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  • Islamic State shows new strategy with Istanbul attack

    January 19, 2016 | 10:59 am

    The latest Islamic State (ISIS) bombing in Turkey, which killed 11 tourists, marks a change in the group’s strategy.

    Ten Germans and one Peruvian were killed, and at least a dozen injured in a suicide bombing in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood on Tuesday.

    “Clearly...

  • The cost of living in Israel: It’s as bad as you thought

    January 19, 2016 | 10:20 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    A common complaint among Israelis is that the cost of living in their country is high, higher even than in European or north-American states that might serve as a comparison to Israel. The Start-Up-Nation it might be, with a...

  • Make food, not war

    January 12, 2016 | 3:30 pm

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    [Bethlehem]  Set aside regional discord for a moment and think instead of regional dining.

    Or, better yet, think of regional weekending and foraging.

    That’s what Fadi Kattan has been thinking. A month and a half ago, just in...

  • Demolition or “Demolition” of popular Jerusalem eatery

    January 12, 2016 | 3:18 pm

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Last Friday evening, those Jerusalem families looking for a tasty, low-key night out found, instead of the homey and simply named Seafood Restaurant of Beit Safafa, a south Jerusalem neighborhood straddling the Green Line [the...

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  • 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...

  • Turkey Incursion Into Iraq Intensifies

    December 14, 2015 | 6:23 pm

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Turkey’s recent deployment of troops and tanks into northern Iraq has caused a major diplomatic row between Ankara and Baghdad, but experts say Turkish forces are there to stay.

    “Honestly speaking there is not much Baghdad can...

  • Women and armed conflict: A need for a united resolution not a UN resolution

    December 10, 2015 | 10:49 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    The turmoil engulfing the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) today is at one of its most vicious and aggressive phases. It would seem that everywhere you look around there is a state falling apart, a nation being divided, an...

  • Israel welcomes 200 young Germans

    November 30, 2015 | 8:44 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    On the 68th anniversary of the day that the United Nations first recognized the legitimacy of a Jewish state in Palestine, two hundred young German leaders are landing in Israel for a five-day tour of the country. The German visitors...

  • ISIS echoes from the past

    November 19, 2015 | 9:46 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    The infamy of the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the attacks that killed at least 129 people in Paris this week, stems from the brutality of its executions and the medieval mentality with which it runs its...

  • Three Israelis killed in two terrorist attacks

    November 19, 2015 | 9:24 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    More than five weeks after the last attack in Tel Aviv, a terrorist stabbed and killed two people and wounded a third just outside a makeshift synagogue in a jewelry store. The terrorist, who was detained, is 36 year old and...

  • Can religious leaders contribute to Middle East peace?

    November 18, 2015 | 8:53 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Islamic State used religion to justify the attacks in Paris, trumpeting in a statement that Allah had helped them in the series of concerted attacks that killed at least 127 people.

    “In a blessed attack for which Allah...

  • Uncertainty grips Middle Eastern markets

    November 17, 2015 | 9:24 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    The impact of the Middle East’s ongoing woes on the region’s tourism businesses has been well documented. The industry’s standing has been tarnished not just by continuing conflicts, but also by repeated terrorist attacks...

  • Dozens on trial on terrorism charges in UAE

    November 17, 2015 | 9:13 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Just days after the Islamic State bombings in Paris, a court in the United Arab Emirates heard the case of 41 people, most of them Emiratis, who are accused of plotting to overthrow the federal government and replace it with an...

  • Crowded skies over Syria

    November 16, 2015 | 9:35 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    In response to the Paris terror attacks that have so far claimed 129 lives and wounded 300 more, French warplanes have for the first time attacked Islamic State (ISIS) targets inside of Syria.  Until now, France had limited its...

  • French Jewish immigrants in Israel grieving after attacks

    November 16, 2015 | 9:25 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Three months ago Marc Benetasse moved from Paris to Israel, changing his first name to Shlomo. He found a job playing piano at a restaurant in Jerusalem. He said he is devastated by the attacks in Paris.

    “I just broke down and...

  • Israel offers intelligence to help war against Islamic State

    November 16, 2015 | 9:15 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Following massed, coordinated attacks against civilians in the heart of Paris, governments around the world are reflecting on what can be done to protect their citizens and to tackle an ascendant Islamic State (ISIS). The...

  • Iraq fights cholera epidemic

    November 12, 2015 | 9:29 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Health officials in Iraq are working to contain an outbreak of cholera that could threaten millions of Shi’ite pilgrims due to visit holy sites in Iraq early next month. According to UNICEF, there have been over 2000 confirmed cases...

  • 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...

  • The space for Arabs in a ‘Jewish and Democratic state’

    November 12, 2015 | 8:59 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Increasingly, Israel is a country debating its desire to be both democratic and Jewish. The direction the state chooses will have far reaching consequences for all of its citizens – Arabs as well as Jews. A new survey reveals the...

  • Netanyahu and Obama set to bury the hatchet

    November 9, 2015 | 9:09 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is set to meet President Obama in Washington for their first meeting in 13 months. Indications from both sides are that the men, despite their difficult relationship in the past, will...

  • Changing the status quo in Jerusalem?

    November 5, 2015 | 9:25 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    After more than a month of violent Palestinian attacks that have killed 11 Israelis, and the deaths of at least 75 Palestinians in both attacks and clashes with Israeli troops, Palestinians insist that Israel wants to change the...

  • Palestinian officials in Hebron want more cooperation with Israeli Army

    November 4, 2015 | 10:26 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    A Palestinian driver rammed his car into an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint near the West Bank town of Hebron on Wednesday, seriously wounding him, before soldiers shot and killed the driver. It was the latest incident in a string of...

  • Azerbaijan: Israel’s secret Muslim friend

    November 2, 2015 | 9:52 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Azerbaijan went to the polls earlier in the week in an event that was shunned by both the country’s main opposition parties and even by international election monitors. One exception was a group of several Israeli politicians who...

  • Israel returns bodies of Palestinian attackers

    November 2, 2015 | 8:43 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Thousands of Palestinian mourners filled the streets of the villages of Sair and Surif near the West Bank town of Hebron, which has become the focal point of Palestinian attacks on Israeli soldiers in the past month. The bodies...

  • Lebanon’s human rights record up for review

    October 29, 2015 | 11:33 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Lebanon is due to go before the United Nations Human Rights Council next week for a review of its human rights policy. Activists say that since the last human rights review five years ago, the situation has not improved.

    “Over the...

  • All quiet in Jerusalem

    October 29, 2015 | 11:08 am

    This article orginally appeared on The Media Line.

    With large numbers of police on the streets of Jerusalem, attacks by Palestinians on Israelis have disappeared in the last week. The storm of violence centered on the city since the start of October appears to have moved its...

  • United Nations censures Israel

    October 27, 2015 | 10:19 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    As part of their strategy to obtain a Palestinian state using diplomatic means, Palestinians welcomed a UN resolution that sharply criticized Israel for limiting Muslim access to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound. The site, which...

  • Jordan could play key role in calming Israeli-Palestinian tensions

    October 27, 2015 | 9:54 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    When Secretary of State John Kerry decide to fly to the Middle East to try to calm rising Israeli-Palestinian tensions after a wave of stabbing and shooting attacks, he did not land in Jerusalem, but in Amman, the capital of...

  • Arab citizens of Israel feel tensions

    October 26, 2015 | 8:54 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    This weekend, Israel’s security services went on high alert as rumors spread that an Israeli soldier had been kidnapped near Israel’s border with Syria. When the gag order was lifted, it turned out that a 23-year-old Arab...

  • Do you know how long it’s been since the last attack?

    October 22, 2015 | 9:52 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    “Israel Has Been Terror Attack Free For 7 hours, 26 minutes, 43 seconds … 44 seconds … 45 seconds,” the text and the ticking clock at the top of a new website proclaim. Below the header, a list of recent attacks against Israelis...

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