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Syria ceasefire reflects big power diplomacy

The latest ceasefire in south-west Syria, negotiated by the United States and Russia, is a clear reflection of increasing US-Russian cooperation in the country. Whilst this is a welcome development in terms of managing the broader strategic ramifications of the Syrian conflict, nonetheless it falls far short of adequately addressing the real issues on the ground. The evolving Russo-American strategy appears to take aim at the strength of both the Syrian government and its armed adversaries. In so far as the Syrian rebels are concerned this strategy is premised on the “divide and rule” doctrine in so far as it seeks to destroy any unified rebel leadership by way of localising the conflict. In respect to the Syrian government, these […]


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Israeli embassy staff in Jordan returned to Israel

The staff of Israel’s embassy in Jordan, including a security guard involved in a shooting incident in which two Jordanians were killed, returned to Israel from Amman on Monday, an official from the Israeli prime minister’s office said. Sunday’s fatal shooting incident tested already tense relations between Israel and Jordan, one of two Arab states with which it has peace treaties. Jordan had wanted to question the guard, who was slightly hurt, but Israel said he had diplomatic immunity and should be repatriated. The security guard shot dead a Jordanian who stabbed him with a screwdriver in the Amman mission compound in an incident on Sunday night in which a Jordanian bystander was also killed, Israel said. Israel’s foreign ministry […]


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Embassy security guard returned to Israel from Jordan

Staff at the Israeli Embassy in Jordan are returning to Tel Aviv, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced today, they include . “The Israeli diplomats in Amman, headed by Ambassador Einat Shlein, have returned safely to Israel a short while ago via the Allenby bridge,” said Ofir Gendelman, Netanyahu’s spokesman, announced on Twitter. The Security officer who was injured in the stabbing attack that was perpetrated in Amman has also returned to Israel. — Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) July 24, 2017 “The return of the Embassy personnel was made possible thanks to the close cooperation that took place over the past 24 hrs b/w Israel&Jordan,” Gendelman said. “PM Netanyahu spoke a short while ago with Israel’s Ambassador to […]


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Israel MK: We will launch another Nakba

An Israeli minister has warned Palestinians that if they do not stop protesting against the occupation’s latest measures in Al-Aqsa Mosque there will be a mass expulsion and ethnic cleansing campaign against them, 972mag has reported. In a posted on Facebook, Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi wrote: “Remember ’48… Remember ’67”, in reference to the Nakba, the forced expulsion of Palestinians in 1948 and the creation of the State of Israel, and the Naksa, Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. “This is how a ‘Nakba’ begins.” “You’ve already paid that crazy price twice for your leaders. Don’t try us again because the result won’t be any different. You’ve been warned!” he concluded.


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Jordan: Calls for prisoner exchange deal with Israel

The Committee for the Families of Jordanian Prisoners and Missing Persons today demanded the Jordanian Government only hand over a guard at the Israeli Embassy in Amman who killed two Jordanian citizens yesterday, if it is part of an exchange deal that includes the release of Jordanian prisoners. In a press release, the committee urged that the murderer of Jordanian citizens in the vicinity of the occupation’s embassy in Amman yesterday should be punished, and the event should be used to secure the freedom of Jordanian prisoners and uncover the fate of other missing persons. The committee appealed to the martyrs’ family not to accept the release of the murderer of their son except on the condition that he be […]


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Israel MKs rebuilding outpost after court orders demolition

Two prominent Israeli politicians yesterday participated in the inauguration of a monument that was rebuilt in the illegal settlement outpost of Netiv HaAvot after the Israeli Supreme Court ordered the outpost’s demolition and the evacuation of all settlers. Yair Lapid, the head of the Yesh Atid party, and Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the ultra-right-wing Jewish Home Party,  joined settlers at the ceremony to mark what settlers consider to be the beginning of a campaign against the Supreme Court decision. The MKs were called on to work towards annulling the court’s decision. The Supreme Court issued a decision to demolish and evacuate the settlement outpost by March 2018, giving Israeli authorities a year and a half to implement […]


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Israel closes embassy in Turkey

Israel today instructed its embassy in Turkey to close all diplomatic missions and headquarters in the country, Ma’an reported. The news site said Israeli media had broadcast that the Foreign Ministry had requested the closure of the Israeli Embassy and consulates throughout Turkey for fear of a backlash as a result of the protests in Jerusalem and Israel’s restrictive actions at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Read: UN warns of escalation if no Al-Aqsa solution by Friday The closure comes after two Jordanians were killed in the Israeli Embassy in Amman in clashes that led to the security guard being injured yesterday. A high-ranking source in the Israeli Foreign Ministry said that the decision had been made with great care prior to the events […]


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PRCS: 1,090 Palestinians injured by Israeli forces over course of 10 days

Seven Palestinians have been killed and 1,090 injured in the first ten days of unrest following the closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque on 14 July, figures released by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) showed today. This evening, a Palestinian was shot in the head during clashes in the Jerusalem-area town of Hizma, with the Palestinian Ministry of Health reporting him to be in critical condition. According to the group, approximately 1,090 Palestinians had been injured since Israeli authorities installed metal detectors, turnstiles and additional security cameras in the Al-Aqsa compound. Read: UN warns of escalation if no Al-Aqsa solution by Friday Statistics from the group showed that 29 Palestinians were injured, some seriously, with live bullets, 374 were injured with rubber-coated […]


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UN warns of escalation if no Al-Aqsa solution by Friday

United Nations Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov warned today that a solution was needed by Friday to the Al-Aqsa Mosque crisis, which he said threatens to have “potential catastrophic costs well beyond the walls of the Old City.” Israel installed metal detectors at entry points to Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on 16 July triggering the bloodiest clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in years. Incensed at what they perceive as a violation of delicate decades-old access arrangements at Islam’s third-holiest site, Palestinians have refused to go through the metal detectors, holding street prayers and protests. Friday prayers have not been held in the mosque for two weeks. Israel has responded heavy-handedly, shooting stun grenades, rubber coated bullets and live munitions at […]


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Will the UK ever sacrifice its relationship with Saudi Arabia?

On 5 July, right wing counter extremism think tank the Henry Jackson Society, released a report citing Saudi Arabia as the foremost promoter of Islamic extremism in the Muslim world and the West. British politicians and the media reacted with concern at the report, pressuring the government to release a much delayed study on the funding of extremist groups in the UK. One week later, a UK court ruled arms deals to Saudi Arabia legal. The almost simultaneous verdicts on two controversial issues, only served to further highlight the long standing inconsistency in the UK government’s attitude towards the Arab Kingdom. In recent years public opinion has turned strongly against Saudi Arabia, with its ever increasing record of human rights […]