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The Middle East’s new map by Robert D Kaplan

2020-09-15t185245z_1013216477_rc25zi9k4tjq_rtrmadp_3_israel-gulf-usa.jpg?itok=mm The imminent establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and two Gulf states, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, is part of an on-going process of security cooperation going back many years. While that robs the event of some drama, it also increases its significance. It means that the process of ending the era of Arab-Israeli confrontation will continue, culminating perhaps in a political upheaval in Iran. That is the road that the Middle East may now be on ...
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Israel surpasses US in new daily cases per capina by Staff of TOI

f200914ns15-e1600155513941-640x400.png Military task force shows country ahead of many others in daily infections and positive test rate, as officials warn of continued lockdown ...
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Normalisation of relations between Bahrain and Israel by Whitehouse

Remarks by President Trump on the Announcement of Normalization of Relations Between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain ...
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What has led Israel into its coronavirus madness? - analysis by Herb Keinon

461509.png The government is unable to act because of political considerations, as evidenced by the way it could not decide for the second day in a row on even a partial nighttime lock-down. ...
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UAE’s warm welcome to Israelis reflects changing region by Aron Heller

2pijmtxmp4i6vpiidmibgk2fr4.jpg_xtr_w=691.png In less than 24 hours on the ground, Israel’s first-of-its-kind delegation to the United Arab Emirates received a warm welcome that would have been nearly unthinkable just a few weeks ago. ...
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The nature of the peace agreement twixt Israel and Emirates by Ralph

The Israeli peace ag ...
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Another Israel-Arab deal expected in coming weeks: Israeli ambassador to US by Emily Judd

27395882-e6f6-41c3-b894-a836fa781f99_16x9_600x338.png Ambassador Ron Dermer sat down for an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya English on Friday, in which he predicts more Israel-Arab agreements will be announced soon. He also responded to critics of the deal and weighed in on remaining obstacles that must be overcome to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ...
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Israel’s stand against Iranian ambitions brings neighbours to the peace table by Alex Ryvchin

The agreement is the most significant diplomatic development in the Middle East since Israel signed a peace treaty with Jordan in 1994 and it formalises a regional realignment that has been occurring clandestinely for decades. ...
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Arab doctor begs Lebanon to send wounded to Israel by Benjamin Kerstein

capture-637x400.png Head of hospital in Galilee pleads with Lebanon to send Beirut disaster victims to Israel. ...
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Should there be a price for rejectionism and terror? by Douglas J. Feith & Lewis Libby

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Israeli court gives Palestinian attacker life sentence by Editors

A Palestinian man found guilty of fatally stabbing an American-Israeli settler in a 2018 attack was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday by an Israeli military court. ...
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Iran rocked by new explosion at gas plant by Ezra Stone

explosion-890x400.png Mysterious explosions continue to rip through sensitive locations in the Islamic Republic, with the latest blaze erupting at a gas plant. ...
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Senior Hamas commander defects to Israel, Saudi Media reports by Jack Khoury

385390163.png The Saudi Al-Arabiya channel reported on Friday that a senior Hamas military figure had recently defected to Israel by sea. ...
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Signs increasingly point to sabotage in fiery explosion at Iranian nuclear complex by Joby Warrick, Souad Mekhennet and Steve Hendrix

7jawhbv73ui6vn62lab3ffhenu.jpg_xtr_w=32.png A massive explosion and fire at a highly sensitive Iranian nuclear facility last week was probably an act of sabotage, intelligence officials and weapons experts said Monday, but analysts were divided over the severity of the damage to Iran’s nuclear program. ...
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4 Palestinian banks cancel Terrorists’ ATM cards and salaries by Maurice Hirsch

logo.png This could be the first time in over a decade that the PA did not pay salaries to terrorists, with banks appearing to buck the pay-for-slay policy for fear of legal ramifications. ...
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Mysterious explosion and fire damage Iranian nuclear enrichment facility by David E. Sanger, William J. Broad and others

merlin_174146886_361e3ad0-4711-43ff-ba34-ebf8ebaa523c-articlelarge.jpg?quality=7 A fire ripped through a building at Iran’s main nuclear-fuel production site early Thursday, causing extensive damage to what appeared to be a factory where the country has boasted of producing a new generation of centrifuges. The United States has repeatedly warned that such machinery could speed Tehran’s path to building nuclear weapons. ...
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Minister: 2nd wave worse than 1st, mass gatherings must stop by Staff of TOI

f200630zel14-640x400.png Yoav Kisch says restrictions could prevent full lockdown; government adviser says infection rates could cause health system collapse; Lod and Ashdod classified as ‘red’ cities ...
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Israel must learn to speak 'Palestinese' to handle PA terror perpetrators by Itamar Marcus

459902.png There is only one PA message and the problem is that Israeli leaders, the media and the international community have not mastered the Palestinian language – “Palestinese.” ...
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Wilful Blindness and the Mistake of Underestimation: The Oslo Gamble by Joel Fishman

Beyond the failure of the Oslo process to bring peace, there is a broader cultural dimension: how the Israelis view themselves and their place in the world and how official Israel understands its relationship with the Palestinian Arabs. ...
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Secretary Pompeo At a Press Conference by Mike Pompeo

Remarks about Israel's sovereignty over parts of Shomron/Yehuda at a Press conference ...
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Palestinian officials face threats, abuse for normalizing ties with Israel by Khaled abu Toameh

mail-icon-small.png They were accused of betraying the Palestinian people and cause by talking to Israelis. ...
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Israel reduces humanitarian supplies that can enter Gaza after rocket fire by Jerusalem Post Staff

444022.png "Hamas is responsible for what is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip," COGAT said in a statement. "Unless the peace is maintained, the State of Israel will act accordingly." ...
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ICC prosecutor again refuses 2010 Gaza flotilla raid probe by Mike Corder

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Monday again refused to open an investigation into the 2010 storming by Israeli forces of an aid flotilla heading to the Gaza strip. ...
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US no longer holds that Israeli settlements are illegal by BBC Editors

_106331461_mediaitem106331460.png BBC reports that The US has shifted its position (or rather reverted to one of its previous positions) on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, no longer viewing them as inconsistent with international law. ...
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