Tag: Middle East

Pompeo Says Unreleased Mideast Peace Plan ‘Truly Historic’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo teased the Trump administration’s upcoming peace plan on Wednesday as a “truly historic” effort to broker an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, accepting an award from the Jewish Institute for National Security of America in Washington. Speaking at the Grand Hyatt downtown, with senators and diplomats in the audience, […]

U.S. PEACE PLAN WILL NOT PROPOSE PALESTINIAN CONFEDERATION WITH JORDAN

American officials deny that the idea was ever part of the plan. The White House plan for Middle East peace will not include a proposal for a Palestinian confederation with Jordan, senior administration officials told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. Over the summer, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas claimed that the US team had floated […]

Iranian official warns Netanyahu: Practice swimming in the sea

Deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards threatens that Israel could be destroyed by Hezbollah. The deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday to “practice swimming in the Mediterranean” because he would be forced to abandon his country. “I tell the prime minister of the Zionist regime to practice swimming […]

World Leaders Ignore Danger of a Palestinian State

The long-standing platitude that peace can only come to Israel and Palestinian Arabs through the creation of a Palestinian state seems alive and well. Thus, at the September session of the United Nations General Assembly currently in progress, French president Emanuel Macron promoted its creation, saying that, “There is no other credible alternative to the […]

Russia says it will send Syria powerful antiaircraft missiles

Russia said Monday it would equip Syria with sophisticated air defense systems, a move that could worsen a rift with Israel by limiting its ability to bomb across its northern border. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow would send Russia’s powerful S-300 ground-to-air missile systems to Syria, a longtime ally, in the next two weeks. […]

Middle East takes centre stage

Arab leaders, European heads of state and US President Donald Trump all defended their varying positions on the civil war in Syria, the occupation in Palestine and the increase of tensions between Iran and the US, at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. US President Donald Trump proudly claimed to the assembly that “peace was […]

Kushner Says Punishing Palestinians Won’t Hurt Chance for Peace Deal

Three days after the Trump administration evicted the Palestine Liberation Organization from its offices in Washington, Jared Kushner defended the latest in a string of punitive actions against the Palestinians and insisted that none of them had diminished the chances of a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians. Speaking on Thursday, 25 years to […]

EU appoints new Special Representative to Middle East peace process

The European Council appointed Susanna Terstal as European Union (EU) Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process on Tuesday. The European Council said in a statement that “the tasks of the Special Representative are to contribute to actions and initiatives leading to a final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a two-state solution.” […]

Trump administration announces closure of Washington PLO office

The United States announced the closure of the Palestinian mission in Washington, DC, in what Palestinian leaders described as “a declaration of war” on peace efforts by the administration of President Donald Trump. In a statement on Monday, the US State Department said the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) office “has not taken steps to advance the start […]

Barkat: I want to expel UNRWA from Jerusalem

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat threatened to expel UNRWA from Jerusalem, in the first public statement by an Israeli official that called on the government to use its power to shut down the agency that services Palestinian refugees.“UNRWA is a foreign and unnecessary organization that has failed miserably,” Barkat said in a speech he delivered Monday […]