Tag: Middle East

Iraq turns to China’s ‘Belt and Road,’ challenging U.S. dominance in Middle East

China’s path to economic dominance in the 21st century runs directly through the Middle East, with Beijing banking on forging multibillion-dollar partnerships with Iraq, Pakistan and even war-torn Syria to provide fuel in its quest to supplant the U.S. as the world’s top power. Iraq’s unexpected announcement last fall that it intends to join Beijing’s […]

King Abdullah: Annexation talk absence of gov’t harms Israel-Jordan ties

Jordan’s King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein spoke with France24 this week about the West Bank annexation and US President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century.” Israeli annexation plans and its absence of a government are harming Jordan’s relations with the Jewish state, King Abdullah told France 24 in an interview published on Monday. Regarding […]

Arab League chief accuses Iran of ‘destabilizing Middle East’

Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit, speaking to Arab media outlets on Sunday, blamed Iran for the violent events in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and Lebanon. “More than ever, Iran is threatening stability in the Middle East and endangering world peace in general due to its destructive regional aspirations,” he said. Aboul Gheit stressed the need […]

Is Trump Right About Middle-East Peace?

Like US presidents before him, Donald Trump may well fail to secure an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. But by proposing an agreement instead of merely trying to broker one between the two sides, he could yet establish a model for his successors to follow. By withdrawing American troops from northern Syria, US President Donald Trump has […]

Syrian and Turkish armies in deadly border clash

The armies of Syria and Turkey traded deadly fire Tuesday for the first time since Ankara launched an anti-Kurdish offensive in early October, as Russia announced Kurdish forces had withdrawn from the border area. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Kurdish forces had pulled back from the entire border as per a deal struck between […]

Biden says Kushner has no ‘credentials’ to be drafting Middle East peace plans

Joe Biden called it “improper” for US President Donald Trump to have his daughter and son-in-law hold positions in the White House, suggesting in a CBS interview Sunday that Jared Kushner is not qualified to weigh in on the complex affairs assigned by his father-in-law, such as Israeli-Palestinian peace. That assessment, which the Democratic presidential […]

Iran Has Deployed Missiles in Yemen That Could Hit Israel, Netanyahu Says

Iran trying to obtain precision missiles to hit every target in the Middle East, says Netanyahu. U.S. to ramp up economic pressure on Iran, Mnuchin tells PM. Iran has begun deploying missiles in Yemen in order to strike Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday. Speaking with visiting U.S. Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin, […]

Kushner meets Blue and White heads seeking to unseat Netanyahu

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and other top US officials met with Blue and White Party leaders Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid on Monday for the first time, amid efforts by the politicians to cobble together a ruling coalition. The sides discussed “the strong relationship and unbreakable alliance between the United States and Israel, […]

Jared Kushner meets PM Netanyahu, rival Benny Gantz in Israel

US President’s son-in-law and a senior advisor Jared Kushner met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kahol Lavan Chairman Benny Gantz at the Prime Minister’s office and the US embassy in Jeruselum on Monday. It was the first time that Gantz and Kushner have met as part of his trip to the region where he […]

Protests rattle the postwar order in Lebanon and Iraq

Will there be Middle East peace? Tens of thousands of people, many of them young and unemployed men, thronged public squares and blocked main streets Friday in the capitals of Iraq and Lebanon in unprecedented, spontaneous anti-government revolts in two countries scarred by long conflicts. Demonstrators in Iraq were beaten back by police firing live […]