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  • Learning from the deadly Hajj stampede

    September 6, 2016 | 2:10 pm

    This article originally appeared at themedialine.org.

    More than 700,000 pilgrims are already on the ground and nearly a million and half more are expected by mid-week; the annual Hajj season is now underway in Mecca with Saudi authorities pledging that they are on top of both...

  • Saudi-based center ranks Hebrew University No. 1 in Middle East, 26th in world

    July 12, 2016 | 9:36 am

    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was ranked as the best university in the Middle East, according to the Center for World University Rankings based in Saudi Arabia.

    The center also ranked the university 26th among more than 25,000 degree-conferring universities from...

  • 3 suicide bombings rock Saudi Arabia in a day, including near Muhammad mosque

    July 5, 2016 | 9:14 am

    Three suicide bombings struck Saudi Arabia on Monday, including one near where the Muslim Prophet Muhammad is said to be buried and another near the U.S. Consulate.

    In Medina, revered by Muslims as a holy city, four security guards were killed in a bombing close to...

  • Does Saudi Arabia have a new role to play as stabilizer of the Middle East?

    June 27, 2016 | 11:12 am

    Ask General Yaakov Amidror to speak about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and you might think you’d been dropped into a session of family therapy. Amidror, Israel’s stern-faced former National Security Advisor, discusses the Persian Gulf monarchy as if explaining a new and perplexing...

  • Why are Zionists mocking Abbas for acknowledging Zionism?

    June 22, 2016 | 9:46 am

    Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, visited Saudi Arabia this month and presented King Salman with a framed 1930s-era copy of the Palestine Post.

    The gift is not exceptional, maybe a little dull. But there are folks who are calling Abbas out – mocking him,...

  • Senate passes bill allowing Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

    May 17, 2016 | 11:19 am

    The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would allow victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to file lawsuits seeking damages from Saudi Arabia, setting up a potential showdown with the White House, which has threatened a veto.

    The Saudis, who deny responsibility for the 2001...

  • Cartoon: The third tower

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 4, 2016 | 3:46 pm

  • In Riyadh, Obama defends nuclear talks with Iran

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    April 21, 2016 | 8:58 am

    President Barack Obama strongly defended the nuclear negotiations with Iran at the end of the US-GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday.

    Speaking at the conclusion of the summit, Obama said the outcome of the negotiations proved it was the...

  • Israel promised acess to Straits of Tiran after Saudi-Egypt deal, says defense chief

    April 12, 2016 | 9:36 am

    Israel was guaranteed in writing free passage through the Straits of Tiran after Saudi Arabia’s planned takeover of two strategic Red Sea islands, Israel’s defense minister told reporters Tuesday.

    Egypt agreed to hand over the islands, which it has controlled for more than 60...

  • The Panama Papers’ Middle East connection

    April 4, 2016 | 3:45 pm

    The King of Saudi Arabia and the former director general of then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel’s Sharon’s office both appear on the lengthy list of figures exposed by the leak from Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm hitherto known for the efficient creation of shell companies...

  • Rabbi Marc Schneier: Netanyahu should take bold peacemaking trip to Saudi Arabia

    March 15, 2016 | 3:20 pm

    New York Rabbi Marc Schneier two weeks ago met with Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in the country’s capital city of Manama. A day earlier, the Gulf Cooperation Council, a six-state body composed of Bahrain and its neighbors, had adopted a Bahraini-sponsored resolution...

  • Saudi-Iran crisis latest reality check for Iran deal backers

    January 8, 2016 | 1:04 pm

    Just months after the conclusion of a nuclear deal with Iran that the Obama administration hoped would help defuse a volatile region, the Middle East seems ready to spiral out of control.

    Protests have erupted across the region this week in the wake of Saudi Arabia’s execution of...

  • Trump sets economic conditions for siding with Saudi Arabia over Iran

    January 6, 2016 | 1:19 pm

    Republican presidential Donald Trump on Monday suggested that the U.S. should defend Saudi Arabia in its escalating dispute with Iran only if the Saudis pay us back economically.

    In an appearance on Fox News Monday evening, Trump told host Bill O’Reilly that in order to stop...

  • Saudi Arabia vs. Iran

    January 6, 2016 | 12:22 pm

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Turkey should avoid picking sides in the current diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Iran, according to experts.

    “I hope that Turkey doesn’t feel that it needs to rush in and take sides in this issue. It’s not in the...

  • Saudi Arabia recruits Sunni allies in row with Iran

    January 4, 2016 | 11:21 am

    Saudi Arabia rallied Sunni allies to its side in a growing diplomatic row withIran on Monday, deepening a sectarian split across the Middle East following the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric.

    Bahrain and Sudan cut all ties with Iran, following Riyadh's example...

  • Why the Saudis are just like Trump

    December 14, 2015 | 11:08 am

    The online bickering between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his fellow billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal over Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration is seeped with irony: For decades, Saudi Arabia has had a near-total ban on granting visas to...

  • Though they still can’t drive, Saudi women running in local elections

    November 12, 2015 | 9:19 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    For the first time in Saudi Arabia’s history, more than 1000 women will compete in municipal elections next month. It is the first time that women will run for election in the desert kingdom, and activists hope it signifies a change...

  • End of the Houthis?

    October 21, 2015 | 9:32 am

    This artice first appeared on The Media Line.

    Thirteen months ago the Iranian-backed Houthi stormed into Sana’a taking control over large swathes of Yemen in the process. Attempts between the group and the incumbent President Abd Rabu Mansur Hadi to cooperate eventually collapsed...

  • Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA

    October 1, 2015 | 1:15 pm

    Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government, Lebanese sources said on Thursday, a sign the civil war is turning still more regional and global in scope.

    Russian warplanes, in a second day...

  • Germany, Iran pledge to revive economic ties after long freeze

    July 20, 2015 | 11:40 am

    Germany and Iran moved tentatively on Monday toward reviving a once close trade relationship, anticipating the lifting of Western economic sanctions against Tehran following a landmark nuclear deal.

    Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, making the first top level German government...

  • Iran’s nuclear deal puts Saudis on edge

    July 14, 2015 | 2:52 pm

    Iran's nuclear deal with world powers on Tuesday will make the Middle East a "more dangerous part of the world" if it comes with too many concessions, a Saudi official told Reuters, signaling Gulf Arabs' deep unease over the accord.

    The Saudis and their Gulf allies fear that the...

  • Israeli, Saudi former officials have met to discuss Iran strategy

    June 5, 2015 | 2:19 pm

    Former officials of the Israeli and Saudi governments have held five meetings over the last year and a half to discuss Iran strategy.

    The meetings were confirmed Thursday at a press conference in Washington at the Council on Foreign Relations. Speaking were participants Anwar...

  • Saudis view Iran as greater enemy than Israel

    June 4, 2015 | 1:22 pm

    Saudis dislike Iran more than they dislike Israel.

    A poll released Thursday by the Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya’s Institute for Policy and Strategy found that 53 percent of Saudis named Iran as their country’s main enemy, 22 percent named the Islamic State, or ISIS, and...

  • No cuts in oil production expected

    June 4, 2015 | 10:32 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    When the OPEC oil producing countries meet this week in Vienna, they are not expected to back away from their risky strategy of keeping oil production high despite low prices. Oil prices have stabilized at just over $65 a...

  • World’s tallest skyscraper under construction in Saudi Arabia

    May 13, 2015 | 9:16 am

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Imagine the size of a football field. Now imagine the length of 11 football fields all lined up end zone to end zone. Pretend, instead of those 11 fields laying horizontally across the ground, that they are vertical, reaching the...

  • Middle East prepares for Iran nuclear deal

    April 7, 2015 | 10:24 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    The signing of the framework agreement to end Iran’s nuclear program is having repercussions throughout the Middle East. In Israel, itself a nuclear power, there is deep skepticism that Iran will comply with the terms of the...

  • Hamas maneuvers among regional powers

    April 6, 2015 | 11:20 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    Hamas is attempting to maneuver between rival regional powers, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Hamas is siding with Iran against the US on negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, but with Saudi Arabia against Iran on the Shi’ite Houthi...

  • Hezbollah sees Yemen strikes causing more Mideast tension

    March 26, 2015 | 8:30 am

    Hezbollah condemned as "unjust aggression" Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen on Thursday and said it takes the region towards increased tension.

    The Shi'ite group, which is backed by Iran, also called on Saudi Arabia and its allies to immediately and unconditionally halt the...

  • New Saudi king seeks to reassure on succession and policy

    January 23, 2015 | 10:08 am

    Saudi Arabia's new King Salman pledged continuity in energy and foreign policies on Friday and moved quickly to appoint younger men as his heirs, settling the succession for years to come by naming a deputy crown prince from his dynasty's next generation.

    King Abdullah, who died...

  • Saudi King Abdullah dies, new ruler is Salman

    January 22, 2015 | 3:32 pm

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has died, state television reported early on Friday and his brother Salman became king, it said in a statement attributed to Salman.

    King Salman has called on the family's Allegiance Council to pay allegiance to Muqrin as his crown prince and heir. 

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