Middle East In Focus is a synopsis of commentary and news from Middle Eastern and other international media. Its purpose is to provide a succinct and balanced summary of the main developments and views that are often overlooked or not properly reflected in the U.S. media.

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In Israel, Anger at Abbas and Support for Netanyahu
September 29, 2014

Shiite Militants Take Yemeni Capital
September 25, 2014

Israeli Intelligence Veterans Dissent
September 18, 2014

Turkey's Reluctance to Take on IS
September 16, 2014

GCC Must Reunite to Face ISIS
September 4, 2014

Israel Playing Defense in Gaza Aftermath
September 3, 2014

Needed: A Global Response for Combating ISIS
August 27, 2014

Iraq Avoids Disintigration — For Now
August 20, 2014

What Does Erdogan's Victory Mean for Turkey?
August 11, 2014

Libya Edges Toward Civil War
August 7, 2014

No End in Sight for Iraq's Security and Political Paralysis
August 4, 2014

Turkey and Egypt at Odds Over Gaza
July 30, 2014

Hotspots Smolder from North Africa to Yemen
July 25, 2014

Iran Talks Extended — But Can They Succeed?
July 23, 2014

Commentators Debate ISIS Legitimacy; Seziure of Chemical Weapons Facility
July 18, 2014

Pessimism Reigns as Suffering in Gaza Continues
July 14, 2014

Gaza under Attack
July 11, 2014

What to Make of the ISIS "Caliphate"?
July 7, 2014

The Al Jazeera Trial and the New Egypt
June 26, 2014

Is the United States to Blame in Iraq?
June 25, 2014

Is the IDF Overreacting to West Bank Abductions?
June 19, 2014

Turmoil in Iraq
June 13, 2014

The Ins-and-Outs of Palestinian Unity
June 10, 2014

Obama Speeches Fail to Excite
June 3, 2014

Israelis Unhappy with Papal Visit
May 30, 2014

UN Envoy Quits Syria Peace Talks
May 16, 2014

The Gulen Movement and Turkish Democracy
May 12, 2014

Iran: Change We Can Believe In?
May 5, 2014

A Pyrrhic Victory for Al Maliki?
May 1, 2014

The Fatah / Hamas Reconciliation
April 29, 2014

Muslim Brotherhood on the Ropes
April 21, 2014

Middle Eastern Perspectives on the Ukraine Crisis
April 18, 2014

Choosing Lebanon's Next President
April 15, 2014

Afghanis Vote with Hope and Uncertainty
April 8, 2014

Are the Peace Talks Collapsing?
April 4, 2014

Turkey's Local Elections: A Victory for Erdogan?
April 2, 2014

What to Expect from Obama's Saudi Arabia Visit
March 28, 2014

Egypt Criticized for Gaza Blockade
March 25, 2014

GCC Troubles Spill into Arab League Meeting
March 21, 2014

Syria Conflict Enters Fourth Year
March 18, 2014

Armed Militias Endanger Libyan State
March 14, 2014

Netanyahu and the "Jewish State"
March 11, 2014

Qatar Censured by GCC Allies
March 7, 2014

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Protest IDF Conscription Law
March 5, 2014

Is New Egypt Cabinet More of the Same?
February 28, 2014

Iran Nuclear Deal Prospects Unpredictable
February 25, 2014

Lebanon Gets a Government
February 21, 2014

Iraq's Difficult Road to the Ballot Box
February 19, 2014

The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian Talks
February 11, 2014

Pakistan Begins Negotiations with Taliban
February 7, 2014

The Latest from Saudi Arabia
February 3, 2014

Obama and Harper Strike Different Tones on the Middle East
January 31, 2014

Abbas and Livni Talk Tough
January 27, 2014

Egypt: One Vote, Many Messages
January 23, 2014

Saudi Arabia and Iran at a Crossroads
January 17, 2014

Tunisia Leads the Way
January 13, 2014

Can Turkish Democracy Survive Erdogan?
January 9, 2014

Is Maliki to Blame for al-Qaeda's Resurgence in Iraq?
January 7, 2014

Is the West's Strategy in Syria Falling Apart?
December 22, 2013

Intransigence and Fatigue in U.S. Mediated Negotiations
December 17, 2013

GCC Meets in Kuwait
December 11, 2013

The UN Human Rights Office and the Crisis in Syria
December 6, 2013 

Skepticism Surrounds the Revised Egyptian Constitution
December 2, 2013

Iran Deal Ruffles Feathers
November 26, 2013

Lebanese Call for Unity in the Face of Increasing Violence
November 22, 2013

An Egyptian-Russian Rapprochement?
November 18, 2013

A Chilly Regional Reception to Iran Talks
November 11, 2013

Kerry in Middle East to Calm U.S. Allies
November 7, 2013

Maliki in U.S. as Iraq's Deadly Year Continues
November 4, 2013

Israel Sends Mixed Signals
November 1, 2013

More Bad News for the U.S. Amidst the Spying Row
October 28, 2013

Saudis Reject UN Security Council Seat
October 25, 2013

Israel's Netanyahu Increasingly Isolated over Iran
October 22, 2013

Saudis Debate Women's Rights
October 15, 2013

Shutdown Affects Perceptions of U.S. Power
October 11, 2013

Terrorist Attacks on the Rise Throughout the Region
October 8, 2013

Can Diplomacy End Iran's Nuclear Program?
October 2, 2013

Will General Al-Sisi Run for President?
September 27, 2013

Can Iran’s New President Be Trusted?
September 24, 2013

Palestinians in Gaza Under Pressure as Tunnels Shut Down
September 19, 2013

Twenty Years after Oslo, Palestinians and Israelis still at an Impasse
September 17, 2013

The Russian Plan Provides a Respite
September 12, 2013

Is the Muslim Brotherhood Turning to Violence?
September 9, 2013

What Commentators Are Saying About Strikes on Syria
September 6, 2013

The Region Scrutinizes Obama's Decision on Syria
September 3, 2013

Muslim Brotherhood Under Siege
August 20, 2013

Are the Peace Talks Cover for More Settlement Building?
August 16, 2013

Expectations High for Rouhani Presidency
August 12, 2013

Is Regional Instability Reviving al-Qaeda?
August 2, 2013

Peace Talks Restart Amid Skepticism
July 30, 2013

EU Blacklists Hezbollah's Military Wing
July 29, 2013

Syria's Opposition More Divided Than Ever
July 17, 2013

Has the Syria Conflict Spread to Lebanon?
July 11, 2013

Morsi's Ouster Shakes Egypt and the Region
July 8, 2013

Region Skeptical of Kerry's Shuttle Diplomacy
July 1, 2013

G8 Fails to Deliver on Syria
June 21, 2013

Has Iran Really Elected a Reformer?
June 17, 2013

Who Owns the Nile?
June 13, 2013

Erdogan Tested in Taksim Square
June 3, 2013

The Kerry Peace Plan?
May 30, 2013

Hezbollah's "Foreign Intervention" in Syria

May 27, 2013

The Supreme Leader Plays it Safe
May 22, 2013

Political Isolation and Libya's Future
May 17, 2013

Yair Lapid and Israeli Austerity
May 14, 2013

Has Syria Crossed the "Red Line"?
April 29, 2013

Hezbollah in Syria
April 25, 2013

Iraqis Vote in Provincial Elections
April 22, 2013

Palestinian Unification and Fayyad's Resignation
April 16, 2013

Is Iraq Better Off?
April 12, 2013

Israeli-Turkish Relations and a New Government in Lebanon
April 9, 2013

Iran Tries to Come In from the Cold
April 4, 2013

Netanyahu's Aplogy and Israeli-Turkish Detente
March 25, 2013

Obama's Visit to Israel and Palestine - Part I
March 21, 2013

On China's Leadership Transition
March 18, 2013

Iraq 10 Years After the Invasion
March 15, 2013

Opposition in Syria Gains U.S. Support even as UN Hostages Taken
March 11, 2013

Reactions to Erdogan's Comments on Zionism
March 6, 2013

Boycotting Egyptian Elections a Non-Starter, Say Observers
February 28, 2013

Palestinians Protest Israeli Detention Policies
February 26, 2013

Tzipi Livni Joins Netanyahu Coalition
February 22, 2013

Tunisia in Trouble
February 20, 2013

Obama's Upcoming Visit to the Holy Land
February 11, 2013

Israel's Airstrike Draws Rebukes
February 6, 2013

Quo Vadis Syria?
February 1, 2013

Egypt's New Normal?
January 30, 2013

Elections in Israel and Jordan Maintain Status Quo
January 24, 2013

Regional Wariness and Obama's Second Term
January 22, 2013

Saudi Women Gain Representation on the Shura Council
January 14, 2013

Israeli Voters Prepare for New Elections
January 11, 2013

Maliki's Actions Continue to Antagonize Iraqi Sunnis
January 8, 2013

Israel Determined to Push Forward with Settlement Construction
December 21, 2012

Egypt's Constitutional Poll Seen as Divisive
December 18, 2012

Israel's "Doomsday" Settlement
December 7, 2012

Sectarian Tension in Lebanon and Iraq
December 4, 2012

The Exhumation of Arafat
November 30, 2012

Egypt's Revolution at Risk
November 27, 2012

Turkey and Egypt Vie for Influence
November 26, 2012

Prelude to Another War in Gaza?
November 16, 2012

Changes in Saudi Arabia and Syria
November 13, 2012

Regional Comments on Obama's Re-election
November 9, 2012

Are the Palestinians Giving up the Right of Return?
November 6, 2012

The Two-State Solution Drifts Further Away
October 31, 2012

Is Lebanon on the Cusp of Another Civil War?
October 25, 2012

Regional Reactions to the Presidential Debate
October 19, 2012

Morsi at 100 Days
October 15, 2012

The Other Elections
October 12, 2012

Will Turkey and Syria Go to War?
October 10, 2012

Green-on-Blue Attacks in Afghanistan
October 2, 2012

Mixed Reactions to Netanyahu's UN Speech
September 28, 2012

Palestinians Protest Amid Economic Hardship
September 24, 2012

Romney's Palestine Comments Raise Eyebrows
September 21, 2012

Regional Media Reactions to Film Protests
September 19, 2012

Reflections on the 11th Anniversary of 9/11
September 13, 2012

Middle East Perspectives on the U.S. Election
September 10, 2012

Rachel Corrie Verdict Draws Strong Reactions
September 4, 2012

Iraq Instability Grows Amidst Regional and Local Tension
August 29, 2012

Tehran Hosts the Non-Aligned Movement
August 24, 2012

Syrian Conflict Risks Destabilizing Region
August 22, 2012

Israel's Media: Debating the Merits of War with Iran
August 17, 2012

Egypt: A Muslim Brotherhood Power Grab?
August 14, 2012

Sinai Turmoil Raises Serious Questions
August 10, 2012

Turkish FM's Visit to Kirkuk Raises Eyebrows
August 7, 2012

Romney's Visit to Israel
August 2, 2012

Iraq Sees Spike in Violence
July 27, 2012

Is It Endgame for Assad?
July 23, 2012

Libya's Elections
July 20, 2012

Levy Report Resurrects "Greater Israel"
July 16, 2012

Who Killed Yasser Arafat?
July 12, 2012

Action Group on Syria Fails to Deliver
July 9, 2012

The U.S. Apology: A Victory or a Fig Leaf for Pakistan?
July 6, 2012

Turkey and Syria at the Brink... and Back
June 29, 2012

Gaza Blockade Turns 5
June 25, 2012

Tahrir Square 2.0?
June 15, 2012

Maliki and the Opposition
June 12, 2012

Israel-Turkey Relations Remain Strained
June 5, 2012

Syria after Houla
June 1, 2012

Regional Reflections on Egypt's Elections
May 30, 2012

Pakistan and Afghanistan Take Center Stage at NATO Summit
May 25, 2012

GCC Debates Gulf Union
May 22, 2012

Syria's Conflict Spills into Lebanon
May 17, 2012

Netanyahu Forms Surprise Coalition with Kadima
May 14, 2012

A Tense Period for Egyptian/Saudi Relations
May 8, 2012

Looking Ahead to the Egyptian Presidential Elections
May 4, 2012

Taking Stock on the Anniversary of Osama bin Laden's Death
May 2, 2012

State of Israel Turns 64 Amid Controversy
April 30, 2012

Mixed Reaction to recent IDF Violence
April 23, 2012

Iran's Busy Week in International News
April 17, 2012

Shia Opposition in Bahrain Return to the Streets
April 13, 2012

Instability in Yemen as ex-Regime Loyalists Purged
April 9, 2012

Presidential Elections in Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood
April 6, 2012

Palestinians Commemorate Land Day with Protests
April 2, 2012

Israelis React to the Toulouse Killings
March 29, 2012

Arab Summit to be Held Amidst Violence
March 22, 2012

What Asad's Leaked Emails Tell Us
March 20, 2012

Will the Kandahar Killings Hasten U.S. Withdrawal?
March 16, 2012

Israelis and Palestinians under Attack
March 13, 2012

Russian Elections and Syria
March 9, 2012

Saudi Speech Signals Shift on Syria
March 6, 2012

U.S. Insensitivity Sparks Riots
February 28, 2012 

Yemen after Saleh
February 24, 2012

Iraq's Kurds under Pressure
February 21, 2012

Israeli/Iranian Cold War Heats Up
February 17, 2012

Running Out of Options in Syria
February 14, 2012

Debating the Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
February 10, 2012

Soccer and Politics in Egypt
February 7, 2012

What Options for Iran?
February 3, 2012

Is Libya's Future at Risk?
February 1, 2012

Israeli-Palestinian Talks at an Impasse
January 27, 2012

Turkey and France at Odds Over Armenian 'Genocide' Bill
January 25, 2012

Egypt's Revolution Turns One Year Old
January 20, 2012

Iraq Risks Further Distintegration
January 17, 2012

Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Problem
January 9, 2012

Bar Low for Israeli-Palestinian Talks
January 6, 2012

Should Iranian Threats Be Taken Seriously?
January 3, 2012

Hamas and Fatah Contemplate Closer Cooperation
December 27, 2011

Lebanon Continues to be Rocked by Instability
December 22, 2011

Iraq after the U.S. Troop Withdrawal
December 15, 2011

U.S. Presidential Politics and the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
December 12, 2011

What Does Saleh's Departure Mean for Yemen?
November 28, 2011

Flurry of Controversial Legislation in Israel
November 23, 2011

Has Egypt's Revolution been Hijacked?
November 21, 2011

The Arab League Takes on Syria: Part 2
November 14, 2011

Is Egypt's Revolution at Risk?
November 10, 2011

How real is Israel's Threat against Iran?
November 7, 2011

Regional Reaction to Palestine's UNESCO Bid
November 3, 2011

Islamist Party Wins in Tunisia
October 31, 2011

The Arab League Calls for Dialogue in Syria
October 24, 2011

Libya and the Region after the Death of Gaddafi
October 21, 2011

Regional Perspectives on the Alleged Iranian Plot
October 17, 2011

Israel and Hamas Agree on Prisoner Swap
October 13, 2011

Afghanistan Ten Years Later
October 10, 2011

Military Government in Egypt Announces Parliamentary Elections
October 4, 2011

A Step Forward for Women in Saudi Arabia
September 30, 2011

Unhappiness at President Obama's UN Speech
September 26, 2011

Reactions to the Palestinian UN Statehood Bid
September 21, 2011

Instability in Northern Iraq
September 19, 2011

Israeli Embassy Attack Raises Questions
September 12, 2011

Middle Eastern Perspectives on 9/11
September 9, 2011

Another Blow to the Israeli-Turkish Alliance
September 7, 2011

Eid Messages from the Region
September 1, 2011

Revisiting the Camp David Peace Treaty
August 29, 2011

Libya: Commentary from the Region
August 25, 2011

Egypt-Israel Relations Increasingly Tenuous
August 23, 2011

Syria Under Pressure... Again
August 16, 2011

The Middle East Debates the London Riots
August 12, 2011

Israel's Own Version of the Arab Spring?
August 8, 2011

Regional Perspectives on Mubarak's Trial
August 5, 2011

Turkey at a Crossroads
August 2, 2011

Some Reflections on the Arab Spring
July 29, 2011

The Region Reacts to the Norway Massacre
July 26, 2011

Moment of Truth for Syria's Bashar Al-Assad
July 22, 2011

Palestinians Continue their Quest for a State
July 20, 2011

Reaction to the New Israeli Boycott Ban Law
July 15, 2011

Israel and Turkey on the Mend
July 13, 2011

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: A Victim of its Own Success?
July 5, 2011

Hezbollah Members Indicted by International Criminal Tribunal
July 1, 2011

The Religious Right in Israel and the Transformation of the IDF
June 29, 2011

Reaction to Announcement of U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan
June 27, 2011

Unemployment in Gaza and EU Diplomatic Forays
June 16, 2011

Iraq: Renewed Internal Tensions
June 13, 2011

What's Next for Syria?
June 9, 2011

Debating Turkey's Upcoming Elections
June 7, 2011

Saudi Arabia Debates Right of Women to Drive
June 2, 2011

Egypt Opens Its Border with Gaza
May 31, 2011

Pakistan: Introspection and Finger-Pointing
May 27, 2011

Yemen's Saleh: Should He Stay or Should He Go?
May 23, 2011

Obama's Speech Gets Mixed Reviews from Israeli and Arab Press
May 20, 2011

Amid Turmoil, GCC Extends Invitation to Jordan and Morocco
May 16, 2011

A New Foreign Policy in Egypt
May 9, 2011

Internal Divisions in Iran
May 9, 2011

What the Fatah/Hamas Reconciliation Means for the Region
May 6, 2011

The Region Reacts to News of Bin Laden's Death
May 2, 2011

Reaction to the Syrian Crackdown
April 29, 2011

Palestinian Factionalism and the Murders of Juliano Mer-Khamis and Vittorio Arrigoni
April 26, 2011

Uncertainty in Syria after Assad's Speech
April 21, 2011

France Bans Wearing of the Full Veil in Public
April 18, 2011

Arab Protests, Islam and the West
April 14, 2011

Knesset Passes Nakba Law Targeted at its Arab Citizens
April 12, 2011

Middle East Reacts to the Goldstone Retraction
April 8, 2011

Israelis React to the Goldstone Retraction
April 7, 2011

Iran and Saudi Arabia Spar over GCC Troops in Bahrain
April 5, 2011

Amid Chaos, Palestinians Call for Unity
March 25, 2011

The UN Resolution on Libya: A Conflicted Middle East
March 21, 2011

Women and Revolution in the Middle East
March 11, 2011

J Street Holds Annual Conference Amid Controversy
March 7, 2011

Who Will Lead Egypt?
February 28, 2011

What Should the West Do about Libya?
February 25, 2011

Reaction to U.S. Veto of UNSC Resolution on Israeli Settlements
February 23, 2011

Israel in a post-Mubarak Middle East
February 17, 2011

Middle East Turmoil: Saudi Arabia Apart From the Rest?
February 16, 2011

Elections in Palestine and a Hezbollah-led Government in Lebanon
February 14, 2011

The U.S. Role in the Middle East Takes a Hit
February 8, 2011

Ripple Effects of the Turmoil in Egypt
February 2, 2011

The "Palestine Papers" Leak: A Game Changer?
January 28, 2011

What the Jasmine Revolution Means for the MENA Countries
January 21, 2011

Al-Sadr Returns to Iraq
January 13, 2011

The Mideast Peace Process: Running Out of Time?
January 6, 2011

Iraq: Kurds Renew Demands for Self-Determination
December 16, 2010

The Middle East Reacts to WikiLeaks - Part 2
December 9, 2010

The U.S. Offer to Israel: An Act of Desperation or Audacity?
December 2, 2010

Women in Saudi Arabia
November 19, 2010

Jordan's Parliamentary Elections and the Muslim Brotherhood
November 12, 2010

Saudi Offer to Broker Iraq Talks Gets Mixed Reviews
November 2, 2010

The Middle East Reacts to WikiLeaks
October 26, 2010

Lebanon on the Brink...Again?
October 19, 2010

Egyptian Parliamentary Elections
October 6, 2010

Sectarian Tensions in the Gulf
September 29, 2010