Middle East

June 19, 2021

Israeli research center exposes how Hezbollah controls Lebanon

Hezbollah flags flying over southern Lebanon. Credit: John Grummitt/Shutterstock. by Yaakov Lappin (JNS) — The fact that Hezbollah is deeply embedded in some 200 southern Lebanese villages is well known, but what is less known is the role played by […]
May 20, 2021

New anti-Hamas voices emerge in Arab reactions to Gaza

by Hussein Aboubakr Mansour (JNS) — Another round of violence has erupted in Gaza, and global reactions have run the gamut from peaceful protest to violence, with anti-Semitism up 250 percent in the United Kingdom. Many figures in Western institutions and the […]
May 13, 2021

How Iron Dome is also saving Arab lives

An Iron Dome air-defense battery set near the southern Israeli city of Ashdod fires an intercepting missile on July 14, 2014. Photo by David Buimovitch/Flash90. by Jonathan Feldstein I have been hosting a variety of briefings and doing media interviews […]
April 16, 2021

Palestinian elections could jeopardize Fatah’s rule in the territories

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas seen during a tour in the West Bank city of Ramallah, May 15, 2020. Photo by Flash90 by Yaakov Lappin (JNS) — Should Palestinian elections go ahead in the territories, Fatah’s rule in the West […]
April 6, 2021

Jordanian instability is bad news for Israel

Portraits of the late King Hussein of Jordan (left) and his son, King Abdullah. Credit: amnat30/Shutterstock. by Ariel Ben Solomon (JNS) — The arrest last weekend of nearly 20 people, including former Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein, by Jordanian authorities […]
April 6, 2021

Strained U.S.-Saudi ties pulling Gulf kingdom closer to Israel

by Yaakov Lappin (JNS) — American-Saudi ties have been growing increasingly strained in recent months — a development that will likely see the Sunni power draw even closer to Jerusalem, Israeli observers have told JNS. Professor Eyal Zisser, vice rector […]
March 17, 2021

Israel tries to stay on sidelines as Saudis, Jordan battle for Muslim sites in Jerusalem

by Nadav Shragai (JNS) — Two events of religious and historical significance that very nearly took place last week point to a deeper layer in Jordan and Saudi Arabia’s struggle for guardianship of Islamic holy places on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. […]
December 20, 2020

Major change: Saudis removing antisemitism, anti-Zionist content from school textbooks

Textbooks. Credit: Abhi Sharma via Wikimedia Commons. by Shahar Klaiman (JNS/Israel Hayom) — Saudi authorities have been removing anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist content from the country’s textbooks for the coming school year, a report by the Jerusalem-based Institute for Monitoring Peace […]
November 28, 2020

UAE and Israel: A partnership that can help the world

by Sabah al-Binali (JNS) — News of the Abraham Accords normalizing diplomatic relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel has been greeted with enthusiasm across Emirati society. The positive attitude is being led from the top. One striking example […]