Visegrad summit in Jerusalem collapses after Poland pulled out over Nazi remark

Poland on Monday pulled out of a summit in Jerusalem, triggering the collapse of the entire meeting, after the acting Israeli foreign minister said that Poles “collaborated with the Nazis” and “sucked anti-Semitism with their mothers’ milk.” The developments mark a new low in a bitter conflict between Poland and Israel over how to remember […]

Livni warns “democracy is in danger” and “peace became a dirty word” as she quits Israeli politics

One of Israel’s most prominent dovish politicians, former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, said on Monday she was leaving politics and warned “democracy is in danger”. A former peace negotiator with the Palestinians, Livni won recognition abroad for her part in U.S.-brokered talks that aimed to end the decades-old conflict and which collapsed in 2014.But her […]

ISIS holding 1,000 civilians, US-backed Syria force says

By SARAH EL DEEB Islamic State militants are preventing more than 1,000 civilians from leaving a tiny area still held by the extremist group in a village in eastern Syria, a spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian militia fighting the group said Sunday. “Regrettably, Daesh have closed all the roads,” Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the […]

Polish PM cancels Israel visit amid new Holocaust tensions

A Polish government official says Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will not attend a meeting in Israel starting Monday amid new tensions between the two countries over how to remember Polish behavior during the Holocaust. Michal Dworczyk, who heads Morawiecki’s chancellery, announced the change of plans on Sunday. Netanyahu made an off-hand comment last week during […]

Saudi crown prince starts Asia tour in Pakistan— and stirs regional rivalry

Investment deals were to top the agenda during the Saudi crown prince’s latest Asian tour. But tensions in the region have exposed Riyadh’s role in the geopolitical brinkmanship plaguing the continent. Pigeons, balloons, luxury hotel suits and high-end BMWs have been making headlines in Pakistan over the past few days as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed […]

Poland summons Israeli ambassador to clarify Netanyahu Holocaust comments

Poland summoned Israel’s ambassador on Friday and threatened to scupper a summit in Jerusalem after reported comments in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to accuse the Polish nation of complicity in the Nazi Holocaust. Netanyahu’s office said in a statement that the prime minister, who was in Warsaw for a US-sponsored Middle East conference, […]

U.S. willing to meet with Maduro to negotiate his exit, as military helps deliver aid to Venezuela

As the US continues to work to bolster the administration of self-declared interim Venezuelan President Juan Guaido — including using US military aircraft to deliver humanitarian aid — a senior administration official says the US would be willing to meet with Nicolas Maduro to negotiate his exit. Maduro reportedly extended an invitation to the US […]