Donald Trump Seems Confused About Jerusalem

Do you maybe find Middle East politics a bit confusing? Hard to tell all those claims and counterclaims apart, to sort out just who deserves to govern which piece of land? Well, the Trump administration is here to make matters more bewildering and stressful for everyone. First, out of the blue, President Donald Trump announced […]

Christian and Muslim leaders boycott Mike Pence’s Holy Land visit

US vice-president Mike Pence’s mission to the Holy Land to defend its shrinking Christian communities has been torpedoed by the refusal of Christian and Muslim prelates and Palestinian leaders to meet him. The boycott was ignited by outrage over US president Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6th. As this day […]

We don’t need foreign volunteers to defend Lebanon, says Hariri

Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed Thursday that “the Lebanese know how to defend their land and sovereignty” and that “they do not need foreign volunteers under any label.” “We underscore the importance of the government’s dissociation resolution and the need to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of Arab countries,” Hariri said at […]

Israeli troops kill 4 Palestinians, wound 160 who are protesting Trump’s Jerusalem move

Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others with live fire on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital entered a second week. Most of the casualties were on the Gaza Strip border, where thousands of Palestinians gathered to hurl rocks at Israeli […]

Saudi FM: ” If Lebanon had not existed, there should have been a need to invent it”

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Friday reiterated his country’s interest in a stable Lebanon and  denied that Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s  rescinding of  his resignation  was a  “defeat ”  for the kingdom , pointing out that SA will “wait and see” if the PM will be “allowed to implement his political agenda.” “We have backed PM […]

Crisis increased confidence in Lebanese economy, says Central Bank chief

Lebanon’s ability to survive the crisis sparked last month by the premier’s now rescinded resignation has increased confidence in its economy, the governor of the country’s central bank said Friday. Lebanon, chronically feared to be on the brink of default, was shaken last month by an unprecedented crisis that saw Prime Minister Saad Hariri resign […]

Top Iraqi Shi’ite cleric says paramilitaries should be under the control of the Iraqi government

Iraqi Shi‘ite paramilitary groups who took part in the war against Islamic State militants should be incorporated into state security bodies, the nation’s top Shi‘ite cleric said. In a message delivered at the Friday sermon in the holy city of Kerbala through one of his representatives, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said all weapons used in […]

US F-22s intercept Russian jets over Syria, fire warning flares

Two US F-22 stealth fighters intercepted two Russian aircraft Wednesday after the Russian jets crossed the Euphrates River in Syria, flying east of the “de-confliction line” that is supposed to separate Russian and US-led coalition aircraft operating over Syria, two US defense officials told CNN. The US jets fired warning flares during the intercept of […]