Tag: Middle East

Trump increases staff for Israeli-Palestinian peace team

US President Donald Trump is adding staff to his Middle East peace team ahead of its rollout of a plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.   The White House policy team, currently centered on three of the president’s closest advisers, is recruiting staffers from other government agencies to help them message the plan to the […]

As US pushes for Middle East peace, Saudi king reassures allies, Middle East News & Top Stories

Saudi Arabia has reassured Arab allies that it will not endorse any Middle East peace plan that fails to address Jerusalem’s status or refugees’ right of return, easing their concerns that the kingdom might back a nascent United States deal which aligns with Israel on key issues.King Salman’s private guarantees to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas […]

Cracks emerge in Palestinian Authority’s boycott of U.S. peace plan

Leading Palestinian politicians have voiced concerns in recent days over the prospect of the United States being excluded from acting as mediator in peace talks with Israel. They do not believe that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ boycott on American officials— imposed in the wake of Washington’s recognition in December of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital—is […]

State Comptroller: ‘Major earthquake would kill 7,000, destroy bridges’

The State Comptroller, retired judge Yosef Shapira, published the report on “State Preparedness for an Earthquake” on Wednesday afternoon, which examines the preparedness of national infrastructures and buildings in the State of Israel.   In light of recent earthquakes in the north, the State Comptroller instructed the publication of the report, which presents an up-to-date […]

Syrian army says it captures strategic hill overlooking Israeli border

The Syrian army has taken control of a strategic hill that overlooks the Golan Heights, state television said on Monday.It said the army had taken control of al-Haara hill in the second day of an offensive to seize remaining parts of southwest Syria that are in rebel hands and are close to the border with […]

Trump team to use Gaza aid as pressure on Palestinian Authority to return to peace talks

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is doubling down on its push for an international humanitarian aid package to the Gaza Strip, hoping that doing so will demonstrate its commitment to the Palestinians and politically pressure the Palestinian Authority to engage with its Mideast peace plan.   According to a report in The Washington Post, Jared […]

Next Middle East War Is Most Likely to Start In These Places, According to New Report

Escalating violence in two nations may threaten to plunge the already restive Middle East into a deeper conflict involving regional and international powers, according to the latest report by a leading monitor.The Belgium-based International Crisis Group describes its “U.S.-Iran Trigger List” as “an early-warning platform to monitor, analyze and provide regular updates on key and increasingly flashpoints between Iran […]

Kushner: US plan will be public if Abbas doesn’t ‘Come back to the table’

Washington is willing to engage with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas if he returns to negotiations, but if he is not willing, the United States will likely air its long-awaited blueprint for peace publicly, Jared Kushner said in a rare interview published Sunday in a Palestinian newspaper.Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, […]

Netanyahu: Israel will hit Iran throughout Syria, not only along border

Israel will strike against Iranian efforts to entrench itself militarily throughout Syria, and not only along the Syrian-Israeli border, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the weekend.Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet meeting that he spoke with both men and discussed the region, with an […]

Ambassador Friedman in Washington to Plan ‘Peace Deal of the Century’

US ambassador to Israel David Friedman has been called for urgent discussions on the Middle East peace plan at the White House and will therefore be absent from a conference of the American Jewish Committee in Jerusalem, Israel Hayom reported Sunday night.Ambassador Friedman left a recorded greeting for the conference delegates, saying, “I’m sorry I cannot […]