince the President promoted propaganda videos from a British far-right extremist group, indicate she failed to raise the issue. Their discussion, set out in a Downing Street read-out of the call, makes no mention of the incident which led to a tense public clash between the two leaders earlier this month. Its absence led Labour ... Read More »

Jerusalem: US vetoes UN resolution rejecting Trump’s declaration

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The US has vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution rejecting President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel BBC The text put forward by Egypt affirmed that any decisions on the status of Jerusalem had “no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded “. The 14 other members of the council voted in favour of the motion. The US permanent representative, Nikki Haley, described it as an “insult” and warned that it ... Read More »

The Moment of Turkey’s ‘NATO Ex-communication’

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While still a NATO member, Turkey has drifted away from the alliance to a great extent, indicating the way conflict in Syria has changed the Middle East’s geo-political landscape, and largely continues… Salman Rafi Sheikh NEO It is particularly the end-game in Syria that has now greatly crystalized which country stands where in the regional geo-political spectrum, and Turkey is certainly not in the US-led Western camp, which means that Turkey is an ally of Russia and will directly or ... Read More »

US presents ‘undeniable’ evidence Iran arming Yemen’s rebels with missiles

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Segments of projectiles launched at Saudi Arabia bear markings proving origin in Islamic Republic, UN ambassador Haley says By AGENCIES The Times of Israel US President Donald Trump’s envoy to the United Nations unveiled Thursday what she said was “undeniable” evidence proving that Iran is funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen in violation of international law. At a news conference in a hanger at a military base in Washington, Nikki Haley presented recently declassified evidence including segments of missiles launched at ... Read More »