* The Temple Mount Express Has Already Left the Station The messianic-nationalistic dialogue about the Temple Mount did not seep into any of the main television newscasts but whoever reads the opinion pages of right-wing media such as Yisrael Hayom, Mekor Rishon and Arutz Sheva would see that it is already well-rooted.
* Israeli scientists: 'In three weeks, we will have coronavirus vaccine' Once the vaccine is developed, it will take at least 90 days to complete the regulatory process and potentially more to enter the marketplace.
* President Erdogan's options narrow as Russia presses Syrian crisis to Turkey's doorstep With nearly one million displaced Syrians massing near the Turkish border in the face of a Syrian government military offensive, President Tayyip Erdogan's options are narrowing.
* Russia lends Egypt $25 billion for Dabaa nuclear power plant Atomstroyexport, a subsidiary of Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation, or Rosatom, announced Feb. 17 that three Egyptian companies were awarded a tender offer for constructing the first phase of Egypt's Dabaa nuclear power plant.
* Saudi Arabia bans pilgrims to Mecca. Pandemic feared It is not clear how the Saudi ban on year-round pilgrimage to stave off covid-19 infection will affect the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina which begins in July.
* Coronavirus Could Break Iranian Society The government has refused to impose quarantines and is encouraging people to visit the city of Qom, the center of the outbreak.
* Israel advances plans for nearly 1,800 new settlement homes days before election Defense Ministry panel meeting comes less than two months after previous one, marking increase in frequency.
* Nigeria's Islamists targeting Christians to provoke religious war, says minister Islamist militant groups in Nigeria have begun targeting Christians in an attempt to provoke a religious war, the information minister said on Thursday.
* European ambassadors hold Jerusalem meeting with Israel over E1 fears Those who participated in the meeting were; Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
* Trump's Peace Plan for Israel Puts the Palestine Authority's Future at Risk This deal won't accomplish much besides that. It requires major concessions that Palestinians have already been urged to make-which they've refused.