Tag: Middle East

U.S. Air Force F-35A’s First Combat Deployment To The Middle East Has Begun

The Joint Strike Fighters will fill the gap left by the recent departure of the service’s F-22 Raptors and bring new capabilities, as well. The U.S. Air Force has sent F-35A Joint Strike Fighters on their first-ever operational deployment to the Middle East. The arrival of stealthy fighter jets to the region comes after the […]

IRANIAN WOMEN SENTENCED TO JAIL FOR REFUSING TO WEAR HIJAB

The image of Vida Movahedi holding her headscarf aloft on a stick at a protest became famous in Iran. The repeat offender will now be punished for “encouraging corruption and debauchery.” She took her traditional hijab off her head and held it aloft on a stick in protest. Now, Vida Movahedi has been sentecnes to […]

‘DEAL OF THE CENTURY’ WILL NOT INCLUDE PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD

According to “The Washington Post,” comments from Kushner and other US officials suggest that “the plan does away with statehood as the starting premise of peace efforts.” The Trump administration’s peace plan, known as the “Deal of the Century” will reportedly include “practical proposals” for improving the lives of Palestinians, but it will probably stop […]

POLICE TO DEPLOY THOUSANDS OF OFFICERS IN JERUSALEM FOR PASSOVER HOLIDAY

On the last day of the holiday, again, police will increase security near the Western Wall. Then, on the Shabbat after yom tov, police will again be called on to secure the Holy Fire Ceremony. More than 3,000 police officers will be deployed across the country, with a focus on Jerusalem, in preparation for and […]

White House sees Egyptian energy forum as a ‘roadmap to Middle East peace’

The Trump administration this week asked Egyptian authorities for a seat at the table at an upcoming energy summit in Cairo, seeking a leading role in the establishment of a major gas forum in the Eastern Mediterranean, two senior administration officials told McClatchy. U.S. national security officials see strategic value in the success of the […]

PA WARNS OF ‘CHAOS’ AND ‘VIOLENCE’ IF NETANYAHU ANNEXES WEST BANK

“If Netanyahu wants to declare Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank, then you know [that] he will face a real problem,” said PA Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki. The Palestinian Authority has warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about any attempt to annex the West Bank, which will lead “to a cycle of violence and chaos.” Speaking […]

QUIET ROLLOUT OF U.S. PEACE PLAN?

Palestinians See Golan Move as Quiet Rollout of U.S. Peace Plan U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan shows it’s rolling out its Middle East peace plan without a formal announcement, and a similar ruling will follow over parts of the West Bank wanted by Palestinians for a future state, the Palestinian foreign minister […]

Trump signs declaration reversing U.S. policy on Golan Heights

President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Monday recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, reversing more than a half-century of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Trump made formal a move he announced in a surprise tweet last week. The president said it […]

SYRIA SAYS U.S. ‘MAIN ENEMY OF ARABS’

Syria has condemned the United States’ decision to recognize Israel’s control over the disputed Golan Heights, which had been considered occupied by the United Nations, in a move bound to disrupt the administration’s ties with the Arab World. President Donald Trump officially announced the U.S. policy reversal Monday during a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister […]

IDF Pounds Gaza After Hamas Rocket Destroys Central Israel Home

Early Monday morning, a surprise rocket attack from Hamas, the Sunni jihadist group that governs the Israel-adjacent Gaza Strip, struck a civilian home in central Israel. Seven were injured, including two infants. The Times of Israel reports: A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck a residential building in central Israel early Monday morning, injuring […]