Sisi: Egypt govt not a party on gas deal with Israel

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said that the Egyptian government is not a party to the recent gas agreement with Israel. Sisi said during his opening of a number of service centers for investors, on Wednesday, that the Egyptian government is not party to a private company’s deal to import quantities of natural gas from Israel. He added that he was very pleased with the Egyptians' involvement in the events taking place in their country. He pointed out that Egypt has nothing to hide ...

Lebanon and Israel: Ominous clouds loom over their border

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Ominous clouds loom over Lebanon and Israel. The two countries are technically still in a state of war, but their common borders have remained without any tension since the 2006 conflict. A UN drawn ‘blue line’ marks their borders both on land and on sea, following Israeli withdrawal from its ‘safe zone’ in southern Lebanon.This demarcation is not definitive and requires signing as part of an eventual peace treaty between Israel and Lebanon and hence is placed under the ...

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Other nations could be part of future Mideast peace talks

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The US State Department said on Tuesday the United States would consider supporting the involvement of other countries in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the future if it believes it would be helpful in reaching an accord. Asked about Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' call on Tuesday for international peace talks, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said: "If at some point we believe that other countries could be helpful to the peace process, we would certainly be ...

The nuclear future of the Middle East

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The middle east is going nuclear. The UAE will be launching its first reactors by the end of this year while Egypt and Kuwait are both in discussions to build their own. Saudi Arabia is looking to build 16 reactors in the kingdom and will also be signing contracts soon. Al Arabiya’s Awad Mustafa spoke to the director general of the UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), Christer Viktorsson, to know what the risks, threats and benefits of nuclear energy are.

Abbas to seek wider peace process in rare UN speech

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will call for an alternative to US-mediated negotiations with Israel during a rare address to the United Nations Security Council, Palestinian officials said Monday. Addressing the council Tuesday for the first time since 2009, the longtime Palestinian leader is expected to call for multiple international powers to facilitate peace negotiations and again criticize the United States’ controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. ...

West Bank settlers grew twice the rate of Israel’s overall population last year

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel’s overall population last year, a settler leader said Monday, predicting that settlement growth would surge even more in the coming years thanks in part to the Trump presidency. Yaakov Katz said that President Donald Trump, backed by a Mideast team dominated by settler supporters, has created a friendly new atmosphere conducive to settlement growth after eight contentious years with the Obama White House ...

Lebanon army chief: Will confront Israeli aggression no matter the cost

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The Lebanese army posted on Twitter a clear message stating that it is ready to face any possible Israeli aggression.Lebanon's army will use every available means to confront any potential "Israeli aggression" no matter the cost, its commander said on Monday. "I affirm again our categorical rejection of the Israeli enemy infringing on Lebanon's sovereignty and its sacred right to exploit all its economic resources," the Lebanese army quoted General Joseph Aoun as ...

Assad’s forces, Hezbollah prepare for Iranian-Israeli confrontation in Syria

Monday, 19 February 2018

The Syrian regime and Hezbollah have begun military preparations in Quneitra’s countryside amid fears that Daraa and Quneitra will turn into an arena for an Israeli-Iranian confrontation. Activists said regime forces and Hezbollah fighters stationed in several areas in Quneitra’s countryside are on security alert. They’ve been arming with heavy weapons and monitoring the area 20 kilometers off the borders with the Occupied Golan Heights. According to analysts there are four ...

Israeli arrests in new corruption probe ‘linked to Netanyahu’

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Israeli police arrested a number of suspects connected to a major communication company on Sunday, in what media said was a new corruption probe linked to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The suspects included “senior figures” in the Bezeq communications group who were detained as part of a new joint investigation including the Israel Securities Authority, a police statement said without giving more details. Israeli media said they were suspected of having been involved in an ...

Iran’s Zarif says Israel’s “myth of invincibility” has crumbled

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Iran’s Foreign Minister said on Sunday the shooting down of an Israeli jet after it bombed an Iranian site in Syria had shattered Israel’s “so-called invincibility”, reacting to a critical speech delivered earlier by Israel’s premier. “Israel uses aggression as a policy against its neighbors,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Munich Security Conference, accusing Israel of “mass reprisals against its neighbors and daily incursions into Syria, ...

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