Americans need to understand the Middle East
How much do we really know?

At The Media Line, we value all points of view and aim to mend our differences through fact-based narrative-inclusive journalism Help support our bold and brave team in Afghanistan, Gaza, Israel, Palestinian Territories, the UAE, and beyond.
Help us continue our work and provide access to the news that matters to you.

Thank you and best wishes to you and yours for this Jewish New Year.
 
Felice Friedson
Founder, President
Emirati Envoy Expects Examined Exchange Eventually Executed  
An American F-35 flies in the skies of Florida. (US Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen/Wikimedia Commons)

Emirati Envoy Expects Examined Exchange Eventually Executed  

As the new White House administration continues its review of arms sales by former President Donald Trump, the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to Washington on Monday insisted his country “did everything by the book” when it purchased $23 billion worth of defense equipment from the United States. “Everything is still proceeding while undergoing a review at the same time. I am confident it will end up in the right place,” Amb. Yousef Al Otaiba said, adding with a jab: “If you are going to have less of a presence and less involvement in the Middle East you can’t at the same time take tools away from your partners who are expected to do more.” Hours before officially leaving office, Trump finalized the mammoth deal, which includes the sale of 50 F-35 fighter jets and 18 armed drones to Abu Dhabi. The pact was a side deal to the September normalization accord between Israel and the UAE. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed not to oppose the weapons sale in return for UAE’s recognition of Israel, without consulting or notifying his military and defense ministry.

Did you know we’re celebrating our 20th Anniversary as the 1st American News Agency exclusively covering the Middle East?

  • The Middle East landscape is changing rapidly.
  • The roads in the region open to new possibilities.
  • The Media Line continues to pave the way to a far greater understanding of the region’s land, people, policies and governments through our trusted, fact-based news.

We’re an independent, ad-free, non-profit news agency and rely on friends like you!

Please make your gift today.
Thank you!

We paved the way to be the Trusted Mid East News you can rely on!

We’re an independent, ad-free, non-profit news agency and rely on friends like you!

Invest in the
Trusted Mideast
News source.
We are on the
front lines.

Personalize Your News
Upgrade your experience by choosing the categories that matter most to you.
Click on the icon to add the category to your Personalize news
Browse Categories and Topics
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.