Middle East

The region known as the Middle East has been conquered and reconquered by every super power in the West. This has created a region rich in a culture of resistance and thousands of ethnic groups looking for their piece of land. This has created a complicated region and Jpost's Middle East News simplifies it.

A Houthi supporter looks on as he carries a weapon during a gathering in Sanaa, Yemen April 2, 2020

Yemen's Houthis fire missiles, drones at Saudi oil facilities

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki

PA says will foil any Israeli, US plan for UNSC to suspend ICC probe

A MURAL of Pope Francis adorns a church wall ahead of his upcoming visit to Iraq, in Baghdad on February 22.

Iraqi government prevents Jews from participating in Pope’s historic visit

Dr. Areej Khatib at the 30th European Congress of Pathology, September 2018, Bilbao, Spain.

Dr. Areej Khatib, Trailblazer in Health Leadership for Palestinian Women

EMIR OF QATAR Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in Doha

Saudi-backed Yemeni government says restores ties with Qatar

A wooden cross is seen at the site where Pope Francis will hold a mass at 'Hosh al-Bieaa', Church Square, in Mosul's Old City, Iraq, March 7, 2021.

Pope arrives in Mosul to spread renewal, hope and coexistence - watch

THEN-PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY Prime Minister Salam Fayyad arriving at a meeting in Ramallah in 2012.

Former PA premier Fayyad to head ‘independent list’ in elections

Iran holds military drills as tensions rise with US

Hijacking, riots and explosions: Iran’s regime tested amid tensions

Israeli Air Force F-15 fighter jets escort two American B-52 bombers through Israeli airspace. March 7, 2021.

Biden sends B-52 heavy bomber over Persian Gulf in signal to Iran

A demonstrator wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) flashes the V sign during a rally ahead of the International Women's Day in Istanbul, Turkey March 6, 2021

Women transforming the Middle East on International Women’s Day

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her daughter Gabriella pose for a photo in London, Britain February 7, 2016. Picture taken February 7, 2016.

British-Iranian aid worker Zaghari-Ratcliffe 'unaware' of any travel ban

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her daughter Gabriella pose for a photo in London, Britain February 7, 2016. Picture taken February 7, 2016.

Iran frees British-Iranian aid worker Zaghari-Ratcliffe - her lawyer says

A prison guard stands along a corridor in Tehran's Evin prison June 13, 2006.

Exclusive: Iran jails Jewish-Iranian for 10 years for living in Israel

Democratic 2020 US presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden reacts during a televised townhall on CNN dedicated to LGBTQ issues in Los Angeles, California, US October 10, 2019.

US: Our Middle East allies don't get blank check to oppose US interests

Missile fire is seen from Damascus, Syria May 10, 2018.

Ballistic missiles target north Syria oil facilities in rare attack

Protesters hold Jordanian and Palestinian flags and shout slogans during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed Middle East peace plan, near the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, January 31, 2020.

Palestinians fume over PA decree targeting civil society groups

Pope Francis is welcomed as he arrives to hold inter-religious prayer at the ancient archeological site of Ur, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Abraham, in Ur near Nassiriya, Iraq March 6, 2021.

Pope’s Iraq visit kindles hope among many wanting to see country recover

Pope Francis meets with with bishops, priests, seminarians and catechists at the Syro-Catholic Cathedral of 'Our Lady of Salvation' in Baghdad, Iraq March 5, 2021.

Pope Francis holds historic meeting with Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a meeting on the sidelines of a session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council In Yerevan, Armenia October 1, 2019

Russia signals openness to the US, could that change the Middle East?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finds allies in his fight against Iran. In Abu Dhabi, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (right) and in Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Will Israel, Saudi Arabia form the NATO of the Middle East?

Paramilitary soldiers wear face masks as they stand in front of a closed gate of Pakistan's border post, after Pakistan sealed its border with Iran as a preventive measure following the coronavirus outbreak, at the border post in Taftan, Pakistan February 25, 2020.

UN condemns up to 23 killings in Iran's border area with Pakistan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a meeting of his ruling AK Party via video link in Ankara, Turkey March 4, 2021.

Radicalization of Turkey's schoolbooks shows Erdoğan's grip on power increasing

Palestinian workers getting vaccinated against the coronavirus, March 4, 2021.

COVID-19 Vaccine Line-Jumping Controversies Continue in MENA Region

A Spanish Civil Guard boat sails past Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 as it sits anchored after it was seized in July by British Royal Marines off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory on suspicion of violating sanctions against Syria, in the Strait of Gibraltar, southern Spain August 13, 2019

Why did Gila Gamliel blame the oil spill on Iran? - Background

An oil tanker loads gas in Assaluyeh seaport at the Persian Gulf, 1,400 km (870 miles) south of Tehran, Iran May 27, 2006.

Could Iran really be linked to 'eco-terrorism' against Israel? - analysis

Villagers fix a broken flagpole in Sugedigi village on the Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay province, Turkey January 20, 2018

Turkey tries insulting Egypt, Greece in imaginary maritime deal - analysis

US soldiers inspect the site where an Iranian missile hit at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar province, Iraq January 13, 2020

Biden needs to respond to rocket attacks on US forces in Iraq - analysis

A MURAL of Pope Francis adorns a church wall ahead of his upcoming visit to Iraq, in Baghdad on February 22.

Voices from the Arab press: Arab democracy: Iraq as an example

CLOCKWISE: Nivine Sandouka, Amoun Sleen, Julia Zaher and Sameera Rada Emran.

Meet the Arab-Israeli, Palestinian women making an impact on society

Lebanon's Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem.

Hezbollah deputy head: We are not interested in war with Israel

Then-US vice president Mike Pence delivers remarks to U.S. troops at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq November 23, 2019

Al-Asad base in Iraq attacked with rockets after being targeted by Iran

POST-ABRAHAM Accords, 70,000 Israelis flooded Dubai.

Diplomats, activists talk Abraham Accords’ effects on women in region

Houthi troops ride on the back of a police patrol truck after participating in a Houthi gathering in Sanaa, Yemen February 19, 2020.

US officials have met Yemen's Houthis as Washington seeks end to war

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a virtual speech, on the occasion of the Prophet Mohammad's birthday, in Tehran, Iran November 3, 2020.

Biden administration cannot return to Iran deal - JINSA

Nasser al-Qudwa

In blow to Fatah, Arafat’s nephew forms new list for Palestinian election

WOMEN HOLD pictures of Iranian Maj.-Gen. Qasem Soleimani during a funeral procession and burial at his hometown in Kerman

Inside Iranian Gen. Soleimani’s imminent threats that led to US airstrike

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York City, New York, US, September 25, 2019.

Iran’s Rouhani: Our centrifuges are spinning faster

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets members of the Assembly of Experts in Tehran, Iran February 22, 2021.

Iran’s international judo ban for avoiding Israeli athletes is dropped

Democratic 2020 US presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden reacts during a televised townhall on CNN dedicated to LGBTQ issues in Los Angeles, California, US October 10, 2019.

Biden must condemn ‘horrific’ abuses vs. Iran’s LGBTQ community - report

Benny Gantz in the Defense Ministry

Gantz expresses intent to promote ‘security arrangement’ with Gulf allies

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 6, 2019

Saudi Arabia says COVID-19 vaccination required for 2021 haj

A demonstrator sits on the ground near burning fire during a protest against the fall in Lebanese pound currency and mounting economic hardship, in Beirut, Lebanon March 2, 2021.

Protestors shut down roads as Lebanese economy crashes

DEBRIS DOTS a Saudi Aramco oil company distribution station that Yemeni Houthis say they attacked, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on November 24.

Iranian-backed Houthis threaten to attack Aramco: 'Wider scope than 2019 attack'

Military personnel place a flag on a submarine during the Velayat-90 war games by the Iranian navy in the Strait of Hormuz

Iran responds to attack on Israeli ship: We monitor Israel's behavior in region

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman chairs first season of the Saudi-Bahraini Coordination Council, virtually with Bahrain's Prime Minister and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Peace with Israel a shared goal of Saudi Arabia and US, State Dept says

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani standby prior to signing the Abraham Accords with US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, US, September 15, 2020.

Israel in talks with Saudi, UAE, Bahrain for defense alliance against Iran

A Hamas militant hands out a protective face mask to a Palestinian boy during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in the central Gaza Strip September 12, 2020.

Palestinian Election: Coronavirus, Fatah strife may delay, cancel vote

A Palestinian health worker prepares a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Gaza City February 22, 2021.

Coronavirus: Palestinians decry ‘favoritism’ in PA vaccinations

 Protesters burn the US and Israeli flags during a demonstration against the the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's top nuclear scientist, in Tehran, Iran, November 28, 2020.

How Iran signals credit for attacks on US, Israel and Saudi Arabia

PEOPLE GATHER around the water nuclear reactor at Arak, Iran, in December 2019.

Iran’s strategy is 'threaten, rinse, repeat' to get concessions - expert

A health worker draws a dose of the AstraZeneca's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at the vaccination center in the Newcastle Eagles Community Arena, in Newcastle upon Tyne, Britain, January 30, 2021.

Syria begins COVID-19 vaccinations with healthcare workers

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi as they wear protective masks, in Tehran, Iran, July 21, 2020.

Europeans push IAEA Iran resolution despite warnings by Russia, Tehran

Smoke and flames rise over the Syrian border town of Kobani after an airstrike, October 20, 2014

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria, responds to ship attack - report

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attends a news conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Istanbul, Turkey, January 29, 2021

Iran and Turkey appear to be on collision course in Iraq - analysis

Siemens ER24PC 1637 "IranRunner" of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways with the night train from Shiraz to Tehran outside of Shiraz, Iran

Will Iran shift its railway network to a Europe-China axis?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) in front of a bust of Theodor Herzl. Both are wearing COVID-19 masks.

Netanyahu says Iran 'clearly' behind blast on Israeli-owned ship

Military personnel place a flag on a submarine during the Velayat-90 war games by the Iranian navy in the Strait of Hormuz

Iran says it was not behind blast on Israeli-owned ship

SAUDI ARABIA’S envoy and other Gulf states gather in Kuwait in 2017.

Gulf states anxiously await results of upcoming Israeli elections

IRANIAN PRESIDENT Hassan Rouhani (right) and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Who wanted to pay the price of moral action to truly stop Iran?

Iran rejects EU, US offer to hold direct talks on nuclear deal

U.S. President Joe Biden stands behind an 'on air' sign as he addresses a Munich Security Conference virtual event from the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 19, 2021

Don't bully Riyadh, Saudi columnists tell Biden administration

A Palestinian health worker prepares a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Gaza City February 22, 2021.

Israel to vaccinate Palestinian workers within days

IRGC siezes ship near Bu Musa Island, Iran

Twenty-four hours of Iran’s total war in Yemen, Iraq and Syria

A man wears a protective face mask as he walks along the main market in downtown after the government eased the restrictions on movement aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus in Amman, Jordan

Two Jordanian ministers fired for partying in breach of their own rules

A general view of The Nile River, houses and agricultural land from the window of an airplane in Luxor, Egypt October 9, 2019

Clubhouse chat app creates space for debate in land of the Nile

Close up of a man using mobile smart phone

Gulf, Egyptian authorities keep clubhouse chat app users on a tight leash

Tunisia's President Kais Saied gives a speech at the government's swearing-in ceremony at the Carthage Palace outside the capital Tunis, Tunisia February 27, 2020

Stalemate between Tunisia’s PM, president continues with no end in sight

Evening over Damascus, Syria

Russian helicopter crashed in Syria - report

PALESTINIANS AND the Wakf Islamic religious trust have made it clear that Emiratis and Bahrainis are not welcome to pray in al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Turkey opens gov't department in charge of Jerusalem tourism

King of Jordan Abdullah II addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France January 15, 2020.

Gantz secretly met Jordan's King Abdullah - report

A VIEW shows vehicles driving on a street in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

Saudi-led coalition says it thwarted Houthi missile attack on Riyadh

A burned church of the Immaculate Conception by Islamic State militants is seen in the town of Qaraqosh, south of Mosul, Iraq.

Pope to visit desecrated 'Jerusalem of Nineveh plains' in Iraq

A man walks along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea as a cargo vessel that arrived at Israel's Ashdod port and was swept away when a storm began is seen nearby, close to Ashdod's port in southern Israel December 26, 2019

Iran suspected in attack on Israeli ship, UAE to assess the damage

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 9, 2018

What does Biden’s performative rap on Riyadh mean for Israel? - analysis

A demonstrator holds picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest in front of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, October 5, 2018

Beyond Khashoggi: How the US and Saudi Arabia fell out and might ‘reset’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a meeting

Iran condemns US strikes in Syria, denies attacks in Iraq

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh addresses journalists during a meeting with members of the Foreign Press Association in Ramallah in the West Bank June 9, 2020

PA imposes new restrictions to curb spread of coronavirus

Ali Shamkhani

Iran: US airstrikes in Syria encourage terrorism in the region

U.S. soldiers are seen during a handover ceremony of Taji military base from US-led coalition troops to Iraqi security forces, in the base north of Baghdad, Iraq August 23, 2020.

Rise in rocket attacks in Iraq attributed to domestic, regional politics

U.S. President Joe Biden stands behind an 'on air' sign as he addresses a Munich Security Conference virtual event from the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 19, 2021

Biden warns Iran to 'be careful' following US airstrikes in Syria

Stamp issued in honor of Eli Cohen 370

55 years after execution in Syria, Israeli spy Eli Cohen makes headlines

A still image taken from CCTV video and obtained by TRT World claims to show Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as he arrives at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey Oct. 2, 2018

Saudi Arabia rejects US intelligence report on Khashoggi's killing

"Code Pink" activist group co-founder Medea Benjamin participates in a demonstration calling for sanctions against Saudi Arabia and against the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi while holding a photo of Khashoggi outside the U.S. State Department in Washington, October 19, 2018

Saudi crown prince approved Khashoggi murder - US intelligence report

Women gesture as they stand together al-Hol displacement camp in Hasaka governorate, Syria, April 2, 2019.

Runaway schoolgirl who joined IS cannot return to Britain, top court says

Rooftops of Yazd on a sunny winter day in Iran.

Iran threatens to end deal with IAEA over US-led push to criticize it

A medical worker holds a syringe with Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) before administering an injection at a vaccination centre in a shopping mall in Saint Petersburg, Russia February 24, 2021.

Middle East Boosts Vaccination Efforts

HONOR GUARDS carry coffins of Houthis killed fighting government forces in Yemen’s oil-rich province of Marib, during a funeral procession in Sana’a last week.

Events in Yemen are an indicator of broader regional dynamics

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit (not pictured) in Cairo, Egypt January 31, 2020

Elections worthless if Abbas is in power - ex-PA security commander


Hamas releases 45 ‘security’ detainees ahead of vote

An employee checks cannabis plants at a medical marijuana plantation in northern Israel March 21, 2017

Morocco set to legalize cannabis production for medical use

Vials of the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine are seen at the Del-Pest Central Hospital in Budapest, Hungary, February 12, 2021.

Syria says it has received COVID-19 vaccinations from 'friendly country'

Morocco's King Mohammed VI receives a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the Royal Palace in Fez, Morocco as he inaugurates Morocco's national coronavirus vaccination campaign, Jan 28, 2021

Morocco set to receive 65 million vaccine doses

Maj.-Gen. Hossein Salami visits underground missile site of Iran's Revolutionary Guards

How a US intelligence analyst thinks Biden should handle Iran

Activists protest against Iranian government in front of German Federal Foreign Office after a Ukrainian passenger plane crashed in Iran, in Berlin, Germany, January 13, 2020

Iran: UN investigator lacks authority to comment on Ukrainian plane

Palestinian employees of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) take part in a protest against job cuts by UNRWA, in Gaza City September 19, 2018.

UN malpractice harms Palestinian children - opinion

Paratroopers' brigade participate in a drill simulating battle against Hezbollah (August 6, 2018).

IDF prepared to take action to stop Iran from obtaining nukes - Gantz

People wearing protective suits carry the coffin of Anis Naccache, a former pro-Palestinian militant, during his funeral in Beirut suburbs, Lebanon February 24, 2021.

Lebanese-Palestinian terrorist al-Naqqash dies from COVID-19 age 70

Staff removes handcuffs of Syrian defendant Eyad A. as he arrives to hear his verdict in the courtroom in Koblenz, Germany February 24, 2021.

German court issues guilty verdict in first Syria torture trial

People protest against increased gas price, on a highway in Tehran, Iran November 16, 2019.

Iranian regime shoots fuel traders causing revolt in Saravan

A Palestinian man pushes a cart with bags of flour at an aid distribution center run by United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip September 1, 2018.

UNRWA food distribution points close in Gaza amid refugee protests

A WOMAN YELLS as she stands near her destroyed house in Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip in 2014.

Gas to Gaza? The pipeline that might provide a lifeline

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