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  • Turkey and Iran are engaging in new operations in Africa - reports

    09/18/2020 3:30:29 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 7 replies
    jpost ^ | 9/18/20 | Seth Frantzman
    Call it a new 'Great Game' or war for hearts and minds, or just influence peddling, but Iran and Turkey are now engaged in greater efforts to expand their role in Africa. This comes as Russia and China are also extending networks on the continent. It is important to understand that this is in the context of the US generally reducing its global role and comes around 60 years after European colonialism was rolled back. The increasing footprint of Iran and Turkey have caused concern for other states that view their role as belligerent. That means that Gulf media is...

    09/18/2020 2:30:51 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 16 replies
    Israel365news ^ | 9/17/20 | David Sidman
    US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that “five or six” more countries are close to following the UAE and Bahrain in signing peace deals with Israel. And although he wouldn’t reveal the identity of these countries, an official in the Palestinian Authority may have. According to Israel’s state run Kann News, Israel is in normalization talks with Oman, Sudan, Comoro Islands, Djibouti and Mauritania. All of those countries are Muslim and with the exception of Oman, all are African. Mauritania, a member of the Arab League, may not come as a surprise as Nouakchott said it trusts the “wisdom...
  • Why Trump Deserves Credit For Brokering Mideast Peace Deals

    09/17/2020 7:39:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 17, 2020 | John Daniel Davidson
    For decades, foreign policy experts—the blob—assumed much about the Middle East that has turned out to be completely wrong. It’s been remarkable to watch the mainstream press and official Washington try to downplay the significance of the peace deal the Trump administration brokered between Israel and two Arab states this week.The signing of the Abraham Accords on Tuesday between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain at the White House, which for the first time normalized relations between Israel and the two Persian Gulf states, is by any measure historic. It’s been 26 years since any Arab state recognized Israel,...
  • The News as We Once Knew it Is Dead

    09/17/2020 4:30:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | September 17, 2020 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In 2017, the liberal Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University found that 93 percent of CNN's coverage of the Trump administration was negative. The center found similarly negative Trump coverage at other major news outlets. The election year 2020 has only accelerated that asymmetrical bias -- to the point that major newspapers and network and cable news organizations are now fused with the Joe Biden campaign. Sometimes stories are covered only in terms of political agendas. Take COVID-19. The media assure us that the Trump administration's handling of the pandemic has been a disaster. But...
  • Trump’s Middle East Peace Deals Proved ‘Experts’ And Pundits Wrong

    09/16/2020 10:43:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 16, 2020 | Helen Raleigh
    Rather than acknowledging they were wrong and having the grace to celebrate the Trump administration's historical breakthrough, leftist pundits are busy trashing these agreements as 'no big deal.' History was made Sept. 15, 2020, when President Donald Trump hosted the signing of the Abraham Accords, peace treaties among Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain. This extraordinary accomplishment could lead nations in the region to eventually end decades of conflicts and finally bring peace in the Middle East. Before the official signing ceremony, Trump told reporters that at least five or six Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, would be “coming...
  • The art of the peace deal, Trump’s masterful détente

    09/16/2020 4:35:13 AM PDT · by karpov · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 16, 2020 | Michael Goodwin
    Before Tuesday’s remarkable events began at the White House, Palestinians in the West Bank dutifully protested the decisions by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to recognize Israel’s right to exist. Later, during the ceremony, Palestinians in Gaza fired two rockets into southern Israel, inflicting minor injuries on two civilians. The rage of the Arab Street ain’t what it used to be. Even the limited expressions of anger were mostly for television cameras. The Palestinians could have had their own state several times over the last two decades, but could never take yes for an answer, so now the train...
  • Jeb: Trump administration deserves credit

    09/15/2020 3:42:33 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 54 replies
    Jeb Bush Twitter ^ | 9/15/20 | Jeb!
    Trump administration deserves credit for its part in this positive news.— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) September 15, 2020
  • Syrian air defenses thwart suspected Israeli attack on Aleppo, seven dead

    09/11/2020 3:41:27 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 35 replies
    jpost ^ | 9/11/20 | reuters
    Syrian air defenses thwarted an Israeli attack on Aleppo city, Syrian state television said on Friday. The attack reportedly left seven militia men of the Iraqi Hezbollah dead, and the death toll is expected to rise due to the severity of ensuing causalities, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. The organization added that unidentified jets, which Syria suspects to be Israeli, struck Hezbollah targets five km away from Qallat Al-Rahbah on the outskirts of Al-Mayadeen city in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.
  • Explosion occurs at military warehouse in Jordan

    09/11/2020 3:35:42 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 9/11/20 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    A massive explosion occurred overnight Thursday at a military warehouse on the outskirts of the Jordanian city of Zarqa, Arab News reported. The installation, east of the city, contained idle mortar bombs belonging to the armed forces, said Amjad Adaileh, minister of state for media affairs. The Jordanian Army said that an explosion occurred in one of the munitions depots under dismantling. The fire was caused by an electrical short circuit. "According to the Armed Forces headquarters, until this moment, no injuries were recorded as a result of the explosion," Adaileh said. The installation is located away from civilian areas...
  • Trump’s triumph with UAE-Israel accord has unleashed a ‘preference cascade’ of Middle East peace developments; A dam has broken and our media are desperate to avert our eyes from it.

    09/11/2020 7:15:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/11/2020 | Thomas Lifson
    A dam has broken and our media are desperate to avert our eyes from it.  I am stunned at the succession of positive developments that has followed the announcement almost a month ago that the United Arab Emirates is normalizing relations with Israel. Momentum is accelerating toward the long dreamed-of goal of peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors. I have to pinch myself after writing such a thing to remind myself that decade after decade of strenuous effort has failed, frustrating presidents of both parties and stymieing plan after plan put forth by diplomats and NGOs. Yet, improbable...

    09/09/2020 6:19:41 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 29 replies
    israel365news ^ | 9/8/20 | JNS
    Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, special aide to the president of the Islamic Parliament of Iran, said on Sunday that the United Arab Emirates had made a “big mistake” in normalizing relations with Israel. In an interview with Iran’s Arabic-language Al-Alam TV, Amir-Abdollahian, formerly Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, said that establishing relations with “the cancer of the region, the Zionist entity,” was not in the UAE’s interest. The UAE may very well have upset its own security and stability with this move because Israel upsets the stability everywhere it is present, said the Iranian official, who added that...
  • 11 dead in alleged Israeli airstrikes in Syria - report

    09/02/2020 9:36:00 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 12 replies
    jpost ^ | 9/1/2020 | jpost staff
    Eleven people were killed in alleged Israeli airstrikes near Damascus on Monday night, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). Syrian air defenses intercepted missiles over the southern region of the country on Monday near Damascus, state television cited a Syrian military source as saying. The source accused Israel of being behind the attacks. The strikes reportedly killed seven Iranian-backed militants of non-Syrian nationalities and three Syrian soldiers, according to SOHR. A civilian woman was killed by shrapnel in the strikes as well. The state news agency SANA, cited a military source as saying that only two people...
  • The Abraham Accord: Peace is moving slowly but surely in Middle East between Israel and her Arab neighbors

    08/29/2020 9:02:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/29/2020 | Michael Youssef
    President Trump and his administration facilitated a historic, world-changing peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The “Abraham Accord” is the first peace treaty since the Israel-Jordan treaty signed 26 years ago. This was a stroke of diplomatic genius and I applaud the hard work of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the countless others. I remember Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat’s courageous visit to Israel in 1977 and the resulting peace between the two countries. I was nearly 30 at the time, and even though I had left Egypt many years earlier, I was thrilled at the...
  • Israeli military and intelligence assessments see Turkey as growing threat

    08/23/2020 6:17:26 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 14 replies
    jpost ^ | 8/23/2020 | Seth Frantzman
    While Israelis have been celebrating the new potential ties with the United Arab Emirates, the Turkish ruling party is angling across the Mediterranean in Istanbul to become a much larger challenge to the Jewish state in the coming years. Ankara’s current regime under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been increasingly hostile to Israel for the last decade, comparing the country to Nazi Germany and vowing to “liberate” Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. Now reports indicate that intelligence and military assessments in Israel see Ankara as a challenge and threat. A recent article in The Times noted that Mossad head Yossi Cohen...
  • Russian general killed in Syria, Moscow so far silent about response

    08/23/2020 6:10:42 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 19 replies
    JPost ^ | 8/23/2020 | Seth Frantzman
    A Russian major-general was killed in Syria last week, but the important incident has not yet led to escalation or repercussions. According to reports Russian Maj.-Gen. Vyacheslav Gladkikh was killed along with the commander of the local National Defense Forces (NDF) during a patrol. A “roadside bomb” killed him, according to footage posted online and reports at Rudaw, Al-Monitor and other channels. This is what is known about the incident. On August 18, the Russian military leader was traveling in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province, apparently on the western side of the Euphrates River, when an improvised explosive device exploded. Rudaw,...
  • This is the reason why American Jews hate the Israel-UAE deal

    08/20/2020 7:10:09 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 34 replies
    INN ^ | 8/19/2020 | Israel News Talk Radio
    Howie Silbiger discusses American Democrats, most of them anti-President Trump. According to him, the deal between Israel and the UAE is one of the greatest achievements of recent decades - certainly when it comes to the Middle East. So why are there Jews in the US who do not like the deal and criticize it? Howie says these are narrow-minded people who are jealous of the fact that the one who ultimately brings peace to the Middle East is a Republican president, not just a politician but the President Trump they abhore.
  • The Remaking of the Middle East

    08/19/2020 3:56:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | August 18, 2020 | Ben Shapiro
    This week, while all eyes have been on the Democratic National Convention taking place via Zoom, truly historic events have occurred in the Middle East: a long-awaited peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, including full normalization of relations; presumed peace deals to follow between Israel and Sudan, Oman and Bahrain; the possibility on the horizon of a similar deal with Saudi Arabia. These are not only historic events; they are unmitigated goods: the recognition of a Jewish state in the Middle East is the precondition to any peace in the Middle East. And the formation of a...
  • The Middle East Is Listening to America

    08/18/2020 5:34:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | August 18, 2020 | Jeff Ballabon
    Editor's Note: This piece was coauthored by Bruce Abramson.It’s hard to miss the stakes for America in November’s election. President Trump and the GOP base inhabit a starkly different world than do Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and progressive Democrats. That difference transcends mere policy debate; America’s political parties operate on different moral planes. In no foreign context is that moral divergence clearer than the Middle East. Two recent events illuminate the gap: The Biden-led 2020 Democrat Platform, and the UAE/Israel pact that President Trump brokered. The election will determine whether the Middle East continues on the path towards stability and...
  • President Trump’s Successes in the Middle East Are Historic: ISIS Is Destroyed, Iranian Regime Is Contained and First Peace Treaty in Region in 25 Years

    08/17/2020 10:07:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 08/17/2020 | Joe Hoft
    President Trump is destroying Obama’s insane Middle East policies one day at a time and the world is a much safer place. Politico Magazine surprisingly uncovered and released a report critical of the Obama Administration shortly after the 2016 election entitled, “The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook“. The long piece started: In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation.The campaign,...
  • Five countries that could be next to make peace with Israel

    08/16/2020 11:23:03 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 45 replies
    jpost ^ | 8/16/2020 | Seth Frantzman
    In the wake of the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, there are rumors that several other states could be next to sign an agreement with Israel. While there are hurdles to normalizing relations with some states in the Middle East, there are others who view the UAE decision as a trial balloon and will react positively based on how the next weeks and months play out between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi. What follows is a list of some countries that reports suggest may be in line to normalize relations. Bahrain Bahrain was long thought to...