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September 14, 2017 11:31 AM Rohingya plight feeds Muslim assertiveness

The plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority is becoming the Muslim world’s latest rallying call emulating the emotional appeal of the Palestinians in the second half of the 20th century. Like the cause of the Palestinians, the Rohingya, albeit with a twist, have also become a battlefield for the Muslim world’s multiple rivalries and power struggles 1

August 23, 2017 3:45 PM Egypt leaders meet Kushner despite aid cuts

Updated, 11:44 a.m.: Egypt's president and foreign minister have met with White House envoy Jared Kushner hours after the Trump administration cut or delayed hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Cairo over human rights concerns. A modified version of Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry's schedule Wednesday had earlier showed the meeting with Kushner 2

August 1, 2017 9:13 AM Palestinians in Jerusalem Got a Taste of Victory on Temple Mount, and They're Hungry for More

“I’m 28 and I’ve never felt anything like this before, a feeling of pride, that we’re here and that we have the ability to express our opinion and say what’s important to us. The people have had their say at this place, Al-Aqsa, it’s important to us and it belongs only to us,” said Tamer Said, of the East Jerusalem village of Isawiyah, as he described 47 1

July 25, 2017 1:03 PM Muslims keep up shrine boycott despite Israeli concessions

JERUSALEM (AP) - Muslim leaders urged the faithful on Tuesday to keep up their prayer protests and avoid entering a contested Jerusalem shrine, even after Israel dismantled metal detectors that initially triggered the tensions. Israel said it would replace the metal detectors with new security arrangements based on "advanced technology," reportedly including 5

July 18, 2017 4:17 PM Israel's Netanyahu tells Macron of doubts about U.S. peace push

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has doubts about U.S. Middle East peace efforts, according to a transcript of a conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron. Israeli newspaper Haaretz obtained a transcript of part of the talks Netanyahu held with Macron when they met for the first time in Paris on Sunday. "It will be difficult 3

July 5, 2017 1:16 AM From Israel, a Lesson for Modi on How Democracies Debate the Army

Soon after the Indian army’s surgical strike at points along the Line of Control last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, like other leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party, went to town over it. The climax was reached at Mandi on October 18, 2016 when Modi claimed that the action had won world-wide acclaim. He proceeded to make a damaging claim. Referring 10

July 4, 2017 6:23 PM India's leader Narendra Modi kicks off historic visit to Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted Mr Modi at Israel's international airport near Tel Aviv and will accompany the Indian leader throughout the three-day visit. Israeli officials said the warm treatment goes well beyond diplomatic protocol and reflected the importance of the visit. Mr Modi, who will not be meeting Palestinian officials while he is in town, was welcomed 11

June 20, 2017 2:23 PM Demystifying Qatar-Iran connection in GCC crisis

Crisis, if persists, will only increase Iran's influence, disrupt U.S. efforts against it, terrorism, spreading radicalism - The writer is an international relations analyst and political adviser. One of the charges used as a pretext to justify actions against Qatar in the recent pre-planned Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis -- in addition to severing 12

June 1, 2017 12:17 PM Looking back with regrets

Jon Kyl has been overshadowed at times by Arizona’s other John, fellow pro-Israel senator McCain. But he will be remembered as one of the country’s best friends. He has an impeccable record of supporting pro-Israel legislation, he is among the closest senators to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and he has announced that he will soon be retiring 15

May 27, 2017 9:36 AM Palestinian Inmates in Israeli Jails End Hunger Strike

JERUSALEM — Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners on Saturday ended a 40-day hunger strike over their conditions in Israeli jails, the Israel Prisons Service and a Palestinian official said. About 1,100 inmates had initially taken part in one of the largest such hunger strikes, that began on April 17 and had raised tensions between Israel and the Palestinians 3