During debate on ‘child prisoners of the Occupied Palestinian Territories’, pro-Israel MK Andrew Percy displays the rock-throwing ‘incitement dolls’ seized by Israel last month as an example of Palestinian incitement.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Thursday accused a Saudi-led coalition of hitting its embassy in Yemen in an airstrike and even though no damage was visible on the building from the outside, the allegation highlighted how the two countries' standoff could endanger the greater Middle East.
Iran said Thursday it would protest to the UN Security Council after claiming Saudi warplanes bombed its embassy in Yemen, in a new escalation of tensions that have reverberated across the region. The Saudi-led coalition combating Iran-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen denied the accusation, saying no operations were carried out near the mission. Shiite-dominated Iran also announced a ban on imports from its Sunni-ruled rival.
By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) – The diplomatic rupture with Iran triggered by the execution of a Shi’ite cleric was probably a side effect of a decision taken by Saudi Arabia for domestic reasons, rather than the outcome of a deliberate ploy to enrage its regional opponent. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also defense minister, reassured the world on Thursday the crisis would stop short of an all-out war between the Gulf region’s main powers. “A war between Saudi Arabia and Iran is the beginning of a major catastrophe in the region, and it will reflect very strongly on the rest of the world.
Israeli journalist Gideon Levy and Palestinian pastor Mitri Raheb on Thursday won the 2015 Olof Palme human rights prize for their "fight against occupation and violence", the jury said. Levy, a journalist at the left-leaning Israeli daily Haaretz, and Raheb, a preacher and pastor in the Lutheran church in Bethlehem, were honoured for their "courageous and indefatigable fight against occupation and violence, and for a future Middle East characterised by peaceful coexistence and equality for all," the Olof Palme Memorial Fund said in a statement.
New information prompts hearing on allegations that Prime Minister Netanyahu took trips abroad that were improperly founded; attorney general announced in 2014 that there would be no criminal investigation.
Iran said Thursday it would protest to the UN Security Council after it accused Saudi warplanes of deliberately bombing its embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. "During an air raid by Saudi Arabia against Sanaa, a rocket fell near our embassy and unfortunately one of our guards was seriously wounded," Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said, quoted by official news agency IRNA. "We will inform the Security Council of the details of this attack within several hours," he said.
By Tommy Wilkes ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia's foreign minister arrived in Pakistan on Thursday, where he met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is keen to use the two-day visit to defuse spiraling sectarian tension between the Sunni-majority kingdom and Shi'ite Iran. Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric on Saturday inflamed tension across the Middle East and infuriated Iran, Riyadh's main rival in the region. Several of Saudi Arabia's Sunni allies have broken diplomatic ties with Iran after demonstrators ransacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran this weekend.