Tag: Middle East

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 […]

U.S. confirms Jerusalem embassy opening in May

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will officially relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, timed with Israel’s 70th Independence Day, a State Department official confirmed to The Jerusalem Post on Friday.   The official was responding to a message on Twitter by Transportation Minister Israel Katz, who seemed to […]

U.S. considers offer from Sheldon Adelson to fund Jerusalem embassy move

WASHINGTON – Lawyers with the State Department are considering an offer from Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino mogul and one of the largest donors in Republican politics, to fund the construction of the new US embassy in Jerusalem.   Adelson has long supported the move, and he conditioned his donations to the 2016 Republican presidential […]

After 346 civilian deaths in Syria this month, UN calls to end ‘monstrous annihilation campaign’

UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein attacked what he called a “monstrous campaign of annihilation” on Wednesday against the besieged civilian population of eastern Ghouta in Syria.   “International humanitarian law was developed precisely to stop this type of situation, where civilians are slaughtered in droves in order to fulfil political or military objectives,” […]

Israel successfully tests Arrow-3 missile defense system

Israel successfully tested its new Arrow missile defense system Monday, the Defense Ministry announced in a tweet, the accomplishment capping a program that’s seen a series of delays and cancellations.   The test was carried out in cooperation with the United States’ Missile Defense Agency.   “A short while ago, the Defense Ministry and American […]

Hezbollah threatens Israel

Al-Haj Hassan Khawab Allah, a Hezbollah official in charge of the “Palestinian issue”, on Sunday issued a threat to Israel following the military escalation in which the Israel Air Force downed an Iranian drone that infiltrated Israeli territory and an Israeli F16 was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire.In an interview with the Hamas daily […]

Iran says US nuclear policy brings world ‘closer to annihilation’

The United States’ new nuclear policy brings humanity “closer to annihilation”, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said.His comments late Saturday came a day after the Pentagon revealed plans to revamp its nuclear arsenal, largely in response to a perceived renewed threat from Russia. Zarif said the new policy was “in violation” of the international […]