Tag: Middle East

Abbas sets conditions for hearing out Trump’s forthcoming peace plan

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday the Ramallah-based Palestinian leadership will only engage with the Trump administration’s anticipated peace plan if it backs a two-state solution and recognizes east Jerusalem as the capital of “the State of Palestine.”“We will not listen to anything that comes [from the Trump administration], regardless of what it […]

Saudi crown prince: Israelis have right to their own land

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has declared that Israel has the right to its own land alongside Palestinians. In an interview with the US-based The Atlantic magazine, the 32 year old heir to the Saudi throne declared: “I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation.” The crown prince […]

“Trump is destined to rebuild the temple”

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump might not be the most popular person inside the beltway, in California, on U.S. college campuses or in the American media, but his support is growing in Israel, with one prominent rabbi saying he believes the president is destined to rebuild the Jerusalem Temple before the coming of the Messiah.Rabbi Yosef […]

Activists carry out Passover Sacrifice ritual at foot of Temple Mount

Hundreds of activists and supporters attended the annual exercise of the Passover sacrifice that was conducted for the first time next to the Southern Wall, at the foot of the Temple Mount.In the past years, the ceremony was conducted in various locations far from the Temple Mount itself, such as the Old City, Mount Olives […]

Palestinian Authority calls on Hamas to hand over Gaza ‘all at once’

The Palestinian Authority government on Tuesday called on Hamas to transfer full control of the Gaza Strip to it “all at once.”Hamas has controlled Gaza since ousting the PA from the territory in 2007. “[The government] called on Hamas to hand over the Gaza Strip all at once and affirmed its readiness to take full […]

U.S., European powers to continue Iran talks this week

WASHINGTON – US officials will pick up discussions with their British, French and German counterparts on Thursday over the fate of the Iran nuclear deal, weeks ahead of a deadline set by US President Donald Trump threatening to pull out of the accord.Trump administration officials say the talks are at an “advanced” stage entering their […]

Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan is Almost Finished

True to his nature, US President Donald Trump is planning to take a radically different approach to brokering peace between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs.   According to senior American officials who spoke to The New York Times, the Trump White House is currently putting the final touches on its Middle East peace proposal.   […]

Saudi Crown Prince commits to interfaith tolerance

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met the head of the Anglican church in London on Thursday and promised to promote interfaith dialogue as part of his domestic reforms, the British faith leader’s office said.   Prince Mohammed is making an official visit to London to promote Saudi Arabia as a tolerant, modernising economy and […]

Mideast braces for war: Israel vs. Iran-backed Hezbollah

US Sen. Lindsey Graham warned Feb. 27 after a trip to the Middle East that Israel was preparing for war. Hezbollah appears to be ready for the possibility. It is honing its skills and playing a multifaceted role in Syria, where it has also realized several important goals, according to one of its militants and sources close […]

Trump’s Hopes of Being the ‘Neutral Guy’ in the Mideast Seem Long Gone

In the midst of his campaign, President Trump vowed to bring peace to the Middle East by playing it down the middle between Israel and the Palestinians. “Let me be sort of a neutral guy,” he said. Two years later, any hopes of being the neutral guy are long gone.   In a meeting at […]