Wednesday, 26 June 2019 | Waves of incendiary balloon attacks. Dozens of fires raging. Israelis working around the clock to control the blazes. Crops and woodlands turned to ashes. This is the situation in southern Israel as ongoing terror arson attacks from Gaza continue to set communities near the border ablaze. On Sunday, firefighting units,Continue Reading »
Wednesday, 26 June 2019 | The United States unveiled the economic aspects of its Middle East plan—a [US] $50 billion economic formula for Israeli–Palestinian peace—in Bahrain on Tuesday as part of an investment-driven strategy toward economic progress for the Palestinians, which the US described as a precondition to end the decades-long conflict. Opening the two-dayContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 26 June 2019 | Expectations were high for the meeting of three world powers as security leaders from Israel, the US and Russia met in Jerusalem for a historic summit focusing on security within the region—specifically on Iranian aggression and entrenchment in Syria. The summit follows weeks of escalating tension between the US andContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 26 June 2019 | In 2009, the late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz announced his country’s decision to donate [US] $1 billion to contribute to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. The king undoubtedly had good intentions and sought to help his Palestinian brothers, especially the two million residents of the Gaza StripContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 25 June 2019 | Just days after completing its biggest military exercise in years, Israel has increased its alert status, as tensions in the Middle East continue to rise. With the US and Iran facing off over sabotaged oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, a downed US drone and further economic sanctions tighteningContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 25 June 2019 | Mere days after being chosen as America’s next commander in chief, US President Donald Trump revealed that the Middle East peace process would receive a top spot on his administration’s foreign policy itinerary. Once his presidency started, he told the Wall Street Journal in November 2016, he would endeavor toContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 25 June 2019 | Israel has long claimed that Israeli security [forces] should remain in the Jordan Valley—which acts as a natural buffer, shielding Israel from its many enemies to the East—in any peace deal with the Palestinians. This is something of a sticking point, as the territory in Judea and Samaria is alsoContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 25 June 2019 | In extraordinary comments on Friday, a top-ranking Saudi diplomat said that “the blood conflict” between Israel and the Arab world “had lasted too long” and that the time for normalization has come. “Us Saudis and all Gulf states plus Egypt and Jordan realize that the age of going to warContinue Reading »
Monday, 24 June 2019 | Nearly two years after US President Donald Trump first mentioned his aspirations to foster peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the White House on Sunday finally revealed the first part of its grand plan, dubbed the “Deal of the Century.” Entitled “Peace to Prosperity—the Economic Plan: A New Vision forContinue Reading »
Monday, 24 June 2019 | Palestinian [Authority] President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah [leading secular Palestinian political party] faction on Saturday rejected outright the first part of US President Donald Trump’s peace plan shortly after it became public, saying that it constituted little more than a bribe for the Palestinian people to abandon their hopes of anContinue Reading »
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