Iran to Consider French Plans to Salvage the 2015 Multilateral Nuclear Deal
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran was prepared to consider French plans to salvage the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal. Zarif was one of the main architects of the pact, from which US President Donald Trump withdrew in May of last year. Since then, European parties to the... Read more
Top Arab-Israeli Lawmaker Expresses Willingness to Joining Center-Left Coalition
Joint List chairman Ayman Odeh, Israel’s top Arab lawmaker, expressed a willingness to join a center-left coalition following the September 17 national elections. The apparent reversal of longstanding opposition by Arab-majority parties to join a government is being construed as a possible effort to unseat Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu... Read more
Yemeni Government Will Not Hold Future Talks with Southern Separatists Until They Withdraw From Aden
Yemen’s internationally recognized government will not hold future talks with southern separatists until such time they withdraw from Aden, the interim seat of parliament since the capital Sana’a was in 2014 captured by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Saudi Arabia, which over four years ago intervened militarily in the conflict, held... Read more
American Hegemony in the Middle East Has Come to an End
“American hegemony died,” argued Freed Zakaria in his latest article in Foreign Affairs. While there are some structural forces that work against a hegemon, the United States has mismanaged its hegemony. For this reason, the international system is soon becoming different and the American moment has eventually gone. Far... Read more
Tensions Between Israel and Hamas Continue to Intensify
Tensions between Israel and Hamas continue to intensify, with terrorists having fired a rocket from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel Wednesday evening and again Thursday morning. Both rockets landed in open fields, causing no injuries or damages. In response, the Israeli military struck Hamas naval assets off Gaza’s... Read more
President Trump Tweets ‘Greatest President for Jews and for Israel’
US President Donald Trump has dragged Israel even further into the depths of an ongoing partisan debate over the future course and nature of the bilateral relationship. The US leader tweeted remarks made earlier this week by Wayne Allyn Root, quoting the radio host as saying: “President Trump is... Read more
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Warns of Repercussions to US Economic Sanctions
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned of repercussions to US economic sanctions, which have reduced Tehran’s oil exports by an estimated 80 percent since President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement in May of last year. “The world powers know that if the oil boycott is fully... Read more
Iran Unveils a State-of-the-Art Missile Defense System
Iran has unveiled a state-of-the-art missile defense system designed and manufactured by experts at home as the Islamic Republic marks National Defense Industry Day. The surface-to-air missile system, dubbed Bavar-373, was unveiled during a ceremony on Thursday morning in the presence of President Hassan Rouhani, Defense Minister Brigadier General... Read more
Israel Warplanes Carried Out an Airstrike in the Gaza Strip
Israeli warplanes carried out an airstrike in the Gaza Strip early Thursday in response to a rocket attack from Palestinian territory, according to military sources. Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman Avichay Adraee said the attack targeted Hamas positions across the blockaded enclave. “The attack was carried out in response... Read more
Israel’s Plan to Facilitate Emigration from the Gaza Strip ‘Extremely Dangerous’ says Palestinian Authority
The Palestinian Authority has denounced as “extremely dangerous” Israel’s plan to facilitate emigration from the Gaza Strip. The condemnation came a day after a senior Israeli official said that Jerusalem was willing to cover the cost for Palestinians willing to relocate and would allow them to depart from an... Read more