Saturday, August 22, 2020


Can the Temple Mount be a trading card to entice the Saudis? Saudi Arabia already enjoys custodianship of the Sacred Mosque, the Al-Masjid al-Ḥaram in Mecca, which is the holiest shrine in Islam.

With UAE deal, Israel opens tentative new chapter with Gulf Arabs "Historic"; "A breakthrough"; "A game-changer"; "A betrayal": there is no shortage of epithets for this month's sudden announcement - by President Trump - that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is to fully normalise its relations with Israel.

West Bank settlers say Netanyahu duped them with annexation backtrack Israel’s settler leaders say Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defrauded them of their long-held dream of annexing the occupied West Bank as part of the country’s normalisation deal with the United Arab Emirates.

The Iranian Nuclear Program as a Catalyst for the Israel-UAE Peace Agreement Many factors contributed to the peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, but it appears that the primary contributor was Israel’s steadfast stand against Iran’s nuclear program and its military expansion in the region.

PA to all Muslims: Jews are defiling Jerusalem, invading Al-Aqsa Mosque When Jews prayed on the Temple Mount last month to commemorate the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem - by Babylon in 586 BCE and by Rome in 70 CE – the PA reacted with vicious antisemitic messages.

A traitor and a tumor - PA demonization of UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Is the Palestinian Authority setting the stage for the assassination of United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed?

Five countries that could be next to make peace with Israel Some view the UAE decision as a trial balloon, and will react positively based on how the next weeks and months play out.

The Israel-UAE Peace Agreement Spells Trouble for Ankara and Tehran In an extraordinary breakthrough, the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish open diplomatic relations after years of secret contacts.

As EU talks sanctions, Putin warns Merkel & Macron foreign interference in Belarus’ affairs is ‘unacceptable’ & could backfire Russian President Vladimir Putin has told his German and French counterparts Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron that any attempt by outside forces to intervene in the political crisis in Belarus would be counterproductive.

EU edges its way toward defining a ‘new Europe’ For decades, European countries have been key partners of the United States. Yet with France and Germany leading, the 27-member EU is grappling with a more assertively independent identity as priorities and goals diverge.

UAE-Israel deal may be start of real Arab Spring Will the deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates be the start of a flourishing of ties across the region?