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March 16, 2018 7:47 AM Israel court suspends plan to deport African migrants

Israel’s supreme court has suspended a controversial government plan to deport tens of thousands of African migrants who entered the country illegally. It gave the state until 26 March to provide more information on the plan. In January, the migrants – mostly from Eritrea and Sudan – were offered $3,500 (£2,510) and a plane ticket to leave Israel voluntarily 104

December 21, 2017 5:57 PM UN rejects US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Isreal’s capital

UN member states met in the General Assembly on Thursday to debate a draft resolution that rejects the US President Donald Trump’s decision to name Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al Malki referenced the US threat that it was “taking names” of those who vote in favor of the measure in his remarks to the assembly 70

December 6, 2017 5:59 AM US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in world first

US President Donald Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, senior administration officials have said. But the officials said Mr Trump would not immediately move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Arab leaders earlier warned against moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, with one saying this would be “a flagrant provocation 122

October 14, 2017 11:13 AM Trump’s Iran Speech Should Make Netanyahu and Khamenei Both Happy

Trump is willing to risk mayhem, in health care and the Iran nuclear deal, to satisfy his ego and erase Obama’s legacy You can just imagine Benjamin Netanyahu watching Donald Trump’s Friday night speech on Iran, lighting a cigar, sipping from a glass of pink champagne, a wide smile spreading across his face. The president of the United States was attacking 101 1

October 13, 2017 7:18 PM Iran nuclear deal: Trump vows not to recertify agreement

US President Donald Trump has condemned Iran as a "fanatical regime" and refused to continue certifying an international nuclear deal. International observers say Iran has been in full compliance with the 2015 deal freezing its nuclear programme. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the US was "more than ever isolated" and could not change the nuclear 88

August 25, 2017 10:35 AM Balance of Power: Why Is It All Going Wrong for France's Macron?

Emmanuel Macron’s poll ratings are plunging just a little more than three months since he stormed to the presidency promising a new beginning. In fact, at about 40 percent, they’re nearly as bad as Donald Trump’s. Reports of a 26,000-euro makeup bill haven’t helped. Neither has his bid to overhaul France’s notoriously complex labor laws, which his predecessor 60

August 1, 2017 4:23 PM Why the Palestinian Victory in Jerusalem is a Pivotal Moment

A protester waves a Palestinian flag towards the Israeli border fence during a protest at the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. | Photo: AFP Neither Fatah nor Hamas have been too relevant in the mass protests staged around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. Neither has United States pressure; half-hearted European "concern about the situation 73

July 27, 2017 10:18 AM Muslim elders urge return to prayer as Israel backs down over Al-Aqsa

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Muslim elders urged worshippers to return to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Thursday after Israel backed down in the face of 10 days of often-violent protests and removed all security measures it had installed at the site. Israel's decision marks a significant climbdown by Benjamin Netanyahu's government and comes after 43

July 24, 2017 8:16 AM Israel and Jordan Want to Resolve the Embassy Crisis, but the Jordanian Public Complicates Matters

The recent chain of violent events underlines how wrong Israeli leaders were in thinking that the Temple Mount metal detectors were a purely tactical move Israel reacted to what had been a local incident with a step that it described as tactic in character: placing metal detectors at the entrances to the Mount. But the ensuing dispute over the security 76 1

July 19, 2017 1:02 PM Palestinians set for Day of Rage over al-Aqsa control

Tensions grow in occupied East Jerusalem after Israel implements new security measures at al-Aqsa compound. Tensions continue to mount in occupied East Jerusalem as thousands of Palestinians are expected to take part in a Day of Rage to protest against new security measures introduced by Israel at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The protests follow clashes 41