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  • Facing Islamist threats, Arab nations tilt toward Israel

    4 days ago

    Between the war in Gaza and gains by Islamic militants in Iraq, Syria and Libya, there’s plenty of cause these days for pessimism about the Middle East.

    But amid all the fighting, there’s also some good news for Israel.

    If it wasn’t obvious before, the conflagrations have...

  • Israeli concerns about Turkey and Qatar fuel dispute with Kerry

    July 28, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    Behind the feud between John Kerry and Israel over the secretary of state’s efforts to broker a Gaza cease-fire is a larger tension concerning the role of Turkey and Qatar in Palestinian affairs.

    Israeli officials rejected the proposal for a cease-fire advanced by Kerry in part...

  • Arab rifts may complicate search for Gaza truce

    July 21, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    The push for a Gaza ceasefire risks becoming mired in a regional tussle for influence between conservative Arab states and Islamist-friendly governments, with rival powers competing to take credit for a truce, analysts and some officials say.

    The main protagonists are Arab...

  • Local rabbis participate in Qatar interfaith dialogue

    By Ryan Torok

    April 18, 2014 | 10:14 am

    Two local rabbis were among the approximately 12 Jewish leaders from around the world who took part in last month’s 11th Doha Interfaith Conference in Qatar.

    Rabbi Reuven Firestone, a professor of medieval Judaism and Islam who teaches at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute...

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  • Palestinian leader Arafat was murdered with polonium, widow says

    November 6, 2013 | 9:51 am

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his widow Suha said on Wednesday after receiving the results of Swiss forensic tests on her husband's corpse.

    "We are revealing a real crime, a political assassination," she told Reuters in...

  • Lane of shame: Doha erases Israeli flag in international meet

    October 24, 2013 | 11:52 am

    The international sportswriters’ association, which goes by the acronym AIPS, held its two-day executive committee meeting this week in Doha, Qatar. The meeting’s guest of honor was Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the secretary general of the Qatar Olympic Committee, who is...

  • Arab League ministers to blame Syria’s Assad for chemical attack

    August 28, 2013 | 11:53 am

    Arab League ministers will pass a resolution blaming Syrian President Bashar Assad for last week's chemical weapons attack in Damascus when they meet in Cairo next week, League officials said on Wednesday.

    The states' permanent representatives at the League had already explicitly...

  • Egyptian army threatens to shoot violent protesters

    July 25, 2013 | 2:58 pm

    Egypt's army threatened on Thursday to shoot those who use violence in a stark warning before what both sides expect will be a bloody street showdown between Islamists and opponents of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.

    An army official said the military had set Morsi's Muslim...

  • Egypt’s army chief calls for mass demonstrations

    July 24, 2013 | 2:25 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Egypt’s military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi today called for mass rallies on Friday to give him a mandate to confront violence. Coming three weeks after the army deposed Mohamed Morsi, the call puts pressure on...

  • Oil-rich Qatar pushing to make its name as a Mideast peace broker

    May 7, 2013 | 11:24 am

    When it comes to the latest Arab peace initiative, two questions are circulating in Washington: Why Qatar? And why now?

    The three answers: Because Qatar is rich; it is scared; and why not?

    Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al Thani, the Qatari prime minister and foreign...

  • Kerry calls new Arab League peace stance ‘big step forward’

    April 30, 2013 | 4:40 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday the Arab League's acknowledgment that Israelis and Palestinians may have to swap land in any peace deal was "a very big step forward."

    Arab states appeared to soften their 2002 peace plan on Monday when Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim...

  • Fearful Syrian voters will keep Assad in power, Hezbollah deputy leader says

    March 12, 2013 | 1:06 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad is likely to run for re-election next year and win, with Syria remaining in military and political deadlock until then, said the deputy leader of Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group.

    Sheikh Naim Qassem, who predicted a year ago that Assad would...

  • Kerry: Obama would prefer to ‘avoid considering’ Iran strike

    March 5, 2013 | 4:42 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry said President Obama would prefer to avoid considering military action against Iran, but Iran's failure to seriously negotiate makes "confrontation more possible."

    Kerry, interviewed by ABC News in Doha, Qatar, during his first overseas trip in his...

  • Kerry will wait on Israel visit to accompany Obama

    February 20, 2013 | 10:14 am

    John Kerry will tour the Middle East during his first foreign tour as U.S. secretary of state, but will visit Israel two weeks later with President Obama.

    Kerry's itinerary, announced Tuesday for his Feb. 24-March 6 trip, includes Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt,...

  • Is there life after Bashar Assad?

    December 12, 2012 | 9:29 am

    “It might take two weeks or it might take a year, but either way President Bashar Assad is on his way out,” Moshe Maoz, Israel’s pre-eminent expert on Syria told The Media Line. “It’s certainly closer than it was a few months ago.”

    His comments came as Qatar, the small oil-rich...

  • Abbas seeks talks if Israel halts West Bank construction

    December 10, 2012 | 9:48 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly said he wanted to negotiate with Israel it if freezes construction for six months in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

    Abbas made the statement on Sunday in Qatar during a meeting of Arab League nations in Doha, The Jerusalem...

  • Israel says 80 rockets fired at it from Gaza

    October 24, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    Palestinians fired dozens of rockets into Israel from Gaza on Wednesday and an Israeli air strike killed a militant, a day after the Emir of Qatar made a rare visit to the enclave's Hamas leadership.

    Hamas claimed responsibility for some of the rocket and mortar bomb attacks,...

  • Emir of Qatar makes landmark visit to Gaza

    October 23, 2012 | 11:18 am

    The emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, became the first head of state to visit the Gaza Strip since Hamas took over in 2007.

    Al-Thani was greeted by a Palestinian honor guard as he entered Gaza on Tuesday from Egypt. He is heading a humanitarian mission to launch reconstruction projects totaling $250 million, according to Reuters, and pledged another $150 million in projects during the visit.

    The emir was scheduled to speak at the Gaza City stadium. Thousands of security guards secured his visit.

  • Is Hamas trying to change its stripes?

    February 7, 2012 | 4:52 pm

    Is Hamas trying to change its stripes?

    Terrorist attacks against Israelis appear to be on pause, and rocket fire from Gaza is down significantly. The Hamas leader in Damascus, Khaled Meshaal, is trying to distance himself from the Assad regime and align Hamas with the forces of the...

  • Palestinian rivals agree to form unity government

    February 6, 2012 | 8:50 am

    The leaders of rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas signed a deal in Qatar on Monday to form a unity government of independent technocrats for the West Bank and Gaza, headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

    The move, following the failure of exploratory...

  • Napolitano visiting Israel to check security projects

    January 4, 2011 | 10:17 am

    United States Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is in Israel to check on joint security projects between the two countries.

    Napolitano visited Israel Monday and Tuesday as part of a multi-country tour that has included stops in Ireland, Afghanistan and Qatar. She will...

  • Clash of Ideas Should Be Addressed

    By Judea Pearl

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The age of terror, it seems, has sprouted an era of dialogue. A host of conferences designed to bring together East and West are cropping up everywhere.

    Never before, perhaps, have so many talked so optimistically about so serious a problem. But behind all the words is one unspoken...

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