Hariri returns to Lebanon for first time since surprise resignation

Prime Minister Saad Hariri has returned to Lebanon more than two weeks after his shock resignation while in Saudi Arabia ...
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Israel’s leaders celebrate Commerce Chamber’s Israel branch

Israel’s top leaders join to celebrate Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce’s Israel branch, welcome special guest Anthony Scaramucci.

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U.S. says still in talks with Palestinian Authority, despite Abbas’ declaration to suspend ties

Palestinian president declared a suspension of ties after the U.S. threatened to shut down the PLO mission in Washington over ...
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‘Iran wants to win while Israel wants to tie’

Ken Abramowitz, the chairman of the American Friends of Likud, says democracies have inherent weakness of not seeking victory against ...
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Putin calls Trump, Netanyahu to discuss Syria after surprise Assad meeting

Half-hour call Israeli PM deals with Iran's attempts to gain a foothold in Syria, Israeli source says ...
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‘In war no one refers to the color of your skin’

צילום: טל שחר

At the age of 8, Tamir Elazar walked from Ethiopia to Sudan to reach Israel. At 11, he heard his first racial slur, and struck back. Today a lieutenant colonel in the IDF, he understands the reasons for the recent protests by the Ethiopian Israeli community, and has a message for them.

Egypt court sentences Mubarak to three years for corruption

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak sits in the defendants' cage in between his sons Gamal (L) and Alaa as they listen to the verdict in their hearing in a retrial for embezzlement in Cairo on May 9, 2015An Egyptian court Saturday sentenced ousted president Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison on corruption accusations, after he was cleared of murder charges in another case. Mubarak and his sons Alaa and Gamal, also sentenced to three years, were present in the caged dock, wearing suits and sunglasses. The three had all been arrested in 2011, months after Mubarak was toppled in a popular 18-day uprising after three decades in power.


Djibouti president warns of Yemen’s risks to region

Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti, speaks during an interview with AFP at the State House Djibouti on May 6, 2015Djibouti's president has warned Yemen's civil war and a resurgent Al-Qaeda pose a threat to the Middle East, but pledged continuing support to refugees fleeing the conflict, he told AFP in an interview. Ismail Omar Guelleh said the war in Yemen, on the other side of a narrow sea channel from the Horn of African nation of Djibouti, was stoking dangerous rivalries between Shiite and Sunni Muslims, bolstering Al-Qaeda's franchise in the country and posing wider risks for the region. Guelleh also warned the violence could allow the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) franchise to expand its power and control. AQAP "is taking advantage of these renewed tensions between Sunnis and Shiites… this may create a big gap between Yemeni people, who had never felt the difference between the two communities," Guelleh said in an interview at the presidential palace in Djibouti.


Iran urges more active British diplomacy after Cameron win

Britain's Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron and his wife Samantha are applauded by staff upon entering 10 Downing Street in London on May 8, 2015A top adviser to the Iranian president called on Saturday for a more active British foreign policy in the Middle East after Prime Minister David Cameron's upset election victory. The remarks by Hamid Aboutalebi, President Hassan Rouhani's deputy chief of staff for political affairs, come as six major powers, including Britain, seek a nuclear deal with the Islamic republic. Aboutalebi complained that in the negotiations that led to a framework accord last month Britain had taken a back seat, and called for a more active role in the efforts under way to reach a full agreement by June 30. "British policy in the region and on the nuclear issue in recent years has been far from the capacities of that country and has been overshadowed by American policy," he tweeted.