Tag: Middle East

Syrian army says it captures strategic hill overlooking Israeli border

The Syrian army has taken control of a strategic hill that overlooks the Golan Heights, state television said on Monday.It said the army had taken control of al-Haara hill in the second day of an offensive to seize remaining parts of southwest Syria that are in rebel hands and are close to the border with […]

Trump team to use Gaza aid as pressure on Palestinian Authority to return to peace talks

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is doubling down on its push for an international humanitarian aid package to the Gaza Strip, hoping that doing so will demonstrate its commitment to the Palestinians and politically pressure the Palestinian Authority to engage with its Mideast peace plan.   According to a report in The Washington Post, Jared […]

Next Middle East War Is Most Likely to Start In These Places, According to New Report

Escalating violence in two nations may threaten to plunge the already restive Middle East into a deeper conflict involving regional and international powers, according to the latest report by a leading monitor.The Belgium-based International Crisis Group describes its “U.S.-Iran Trigger List” as “an early-warning platform to monitor, analyze and provide regular updates on key and increasingly flashpoints between Iran […]

Kushner: US plan will be public if Abbas doesn’t ‘Come back to the table’

Washington is willing to engage with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas if he returns to negotiations, but if he is not willing, the United States will likely air its long-awaited blueprint for peace publicly, Jared Kushner said in a rare interview published Sunday in a Palestinian newspaper.Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, […]

Netanyahu: Israel will hit Iran throughout Syria, not only along border

Israel will strike against Iranian efforts to entrench itself militarily throughout Syria, and not only along the Syrian-Israeli border, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the weekend.Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet meeting that he spoke with both men and discussed the region, with an […]

Ambassador Friedman in Washington to Plan ‘Peace Deal of the Century’

US ambassador to Israel David Friedman has been called for urgent discussions on the Middle East peace plan at the White House and will therefore be absent from a conference of the American Jewish Committee in Jerusalem, Israel Hayom reported Sunday night.Ambassador Friedman left a recorded greeting for the conference delegates, saying, “I’m sorry I cannot […]

Israel participating in two large scale military drills in Europe

Israel is participating for the first time in two simultaneous large-scale international exercises in Europe, the IDF Spokesperson’s Office announced on Monday.IDF paratroopers will participate in the Swift Response exercise, which will be held in Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, with the participation of a paratroopers unit that will train with the 173rd Brigade of […]

Israel launches counterattacks in Gaza amid soaring tensions

Israel’s military has launched a series of air strikes on Palestinian positions in Gaza after a barrage of rocket fire – the biggest in years – from the Strip amid soaring frustration in the coastal enclave over a crippling 12-year Israeli-imposed siege.Israeli warplanes on Tuesday hit more than 35 targets belonging to Hamas and Islamic […]

White House pushes ahead with Mideast peace plan

The Trump administration is aiming to roll out its much-hyped but long-delayed Middle East peace plan next month amid signs it may further alienate the Palestinians by slashing millions of dollars in funding for humanitarian and development projects in the West Bank and Gaza.Five U.S. officials and a congressional aide say the administration intends to […]

Paraguay officially moves embassy to Jerusalem: ‘We have no better friend,’ Netanyahu says

Paraguay officially moved its country’s embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, with President Horacio Cartes in Israel for the ceremony, also attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Paraguay is now the third country to move its embassy to Jerusalem, following the United States and Guatemala. The inauguration ceremony took place at noon at the embassy’s new home […]