Middle East

January 1, 2023

Does Jordan’s King Really Protect Christians in the Middle East?

Jordan’s King Abdullah II address to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 20, 2022. Source: Youtube. by Jonathan Feldstein I was disappointed to read of Jordanian King Abdullah II warning Israel not to cross “red lines” on Jerusalem, during a […]
August 22, 2022

Renewal of Israel-Turkey ties a ‘win-win’ for both countries and the region

Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkey on March 9, 2022. Source: Isaac Herzog/Twitter. by David Isaac (JNS) — After 14 years of strained relations, Israel and Turkey agreed to restore full diplomatic ties. Analysts […]
July 26, 2022

Israel’s “shadow campaign” against Iran in Syria producing “partial results”

A reported Israeli attack on a weapons storage site outside Damascus on July 22, 2022. Credit: Alma Center. by Yaakov Lappin (JNS) — The latest reminder of Israel’s shadow war in Syria aimed at preventing Iran from installing advanced weapons […]
April 30, 2022

Jordan fears loss of Temple Mount control, presses for reduced Jewish presence

Palestinians wave flags and shout slogans as Muslim worshippers attend the last Friday prayers of the month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 29, 2022. Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash90. by Israel Kasnett (JNS) […]
April 3, 2022

With UAE, Israel has first-ever free trade agreement with Arab country

Israeli Economy and Industry Minister Orna Barbivay (right) and UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi at the David’s Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem upon the completion of negotiations over a bilateral free-trade agreement, on […]
March 29, 2022

U.S. dampens Negev Summit by injecting Palestinian issue to deflect from Iran appeasement

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits David Ben-Gurion Memorial National Park with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in Sde Boker, Israel, on March 28, 2022. Credit: U.S. State Department Photo by Freddie Everett. by Israel Kasnett (JNS) — The […]
March 28, 2022

Historic Negev summit unites Israel and four Arab states against Iran, “irritating” U.S. policies

Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid welcomes Bahraini Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani to the Negev Summit, March 27, 2022. Credit: Rafi Ben Hakoon/GPO. by David Isaac (JNS) — In a scene that was unimaginable over the […]
December 18, 2021

Israel “Bombs Auschwitz”

Blasts in Syria attributed to Israel on Dec. 30, 2020. Source: Twitter/ELINT News. by Rafael Medoff  It has often been said that if only the State of Israel had existed in the 1940s, its air force could have bombed Auschwitz, […]
August 20, 2021

With Taliban triumph, Israel and Arab states hedge bets over relying on U.S.

Demonstrators in front of the White House protesting the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Credit: John Smith 2021/Shutterstock. by Ariel Ben Solomon (JNS) — The Taliban’s quick takeover of Afghanistan has Middle Eastern countries deeply concerned about their dependence on the […]
August 17, 2021

After fall of Kabul, what are new roles for U.S., Israel?

by Eran Lerman (Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies) — In the wake of the sweeping Taliban victory in Afghanistan, the region now faces the symbolic impact of these dramatic scenes of U.S. failure unprecedented since Vietnam. To thwart the notion […]
August 14, 2021

Real Miracle: Previously anti-Israel Lebanese cleric blames Hezbollah for woes

In 2014, Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi declared he would make common cause with Hezbollah to fight against Isis and spoke of Israel as an obstacle to peace and development in the Middle East. Seven years later, he has condemned […]