Middle East

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There’s always something happening in the Middle East. It is a geographical area that has been at the forefront of the news cycle for generations, and the events there effect the entire world. Things change fast and without much prior notice. Syndicated World News keeps you informed with unbiased reliable information.

  • Tunisian pundits handed one-year prison sentences
    on May 22, 2024 at 10:00 pm

    Two Tunisian media figures on Wednesday received one-year sentences for “spreading false news” and “defaming” others after making comments the authorities deemed critical, a court spokesman said.Broadcaster Borhen Bssais and political commentator Mourad Zeghidi were arrested in mid-May under Decree 54, a 2022 law which critics have said is being used to stifle political dissent.

  • Khamenei leads Raisi’s funeral attended by tens of thousands of Iranians, regional leaders
    by Adam Lucente on May 22, 2024 at 8:41 pm

    Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, along with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and a number of other officials.

  • Khamenei leads Raisi’s funeral attended by tens of thousands of Iranians, regional leaders
    by Adam Lucente on May 22, 2024 at 8:41 pm

    Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, along with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and a number of other officials.

  • Khamenei leads Raisi’s funeral attended by tens of thousands of Iranians, regional leaders
    by Adam Lucente on May 22, 2024 at 8:41 pm

    Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, along with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and a number of other officials.

  • Khamenei leads Raisi’s funeral attended by tens of thousands of Iranians, regional leaders
    by Adam Lucente on May 22, 2024 at 8:41 pm

    Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, along with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and a number of other officials.

  • New US bill advances, creates ‘double standard’ for Israel weapons sales
    by Megan Mineiro on May 22, 2024 at 7:32 pm

    Nine Democrats supported the bill that Republicans say stops the president from “circumventing congressional intent.”

  • New US bill advances, creates ‘double standard’ for Israel weapons sales
    by Megan Mineiro on May 22, 2024 at 7:32 pm

    Nine Democrats supported the bill that Republicans say stops the president from “circumventing congressional intent.”

  • New US bill advances, creates ‘double standard’ for Israel weapons sales
    by Megan Mineiro on May 22, 2024 at 7:32 pm

    Nine Democrats supported the bill that Republicans say stops the president from “circumventing congressional intent.”

  • Norway, Ireland, Spain to recognise Palestinian state
    on May 22, 2024 at 7:00 pm

    Norway, Ireland and Spain on Wednesday announced they will recognise a Palestinian state from next week, highlighting the European Union’s deep split over the issue as the Israel-Hamas war rages.The three nations hope other countries will follow suit, but France said now was not the right moment — yet Paris noted recognition was not “taboo”.

  • India’s Modi ‘deeply concerned’ about Saudi King Salman’s health
    by Adam Lucente on May 22, 2024 at 5:55 pm

    The 88-year-old king has faced health setbacks in recent weeks, prompting Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to cancel a trip to Japan.

  • India’s Modi ‘deeply concerned’ about Saudi King Salman’s health
    by Adam Lucente on May 22, 2024 at 5:55 pm

    The 88-year-old king has faced health setbacks in recent weeks, prompting Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to cancel a trip to Japan.

  • India’s Modi ‘deeply concerned’ about Saudi King Salman’s health
    by Adam Lucente on May 22, 2024 at 5:55 pm

    The 88-year-old king has faced health setbacks in recent weeks, prompting Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to cancel a trip to Japan.

  • India’s Modi ‘deeply concerned’ about Saudi King Salman’s health
    by Adam Lucente on May 22, 2024 at 5:55 pm

    The 88-year-old king has faced health setbacks in recent weeks, prompting Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to cancel a trip to Japan.

  • Re: Illegal Israeli settlers attack Palestinian village in West Bank
    by sk on May 22, 2024 at 5:43 pm

    There they go. The most lunatic of them all with the criminal chromosomes.

  • Re: US warns Israel of ‘major insurgency’ if there is ‘full-on’ assault on Rafah – Middle East Monitor
    by sk on May 22, 2024 at 5:40 pm

    Blah blah blah good cop bad cop

  • Re: UK Premier announces general election on 4 July
    by sk on May 22, 2024 at 5:39 pm

    So when they rig it for him they can say he won because he is appealing to the majority.

  • Reported US-Israel plan for Gaza ‘day after’ leaves enclave in ‘permanent instability’
    by Umar A Farooq on May 22, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    Reported US-Israel plan for Gaza ‘day after’ leaves enclave in ‘permanent instability’ The Washington Post reported the plan includes regular military raids in Gaza, modelled after West Bank raids Umar A Farooq Wed, 05/22/2024 – 18:29 Israeli troops patrol a street during a military operation in northern Gaza Strip amid continuing battles between Israel and Hamas, on 22 November 2023 (Ahikam Seri/AFP) A recent report in The Washington Post highlighted that conversations between top US officials about a potential end to Israel’s war on Gaza are formulating into a multi-step plan but a “still-fuzzy day after”. The reported five-point plan, however, does not describe a concrete end to an Israeli security presence in Gaza and paves the way for an ongoing Israeli occupation of the Strip with Hamas unable to be fully eliminated. One aspect of the plan that Israel has finalised is its assault on Rafah, the southernmost city in Gaza where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have fled since the start of Israel’s war. The invasion would not be the full-scale one Israeli leaders were touting earlier this year, and would, according to US officials, be a “more limited assault” that Washington thinks “will result in fewer civilian casualties”. Nothing in the outline from The Washington Post articulates US concerns about the humanitarian crisis and refugee crisis that the plan – which the report says Biden wouldn’t oppose – could cause in Rafah. Israeli forces already launched an assault on Rafah earlier this month, seizing the crossing with Egypt and putting a halt to the aid that was trickling into Gaza from there. Egypt has said that Israeli operations are preventing humanitarian aid from entering through the Rafah crossing, and Israel – and as of this week, the Biden administration – have laid the blame for the closure of Rafah squarely on Egypt. Israel’s lack of military gains against Hamas are being felt in Washington Read More » The Post’s report also says that Hamas will continue to have a presence in Gaza, a conclusion that runs counter to Israel’s main objective since October, which has been the full eradication of Hamas. “If you look at it from a narrow military lens, then fine, Israel has managed to degrade Hamas. And Israel has probably managed to ensure that Hamas cannot repeat October 7 for many years to come,” Adam Weinstein, deputy director of the Middle East programme at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, told Middle East Eye. “But at the same time, what it’s created instead is a permanent instability. And so, it depends whether they want to focus on a political solution or a narrow military solution. But a narrow military solution will inevitably fail without a political solution and that’s the crux of this problem.” The military strategy of Israel has begun to receive increased criticism from Washington, with the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff General Charles Brown berating Israel’s lack of gains in Gaza. “Not only do you have to actually go in and clear out whatever adversary you are up against, you have to go in, hold the territory and then you’ve got to stabilise it,” Brown said. Another key US objective that has gone by the wayside and is crucial to preventing a compounding humanitarian crisis is ceasefire talks, which have seen little to no progress since Israel rejected a CIA-mediated peace proposal earlier this month. Qatar, a key country in negotiations between Israel and Hamas, on Tuesday said that talks are “close to stalemate”, and Egypt, another key mediator, on Wednesday threatened to pull out from negotiations because of “attempted doubts over its role”. ‘A future intifada’ Israel’s war on Gaza has been going on for eight months now, and so far, Israeli forces have killed more than 35,000 Palestinians, most of whom are women and children, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Israeli forces have also targeted schools, hospitals, and UN shelters, while also killing journalists, healthcare workers, and aid workers. Rights groups have accused Israel of committing war crimes in the enclave, a charge Israel denies. Yet eight months in, Palestinian fighters are still able to target Israeli forces throughout the area, with three Israeli soldiers being killed in northern Gaza on Wednesday. The rough outline of the “day after” plan in Gaza that was reported states that Israeli leaders say 75 percent of Hamas’s “organised military capacity has been destroyed” but that the Palestinian group will continue to be embedded in the local population. A recent report by Politico also said that according to US intelligence, only about 30-35 percent of Hamas fighters have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, and 65 percent of Gaza’s tunnels are intact. Neither report mentions how much damage has been done to other armed groups operating in Gaza, including Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and it’s unclear whether the reported US and Israeli intelligence identifies those groups as Hamas. The solution reportedly outlined by US officials is that Israel will plan to “conduct regular raids” as it does in the West Bank. “Indeed, the West Bank might be a model for how Gaza evolves going forward,” David Ignatius wrote in the column for the Post. Weinstein said that if the plan being floated is to model Gaza after the occupied West Bank, where Israeli security forces have launched regular military raids, to a deadly effect, even before October, it will set the stage for increased instability. “If your goal was to degrade Hamas enough that Hamas could not present a credible threat to Israel for let’s say the next 10 years, then fine I suppose it makes sense. If your goal is to have stability and ensure that you don’t face another intifada in the future, then it doesn’t make sense,” Weinstein said. “What Israel has allowed the settlers to do and what Israel has done in the West Bank in terms of these various raids that often kill innocent people is setting the stage for a future intifada.” Israel’s war on Gaza Washington News

  • Re: Israel minister: Build a new settlement for every country that recognises Palestine
    by Mike D. on May 22, 2024 at 5:25 pm

    Why build new settlements when they’ll have to be bulldozed later when the Palestinians return after that 2nd state is recognized?Panicky reaction on Smotrich’s part.

  • Re: What’s missing in the historic ICC decision to bring Israeli leaders to justice for war crimes?
    by Helen44Yemen on May 22, 2024 at 5:18 pm

    The Arabs are a Middle Eastern people and the European Jews are a European people and these two people never knew each other and they never met! Why do you want to intrude on the land of others where you do not belong?

  • Re: US warns Israel of ‘major insurgency’ if there is ‘full-on’ assault on Rafah – Middle East Monitor
    by Mike D. on May 22, 2024 at 5:18 pm

    Maybe.Why do you think Israel allowed the Palestinians to build 400 miles of tunnels. Surely their intel service(s) must have known.Whats to prevent more arms from being smuggled in today’s tunnels and tomorrow’s tunnels?How exactly did all of Hamas’s weaponry get into Gaza, with Israel’s walls on 3 sides and water on the 4th? Through the tunnels? In aid trucks.For all you know there are major weapons caches all over the place, underground in Gaza.Time will tell.#ForeverWar

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