France, Germany slam plan to build, expand East Jerusalem neighborhoods


European nations condemn Netanyahu’s announcement of approval for 3,000 homes for Jews in project that would cut off Palestinian areas in capital from West Bank By TOI staff and Jacob Magid Today, 8:33 pm   France and Germany on Friday slammed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that he had lifted restrictions against the construction of […]

Iran, Hezbollah stir chaos in Syria’s southwest


Behind Enemy Lines: Iran, Hezbollah and ongoing, armed resistance to Syria’s regime merge to create constant chaos JONATHAN SPYER FEBRUARY 20, 2020 22:28 The global spotlight has currently returned to Syria because of the Assad regime’s current bloody offensive in Idlib, Aleppo and Latakia provinces. The regime is trying to reduce the last enclave held […]

US-Russia tensions in eastern Syria


US-Russia tensions appear to be increasing in eastern Syria after several incidents. A new video shows two vehicles almost collide. We documented an incident at Khirbet Amo on February 12 where regime gunmen fired on a US patrol. It comes in the context of global tensions with Russia, tensions in Syria with the Syrian regime […]

Jordan stands firm against Trump deal despite risks to ties


Osama Al Sharif February 20, 2020   p Article Summary There are growing concerns that Jordan’s defiance toward the US peace plan for the Middle East could affect its strategic ties with the United States. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters while meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah in the Oval Office at […]

Russia, Turkey, Iran reassert glory of past empires in today’s Middle East


The three countries see the Arab countries as weak and exploitable, and two of them, seek to reassert their former spheres of control there. By JACK COHEN FEBRUARY 19, 2020 20:17 Three countries – Russia, Turkey and Iran – are currently trying to reassert their former influence and glory, harking back to the power and […]

Amid Re-Election Campaign, Netanyahu Announces New Israeli Home Construction in Jerusalem


by Algemeiner Staff and Agencies Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tours the southern outskirts of Jerusalem, Feb. 20, 2020. Photo: GPO. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu said on Thursday that thousands of new homes would be built in two areas of Jerusalem where construction has long been frozen due to international objections. On a visit […]

ANALYSIS: Turkey now technically at war with Russia and Syria


ANALYSIS: Turkey now technically at war with Russia and Syria Turkish troops shell Syrian army positions while Russian air force bombs Turkish positions in Idlib, Syria.   Yochanan Visser, 20/02/20 21:23   Recep Tayyip Erdogan Reuters A week after Israel National News reported that Turkey was on a crash course with Russia over Syria the […]

Netanyahu: 5,200 housing units for Givat Hamatos and Har Homa


PM together with Jerusalem Mayor and Minister Yariv Levin announce construction of 3,000 housing Units in Givat Hamatos, 2,200 in Har Homa. Mordechai Sones, 20/02/20 14:36 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced today construction of a Jewish neighborhood of 3,000 housing units in Jerusalem’s Givat Hamatos and 2,200 housing units in the city’s Har Homa neighborhood. […]

Hamas said to warn of rockets on Tel Aviv if Israel kills terror group’s leaders


Gaza rulers threaten Israel via mediators, saying they don’t fear conflict, IDF ‘physical action’ in Strip will bring missile volley on Israel’s financial capital — Lebanese media TOI staffToday, 12:16 pm The Hamas terror group has warned Israel against assassinating any of the terror group’s leaders, saying the immediate response would be a rocket barrage […]

Syrian journalist: Jews ‘make miracles out of the impossible’


Watch: Syrian journalist refutes claim that Israel thwarts democracy in Arab countries, praises the Jewish people. Elad Benari, 20/02/20 06:47 The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network recently hosted a debate about Israel and the Arab countries. Syrian journalist Thaer Al-Nashef, who took part in the debate, said that the claim that Israel is thwarting democracy in the […]