Middle East

Has The Coronavirus Crisis Softened Hamas?

April 27, 2020

The Gaza Strip lacks protective gear, clean water, and ventilators, putting immense pressure on Hamas to sign a ceasefire agreement with Israel. But the Israeli side isn’t as eager to make a deal.

Israelis Cheer Palestinian Party Leader Ayman Odeh At Rally Against Netanyahu Coalition Government

April 24, 2020

After three election cycles, Netanyahu and Gantz’s coalition formed the largest government in Israeli history, even as Netanyahu faces a corruption trial.

Israel Is Involving Itself In Libya’s Civil War. Why?

April 23, 2020

Khalifa Haftar’s onslaught on the Libya’s capital was openly supported by the UAE, but evidence has emerged that his forces received weapons and training from Israel.

Yemen’s Civil War and Coronavirus: A Perfect Storm

April 20, 2020

As the first cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in war-torn Yemen, the sides agreed to a ceasefire which didn’t last one day. Information from the war-torn land is hard to come by, and yet arms dealers continue to fuel the war for profit.

Egypt’s Secret War in Northern Sinai

April 9, 2020

Reports are now coming in from a bombing and counter-bombing in northern Sinai by extremist Islamists and the Egyptian armed forces that happened in late March. The explosions were recorded by journalists in the nearby Gaza Strip.

Is This The Death Of The Two-State Solution?

April 6, 2020

In his new book, “Paradigm Lost: From Two-State Solution to One-State Reality,” Ian Lustick describes the end of not only the two-state solution, but also the idea of partition.

Turkey Indicts 20 Saudis For Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

April 1, 2020

Turkey prepared the charges while internally grappling with the coronavirus, accusing Saudi Arabia of hiding the spread of COVID-19 after finding new cases in returning Turkish citizens.

1.7 Million Jobs In Arab Region At Risk From Coronavirus

March 30, 2020

A UN brief warns about economic collapse, expecting up to a $42 billion decline in GDP and trillions of dollars lost to the private sector in an area already ravaged by inequality, dependency on oil revenue, and authoritarian governments.

Palestine Is Occupied, Segregated, And About To Face COVID-19

March 26, 2020

Israel’s military control of Gaza and the West Bank has only grown more brutal during the pandemic. Workers are held in quarantine, prisoners have been infected, and Israel is withholding money that could be used to help contain the outbreak.

Coronavirus Is The Shock, Dictatorship Is The Doctrine

March 25, 2020

Nowhere has the coronavirus pandemic been used more cynically to shut down political debate and the right to protest than in Israel. The Israeli government’s state of emergency goes even further than Naomi Klein’s darkest predictions.