Khamenei: U.S. sanctions on Iran bolstered regional standing

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khemenei hinted to the growing strain that U.S. sanctions are having on his country’s economy yet attempted to reassure his followers by claiming that ultimately the Islamic Republic will prevail. In a televised speech that focused on the growing hardships that emerged following the American withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear … Read more

Russia’s Putin invites Hamas’ leader for official meeting

The Russian ambassador to the Palestinians visited the Gaza Strip yesterday, during which he met with the Hamas Political Bureau Director Ismail Haniya. According to several statements by the Islamist Hamas and a Kremlin source, the Russian ambassador provided Haniya with an invitation from President Vladimir Putin to come to Moscow for an official meeting. … Read more

Progress reported in Egyptian-led talks for an Israel-Hamas ceasefire

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has reportedly succeeded in persuading Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to agree to understandings being formulated between Israel and the Islamist Hamas organization. The London-based Arabic-language Al-Hayat daily reported the development, after many months in which the Palestinian leader opposed such a move due to concern that a cease-fire agreement would … Read more

Israel-Hamas reach long-term ceasefire arrangement: report

Israel and the Islamist Hamas organization have reportedly reached an understanding regarding a long-term ceasefire arrangement, according to which there will be a gradual easing of the “Gaza blockade” in exchange for an end of all forms of violence emanating from the Palestinian enclave. According to “informed sources” that were quoted by the London-based Al-Hayat … Read more

Egypt holds joint-military-exercise with Russian special forces

The Russian Defense Ministry released footage of a joint Russian-Egyptian exercises, titled “Defenders of Friendship 3,” that is held in a northwestern region of Egypt, not far from the border with Libya. The Egyptian Defense ministry stated on its website that the drills include an “exchange of training experiences for the tasks of special units, … Read more

U.S. to pump $200 million into Egyptian economy

The Charge d’affaires of the United States Embassy in Cairo Thomas Goldberger announced that Washington intends to stream new investments of around 200 million dollars into the Egyptian market by the end of 2018. Goldberger’s announcement was made during a speech given at the Conference of the American Chamber of Commerce, in the presence of … Read more

Israel to respond in force to any aggression from Gaza

The Israeli security cabinet conducted an emergency meeting late last night, during which Jerusalem’s top decision makers discussed the escalation along the Gaza frontier, after a Palestinian-launched Grad rocket destroyed a residential structure in the southern city of Beersheba. Prior to the meeting and following a situation assessment with the top brass of Israel’s Defense … Read more

Abbas warns Egyptian-mediation to thwart escalation could lead to a Hamas-run Palestinian state

After reports revealed that Egypt is considering to end its involvement in seeking a solution to the challenges posed in the Gaza Strip, blaming Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the deadlock in the Cairo-brokered talks; new reports show that the Palestinian President has rejected a request by his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, to lift … Read more

Israel allows a Qatari-donated fuel shipment to enter Gaza

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to reporters, in a press announcement regarding the appointment of Israel’s new Bank Governor, Professor Amir Yaron. During a Q&A that followed the initial statements by Israel’s Finance Minister and the Premier, Netanyahu answered a question about the challenges the Jewish State faces on its southern, Gaza frontier. According to … Read more

Egypt considers ending Israeli-Palestinian mediation efforts amid deadlock

Against the backdrop of the mounting tension on the Gazan border with Israel, Egyptian intelligence officials, who have been acting as mediators in efforts to calm tempers and reach a cessation of hostilities arrangement in the Palestinian enclave and implement an intra-Palestinian reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas, are reportedly considering bringing Egypt’s involvement to … Read more