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Sadat and Begin – the Peacemakers

Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin, September 7, 1978, CIA photo via Jimmy Carter Library, public domain<p>BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 645, November …

History

Erdogan’s 'pious generation' curriculum gets failing grade

The Turkish government is struggling just to generate Band-Aid solutions for deep-rooted education problems.

Education

The evolution of Turkish-Russian relations

The past decade has seen considerable change in Russia’s Middle East policy, with greater involvement in regional crises and engagement in good …

Turkey

US-backed Syrian Kurdish-led forces spokesman 'held by Turkish intelligence'

Telal Selo, the spokesperson for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), March 2017. Photo: Screenshot n24 video/Welt.de<p><b>ANKARA</b>,— A spokesman …

Syria

The Desperate Saudi Bid to Prepare the State for All-Out War

Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Source - Media Office of the Crown Prince, Wikimedia CC<p>BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. …

Middle East

Elbit Systems grows Hermes family with new tactical system | Jane's 360

Elbit Systems has developed a small tactical-level unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that is designed to offer extended endurance.<p>The air vehicle has a …

Aerospace

The Trump Peace Plan? Not Really . . .

1 Kislev 5778<p>19 November 2017<p><b>The News on the Israeli Street</b><p><b>Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .</b><p><b>“Rock” and Molotov attacks</b> were carried out …

Israel

Staying the Course in Afghanistan

The cigarette glowed red as he took a drag, and the smoke rose rapidly as he exhaled. It had been a long afternoon. It had been a long war.<p>It was …

Barack Obama

Baghdad increases pressure on KRG with budget cut

By cutting the Kurdistan region’s share of the national budget for 2018, the Iraqi central government continues to implement punitive measures in …

Iraq

Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon Gambit

Saudi Arabia pressed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign to try to weaken Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon. The path to resolving the …

Middle East

Instead of war try for peace: Zarif advises Saudis

“Yesterday in Tehran, the early document for the final statement of presidents’ summit in Sochi was drafted by the experts of the three countries and …

Middle East

Ahmadinejad Tantrum Declares Open War Against Powerful Larijani Brothers

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Looks like Israeli airstrikes are more transparent - and accurate - than US airstrikes

In a 2013 speech about the US air wars in the Middle East, President Obama said, "<b>Before any strike is taken, there must be near-certainty that no</b> …

Turkey’s credit profile balances resilient growth, manageable gov’t debt: Moody’s

NEW YORK<p>Rating agency Moody’s has said Turkey’s credit profile balances resilient growth and relatively strong public finances against political risk …

Economy

Palestinian factions to meet in Cairo for reconciliation push

Leading Palestinian political factions are to gather on Tuesday in Cairo to push ahead with reconciliation efforts, despite fundamental disputes …

Israel

There Is A Possible Major Informant Who Could Be Giving Testimony Against Mike Flynn

The Washington DC political crowd is abuzz with the news that a Turkey Iranian national, Reza Zarrab who was behind US bars for having illegally …

Corruption

Saleh’s party slams Houthi-affiliated groups, says they are ‘mercenaries’

The party of ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the General People's Congress Party, slammed militias affiliated with the Houthis and called …

Middle East

Syrian Arab News Agency

latest News<p>17 October، 2017<p>Damascus, SANA- The cabinet approved on Tuesday a protocol and cooperation formulas signed with the Russian side aimed at …

YASIN AKTAY

Jerusalem

Europe's Left has joined the Islamosphere

Giulio Meotti<p>The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New …

Israel

Mexico Says It Will Stop Voting Against Israel At U.N.; Bibi Says ‘Gracias’

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted a message of gratitude to Mexico following its announcement that it would …

Israel

Nick Cave: “In Certain Way, BDS Movement is Responsible for My Coming to Israel”

• shares<br>• 0<br>• 0<br>• 0<p>We are seeing more and more artists come to Israel and speak out strongly against BDS. But I have to admit – Nick Cave’s rejection of BDS is …

Turkish Central Bank to launch lira-settled auctions

ANKARA - Anadolu Agency<p>Turkish Central Bank on Nov. 18 said it has decided to launch Turkish lira-settled forward foreign exchange sale auctions.<p>“The …

Ankara

Turkish capital bans all LGBT screenings, exhibitions, events over ‘public sensitivities’

ANKARA<p>The governor’s office of the Turkish capital Ankara has banned the public showing of all films, exhibitions and events related to lesbian, gay, …

LGBTQ

PA and Hamas agree to maintain "armed resistance" (i.e., terror)

Ma'an reports that Majed Faraj, head of the Palestinian intelligence service and a close confidant of Mahmoud Abbas, met with Hamas leadership in …

Turkey-made invisible fabric to sell to NATO countries

İZMİR - Anadolu Agency<p>A Turkey-made invisible fabric that cannot be spotted by radars and thermal cameras will soon be sold to NATO countries.<p>The …

Turkey

'We made our interests clear to the US'

Prime Minister Netanyahu opened the weekly cabinet meeting this morning by addressing the the 40th anniversary of Sadat's visit to Israel.<p>"We mark …

Israel

Foreign ministers of Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria renew support to Libya's stability - Politics - Egypt

The foreign ministers of Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria renewed their countries' support to Libya's stability and unity during a press conference after …

Egypt

Behind Lebanon's Continuing Crisis

November 9, 2017The sudden resignation on November 4 of Lebanon’s Sunni Muslim prime minister, Saad Hariri, cast a harsh spotlight on his country’s …

Middle East