I do not wish to sound alarmist, but after piecing the puzzle together I cannot escape the conclusion that Tehran’s mid-to-long term strategy is not only aimed at dominating the region but also targets Mecca and Medina.
Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has endured a succession of bad news in recent weeks. Domestically, Mr.
Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Donald Trump and a special advisor to the president on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, has come under scrutiny for leaked comments made to a group of congressional interns. According to various reports, Mr.
U.S. President Donald Trump, standing next to Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at a press conference in Washington, DC, asserted that Lebanon was at war with Hezbollah, despite the militia-cum-party’s role as a member of Mr. Hariri’s coalition government.
The killing of two border policemen by three Israeli Arabs near the Al Aqsa compound/Temple Mount, the closure of the holy sites, and the subsequent decision to install a security fence by the Israeli government has caused mass demonstrations and more violence across the Occupied Territories.
The Tunisian prime minister has just ended a series of high-level meetings in Washington. Coming amid domestic calls for cutting U.S. foreign aid to a number of countries, including Tunisia, there is little doubt as to what would have been on Mr. Youssef Chahed’s agenda.
In an abrupt, but not wholly unexpected move, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz announced last week that his 31-year old son, Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, has been appointed as the new Crown Prince, replacing Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.
The Israeli government has announced, much to the disappointment of the Jewish diaspora and the non-ultra-Orthodox community, that it has cancelled plans to create a permanent “pluralistic prayer area” at the Western Wall.
It has now been more than two weeks since Qatar was sanctioned by its neighbors, who have accused it of pursuing a destabilizing foreign policy. But despite brief food shortages, Qatar is in no imminent danger of economic or political collapse.
The twin terror attacks carried out in Iran against two symbolically important sites—the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomenei’s mausoleum—have once more laid bare the internal tension between the hardliners and the reformists in Tehran.