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06/23/2022

Ukrainian ambassador to Israel tells The Media Line: Leftist parties are most sympathetic to Ukraine

The Media Line Staff
11:13 | 06/23/2022

Ahead of an address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Media Line’s Debbie Mohnblatt asked Ukraine’s Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk what Israeli party in the anticipated upcoming parliamentary election is best for Ukraine. Korniychuk initially demurred, saying that he “could not intervene on your internal politics.”

Nevertheless, he observed that “historically, more leftists were more sympathetic to Ukraine – sympathetic to the countries that are in difficult situations like us. But I would not say that we are not working with the rightists or centrists – we do work with everyone.”

Korniychuk continued: “We are currently acting like a political party at the embassy during the war period. We are very active with the media, we talk with politicians a lot, we speak to the people, we do appreciate all of the assistance of the Israeli people and Israeli companies that donated support a lot to the NGOs, but definitely we could do more with the government.”

06/20/2022

Israel headed back to elections, Lapid to be interim PM

The Media Line Staff
18:28 | 06/20/2022

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid will announce at 8 pm local time that next week, they will submit a bill to voluntarily dissolve Israel’s 36th government, sending the country back to elections, which will probably be held in late October. In the interim period, Lapid will serve as prime minister.

06/15/2022

Israeli FM Yair Lapid says Biden’s visit to Israel, Saudi Arabia will have ‘lasting impact’

The Media Line Staff
11:30 | 06/15/2022

Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid says that Israel’s government “look(s) forward to welcoming next month the president (of the United States). He has been true friend of Israel all his life. I’m sure the president’s visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia will have a lasting impact.” Lapid was speaking to reporters to mark his first year as foreign minister. He also said in response to a question from The Media Line that Israel has “mutual interests with Saudi Arabia among them Iran.”

06/14/2022

US President Biden to meet Saudi crown prince during July 15 visit to kingdom, Saudi media says

The Media Line Staff
14:22 | 06/14/2022

US President Joe Biden will meet with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s de facto ruler, during a visit to the kingdom on July 15, according to the Saudi Press Agency. The White House also released a statement announcing the trip but did not mention a meeting between President Biden and the crown prince. The US president will attend a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia the following day, on July 16. Prior to visiting Saudi Arabia, President Biden will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories beginning on July 13.

06/09/2022

Israeli prime minister makes surprise visit to United Arab Emirates

The Media Line Staff
11:33 | 06/09/2022
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett landed in Abu Dhabi on Thursday morning for a previously unannounced visit to the United Arab Emirates. He will meet with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other high-ranking officials. 

05/31/2022

Jordan’s FM asks PA President Abbas to delay withdrawal of Israel recognition

The Media Line Staff
15:29 | 05/31/2022

The Media Line has learned from a top Palestinian Authority official that the reason behind the unscheduled visit of Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi to Ramallah on Tuesday was to persuade PA President Mahmoud Abbas to delay a decision to withdraw recognition of Israel and sever ties with Israel. The source told TML that Safadi asked Abbas and Palestinian officials he met with on Tuesday to hold off on any announcement until US President Joe Biden’s expected visit at the end of June.

Jordanian foreign minister travels to Ramallah for meetings with top Palestinian leaders

The Media Line Staff
13:40 | 05/31/2022

Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi traveled to Ramallah in the West Bank on Tuesday for a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the presidential compound. He is also scheduled to meet Hussein Al-Sheikh, who was recently named secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee. and will hold a press conference with his Palestinian counterpart, Riad Malki.

05/19/2022

Lawmaker resigns from Israel’s government coalition, putting its future in doubt

The Media Line Staff
13:15 | 05/19/2022

Lawmaker Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi, from the left-wing Meretz party, has resigned from Israel’s ruling government coalition. The coalition now has the support of only a minority of Knesset members, leaving its future uncertain. Zoabi, an Arab Israeli, wrote in her resignation letter that she “cannot support a coalition that is disgracefully harassing the society I come from.”

05/13/2022

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan dies at 73

The Media Line Staff
13:24 | 05/13/2022

Sheikh Khalifa’s half-brother, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the crown prince and de facto leader of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi since 2014, will become the new president.

05/08/2022

Assailant shot after stabbing border policeman in Jerusalem

The Media Line Staff
19:33 | 05/08/2022

A border policeman was stabbed at Damascus Gate, outside Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday evening. Security forces responded, opening fire on the attacker. The policeman was evacuated to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital in moderate condition.

05/05/2022

At least 3 dead, 3 injured in terror attack in central Israel

The Media Line Staff
20:16 | 05/05/2022

At least three people are dead and three injured in a terror attack in the central Israel city of Elad, committed as Israel’s Independence Day comes to a close. Police are searching for two attackers, one a shooter and one who was wielding an axe.

04/26/2022

Security for family of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett increased after death threat

The Media Line Staff
17:11 | 04/26/2022

Following a letter with a death threat and a live bullet inside that was addressed to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his family, security officials in the Prime Minister’s Office will reinforce the security of the unit responsible for protecting Bennett’s family, a spokesman for the prime minister announced.

04/24/2022

Biden accepts Israeli PM’s invitation to visit Israel

The Media Line Staff
19:23 | 04/24/2022

US President Joe Biden has accepted an invitation from Israeli Prime Minister Naftali to visit Israel. The US president intends to arrive in the coming months, an official Israeli statement said on Sunday.

04/18/2022

Rocket launched from Gaza Strip toward Israel intercepted by Iron Dome

The Media Line Staff
19:37 | 04/18/2022

A rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip toward the Eshkol Regional Council in Israel. It was intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system.

04/10/2022

Terrorist shot dead after stabbing border police officer in Hebron

The Media Line Staff
17:27 | 04/10/2022

An Israeli Border Police officer stationed at the entrance to the Cave of the Patriarchs holy site in Hebron was stabbed and lightly wounded Sunday evening. Security forces opened fire on the attacker, killing her.

04/07/2022

Israel launches manhunt on streets of Tel Aviv after terrorist kills 2

The Media Line Staff
20:27 | 04/07/2022

Over 1,000 soldiers and police officers are searching street by street, house by house, to find the perpetrators of an attack on Dizengoff Street in central Tel Aviv Thursday night that killed at least two people and injured several others.

The gunman, described as wearing black pants and a black short-sleeve T-shirt with a blue backpack and carrying a pistol, remains at large. Security officials have asked the public living in the area to remain indoors.

Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center said 10 people arrived at the hospital with wounds of varying severity. At least four of them were rushed into emergency operations to treat their injuries.

The Islamic Jihad organization has taken responsibility for the attack, which was also praised by Hamas.

03/29/2022

At least 5 killed in shooting attack in Bnei Brak, Ramat Gan in central Israel

Marcy Oster
19:32 | 03/29/2022

At least five people were killed in a shooting attack on Tuesday night in Bnei Brak and Ramat Gan in central Israel. The shooter reportedly opened fire with a rifle while driving a motorcycle, in what is a suspected terror attack. Another person reportedly is in critical condition. The shooter, identified as a 27-year-old resident of the West Bank who was in Israel illegally and had previously spent time in an Israeli prison, got off of his motorcycle and continued his attack on foot until he was shot and killed by a police officer, who was also shot by the assailant and later died. Police reportedly are investigating whether there was a second shooter. Residents of the two cities have been instructed to remain in their homes. It is the third attack on Israelis in one week.

03/28/2022

Some 40 Israeli schoolchildren went missing during trip to Dead Sea

Marcy Oster
19:43 | 03/28/2022

About half of some 40 Israeli schoolchildren in 5th grade through 8th grade who went missing after being separated from the group during a school trip in Nahal Og in the Dead Sea on Monday have been rescued after a search by drones and the Israel Police’s Megilot Dead Sea Search and Rescue team. The rest have been identified and are in the process of being rescued.

03/27/2022

2 killed in terrorist attack central Israeli city of Hadera

Steven Ganot
20:09 | 03/27/2022

Two people were killed and at least six people were injured when two terrorists opened fire Sunday night in the central Israeli city of Hadera, about 40 kilometers south of Haifa. Police returned fire and the terrorists were killed.

03/25/2022

Israeli foreign minister to host summit next week with US secretary of state, foreign ministers of UAE, Morocco, Bahrain

Steven Ganot
15:11 | 03/25/2022

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced on Friday that he would host US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Bahrain at a “historic summit” in Israel on Sunday and Monday.

03/22/2022

4 killed in stabbing and car-ramming attack in southern Israel

The Media Line Staff
16:53 | 03/22/2022

Four people were killed and a number of others injured in a terrorist attack at a shopping center in Beersheba in southern Israel. Magen David Adom head Eli Bin said that the attacker stabbed three people to death and that a fourth victim, who was riding a bicycle, was hit by a car driven by the assailant. The alleged attacker, named as Muhammad Alab Ahmed Abu Alkiyan, was shot and killed by a passerby. Alkiyan was an Israeli citizen from the Negev town of Hura. He reportedly was a teacher who served time in prison for promoting the Islamic State group to his students. Islamic Jihad spokesperson Tariq Silmi praised the attack, saying, “Acts of resistance shall deter the occupation,” but did not explicitly say his organization was responsible for the attack. Hamas spokesperson Abd al-Latif al-Qanou said on official Hamas radio, “We salute the executor of the heroic operation in occupied Beersheba.”

03/21/2022

UAE crown prince, Israeli prime minister arrive in Egypt for ‘tripartite meeting’ with President el-Sisi

The Media Line Staff
18:27 | 03/21/2022

Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, traveled today to Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula hours after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett arrived for a previously unannounced meeting, in what a senior Israeli official described as a “tripartite meeting” with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

03/13/2022

Foreign instructors working at Lviv military base attacked by Russia: Ukrainian defense minister

The Media Line Staff
11:33 | 03/13/2022

Russian missiles overnight between Saturday and Sunday struck a military base where foreign instructors were working, close to Lviv, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Polish border, the Ukrainian defense minister said. The minister, Oleksii Reznikov, said in a tweet: “russia has attacked the International Center for Peacekeeping&Security near Lviv.Foreign instructors work here.Information about the victims is being clarified.This is new terrorist attack on peace&security near the EU-NATO border.Action must be taken to stop this.Close the sky!”

03/05/2022

After Putin meeting, Israeli PM speaks with Zelenskyy, en route to Berlin to meet German chancellor

The Media Line Staff
20:44 | 03/05/2022

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett left Moscow a short time ago for Berlin, where he will meet with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Bennett spoke earlier this evening with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy following an unscheduled three-hour meeting on Saturday between the Israeli prime minister and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow

The Media Line Staff
19:01 | 03/05/2022

Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow to discuss the Russo-Ukraine war, Bennett’s office reported. Bennett flew to Russia early on Saturday morning, the Jewish Sabbath, despite being an Orthodox Jew, since it is permissible to break the laws of the Sabbath to save lives. Government minister Ze’ev Elkin accompanied Bennett in order to assist with translating.

02/24/2022

Israel condemns Russian attack, says protecting Jewish communities abroad is its top concern

The Media Line Staff
13:44 | 02/24/2022

Israel condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine Thursday as a “violation of the international order” but underlined its close ties with both Moscow and Kyiv. “The Russian attack on Ukraine is a serious violation of the international order,” Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said, adding that Israel “condemns” the assault. But Lapid also noted that “Israel has deep, long-lasting and good relations with Russia and with Ukraine,” and that hundreds of thousands of Jews live in both countries. “Maintaining their security and safety is at the top of our considerations,” Lapid said.

Turkish President Erdoğan: Russian invasion of Ukraine is a ‘heavy blow’ to peace

The Media Line Staff
13:39 | 02/24/2022

02/23/2022

Turkey ‘won’t recognize any step against Ukraine’s territorial integrity’: presidency

The Media Line Staff
16:17 | 02/23/2022

Israel expresses concern, support for Ukraine, omits explicit criticism of Russia

The Media Line Staff
14:44 | 02/23/2022

Israel expressed concern about Russia’s incursion into eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, without mentioning Russia in its statement. “Israel is a partner to the international concerns about the steps taken in eastern Ukraine and hopes a diplomatic solution will be found that will bring calm and is willing to enlist to do so if asked,” the Foreign Ministry stated. The statement also expressed support for “Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.”

02/21/2022

Russia recognizes breakaway regions in Ukraine as independent

The Media Line Staff
22:42 | 02/21/2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an official decree recognizing the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine as independent entities. The move is seen as a possible pretense for a Russian military intervention in Ukraine. Ukraine on Monday requested an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council in an effort to de-escalate the crisis.

Iranian fighter jet crashes, 3 killed: state TV

The Media Line Staff
9:56 | 02/21/2022

An Iranian fighter jet crashed Monday in a residential area of Tabriz, killing three people, including two crew, state television reported. The head of the local Red Crescent organization said the plane smashed into a school and that one of the dead was a neighborhood resident.

02/18/2022

Rocket alerts sound in northern Israel

The Media Line Staff
12:08 | 02/18/2022

Code Red rocket alerts sounded Friday at noon in the northern Galilee and southern Golan Heights. Local residents report hearing an explosion, which the IDF announced was the downing of a hostile drone. The incident occurs a day after the leader of Hizbullah in Lebanon, Hassan Nasrallah  said that it has the ability to convert rockets into precision missiles and that it has been producing drones for “a long time.”

02/15/2022

Turkish media: Israeli President Isaac Herzog will visit Turkey March 9 and 10.

The Media Line Staff
10:24 | 02/15/2022

02/14/2022

Ukraine’s president calls for day of national unity ahead of feared Russian invasion

The Media Line Staff
22:31 | 02/14/2022

Russia could invade Ukraine this Wednesday, February 16, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, in a video address to the nation posted on his Facebook page on Monday evening. Zelenskyy said that the country will make Wednesday a day of national unity. “We are told that February 16 will be the day of the attack. The decree has already been signed. This afternoon we will hang national flags, put on blue-yellow ribbons and show the world our unity,” Zelenskyy said. He called on state officials, politicians and business leaders who fled the country ahead of the impending Russian invasion to return in order to show their solidarity.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announces Bahrain trip

The Media Line Staff
15:21 | 02/14/2022

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will leave Monday evening for a visit to Bahrain, his office announced just hours before the scheduled take-off. It is the first-ever trip made to Bahrain by an Israeli prime minister. Bennett is scheduled to meet Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and its prime minister, Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa during the 24-hour visit.

02/09/2022

PLO Central Council votes to suspend security coordination with Israel

The Media Line Staff
18:56 | 02/09/2022

The PLO’s Palestinian Central Council, currently meeting in Ramallah in the West Bank, decides to suspend recognition of Israel and to stop security coordination with it until it recognizes a Palestinian state. A similar resolution was passed by the body four years ago, though it was never implemented.

02/08/2022

Israeli soldiers kill 3 Palestinians in West Bank

The Media Line Staff
13:57 | 02/08/2022

Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinians on Tuesday afternoon in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, according to the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Health. They have been identified as Adham Mabrouk, Mohammed al-Dakhil and Ibrahim al-Nabulsi. The three men were  responsible for several recent shooting attacks against Israel Defense Forces and Israeli civilians, Israel’s Shin Bet security agency reported.

02/07/2022

PLO Central Council elects Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh to Executive Committee

The Media Line Staff
19:32 | 02/07/2022

Al-Sheikh’s election to a position on the Executive Committee formerly held by the late chief negotiator Saeb Erekat was expected. In an exclusive, in-depth interview he gave to The Media Line in July 2021, he said the Palestinian Authority was ready for direct talks with Israel.

02/06/2022

5 Pakistani troops killed by gunfire from Afghanistan

The Media Line Staff
17:07 | 02/06/2022

At least five soldiers from Pakistan’s military were killed by gunfire from over the border in Afghanistan Sunday afternoon, in an attack that was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, AFP reported.

02/03/2022

Islamic State leader dies in US counterterrorism raid in northwest Syria

The Media Line Staff
15:08 | 02/03/2022

US President Joe Biden announced Thursday morning that US Special Forces carried out a “successful” counterterrorism operation and have “taken off the battlefield” Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi. A senior administration official said al-Qurayshi died at the beginning of the operation when he exploded a bomb that killed him and members of his own family, including women and children, the New York Times reported. The operation took place on a building in northwest Syria near the Turkish border in Syria’s rebel-held province of Idlib. At least 13 people, including six children, were killed in the raid, that also destroyed a building, according to reports.

US Special Forces raid Syrian site in ‘counterterrorism mission,’ reportedly against ISIS leader

The Media Line Staff
9:38 | 02/03/2022

An operation by US Special Forces was carried out overnight Thursday in northwest Syria near the Turkish border in Syria’s rebel-held province of Idlib, which is home to several top al-Qaida leaders. The Pentagon said in a statement that “US Special Operations forces under the control of US Central Command conducted a counterterrorism mission this evening in northwest Syria.  The mission was successful.  There were no US casualties. More information will be provided as it becomes available.” The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog said US troops used helicopters to land in the area and attacked a house, clashing with fighters on the ground.

02/02/2022

Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz makes surprise visit to Bahrain

The Media Line Staff
16:30 | 02/02/2022

Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz landed in Bahrain on Wednesday afternoon for an unannounced visit. Gantz will sign Israel’s first Memorandum of Understanding with Bahrain, formalizing defense cooperation and other defense-related relations between the two countries, during what is reported to be a two-day visit. The MOU is also reported to include several arms agreements.

Turkey says 12 migrants ‘pushed back’ by Greece die at border

The Media Line Staff
13:49 | 02/02/2022

Turkey’s interior minister said on Wednesday that 12 migrants froze to death after Greek border guards stripped them of their clothes at their land border. “Twelve of the 22 migrants pushed back by Greek border units, stripped off from their clothes and shoes, have frozen to death,” Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in a tweet showing blurred photographs of bodies lying by the side of a road.

01/26/2022

Israeli energy minister: US-sponsored maritime border talks with Lebanon will resume next week

The Media Line Staff
14:17 | 01/26/2022

President Aoun: Lebanon ready to resume indirect maritime border talks with Israel

The Media Line Staff
13:28 | 01/26/2022

01/25/2022

Israel’s President Isaac Herzog to make official visit to UAE next week

The Media Line Staff
18:12 | 01/25/2022

Israel’s President Isaac Herzog will conduct an official visit to the United Arab Emirates at the invitation of the de facto ruler of the UAE, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on January 30-31, his office announced. Herzog, who will travel with his wife, Michal, will visit Abu Dhabi and Dubai and will hold official meetings with Sheikh Mohammed and other Emirati officials as well as representatives of the UAE Jewish community. He also will open Israel’s national day at Dubai Expo 2020.

01/24/2022

Former Israel Supreme Court Chief Justice Miriam Naor dies at 74

The Media Line Staff
14:23 | 01/24/2022

Former Israel Supreme Court Chief Justice Miriam Naor died on Monday at the age of 74. Naor, who served on the Supreme Court from 2003 to 2017, the final three years as chief justice, was at the time of her death serving as head of the state commission of inquiry into the 2021 Lag BaOmer crowd crush at Mount Meron.

01/18/2022

Saudi-led Arab coalition launches retaliatory airstrikes on Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital

The Media Line Staff
0:19 | 01/18/2022

The Saudi-led Arab coalition supporting Yemen’s government launched airstrikes on the Houthi-controlled capital of Sanaa on Monday night, including what it described as “terrorist leaders,” in response to a drone attack earlier in the day on the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) storage facility, which left three people dead. Countries throughout the region and around the world condemned the attack and expressed support for the UAE in the wake of the attack, including the United States.

01/17/2022

3 killed, 6 injured in suspected drone attack on Abu Dhabi

The Media Line Staff
12:10 | 01/17/2022

UAE authorities said Monday that three people were killed and six injured when three fuel trucks exploded near an oil storage facility in Abu Dhabi. In addition, a fire broke out at a construction site in Abu Dhabi’s main airport. The police in Abu Dhabi said both events were likely caused by drone attacks. Yemen’s Houthi rebels said they were responsible for the attacks.

01/13/2022

German court hands life sentence to former Syrian colonel for crimes against humanity

The Media Line Staff
12:00 | 01/13/2022

A German court sentenced a former Syrian colonel to life in jail for crimes against humanity. The trial of Anwar Raslan, a senior official in the Syrian army that supports the regime of President Bashar Assad, is the first global trial over state-sponsored torture in Syria. Raslan was convicted for complicity in at least 4,000 cases of torture, dozens of murders and three cases of sexual assault and rape.

01/10/2022

Aura Herzog, mother of Israeli President Isaac Herzog and wife of the late President Chaim Herzog, dies at 97

The Media Line Staff
10:23 | 01/10/2022

Aura Herzog, the mother of President Isaac Herzog and wife of the late sixth president, Chaim Herzog, died overnight at age 97. She was a prominent public figure and social activist for many years and the founder of the Council for a Beautiful Israel. She will be buried next to her late husband at Mount Herzl Cemetery in Jerusalem.

01/05/2022

Committee approves 3,500 new homes in Jewish east Jerusalem neighborhoods

The Media Line Staff
22:25 | 01/05/2022

A Jerusalem municipal committee has approved plans to build around 3,500 new homes in primarily Jewish neighborhoods in east Jerusalem. Palestinians, who claim the eastern portion of the city as the intended capital of a future Palestinian state, consider such neighborhoods to be Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. Around 1,500 of the homes would be built in a location that would cut off Arab neighborhoods from the southern West Bank, including Bethlehem. The plans will be considered by a district committee on January 17.

Jordan’s King Abdullah, Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz meet in Amman

The Media Line Staff
14:49 | 01/05/2022

Jordan’s King Abdullah II met Wednesday with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz in Amman, to discuss several bilateral issues and ways to enhance security and stability in the region, official Jordanian media reported.  Israel’s Defense Ministry also announced the meeting after it concluded. During the meeting, Abdullah stressed the need to maintain a comprehensive calm in the Palestinian territories and to take all necessary steps in order to find a way to achieve a just and comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution.

01/04/2022

2 armed drones targeting anti-IS forces in Iraq shot down

The Media Line Staff
9:43 | 01/04/2022

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq shot down two armed drones targeting coalition forces at Al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq on Tuesday. It was the second thwarted drone attack in 24 hours; on Monday, two armed drones targeting the anti-IS coalition forces at Baghdad airport were shot down.

01/03/2022

Iranian president vows revenge for Soleimani assassination if Trump not put on trial

The Media Line Staff
16:51 | 01/03/2022

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that if former US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are not put on trial for the US assassination of Qassem Soleimani, leader of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), that “Muslims will take our martyr’s revenge.” He made the statement Monday on the second anniversary of the US drone strike ordered by Trump that killed Soleimani during a diplomatic visit to Iraq.

12/29/2021

Israeli civilian shot, lightly injured, on Gaza border

The Media Line Staff
13:20 | 12/29/2021

An Israeli civilian contractor who was working on the Israel-Gaza Strip border was shot and lightly injured in the leg Wednesday morning. He was transferred to the hospital for treatment. The Israeli military responded with tank fire at Hamas outposts along the border.

12/28/2021

Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz hosts PA’s Mahmoud Abbas at his home

The Media Line Staff
23:39 | 12/28/2021

Israel’s Minister of Defense Benny Gantz hosted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at his home in central Israel. The men met in Rosh Haayin for 2.5 hours on Tuesday evening, and discussed security and civilian issues, according to the Defense Ministry. It is the first time Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, has held an official meeting in Israel since 2010. Gantz met with Abbas in August in Ramallah in the West Bank.

12/16/2021

Terrorists open fire on Israeli car in West Bank, killing 1, injuring 2

The Media Line Staff
20:32 | 12/16/2021

Gunmen shot at an Israeli car in the West Bank Thursday night, killing one person and wounding two others – one moderately and the other lightly. Israeli forces are searching for the perpetrators of the attack, which took place on Route 60 near the Shavei Shomron settlement.

12/15/2021

US freezes efforts to reopen Jerusalem consulate

The Media Line Staff
13:49 | 12/15/2021

Responding to strong opposition from Israel, the Biden Administration has shelved its plan to reopen the US Consulate in Jerusalem as a diplomatic mission to the Palestinian Authority. However, reports say that the Palestinian Affairs Unit that operates out of the US Embassy to Israel, has for several months operated independently, bypassing the authority of the US ambassador to Israel and reporting directly to the State Department in Washington.

12/14/2021

Israel to require Green Pass to shop at malls

Marcy Oster
21:04 | 12/14/2021

Green Passes proving coronavirus vaccine or recovery status will be required to enter malls in Israel beginning on Friday, following a decision by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, and health professionals taken at a meeting on Tuesday evening. Shoppers will be issued a colored bracelet to enter the mall and enter stores freely. People who do not hold a Green Pass will be permitted to enter a mall to receive an essential service, without receiving a bracelet, and then will be required to leave. Mall owners and businesses have vowed to challenge the decision.

12/12/2021

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett leaving on 1st visit to UAE

The Media Line Staff
11:33 | 12/12/2021

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is leaving Sunday for his first official visit to the United Arab Emirates, his office announced on Sunday. He is expected to meet on Monday with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed. “The leaders will discuss deepening the ties between Israel and the UAE, especially the economic and regional issues that will contribute to prosperity, welfare and strengthening the stability between the two countries,” according to the Prime Minister’s Office.

12/07/2021

UAE moves to 4.5-day week, with a Saturday-Sunday weekend

The Media Line Staff
10:57 | 12/07/2021

The United Arab Emirates will move to a four-and-a-half day work week, and with a weekend beginning on Friday afternoon and running through Sunday, state media reported. The announcement touted the fact that the UAE is the first country in the world to introduce a national work week that is shorter than five days. Federal government entities will adopt the new schedule beginning on January 1, 2022.

11/25/2021

At least 8 killed in car bomb targeting UN convoy in Somali capital

The Media Line Staff
10:56 | 11/25/2021

At least eight people were killed and 17 injured, including 13 Somali school children, in a car bomb attack targeting a United Nations security convoy as it traveled past a school in Mogadishu. The Islamist Al-Shabab group claimed responsibility for the attack. It is not yet known if any UN personnel were killed in the attack.

11/18/2021

Turkey releases Israeli couple accused of being spies

The Media Line Staff
8:16 | 11/18/2021

Mordi and Natali Oknin, Israeli bus drivers from the center of the country, flew home to Israel early Thursday morning after being released from a Turkish prison where they were held for a week, accused of being spies after taking a photograph of the president’s palace in Istanbul. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid issued a statement in which they thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government “for their cooperation.” They also thanked Israel’s President Isaac Herzog for his efforts. The couple arrived back in Israel on Thursday morning on a plane sent by the Foreign Ministry,

11/17/2021

Explosion at pipeline in southern Iran spawns tremors

The Media Line Staff
12:19 | 11/17/2021

An explosion at an Iranian oil pipeline in the country’s south has “created small tremors” felt in the surrounding areas, local media is reporting. The pipeline infrastructure is reported to be outdated, Reuters reported. Last year, explosions at other pipelines and Iranian nuclear sites, that were covered up by Tehran, were blamed on Israel.

11/14/2021

Gadhafi’s son Saif al-Islam reportedly has registered to run for Libya presidency

The Media Line Staff
12:27 | 11/14/2021

Saif al-Islam al-Gadhafi, son of Libya’s former leader Moammar Gadhafi, registered on Sunday as a presidential candidate, according to media reports citing an unnamed official from the electoral commission.

11/09/2021

Israel’s Mansour Abbas, Jordan’s King Abdullah meet in Amman with Bennett’s approval

The Media Line Staff
16:58 | 11/09/2021

The leader of the Israeli political party Ra’am-United Arab List, Mansour Abbas, met in Amman with King Abdullah II of Jordan, Jordanian television reported. The two leaders discussed a number of issues related to Israeli-Jordanian relations, the Middle East and the Palestinian issue during the four-hour meeting. The visit was carried out in full coordination in advance between the Kingdom of Jordan and the government, and with the approval of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Channel 12 News reported.

11/04/2021

Israel’s government narrowly passes 1st state budget in 3.5 years, avoiding early elections

The Media Line Staff
9:20 | 11/04/2021

11/03/2021

Iran says it thwarts US attempt to seize oil tanker in Gulf of Oman

The Media Line Staff
12:17 | 11/03/2021

US forces tried to block an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman, Iran’s state-run Press TV said on Wednesday. The tanker is now back in Iranian territorial waters. The incident was described as a failed attempt to “steal” oil.

11/02/2021

Historic meeting: 1st between an Israeli prime minister and Bahraini crown prince

The Media Line Staff
13:44 | 11/02/2021

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, with the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. It is the first meeting between an Israeli prime minister and the Bahraini crown prince.

10/19/2021

Clashes escalate between Palestinians, Israel Police at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate

The Media Line Staff
19:15 | 10/19/2021

At least 22 people have been arrested and 17 injured during clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police officers near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. Palestinians threw rocks at buses while police threw stun grenades and used other riot dispersal methods, including shooting foul-smelling skunk water from water cannons. The escalation in violent riots has been ongoing for some two weeks.

10/14/2021

Gunfire kills 2, wounds 12 in march against Beirut blast investigator

The Media Line Staff
11:29 | 10/14/2021

Unknown gunmen fired on protesters, killing two and wounding 12, at a Beirut demonstration by supporters of the Shiite Hizbullah and Amal organizations that called for the removal of Judge Tarik Bitar, the lead investigator into the August 2020 port blast.

10/12/2021

EU announces 1 billion euros in emergency aid to Afghanistan and neighbors

The Media Line Staff
13:41 | 10/12/2021

The European Union has announced new emergency aid of 1 billion euros to Afghanistan and its neighboring countries. The pledge was announced by the European Commission in advance of the Group of 20 Afghan summit on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

10/11/2021

Iraqi PM announces arrest of deputy ISIS leader wanted by US

The Media Line Staff
10:08 | 10/11/2021

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said on Twitter that Iraqi forces have captured Sami Jasim, who was in charge of the finances for the Islamic State group and a deputy of slain ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

10/10/2021

Power back on in Lebanon after army provides diesel fuel

The Media Line Staff
15:18 | 10/10/2021

Electricity has been restored in Lebanon after the army provided fuel to the Deir Ammar and Zahrani power plants, which had run out of  diesel fuel, ending a day of total blackout.

10/03/2021

Explosion outside Kabul mosque kills 2

The Media Line Staff
15:33 | 10/03/2021

At least two civilians were killed in an explosion outside of a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to reports. The explosion on Sunday afternoon occurred during a memorial service for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. There has been no claim of responsibility yet.

09/30/2021

Israel’s FM Yair Lapid arrives in Bahrain in first high-level visit

The Media Line Staff
10:06 | 09/30/2021

Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid arrived in Bahrain, becoming the first high-level Israeli official to visit the country since Bahrain and Israel signed the Abraham Accords and normalized relations last year. Lapid is scheduled to inaugurate Israel’s embassy in Manama and meet with his Bahraini counterpart, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani.

09/29/2021

5 dead, dozens injured in bus-car crash in Israel’s Northern Galilee

The Media Line Staff
17:05 | 09/29/2021

Five people are reported dead and dozens of people were injured in a crash between a bus and a private car in Israel’s Northern Galilee. A truck also was involved in the crash. Four people who were trapped inside the car were found to be dead, a man riding on the bus who reportedly jumped out to help the injured also died, with at least three others reported to be in serious and moderate condition.  Israel’s Channel 12 reported that the bus was full of children returning from a day trip. The cause of the accident is not known.

09/15/2021

Iran resumes commercial flights to Afghanistan

The Media Line Staff
13:43 | 09/15/2021

Iran on Wednesday resumed regular commercial flights to neighboring Afghanistan, where the Taliban took control last month, Iranian state media reported. “Today Mahan Airlines carried passengers between Mashhad and Kabul airport,” Fars news agency reported, referring to Iran’s second-largest city, in the northeast, and the Afghan capital.

09/13/2021

2 moderately wounded in stabbing attack at Jerusalem central bus station

The Media Line Staff
14:38 | 09/13/2021

Two people were moderately injured in a stabbing attack at the central bus station in Jerusalem; the stabber was “neutralized,” according to officials. The attack comes hours after an attempted stabbing attack by a Palestinian assailant at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank.

Egypt’s Sisi, Israel’s Bennett to meet in Sharm el-Sheikh

The Media Line Staff
13:02 | 09/13/2021

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will meet Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet today in Sharm el-Sheikh, Arab and Israeli media is reporting.

09/01/2021

Israeli foreign minister: Israel isn’t interested in collapse of PA

The Media Line Staff
14:18 | 09/01/2021

Israeli foreign minister: Lebanon has become a country ruled by a terrorist organization

The Media Line Staff
13:46 | 09/01/2021

Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid told foreign reporters at an English-language briefing on Wednesday at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem that “Lebanon has turned into a country ruled by a terrorist organization.”

08/31/2021

Palestinians to get 4G service

The Media Line Staff
8:06 | 08/31/2021

Palestinians are set to get 4G service, part of several understandings reached during Sunday’s meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz. Israel has withheld frequencies for the Palestinians for over a decade.

08/30/2021

Israel, Palestinian Authority, reach family reunification agreement, PA civil affairs minister tells The Media Line

The Media Line Staff
18:15 | 08/30/2021

Hussein Al-Sheikh, the Palestinian Authority’s civil affairs minister, has told The Media Line that the PA has reached an agreement with the Israeli government on family reunification for Palestinians. Initially, the arrangement will apply to 5,000 Palestinians “as a first batch on the road to finalizing the issue entirely in a prearranged time frame,” Al-Sheikh said.

Islamic State claims responsibility for rocket attack on Kabul airport

The Media Line Staff
16:02 | 08/30/2021

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the rocket attack on the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. The rockets were fired at the airport on Monday morning as the drawdown of US forces continues. The group made the claim of responsibility for the attack with six Katyusha rockets via its Telegram channel. An anti-missile defense system installed at the airport intercepted some of the rockets. There are no reports of casualties.

Up to 5 rockets fired at Kabul airport

The Media Line Staff
8:29 | 08/30/2021

Up to five rockets were fired at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, according to reports. The rockets were fired on Monday morning as the drawdown of US forces continues. An anti-missile defense system installed at the airport intercepted the rockets, CNN reported citing a US official. There are no reports of casualties.

08/29/2021

Kabul explosion reported to be US revenge attack on ISIS-K operatives

The Media Line Staff
16:56 | 08/29/2021

A US missile strike in Kabul on Sunday has targeted suspected operatives of the ISIS-K. ISIS-K has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack last week outside of the Hamid Karzai International Airport, that left 13 US servicemen and servicewomen and dozens of Afghan citizens dead. The airstrike comes as the last US and allied evacuation flights leave the country ahead of the August 31 deadline. The rocket strike reportedly hit a vehicle carrying ISIS-K suicide bombers. A second airstrike hit a house located on the northern side of the airport, Reuters reported, though the two strikes may not be related.

Report: Explosion heard in Kabul

The Media Line Staff
14:51 | 08/29/2021

An explosion has been heard in Kabul near the Hamid Karzai International Airport, AFP journalists are reporting. The report comes hours after US officials warned of a possible attack in the area.

Iran’s new foreign minister lands in Damascus for official visit to Syria

The Media Line Staff
13:11 | 08/29/2021

Iran’s newly appointed foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, has arrived in Damascus, Syria for meetings with Syrian officials. On Saturday, Amir-Abdollahian attended the Baghdad regional summit.

08/26/2021

12 US servicemen killed, at least 15 injured in Kabul bomb attacks

The Media Line Staff
21:42 | 08/26/2021

Twelve US servicemen were killed and at least 15 others injured in the twin suicide bombing attacks outside of the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, on Thursday evening, the Pentagon announced. Dozens of Afghans also reportedly were killed and injured in the blasts blamed on Islamic State jihadists, which occurred as thousands of foreign nationals and Afghans massed outside the gates of the airport in an attempt to be evacuated from the country.

Bennett, Biden meeting at White House postponed after Kabul explosions

The Media Line Staff
18:15 | 08/26/2021

A meeting between US President Joe Biden and Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett scheduled for Thursday morning at the White House was postponed after twin explosions outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, which caused  a number of US and civilian casualties. Biden reportedly was in the White House situation room at the time that the meeting was supposed to begin. It is not known when the meeting will be held; Israeli media on hand to report on the meeting were told to leave the White House.

Explosion reported outside of airport in Kabul

The Media Line Staff
15:59 | 08/26/2021

There has been an explosion outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, according to multiple reports. Injuries are being reported among Afghans. The explosion, and a second outside the Baron Hotel near the airport, was confirmed by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby. The explosion comes as thousands of people remain on the streets near the airport, trying to enter its gates in an attempt to leave Afghanistan. The United States, Australia and the United Kingdom had been on people to move further away from the airport in light of threats of an attack by the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, or ISIS-K, a Taliban rival.

08/23/2021

Firefight at Kabul airport involving Afghan guards, US and German forces leaves 1 dead

The Media Line Staff
8:43 | 08/23/2021

At least one Afghan guard was killed and three injured in a firefight at the north gate of the Kabul airport, where some 20,000 Afghans and foreigners  are still awaiting transport out of Afghanistan. A sniper outside the airport reportedly fired at Afghan guards inside the airport leading to them to return fire, as US forces fired at the Afghan guards. German military forges also were involved in the incident.

08/22/2021

Kuwait to allow passage of 5,000 Afghans evacuated by US

The Media Line Staff
22:55 | 08/22/2021

Kuwait’s foreign ministry said the country will allow the passage of some 5,000 Afghans evacuated from Kabul by the United States. The subject of relocating Afghan interpreters for the US military and media outlets came up during meetings US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held in Kuwait last month.

08/18/2021

UAE confirms Afghan president, family ‘welcomed’ on ‘humanitarian grounds’

The Media Line Staff
16:20 | 08/18/2021

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani, who fled his country when the Taliban overran the capital, Kabul, is in the United Arab Emirates, the country’s foreign ministry confirmed. “The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation can confirm that the UAE has welcomed President Ashraf Ghani and his family into the country on humanitarian grounds,” it said in a statement.

08/17/2021

Taliban announce ‘general amnesty’ for gov’t officials

The Media Line Staff
8:24 | 08/17/2021

The Taliban Tuesday declared a general amnesty for all Afghanistan government officials and urged them to return to work, two days after taking power following a lightning sweep through the country. “A general amnesty has been declared for all … so you should start your routine life with full confidence,” said a statement from the Taliban.

08/16/2021

Commercial flights out of Kabul canceled as Afghans crowd airport

The Media Line Staff
11:25 | 08/16/2021

All commercial flights out of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul have been canceled, the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority announced. The announcement comes as crowds of Afghan civilians gathered at the airport in Kabul, attempting to get on any flight leaving the country. Scenes caught on camera showed the Afghans storming the tarmac and clambering up gangplanks leading to the airplanes.

08/15/2021

Taliban reportedly has seized presidential palace in Afghanistan

The Media Line Staff
19:36 | 08/15/2021

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is seen leaving the country as a group of high-level politicians is negotiating a transfer of power with the Taliban, which reportedly has seized the presidential palace. At the same time, the US reportedly has completed the evacuation of its embassy in Kabul and has taken down its flag.

Taliban surround Kabul, poised to take control of Afghan capital

The Media Line Staff
13:12 | 08/15/2021

Taliban forces have surrounded the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul. There are currently no reports of Taliban fighters entering the capital, but a spokesman for the organization, Suhail Shaheen, said on the BBC: “We are awaiting a peaceful transition of power. … We seek inclusive Afghan government where all Afghans will have participation.” Meanwhile, the US is rushing to pull all personnel out of its embassy over the next three days.

Israeli education minister’s adviser on Arab society shot dead

The Media Line Staff
11:32 | 08/15/2021

Sahar Ismail, Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton’s adviser on Arab society, was shot dead by unknown assailants in his car in the town of Rameh on Sunday morning. Ismail, a member of the Druze community in Israel, was a veteran Likud activist, close to New Hope party leader and Justice Minister Gideon Saar, and No. 17 on the New Hope slate of candidates for the Knesset.

08/04/2021

3 rockets fired from Lebanon toward Israel

The Media Line Staff
11:29 | 08/04/2021

Two of the rockets landed in open areas in northern Israel, while one fell short and landed in Lebanon.

Smoke and a small fire were reported as a result of one of the rockets, which landed near Kiryat Shmona.

08/03/2021

6 ships off UAE coast reported ‘not under command’

The Media Line Staff
16:55 | 08/03/2021

Six ships in international waters off the coast of the UAE emirate of Fujairah have broadcast signals indicating they are “not under command,” meaning that they have lost control of their steering in what could be an attack or hijacking. Unconfirmed reports have identified the ships as Asphalt Princess, Kamdhenu, Queen Ematha, Golden Brilliant, Jag Pooja and Abyss. The flight-tracking website FlightRadar24.com showed an Oman Royal Air Force maritime patrol aircraft flying over the area where the ships were thought to be located, and the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations has advised other ships in the area to exercise extreme caution.

08/02/2021

Miami-Tel Aviv flight makes emergency landing due to flat tire

The Media Line Staff
13:57 | 08/02/2021

American Airlines flight AA052 from Miami to Tel Aviv safely landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport after it was discovered that the plane had a flat tire. The flight was carrying 190 passengers and crew.

07/14/2021

UAE opens embassy in Israel

The Media Line Staff
8:21 | 07/14/2021
The United Arab Emirates opened its embassy in Tel Aviv Wednesday morning, with Israeli President Isaac Herzog and the Emirati ambassador to Israel, Mohammad al Khaja, in attendance. This follows Israel’s opening of an embassy in Abu Dhabi in late June and comes nearly a year after the two countries normalized relations with the signing of the Abraham Accords in August 2020. 

07/09/2021

Mrs. Anwar Sadat dead at 87

Michael Friedson
14:01 | 07/09/2021

Jehan Sadat, widow of former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, died Friday in Egypt at the age of 87.  She had been battling cancer. Mrs. Sadat will receive a military funeral in Cairo. Despite her withdrawal from public life after her husband’s assassination in 1979, she was a supporter of incumbent President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi.

07/08/2021

All victims in Surfside, Florida disaster will be accounted for in matter of days, head of Israeli search team tells The Media Line

The Media Line Staff
19:19 | 07/08/2021

Col. Golan Vach, commander of the Israeli military’s Home Front Command National Search & Rescue Unit, has told The Media Line that all the people still missing in the condominium collapse at Surfside, Florida, will be found in the coming days. To date, 60 people have been confirmed dead and 80 remain missing.

07/07/2021

Explosion felt across Dubai, reportedly due to ship fire

The Media Line Staff
23:06 | 07/07/2021

A huge blast rocked Dubai, shaking buildings across the commercial hub of the United Arab Emirates, witnesses reported. Authorities say the explosion was caused by a fire on a ship in Jebel Ali seaport.

 

PFLP-GC leader Ahmed Jibril dies at 83

The Media Line Staff
18:34 | 07/07/2021

Ahmed Jibril, founder of the Damascus-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command organization, died in a Damascus hospital Wednesday at the age of 83. Jibril founded the PFLP-GC in 1968 after splitting from the PFLP.

06/23/2021

US Secretary of State Blinken, in Berlin for Libya talks, urges withdrawal of all foreign forces

The Media Line Staff
11:58 | 06/23/2021

Iran foils sabotage attack on atomic energy agency building: state TV

The Media Line Staff
11:39 | 06/23/2021

06/13/2021

Israel’s parliament approves new gov’t headed by Naftali Bennett in 60-59 vote

The Media Line Staff
19:55 | 06/13/2021

06/02/2021

Lapid announces formation of new Israeli government

The Media Line Staff
22:25 | 06/02/2021

Yair Lapid, head of the centrist Yesh Atid party, informed President Reuven Rivlin, that he has succeeded in forming a new national unity government, more than two years after the first of four parliamentary elections led to an extended deadlock in Israeli politics.

Isaac Herzog elected as Israel’s 11th president

The Media Line Staff
11:50 | 06/02/2021

Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, elected Isaac Herzog to the largely ceremonial position of president of Israel. Herzog, the current chairman of the Jewish Agency and a former Labor party chief, will be the country’s 11th president, replacing incumbent President Reuven Rivlin, who retires on July 9 after seven years in office.

06/01/2021

Gantz announces last-minute ‘brief trip’ to US

The Media Line Staff
17:26 | 06/01/2021

Defense Minister Benny Gantz will leave on Wednesday night for a “brief trip” to Washington DC, his office announced. He will meet US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan for “strategic dialogue on the emerging nuclear agreement with Iran, as well as discussion on maintenance of Israel’s qualitative military edge, and Middle East stability at large,” according to the announcement. They also will further review the Israel Ministry of Defense’s plan for achieving long-term quiet in Gaza and recovering Israel’s MIAs and hostages, according to the statement.

05/31/2021

Iran will have nuclear capability in 5-7 years

The Media Line Staff
18:10 | 05/31/2021

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz told foreign reporters in Jerusalem on Monday that Iran will have nuclear capability in 5 years to 7 years.

05/30/2021

Bennett announces intent to enter unity gov’t, ousting Israeli PM Netanyahu

The Media Line Staff
20:34 | 05/30/2021

Naftali Bennett, head of the Yamina party in the Israeli parliament, announced on national television Sunday night his decision to enter into a national unity government comprising a number of parties opposed to the continued rule of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. If it is formed, the planned government would end Netanyahu’s record-long stretch in the Prime Minister’s Office and avoid sending the country to a fifth round of elections in just over two years. Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid could meet with President Reuven Rivlin as early as Monday to formally notify the president that he has succeeded in forming a government.

05/27/2021

UNHCR creates permanent body to investigate Israel for war crimes

The Media Line Staff
20:27 | 05/27/2021

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted to create a permanent commission to investigate Israel for war crimes and human rights abuses. The vote was 24-9, with 14 countries abstaining. It is the first time that the UNHCR has created a permanent fact-finding body to investigate a UN member state. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that “Today’s shameful decision is yet another example of the UN Human Rights Council’s blatant anti-Israel obsession.”

Israel’s AG will indict Yaakov Litzman for obstruction of justice and breach of trust

The Media Line Staff
17:21 | 05/27/2021

Israel’s Attorney General Avchai Mandelblit announced that he planned to indict Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman of the United Torah Judaism party on charges of obstruction of justice and breach of trust. The indictment is pending a hearing. The charges are in two separate cases: accusations that he used his position as deputy health minister to prevent the extradition to Australia of the former principal of an Orthodox Jewish girls school accused of sexual assault of minors; and allegations that he used his position to prevent the closure of a restaurant with health violations citations.

05/24/2021

Egypt’s Foreign Minister arrives in Ramallah

The Media Line Staff
13:38 | 05/24/2021

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry arrived on Monday afternoon in Ramallah in the West Bank, where he was received by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Shoukry announced earlier on Monday that Egypt would undertake an initiative of $500 million for the reconstruction of Gaza that will take place in coordination with the Palestinian Authority. Egypt is also working to help broker a peace agreement between the PA and Israel. Also on Monday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is scheduled to leave on a Mideast trip, his first trip abroad, with stops in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo and Amman.

05/21/2021

Israel-Hamas cease-fire goes into effect, appears to be holding

The Media Line Staff
8:18 | 05/21/2021

A bilateral cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect at 2 am on Friday. At 9 a.m., the Israel Defense Forces announced that nearly all restrictions on movement throughout the country would be removed, though schools will remain closed until Sunday.

05/20/2021

Israel’s Security Cabinet approves cease-fire with Hamas

The Media Line Staff
21:19 | 05/20/2021

Israel’s Security Cabinet approved an Egyptian-brokered bilateral cease-fire with Hamas at a meeting on Thursday evening, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. It is not known exactly when the cease-fire will take effect.

05/19/2021

Biden tells Netanyahu he expects de-escalation with Gaza toward cease-fire

The Media Line Staff
16:02 | 05/19/2021

US President Joe Biden in a call with Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday “had a detailed discussion on the state of events in Gaza, Israel’s progress in degrading the capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist elements, and ongoing diplomatic efforts by regional governments and the United States,” according to a readout from the White House. Biden told Netanyahu that he “expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a cease-fire.” It is the fourth call between Biden and Netanyahu this week.

05/18/2021

2 Israeli soldiers reported injured in shooting attack in West Bank

The Media Line Staff
15:57 | 05/18/2021

Two Israeli soldiers are reported to have been injured in a shooting attack near the West Bank settlement of Beit El, where clashes are  taking place between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers. Fourteen Palestinians reportedly also were wounded in the clashes.

05/12/2021

1 killed, 2 seriously wounded, when anti-tank missile fires on Israeli vehicle on Gaza border

The Media Line Staff
10:44 | 05/12/2021

05/11/2021

2 Israelis killed in barrage of rocket fire from Gaza onto Ashkelon

The Media Line Staff
14:31 | 05/11/2021

Israel suffered its first fatalities in Operation Guardian of the Walls when two women were killed from rocket fire on Ashkelon. The victims were identified as an 80-year-old resident of the city and her caregiver. Two other people were injured, one of them critically. Hamas fired 137 rockets over the course of five minutes – the “largest-ever barrage” according to the Islamist organization that controls the coastal enclave – in an apparent attempt to overwhelm the Iron Dome missile defense system.

Over 300 rockets fired at Israel, hitting buildings; Israeli retaliatory attacks kill at least 24

The Media Line Staff
13:15 | 05/11/2021

At least 60 rockets from were fired at southern Israeli communities over a short period early Tuesday afternoon in what appears to be an attempt to overwhelm the Iron Dome missile defense system; Hamas claimed it fired 137 rockets over five minutes. At least three buildings in Ashkelon and Ashdod were hit in the barrage, including a school and a private home. More than 300 rockets have been fired on Israel since Monday evening. Israeli air strikes on Gaza targets also continued on Tuesday, reportedly including a high-rise building in the upscale al-Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City, where two Palestinian Islamic Jihad members live. Over 130 military attacks in Gaza have been targeted with airstrikes, including weapons production sites and military complexes, as well as terror tunnels. At least 24 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed in the Israeli attacks, including children, according to reports.

Over 200 rockets fired at Israel, at least 24 Gazans killed in retaliatory attacks

The Media Line Staff
9:06 | 05/11/2021

More than 200 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel since Monday evening. The Israel Defense Forces said Tuesday morning that it struck over 130 military targets in Gaza, including weapons production sites and military complexes, and the home of a Hamas battalion commander. Two Gaza terror tunnels also were hit, according to the IDF. At least 24 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed in the Israeli attacks, including children, according to reports.

05/10/2021

Over 150 rockets fired at Israel, including Jerusalem

The Media Line Staff
17:12 | 05/10/2021

Over 150 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel on Monday evening, including 7 at Jerusalem. Hamas has claimed responsibility for seven rockets fired at Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh. At least one rocket fired at Jerusalem was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system and some fell in open areas. Hamas had earlier issued an ultimatum, threatening to attack Israel if security forces were not removed from the Temple Mount and the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of east Jerusalem. Meanwhile, rockets from Gaza also were fired at southern Israel, including Sderot and Ashkelon. Also on Monday evening, the Israel Defense Forces said it fired on and killed eight Hamas operatives in Gaza. Israeli news reports said that the Security Cabinet approved a massive aerial bombardment of Gaza, but not a ground invasion. The Palestinian Health Ministry said 20 Palestinians were killed, including 9 minors, in Israel’s retaliatory air strikes. Israel said the air strikes were aimed at rocket launchers and other military installations. Late on Monday night a home in the southern Israeli kibbutz Nir Am sustained a direct hit from a Gazan rocket, but no injuries were reported. The IDF announced that its strikes against Hamas will be known as Operation Guardian of the Walls.

 

05/06/2021

Qatar’s finance minister arrested over embezzlement allegations

The Media Line Staff
14:17 | 05/06/2021

Qatar’s Finance Minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi was arrested and held for questioning on Thursday over allegations of embezzlement, abuse of public office and abuse of power. Qatar’s attorney general ordered the arrest of the Minister of Finance Ali Sharif Al-Emadi after reviewing reports related to the alleged crimes, the Qatar News Agency reported. A more extensive investigation has been ordered, according to the report

05/05/2021

Yair Lapid given mandate to form Israel’s next government

The Media Line Staff
17:40 | 05/05/2021

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has selected Opposition Leader Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, to receive the mandate to form a government, a day after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that he could not form a coalition government. Some 56 lawmakers recommended Lapid during consultations with Rivlin on Wednesday.

05/02/2021

3 injured in drive-by shooting at West Bank junction

The Media Line Staff
17:25 | 05/02/2021

Three people in their 20s were injured, two seriously, in a drive-by shooting attack at the Tapuah junction near the northern West Bank city of Ariel. Several young people were standing at a bus stop when a driver reportedly opened fire either at them or at a passing car, according to reports.

04/30/2021

At least 44 dead in stampede at religious festival at Mt. Meron in northern Israel

The Media Line Staff
7:20 | 04/30/2021

At least 44 people were crushed to death and more than 100 injured, some seriously, during the annual Lag b’Omer bonfire festival at the tomb of the 2nd century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai on Mt. Meron in northern Israel. Tens of thousands of mostly ultra-Orthodox Jews arrived on Thursday night for the all-night celebration that includes prayer, song and dance.

04/29/2021

US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan underway

The Media Line Staff
19:35 | 04/29/2021

The US military has started to withdraw from Afghanistan, CNN is reporting, citing several unnamed US defense officials. Contractors and US government workers are also leaving the country, according to the report. The withdrawal is scheduled to be completed by September 11.

04/28/2021

Netanyahu agrees to appoint Gantz justice minister

The Media Line Staff
12:46 | 04/28/2021

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agrees to name Benny Gantz as justice minister until a new government is formed, hours ahead of a Supreme Court hearing over whether a Cabinet vote on Tuesday appointing Netanyahu ally Ofir Akunis to the position was done legally.

04/27/2021

Saudi Arabia destroys a boat full of explosives in Red Sea

The Media Line Staff
12:20 | 04/27/2021

Saudi Arabia’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday that it intercepted and destroyed a remote-controlled boat filled with explosives near the Yanbu port on the Red Sea. Yemen’s Houthi rebels have used tactics such as booby-trapped boats and drones against Saudi Arabia in the past. There were no immediate claims of responsibility.

04/26/2021

Iranian court sentences British aid worker Zaghari-Ratcliffe to year in prison

The Media Line Staff
15:22 | 04/26/2021

British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was sentenced by Iran’s Revolutionary Court to one year in prison and a one-year ban on leaving the country, her attorney said. She was sentenced on charges of “propaganda against the system,” in part for attending a demonstration outside the Iranian embassy in London and being interviewed by the BBC Persian network more than a decade ago. She had already spent nearly five years in an Iranian jail and another year under house arrest before being freed last month.

04/25/2021

Houthis appear ready to take control of Marib, some 56 fighters killed

The Media Line Staff
10:52 | 04/25/2021

Houthi rebels in Yemen have advanced on Marib over the last two days and appear ready to take control. Some 56 fighters have been killed in the fighting. Marib, the last government controlled pocket in the area, is surrounded by oil fields and is home to some 2 million refugees living in 140 displaced person camps.

04/22/2021

Jordan’s King Abdullah orders release of alleged coup conspirators

The Media Line Staff
15:22 | 04/22/2021

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has ordered the release of the people arrested for allegedly planning a coup that involved the king’s half-brother Prince Hamzah. The Jordanian Royal Court said in a tweet that Abdullah’s order came in response to “an appeal for forgiveness” for those “who were arrested for sedition.” The king said in an announcement ordering the release that “as a father and a brother to all Jordanians” and because it is the Muslim holy month of Ramadan “in which we all want to be surrounded by out families,” that he was returning those arrested to their families.

04/21/2021

Jordan’s foreign minister arrives by helicopter at Palestinian presidential compound

The Media Line Staff
13:34 | 04/21/2021

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, flying in a Jordanian military helicopter, has arrived at the Mukataa, the Palestinian Authority’s presidential compound in Ramallah, on the West Bank, in a surprise visit.

Germany to withdraw troops from Afghanistan starting July 4: Defense Ministry

The Media Line Staff
11:10 | 04/21/2021

04/18/2021

Train derails north of Cairo, injuring passengers

The Media Line Staff
15:21 | 04/18/2021

A train on the Cairo-Mansoura line derailed shortly after 2 pm local time in the Banha area, about 50 km north of Cairo. A number of passengers are reported to be injured. This was the second derailment in a week on the same line.

Israel and Greece sign largest-ever defense procurement deal

The Media Line Staff
8:41 | 04/18/2021

Israel and Greece signed their largest-ever defense procurement deal, for about $1.65 billion. The deal announced on Sunday will see Israel’s Elbit Systems establish and operate a training center Greece’s air force. Under the deal, Elbit also will supply the Greek air force with training aircraft, and provide maintenance to its traiing fleet for 20 years.

04/14/2021

US, Britain, France, Germany to hold talks on Afghanistan: Berlin

The Media Line Staff
11:24 | 04/14/2021

NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan likely in September: German minister

The Media Line Staff
10:30 | 04/14/2021

NATO will likely join the United States in withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan in September, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said Wednesday.

“We always said: We’ll go in together, we’ll leave together,” she told ARD public television. “I am for an orderly withdrawal and that is why I assume that we [NATO] will agree to that today.”

Somali president signs law extending mandate for 2 years: state media

The Media Line Staff
10:21 | 04/14/2021

Iran to start enriching uranium to 60% purity ‘next week’: IAEA envoy

The Media Line Staff
9:18 | 04/14/2021

04/13/2021

Israeli-owned ship damaged in attack blamed on Iran

The Media Line Staff
18:37 | 04/13/2021

The Israeli-owned cargo ship Hyperion Ray sustained minor damage in an attack off the coast of the United Arab Emirates’ Fujairah emirate in an attack that Israeli officials are blaming on Iran, according to Lebanese and Israeli reports. The attack comes a day after Iran threatened to avenge an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility that it blamed on Israel.

Iran’s Zarif: Israel made ‘very bad gamble’ at nuclear plant

The Media Line Staff
9:57 | 04/13/2021

Russia expects Iran nuclear deal to be saved, condemns EU sanctions: Lavrov

The Media Line Staff
8:54 | 04/13/2021

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday said Moscow expected the Iranian nuclear deal to be saved and condemned EU sanctions against Iran, saying they could undermine sensitive nuclear talks. “We expect that it will be possible to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” Lavrov said after talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran. He also blasted recent EU sanctions on Iran, saying they sparked “a huge amount of questions.”

04/11/2021

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrives in Israel

The Media Line Staff
9:04 | 04/11/2021

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin landed on Sunday in Israel, in the first official visit by a member of the Biden administration. Austin is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz. Austin is scheduled to travel from Israel to Germany, NATO Headquarters in Belgium, and Britain.

04/06/2021

Netanyahu tapped to form Israel’s next government

The Media Line Staff
11:26 | 04/06/2021

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin nominates sitting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to try to form a new government, saying: “This was not an easy decision.” Netanyahu, who was recommended by 52 lawmakers to head the next government, has 28 days to try to cobble together a coalition of at least 61 lawmakers.

Iran gov’t welcomes ‘promising’ US comments on sanctions: spokesman

The Media Line Staff
10:27 | 04/06/2021

Jordanian prosecutor bans publication of information on Prince Hamzah rift

The Media Line Staff
10:05 | 04/06/2021

Amman’s prosecutor-general has banned the publication of information on the royal rift involving Prince Hamzah, the half-brother of Jordan’s King Abdullah II, including “all audiovisual media and social networks, as well as the publication of all images or video clips relating to this subject,” according to a statement read on state television.

04/05/2021

Iran says it arrested ‘Israeli spy’

The Media Line Staff
14:04 | 04/05/2021

Iran announced on Monday that it has arrested an “Israeli spy,” as well as agents of other countries, in its eastern Azerbaijan province, according to reports.

Palestinian Authority President Abbas taken by helicopter to Jordan for unexpected flight to Germany

The Media Line Staff
12:02 | 04/05/2021

Three Jordanian helicopters have landed in the Mukataa, the Palestinian Authority’s presidential compound in Ramallah, to fly President Mahmoud Abbas to Jordan. From there, he is expected to fly to Germany for medical treatment.

Jordan’s Prince Hamzah, in audio recording: I will not obey military’s restrictive orders

The Media Line Staff
9:29 | 04/05/2021

04/04/2021

Report: 2 rockets hit near Iraq airbase where US soldiers based

The Media Line Staff
12:58 | 04/04/2021

Two rockets hit near the Balad air base north of Baghdad in Iraq that hosts US soldiers, the AFP news agency reported, citing a security source.

03/25/2021

Iran reportedly fired missile at Israeli ship in the Arabian Sea

The Media Line Staff
18:04 | 03/25/2021

Israel’s Channel 12 reports that Iran fired a missile at an Israeli-owned container ship traveling in the Arabian Sea between India and Tanzania. The missile hit the ship and damaged it, according to the report.

03/23/2021

Rocket fired from Gaza Strip hits Israel, no injuries reported

The Media Line Staff
19:29 | 03/23/2021

A rockets was fired Tuesday evening from the Gaza Strip into Israel, landing in an open area near Beersheba, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. No injuries were reported.

03/22/2021

Saudi Arabia offers cease-fire to Houthi rebels in Yemen civil war

The Media Line Staff
16:59 | 03/22/2021

Saudi Arabia said Monday it would offer the Houthi rebels a cease-fire to end the nearly eight-year-old civil war in Yemen, The Associated Press reported. The plan would include the reopening of the airport in the capital, Sanaa. The offer comes after the Houthis’ relentless campaign of airstrikes against Saudi oil distribution sites. The Houthis later dismissed the offer as “nothing new” and called for the lifting of air and sea blockades first.

Istanbul stock exchange suspends trading as index falls on central bank fears

The Media Line Staff
9:52 | 03/22/2021

03/21/2021

Iran TV: One dead, 3 wounded in explosion in SE Iran

The Media Line Staff
11:33 | 03/21/2021

Turkey arrests pro-Kurd MP who was expelled from parliament: party

The Media Line Staff
9:47 | 03/21/2021

Turkish police detained Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu early Sunday morning, according to the party. A court stripped Gergerlioglu of his position on Wednesday.

Saudi Aramco: 2020 profit slid 44.4% on lower crude prices

The Media Line Staff
9:33 | 03/21/2021

Energy giant Saudi Aramco on Sunday posted a 44.4% drop in 2020 net profit due to lower crude prices, reflecting the slump in global demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Aramco achieved a net income of $49 billion in 2020,” the company said in a statement, compared to $88.2 billion in the previous year.

03/17/2021

Palestinian Authority to receive COVID-19 vaccine shipment

The Media Line Staff
12:03 | 03/17/2021

According to UNICEF Palestine, 61,440 coronavirus vaccine doses arrived today and will be delivered to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Ramallah ahead of Sunday’s launch of the National Vaccine Deployment Plan in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

03/16/2021

4 more peace agreements on the way, Netanyahu says

The Media Line Staff
15:25 | 03/16/2021

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is poised to make four more peace agreements, telling an interview with the Ynet news website that he spoke Monday night to one of the leaders in the region for 45 minutes. “I brought four peace agreements,” Netanyahu said, and “there are another four on the way.” Referencing the normalization agreements with Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates, he said that “I delivered peace for peace.”

03/12/2021

Turkey, Egypt resume first diplomatic contacts since 2013: Turkish foreign minister

The Media Line Staff
11:26 | 03/12/2021

03/11/2021

At least 20 dead in Egyptian clothing factory

Marcy Oster
16:46 | 03/11/2021

At least 20 people are reported dead and 24 injured in a fire that swept through a clothing factory located on the outskirts of Cairo on Thursday afternoon. The cause of the fire is not immediately known.

03/10/2021

Netanyahu will travel to UAE 2 weeks before elections

Marcy Oster
14:07 | 03/10/2021

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will travel to the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, and will meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, Israeli media is reporting. He had originally been scheduled to visit the UAE several months ago in the wake of the signing of a normalization agreement between Israel and the UAE, but the visit has been postponed several times, most recently in February. The visit comes less than two weeks before the country’s 4th national elections in two years.

03/08/2021

Syrian president, wife test positive for the coronavirus

The Media Line Staff
15:09 | 03/08/2021

Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife have both tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement issued Monday by the president’s office. The couple are experiencing only mild symptoms of the virus, according to the statement. They have gone into isolation in their home for the next two to three weeks. Syria began a vaccination campaign last week.

03/07/2021

Palestinians claim 3 fishermen killed by Israeli Navy; Israel denies report

The Media Line Staff
11:19 | 03/07/2021

Palestinian media outlets reported Sunday morning that the Israeli Navy fired on three fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip, near Khan Younis. The Israeli military said it did not fire on anyone this morning, and was investigating the incident.

03/03/2021

Civilian contractor who died of ‘cardiac episode’ during rocket attack on Iraq base was US national: Pentagon

The Media Line Staff
19:17 | 03/03/2021

03/01/2021

First Emirati Ambassador to Israel Mohammad Mahmoud Al-Khajah to present credentials to President Reuven Rivlin

The Media Line Staff
10:19 | 03/01/2021

Israeli PM Netanyahu accuses Iran of attacking Israeli-owned cargo ship in Gulf of Oman last week

The Media Line Staff
9:20 | 03/01/2021

02/28/2021

Syrian TV: Air defenses respond to Israeli attack in vicinity of Damascus

The Media Line Staff
22:32 | 02/28/2021

02/24/2021

German court convicts Syrian in landmark crimes against humanity trial

The Media Line Staff
11:48 | 02/24/2021

Former Syrian intelligence agent Eyad al-Gharib, 44, helped to arrest protesters and deliver them to a detention center in Damascus in the fall of 2011. The German court sentenced him to four and a half years in prison for being an accomplice to crimes against humanity in the first court case over state-sponsored torture by President Bashar Assad’s government.

02/22/2021

Israel will compensate families of Yemenite children who went missing in 1950s

The Media Line Staff
18:55 | 02/22/2021

Israel’s Cabinet approved a proposal for the state to recognize the over 1,000 children of immigrants from Yemen, as well as from the Balkans, North Africa and other Middle Eastern countries, who are alleged to have been kidnapped and put up for adoption during the 1950s. Known as the Yemenite children affair, the families charge that they were told that their children died in hospital and were immediately buried, and that instead the children were put up for adoption. The Cabinet allocated nearly $50 million in compensation for the family members of a child that died for whom notification – including cause of death – was not delivered to the family in real time, or of a child who died and whose place of burial has not been located, or whose place of burial was located after a long delay. The families will be able to file an application for financial compensation between June 2021 and November 2021.

02/17/2021

US President Biden calls Israeli prime minister for first time since entering office

The Media Line Staff
22:52 | 02/17/2021

US President Joe Biden called Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday night – the first such call to a Middle Eastern leader since he was inaugurated on January 20. According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the long-awaited conversation, which lasted about an hour, included discussions on the continuation of peace agreements and the Iranian threat, as well as the coronavirus pandemic.

Palestinian Health Ministry in Ramallah says 2,000 COVID-19 vaccines on way to Gaza

The Media Line Staff
11:20 | 02/17/2021

After a delay of several weeks, the transfer of doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus to the Gaza Strip began on Wednesday. The transfer through the Erez crossing between Gaza and Israel was made at the request of the Palestinian Authority. Israeli reports say that 1,000 doses of the vaccine were transferred, but the Palestinian Health Ministry in Ramallah said that some 2,000 doses were on the way,

02/16/2021

White House says Biden call to Netanyahu will be first to Mideast leader

The Media Line Staff
22:01 | 02/16/2021

US President Joe Biden will call Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “soon” and it will be the president’s first call to a Mideast leader, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday during the regular briefing. She did not have an exact date for the call.

02/15/2021

Palestinian officials accuse Israel of blocking entry of COVID-19 vaccine into Gaza Strip

The Media Line Staff
20:21 | 02/15/2021

02/10/2021

Saudi Arabia releases jailed activist Loujain al-Hathloul: family

The Media Line Staff
19:26 | 02/10/2021

Loujain al-Hathloul, a Saudi women’s rights activist who was sentenced last December to almost six years in prison, has been released, family members say. She and 10 other female activists were arrested in May 2018 as part of a sweeping crackdown on women campaigning for the right to drive. Weeks after her arrest, Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on women driving.

Houthi drone attack sets civilian plane alight at Saudi airport

The Media Line Staff
14:28 | 02/10/2021

The Houthis claimed responsibility for a drone attack on the Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia, that set a civilian airplane alight.  The fire, discovered early Wednesday afternoon, was brought under control.

02/08/2021

Islamic State ambush kills 26 pro-regime fighters in eastern Syria: monitor

The Media Line Staff
14:57 | 02/08/2021

02/07/2021

Biden says US will not lift Iran sanctions first to reopen nuclear negotiations

The Media Line Staff
18:36 | 02/07/2021

US President Joe Biden told CBS in his first network news interview since inauguration, set to air Sunday before the Super Bowl, that Iran will first have to stop enriching uranium at levels that violate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal before the US will lift crushing sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday that Iran will only return to its commitments under the nuclear accords after the US lifts sanctions.

02/04/2021

Israeli PM postpones visit to UAE, Bahrain

The Media Line Staff
9:39 | 02/04/2021

The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office announced Thursday morning that, due to the closure of Israeli skies in the effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had decided to postpone his planned trip to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

01/29/2021

An explosion has been reported near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, India. No casualties reported.

Michael Friedson
15:10 | 01/29/2021

01/28/2021

Pakistan’s Supreme Court orders accused killer of US journalist Daniel Pearl freed

The Media Line Staff
10:33 | 01/28/2021

Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh, who was convicted and later acquitted of the murder of the Wall Street Journal reporter, had remained in jail since his conviction in 2002, pending an appeal by the family of Daniel Pearl. The Pakistan Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Sheikh’s release and dismissed the appeal.

01/27/2021

US Reportedly ‘Pausing’ F-35 Sale to UAE

The Media Line Staff
21:13 | 01/27/2021

The United States is “temporarily pausing” some foreign arms sales, including the F-35 jets to the UAE and munitions to Saudi Arabia, Bloomberg News defense correspondent Anthony Capaccio reports, citing unnamed State Department official.

01/26/2021

Biden Administration will support two-state solution for Israel, Palestinians

Marcy Oster
19:13 | 01/26/2021

Acting U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Mills told the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday that President Joe Biden’s policy for the Israel-Palestinian conflict “will be to support a mutually agreed, two-state solution, in which Israel lives in peace and security, alongside a viable Palestinian state.”

01/21/2021

At least 28 reported dead in suicide attack in central Baghdad market

The Media Line Staff
10:27 | 01/21/2021

A “double explosion” hit a crowded market in the Bab al-Sharji area near Tayaran Square in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday, in what is being called a rare suicide bomb attack. At least 28 were wounded and more than 70 injured in the attack. As of Thursday afternoon, there was no claim of responsibility for the first suicide attack in Baghdad since 2017.

01/18/2021

Death toll from tribal clashes in Sudan’s South Darfur rises to 47: tribal leader

The Media Line Staff
16:41 | 01/18/2021

More than 600 protesters arrested, army deployed in Tunisia over riots

The Media Line Staff
13:43 | 01/18/2021

The arrests of more than 600 Tunisian protesters, most ages 15-25, were announced on Monday after a third consecutive night of riots over a lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic and to the country’s economic crisis. The lockdown began on Thursday, which also was the decade anniversary of the deposition of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali as part of the country’s Arab Spring protests.

01/13/2021

Jerusalem Municipal Planning Cmte approves new US Embassy

The Media Line Staff
20:38 | 01/13/2021

The Jerusalem Municipality announced on Wednesday night that its Building and Planning Committee had approved plans for a new US Embassy, to be built on Hebron Road in Jerusalem, as well as the extension of the current temporary embassy in the Arnona neighborhood.

01/12/2021

Sheldon Adelson, casino magnate, patron of Israeli prime minister, dies at 87

The Media Line Staff
15:32 | 01/12/2021

Sheldon Adelson, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. a major donor to Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and to the Republican Party in the United States, has died after a long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Adelson was the founder and owner of Israel Hayom, a free daily pro-Netanyahu newspaper in Israel, published by his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson.

01/10/2021

Nabil Shaath hospitalized in serious condition

The Media Line Staff
21:55 | 01/10/2021

Nabil Shaath, foreign affairs adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, is in a Ramallah hospital in the West Bank in serious condition from an undisclosed ailment. Shaath, 82, served as the PA’s first foreign minister, from April 2003 to February 2005.

01/07/2021

Abbas will order Palestinian elections

The Media Line Staff
21:42 | 01/07/2021

Palestinian Authority President Mahmood Abbas will issue a decree within days ordering elections to take place in mid-May after Ramadan, Al-Mayadeen reported Thursday night citing senior sources.

01/06/2021

Chaos in Washington: Protesters storm Capitol building as Congress debates Electoral College votes

The Media Line Staff
21:52 | 01/06/2021

01/04/2021

Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani says he will attend GCC Summit

The Media Line Staff
21:25 | 01/04/2021

Saudi Arabia opens airspace, borders to Qatar ahead of GCC Summit

The Media Line Staff
21:20 | 01/04/2021

Iran resumes enriching uranium to 20% purity

The Media Line Staff
13:02 | 01/04/2021

In its most significant breach yet of the 2015 nuclear deal signed with the world powers, Iran on Monday began enriching uranium to 20% purity at its underground Fordow plant, a government spokesman told the Tehran-based Mehr News Agency. The International Atomic Energy Agency, which announced Friday that Iran had informed the nuclear watchdog of its intentions, has not confirmed the report. Weapons-grade uranium is at least 90% enriched. Fordow is reinforced against arial bombing.

12/30/2020

Explosions, gunfire rock Yemen’s Aden airport as new gov’t arrives

The Media Line Staff
12:50 | 12/30/2020

Witnesses report a large blast and gunfire after a plane carrying the new government landed at the airport, with many dead said to be among the casualties.

12/29/2020

Russia, Turkey to develop military ties despite US sanctions: Lavrov

The Media Line Staff
13:38 | 12/29/2020

Moscow and Ankara will develop defense industry cooperation despite US sanctions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday following talks with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

12/28/2020

Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul sentenced to 5 years, 8 months jail: local media

The Media Line Staff
12:37 | 12/28/2020

Saudi Arabian women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul was sentenced on Monday to five years and eight months in prison by a court specializing in handling terrorism cases. Hathloul and 10 other female activists were arrested in May 2018 as part of a sweeping crackdown on women campaigning for the right to drive. She was charged with having contacts with foreign diplomats, journalists, and activist groups.

12/23/2020

Turkey court sentences exiled journalist Dündar to 27 years jail: media

The Media Line Staff
10:15 | 12/23/2020

Can Dündar, the former editor-in-chief of the Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, who fled to Germany in 2016, was charged with terrorism and espionage and tried in absentia.

12/22/2020

In late-night drama, parliamentary vote makes 4th Israeli election in 2 years all but certain

The Media Line Staff
10:25 | 12/22/2020

Overnight between Monday and Tuesday, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, defeated a bill the would have postponed the Tuesday-night deadline by which a budget must be passed. As a result, barring any last-minute deals, the Knesset is expected to dissolve itself Tuesday night, sending Israel to the polls on March 23, 2021, for its fourth general election in two years.

12/20/2020

Car bomb kills at least 8 in Kabul

The Media Line Staff
10:40 | 12/20/2020

A car bomb that exploded on Sunday morning in the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least eight people, including women and children. The attack appeared to be directed at the convoy of lawmaker Khan Mohammad Wardak. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Similar previous attacks in Kabul have been launched by the Islamic State.

12/15/2020

Kabul province deputy governor and aide killed in bombing

The Media Line Staff
10:37 | 12/15/2020

Mahbobullah Mohebi, a deputy governor of Kabul province, and his secretary, were killed Tuesday in Kabul when a bomb attached to their vehicle detonated while they drove to Mohebi’s office, the Interior Ministry said. Two bodyguards were wounded in the blast – the latest in a wave of targeted killings in the country.

12/14/2020

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu enters quarantine until Friday

The Media Line Staff
17:11 | 12/14/2020

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu entered quarantine after meeting with a confirmed carrier of the coronavirus. The carrier was identified by Israeli media outlets as Michael Kleiner, president of the supreme court of the Likud party. Netanyahu has had two negative tests for the coronavirus since the meeting, but will remain in quarantine until Friday.

12/13/2020

Algeria’s president in first TV appearance in almost 2 months

The Media Line Staff
18:21 | 12/13/2020

Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said Sunday he was recovering from COVID-19, in his first televised appearance since he was hospitalized in Germany almost two months ago.

12/10/2020

Morocco to normalize ties with Israel, US to recognize Moroccan sovereignty in W. Sahara, Trump announces

The Media Line Staff
18:35 | 12/10/2020

Morocco normalizes ties with Israel, joining other Arab nations

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to announce that Morocco will normalize relations with Israel making it the fourth Arab country to do so this year.

The President locked in the deal in a phone call with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI on Thursday, the White House said.

“Another HISTORIC breakthrough today! Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco have agreed to full diplomatic relations – a massive breakthrough for peace in the Middle East!” President Trump wrote on Twitter.

The White House said that President Trump also “recognized Moroccan sovereignty over the entire Western Sahara territory,” infuriating the Algerian-backed Polisario Front which controls about one-fifth of the vast, arid region.

Morocco joins the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan in beginning to establish diplomatic ties with Israel, under the auspices of the U.S. united in their fear of Iran growing influence in the region.

Mohammed told President Trump that Morocco intends to facilitate direct flights for Israeli tourists to and from Morocco, according to a statement from Morocco’s royal court.

“This will be a very warm peace. Peace has never – the light of peace on this Hanukkah day has never – shone brighter than today in the Middle East,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement, referring to a Jewish eight-day holiday starting on Thursday night.

12/09/2020

Hanan Ashrawi confirms resignation from PLO

The Media Line Staff
17:22 | 12/09/2020

Hanan Ashrawi confirmed her resignation from the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Ashrawi tweeted a statement about her resignation, effective at the end of the year, and included a photo of the letter, dated Nov. 26. She said that she will “continue to serve the Palestinian people and our just cause in every capacity, albeit outside public office.”

12/07/2020

Hanan Ashrawi resigns from PLO executive committee

The Media Line Staff
16:42 | 12/07/2020

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi submitted her resignation from the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, according to Palestinian media reports. Her resignation was submitted several days ago and Abbas has not yet responded to her request.

Pope Francis to visit Iraq

The Media Line Staff
14:32 | 12/07/2020

The pope’s visit to four provinces in the Republic of Iraq, scheduled for March 5 to March 8 will be his first international trip in 15 months, the Vatican announced Monday.  The Vatican said in a statement that the pope will visit “Baghdad; the plain of Ur, linked to the memory of Abraham; the city of Erbil; as well as Mosul and Qaraqosh in the plain of Nineveh.”

12/05/2020

Saudi Arabia said Saturday that Gulf states must be consulted if a US nuclear agreement with Iran is revived , warning it is the only path towards a sustainable agreement

The Media Line Staff
18:37 | 12/05/2020

12/02/2020

A bill to dissolve Israel’s Knesset passed in a preliminary vote

The Media Line Staff
15:26 | 12/02/2020

The bill to call early elections passed Wednesday afternoon by a vote of 61-54. It will now go to committee for discussion and must pass three readings before setting a date for Israel’s fourth election in nearly two years.

12/01/2020

Israel poised for new elections, the fourth in two years

The Media Line Staff
20:30 | 12/01/2020

Benny Gantz announces Tuesday night that his Blue and White party will vote on Wednesday to dissolve the Knesset and go to early elections due to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s foot-dragging over passing a 2020-2021 budget.

11/30/2020

Negotiations between Israel and Lebanon on maritime borders postponed

The Media Line Staff
13:03 | 11/30/2020

The US-mediated talks scheduled for Wednesday between the two sides have been postponed until further notice, according to reports, though US negotiators will continue to hold bilateral talks.

11/29/2020

Car bomb kills at least 26 Afghan security personnel: officials

The Media Line Staff
8:44 | 11/29/2020

11/26/2020

‘No doubt’ Israel is headed for elections: PM Netanyahu

The Media Line Staff
15:59 | 11/26/2020

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday, in response to a question about the growing rift between his Likud party and its coalition partner, “When agreements are not respected on the part of Blue and White, there is no doubt that we are on the way to elections.”

11/25/2020

Canada names human rights activist Irwin Cotler envoy for Holocaust remembrance, combating anti-Semitism

The Media Line Staff
22:40 | 11/25/2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday the appointment of human rights activist, law professor, and former Justice Minister Irwin Cotler as the country’s first special envoy for promoting Holocaust remembrance and combating anti-Semitism. “We must never forget the painful lessons of the Holocaust, or the memories of those who lived through it, because anti-Semitism has no place in Canada, or anywhere else,” Trudeau said in a media statement.

Iran swaps jailed Australian academic for 3 Iranians: state TV

The Media Line Staff
18:42 | 11/25/2020

Iran has released Australian-British academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who was serving a 10-year prison sentence for spying, state television in the Islamic Republic reported Wednesday, in exchange for three Iranians. “A businessman and two [other] Iranian citizens detained abroad on the basis of false accusations were freed in exchange for a spy with dual nationality working for” Israel, the website of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting said, also identifying Moore-Gilbert by name.

Sea Mine Damages Tanker off Saudi Coast

The Media Line Staff
17:04 | 11/25/2020

The Malta-flagged, Greek-operated oil tanker MT Agrari was damaged by an explosion, believed caused by a mine, in the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. The incident took place close to the kingdom’s border with Yemen.

Algerian court slashes activist’s prison term for blasphemy

The Media Line Staff
14:59 | 11/25/2020

An attorney for Algerian activist Yacine Mebarki, a leader of the Hirak anti-government movement, says an appeals court has reduced to one year his client’s 10-year prison term for “profaning the Quran” and “offending Islam.” It left intact convictions on lesser charges of “offending the precepts of [Islam], incitement to discrimination and unauthorized possession of weapons,” lawyer Hachem Saci wrote on Facebook.

11/24/2020

2 bomb blasts kill at least 14 in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan province: officials

The Media Line Staff
17:01 | 11/24/2020

Israeli prime minister to visit Bahrain ‘soon’ at invitation of crown prince

The Media Line Staff
10:38 | 11/24/2020

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday morning that he spoke on the phone with Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the crown prince of Bahrain, and would soon visit Bahrain at the invitation of the crown prince.

11/23/2020

Israeli PM, Mossad chief said to hold secret talks with MbS

The Media Line Staff
10:42 | 11/23/2020

An unnamed Israeli official told Hebrew media outlets on Monday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, accompanied by Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, secretly traveled to the Saudi Red Sea city of Neom on Sunday, where they held talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo is reportedly in Saudi Arabia to coax its leaders into establishing ties with Israel.

11/19/2020

US to label anti-Israel BDS movement ‘anti-Semitic’

The Media Line Staff
11:48 | 11/19/2020

The US government will formally designate the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement as anti-Semitic, and will crack down on groups affiliated with it, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday on a visit to Israel.

11/17/2020

Pentagon confirms US troops in Afghanistan, Iraq will be reduced to 2,500 in each country by mid-January

The Media Line Staff
21:59 | 11/17/2020

US State Department designates 2 al-Shabab leaders as terrorists

The Media Line Staff
21:03 | 11/17/2020

In an announcement released by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the department designated Abdullahi Osman Mohamed and Maalim Ayman, senior leaders of al-Shabab, the Somalia-based al-Qaida affiliate, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. Mohamed was described as the group’s senior explosives expert. Ayman is the leader of a unit conducting attacks in Kenya and Somalia, including one that killed a US military member and two American contractors.

Palestinian Authority renews security coordination with Israel

The Media Line Staff
19:06 | 11/17/2020

The move comes six months after Palestinians severed ties over Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank.

Jordanian king to meet Abu Dhabi crown prince, Bahrain’s king in UAE

The Media Line Staff
17:08 | 11/17/2020

Jordanian King Abdullah II will travel Wednesday to the United Arab Emirates for a three-way meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi; and King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain. The meeting comes on the same day as a planned three-way meeting in Jerusalem with senior officials from Israel, Bahrain and the United States.

Speedy troop pullout from Afghanistan could have ‘high’ price: NATO chief

The Media Line Staff
13:25 | 11/17/2020

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that the alliance could pay a heavy price for withdrawing from Afghanistan too quickly. US President Donald Trump is expected to pull a significant number of troops out of Afghanistan in the coming weeks.

11/16/2020

Moderna: Our Vaccine 94.5% Effective

The Media Line Staff
15:41 | 11/16/2020

The US biotech firm Moderna announced on Monday that early results from a clinical trial including more than 30,000 participants have shown its vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, to be 94.5% effective. “This positive interim analysis from our Phase 3 study has given us the first clinical validation that our vaccine can prevent COVID-19 disease, including severe disease,” CEO Stephane Bancel said.

 

11/15/2020

Turkey’s Erdoğan Calls for Cyprus Talks Based on 2-State Solution

The Media Line Staff
16:17 | 11/15/2020

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on a visit to northern Cyprus Sunday, an area occupied by Turkey since 1974, that “there are two peoples and two separate states in Cyprus. There must be talks for a solution on the basis of two separate states.”

11/12/2020

Helicopter Crash in Sinai Kills at Least 5 Peacekeepers

The Media Line Staff
15:13 | 11/12/2020

At least five peacekeepers from the Multi-national Force and Observers established to oversee the separation of Egyptian and Israeli troops in the Sinai Peninsula have been killed in a helicopter crash, according to local reports. The dead include American, French and Czech nationals. The peacekeeping group, known as the MFO, was established after Egypt and Israel ended their state of war in 1979.

11/11/2020

Bahrain’s King Appoints Crown Prince as Prime Minister

The Media Line Staff
19:52 | 11/11/2020

Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa has named his eldest son, Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, as the new prime minister, according to the official Bahraini news agency. Salman replaces Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, who died earlier Wednesday while undergoing medical treatment in the US.

Bomb Wounds 4 at World War I Cemetery in Jeddah

The Media Line Staff
15:23 | 11/11/2020

Four people in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, were wounded by a bomb that went off on Wednesday during commemorations marking 102 years since the end of the First World War. The event was being held at a cemetery for non-Muslim war dead. The French Foreign Ministry said officials from several nations were in attendance. There was no immediate comment from Saudi officials, or mention in Saudi media.

Bahrain’s Longtime Prime Minister Dies

The Media Line Staff
10:38 | 11/11/2020

Bahrain’s royal palace says Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al Khalifa has died. He was 84 and a member of the royal family. The death took place at the Mayo Clinic in the United States, where he was being treated for an undisclosed ailment. He served as prime minister since 1970.

11/10/2020

Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat, 65, Dies from Coronavirus

The Media Line Staff
11:22 | 11/10/2020

Erekat, a veteran politician and diplomat who was the secretary-general of the Executive Committee of the PLO, had a lung transplant in the United States in 2017, and was hospitalized at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem in October after testing positive for COVID-19.

11/09/2020

Ritz Carlton Manama (Bahrain) To Begin Offering Kosher Food

The Media Line Staff
20:57 | 11/09/2020

Starting November 20, 2020, the luxurious Ritz Carlton Hotel in Manama, Bahrain will become the first hotel in the kingdom to offer kosher certified food through the help of Orthodox Union (OU) Kosher, the world’s largest kosher certification agency.

Baghdad Authorities: Gunmen Kill 11 in Attack on Army Post

The Media Line Staff
10:45 | 11/09/2020

Police and medical sources in Baghdad say gunmen in four vehicles have opened fire on a military base in the western part of the city, killing at least 11 people, several of them soldiers. Others were reported wounded. A search is on for the attackers.

11/07/2020

Mideast Nations Assess Meaning of President-Elect Biden’s Victory

Michael Friedson
20:06 | 11/07/2020

11/02/2020

At Least 10 Dead in Attack on Kabul Campus

The Media Line Staff
15:00 | 11/02/2020

10/30/2020

US Citizen Receives Passport Citing ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ as Place of Birth

The Media Line Staff
11:18 | 10/30/2020

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman handed 18-year-old Menachem Zivotofsky a new passport on Friday at the US Embassy in Jerusalem. In it, Zivotofsky’s place of birth was noted as “Jerusalem, Israel.” The ceremony came a day after the State Department announced the new wording following years of a policy in which Jerusalem was left stateless in US passports and on other official documents owing to a hands-off policy on who the city belongs to.

10/29/2020

US to Issue Passports Identifying Jerusalem as Israeli

The Media Line Staff
19:12 | 10/29/2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday announced that the State Department would allow US citizens born in Jerusalem to request passports that show the city as being in Israel. Until now, US passports have left the city stateless under a longstanding policy of neutrality on its future.

Saudi Citizen Wounds Guard in Attack at French Consulate in Jeddah: State Media

The Media Line Staff
13:22 | 10/29/2020

3 Killed in ‘Suspected Terrorist Attack’ at Church in Nice, France

The Media Line Staff
12:05 | 10/29/2020

The suspect reportedly shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is the greatest) after stabbing multiple people at Notre-Dame basilica in Nice, killing at least three, including at least one who was decapitated. The suspect was arrested and taken to the hospital.

10/27/2020

Turkish Court Jails US Consulate Local Staffer for Helping ‘Terror Group’: State Media

The Media Line Staff
16:49 | 10/27/2020

Houthi Youth, Sports Minister Assassinated

The Media Line Staff
11:56 | 10/27/2020

Hassan Zaid, the minister of youth and sports in the Iran-backed Houthi militia’s National Salvation Government in Sanaa, has been shot and killed by unknown assailants, the Houthi-affiliated al-Masirah TV channel cited the group’s Interior Ministry as saying.

Tens of Thousands Stage Anti-France Rally in Bangladesh Capital

The Media Line Staff
11:02 | 10/27/2020

The protesters in Dhaka called for a boycott of French goods and burned an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron after he defended cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

10/26/2020

Monitor Group: Russian Military Strikes Kill 34 Turkey-backed Rebels in Syria

The Media Line Staff
11:15 | 10/26/2020

10/23/2020

Libyan Factions Sign ‘Permament’ National Cease-fire after Talks: UN

The Media Line Staff
12:01 | 10/23/2020

10/22/2020

Hariri Tapped to Form Lebanon’s Next Gov’t

The Media Line Staff
12:50 | 10/22/2020

Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday asked former prime minister Saad Hariri to form a government. Hariri has led three governments. He stepped down as prime minister last fall in the wake of wide-scale protests stemming from the country’s deep economic woes. Since then, no one has been able to lead a stable, functioning government.

10/21/2020

Officials Say Taliban Ambush Kills at Least 25 Afghan Security Personnel

The Media Line Staff
10:55 | 10/21/2020

10/20/2020

Israel, UAE Agree on Visa-free Travel for Nationals: Netanyahu

The Media Line Staff
12:19 | 10/20/2020

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to reciprocal visa-free travel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday, making Emirati citizens the first in the Arab world to not require Israeli entry visas. “We are exempting our nationals from visas,” Netanyahu said after the first-ever official delegation from the UAE landed in Israel for a day of talks following a US-brokered deal to normalize ties.

10/19/2020

US to Remove Sudan from List of States Sponsoring Terror

The Media Line Staff
20:30 | 10/19/2020

US President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that Sudan had agreed to pay $335 million in compensation to US terror victims and their families. “Once deposited, President Trump wrote, “I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list.” The move is widely thought to be a precursor to a Sudan-Israel normalization agreement, which could be signed in the coming few days.

10/18/2020

Palestinian Negotiator Erekat Transferred to Israeli Hospital for Corona Treatment

The Media Line Staff
14:17 | 10/18/2020

The condition of Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, diagnosed in early October with the novel coronavirus, has deteriorated. He has been transferred, in critical condition, from his home in Jericho to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.

Israel Says Formal Diplomatic Ties with Bahrain to Begin Sunday

The Media Line Staff
8:46 | 10/18/2020

Israel and Bahrain will officially establish diplomatic relations on Sunday at a ceremony in Manama, an Israeli official says, after the two states reached a US-brokered normalization deal last month.

10/12/2020

Israeli-American Delegation to Visit Bahrain Next Week

The Media Line Staff
15:31 | 10/12/2020

At the request of Bahrain, an Israeli-American delegation will visit the Gulf state next week. The parties are expected to work on the drafting of the peace agreement between the countries, as well as to establish joint teams to draw up additional agreements in a number of areas.

Jordan’s King Abdullah Swears in New Govt

The Media Line Staff
15:23 | 10/12/2020

Jordan’s King Abdullah swore in a new government led by veteran diplomat Bisher Al-Khasawneh on Monday. Khasawneh, 51, was appointed to replace Omar al Razzaz. The king urged the new prime minister to accelerate IMF-backed economic reforms at a time of sharp contraction due to the coronavirus pandemic.

UAE Crown Prince, Israeli PM Discuss Development of Ties

The Media Line Staff
11:14 | 10/12/2020

Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, says he discussed the future of UAE-Israel ties over the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. This came in a tweet the crown prince posted on Monday, shortly before Israel’s cabinet voted in favor of a September 15 agreement to normalize relations. There was no mention as to when the phone call took place, during which time Netanyahu reportedly invited him to Israel.

10/11/2020

Iraqi Militias Offer Halt to Attacks on US Targets in Return for Withdrawal Timetable

The Media Line Staff
15:30 | 10/11/2020

A spokesman for Kata’ib Hizbullah, the main Iran-backed Iraqi militia said to be targeting US troops and Washington’s embassy in Baghdad, has told the Reuters news agency his group is willing to suspend these attacks in return for a timetable laying out an American withdrawal from the country. Mohammed Mohi said the offer covered attacks by all of the so-called Popular Mobilization Forces, an array of Iraqi Shi’ite groups that take their orders from Tehran.

10/07/2020

US Officials: Wanted in Beheadings, ISIS Members being Extradited from Iraq

The Media Line Staff
16:22 | 10/07/2020

Unnamed government sources in Washington are being quoted as saying that two members of a four-man Islamic State execution squad dubbed “The Beatles” because of their British background are being extradited to the United States from Iraq on Wednesday.

Kuwait’s New Emir Chooses Crown Prince

The Media Line Staff
11:40 | 10/07/2020

The new emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, has chosen Sheikh Meshaal al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah for the post of crown prince. Meshaal, 80, is the younger brother of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, the emir who died last week at 91.

10/01/2020

Israel, Lebanon to Open Direct Negotiations on Maritime Border

The Media Line Staff
16:26 | 10/01/2020

The speaker of the Lebanese parliament confirmed in a speech that the two countries will open direct contacts to determine the maritime economic border between them. According to Israeli sources, negotiations are expected to begin after the Sukkot holiday at the UNIFIL base in the Lebanese town of Nakura.

09/29/2020

Emir of Kuwait Dies

The Media Line Staff
15:53 | 09/29/2020

Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait, has died. He was 91 and in poor health.

09/24/2020

PLO Official: Fatah, Hamas to Cooperate in Legislative Elections

The Media Line Staff
14:17 | 09/24/2020

Wasil Abu Yousef, a member of the PLO’s Executive Committee, has told Turkey’s Anadolu news agency that the two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, have agreed to hold legislative elections, perhaps by early 2021. The last elections were held in 2006, with lawmakers disbanding the following year. Fatah and Hamas have made similar declarations in the past.

09/22/2020

Turkey, Greece Agree to Talks over East Med: Turkish Presidency

The Media Line Staff
15:15 | 09/22/2020

Russian Official: We’ll Cooperate Militarily with Iran after UN Embargo Ends

The Media Line Staff
14:31 | 09/22/2020

Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says that once the United Nations drops its arms embargo against Iran, Moscow will seek military cooperation with Tehran. “New opportunities will emerge in our cooperation with Iran after the special regime imposed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231 expires on October 18,” Ryabkov told Russia’s Interfax news agency on Tuesday. On Monday, the TASS news agency quoted him as saying: “We are not afraid of US sanctions; we are used to them.” Ryabkov was referring to Washington’s threat to sanction countries that do not act as if the embargo was extended, a move the UN Security Council refused to take.

09/21/2020

EU Sanctions 3 Firms for Breaking Libya Arms Embargo

The Media Line Staff
14:20 | 09/21/2020

According to AFP, the EU on Monday imposed sanctions on three companies – one Turkish, one Kazakh and one Jordanian – for breaching the UN arms embargo on Libya. Two individuals were also hit with the sanctions, which include asset freezes and travel bans, for supplying material to Libya, where the UN-recognised government in Tripoli has been under attack from strongman Khalifa Haftar, who runs a rival administration in the east.

09/17/2020

Israel Tells Pilgrims to Come Home as Ukraine Bars Entry

The Media Line Staff
10:03 | 09/17/2020

Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who heads a committee dealing with Israeli pilgrims traveling to Uman, Ukraine, has called on the travelers to return to Israel and follow the coronavirus quarantine instructions after the Ukrainian government barred their entry into the country.

09/15/2020

Rockets Launched at Israel as White House Normalization Ceremony Proceeds

The Media Line Staff
19:24 | 09/15/2020

Rockets were launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday evening as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani stood with US President Donald Trump prior to signing normalization agreements.  Two people were reported injured by sharapnel.

09/14/2020

Netanyahu Denies Settlement Freeze Part of Normalization Accord

The Media Line Staff
16:15 | 09/14/2020

A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is denying claims by a left-wing member of the opposition that Netanyahu had agreed to a freeze of West Bank settlement construction as a condition for the normalization of ties with the United Arab Emirates. The Israeli leader is now in Washington, where he is to sign a normalization accord with both the UAE and Bahrain on Tuesday.

Monitor Group: Airstrike in Syria Kills Pro-Iran Militia Members

The Media Line Staff
14:10 | 09/14/2020

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says suspected Israeli airstrikes south of Albu Kamal, in eastern Syria, left 10 pro-Iran fighters dead on Monday. The group identified eight of the victims as Iraqis and two as Syrians, adding that weapon depots and vehicles were destroyed in the raid. There has been no comment from Israel.

 

09/12/2020

Afghanistan-Taliban Talks Get Underway

The Media Line Staff
19:36 | 09/12/2020

Talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban have gotten under way in Doha.

09/10/2020

Beirut’s Devastated Port Hit by Fire

The Media Line Staff
13:10 | 09/10/2020