Middle East

Goodbye, Barack Obama; Hello, Israel

With Obama’s departure, Israel loses a friend but gains an opportunity. Shai Feldman and Amos Harel The National Interest   Addressing the delegates to the AIPAC National Conference on March 21, 2016, then candidate for president Donald Trump asserted that President Barack Obama “may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel, believe me, believe… Goodbye, Barack Obama… Read More »

Report warns Trump against scrapping Iran nuclear deal

Ending the agreement would lead to ‘unfathomable consequences’ throughout the region, International Crisis Group… Megan O’Toole Al Jazeera Should the Iran nuclear deal fall apart, the consequences for the Middle East region would be “unfathomable”, according to a new report from the International… Report warns Trump… Read More »

How Palestinian left hopes to renew political system

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Al-Monitor met with Jamil Mezher, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s political bureau, at his office in Gaza City. Rasha Abou Jalal Al Monitor Among the several Palestinian issues he discussed in the interview were the decline of Arab and Palestinian leftism at the expense of the advancement of Islamist movements, the most efficient Palestinian tools to resist Israel, the… How Palestinian left hopes to… Read More »

What will be the cost of Aleppo victory for Damascus?

This is the third in a series of stories from Al-Monitor correspondent Fehim Tastekin, who has been traveling in Syria. Fehim Taştekin Al Monitor ALEPPO, Syria — As I was walking around the fortress of Aleppo last week, some officials were hoisting the Syrian flag. They insisted that I… What will be the cost of… Read More »

Pro-reform group criticises arrests in Amman

Lawyers say activists held in “political witch-hunt” but government justifies the arrests on grounds of… Ali Younes Al Jazeera The lawyer for one of several anti-corruption activists detained recently by Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate has demanded the immediate release of his client, saying that he… Pro-reform group… Read More »

Iraqi minister trying to improve relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Iraq’s foreign minister said he had carried messages between Iran and Saudi Arabia in a continuing attempt to curb a feud involving its two neighbors, Iran’s state broadcaster IRIB reported on… Hurriyet DUBAI – Reuters Relations between the two regional rivals worsened after hundreds of people, many of… Iraqi minister trying… Read More »

Will Cyprus be reunified?

THE formal split of Cyprus dates to Turkey’s invasion of the island in 1974, which followed a Greece-inspired coup aimed at enosis (union with Greece). The Economist Since then Cyprus has been divided between the Greek-Cypriot republic in the south, a full member of the UN and the… Will Cyprus be… Read More »

What prompted Russia’s shift in stance on Syria opposition?

When 2016 was drawing to a close, Moscow surprisingly agreed to divide Syrian warring factions into “good” and “bad” guys and to recognize the idea of the “moderate opposition. Anton Mardasov Al Monitor On Jan. 10, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced the preparation of talks between the Syrian government and the armed opposition in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, on Jan. 23. The rebels are seriously preparing for… What prompted Russia’s shift in… Read More »

Turkey’s Relentless Attack on the Press

It should come as no surprise that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey would praise Donald Trump for refusing to talk to a CNN reporter at a news… THE EDITORIAL BOARD The New York Times For years, Mr. Erdogan has been crushing independent voices as part of a broader effort to assert authoritarian control. Earlier this month, the… Turkey’s Relentless Attack… Read More »

For Israel, energy boom could make friends out of enemies

ABOARD THE ATWOOD ADVANTAGE — In the ship’s control room, facing four video screens, a driller from Mississippi in dark shades and a black baseball cap with a skull on it held what could be the future of Israel in his… Peter Baker, New York Times The Boston Globe The massive drill he controlled extended down 11,345 feet, more than 2 miles below the… For Israel, energy … Read More »

Is Peace In Israel Possible?

“Israel can either be Jewish or democratic.  It cannot be both,” said Secretary of State John Kerry last month. Elliot Resnick The Daily Caller In fact, it can.  The argument that it cannot is based on the premise that a democratic state must give all residents within its borders the right to vote. But that plainly is… Is Peace In Israel… Read More »

Israel diplomat forced to resign after AJ investigation

Shai Masot, a senior political officer at the Israeli embassy in the UK, was forced to resign, Al Jazeera learns. Al Jazeera An Israeli political officer, who was at the centre of an Al Jazeera investigation, has been forced to resign from Israel’s UK embassy, a senior official in the… Israel diplomat forced… Read More »

Does Israel Really Have a Corruption Problem?

JERUSALEM — Imagine I’m describing a country you’ve never heard of: I tell you that every prime minister of this country in the last 20 years has at some point been under criminal investigation. Shmuel Rosner The New York Times Defense ministers were investigated and put on trial for corruption. Other top government officials… Does Israel Really… Read More »