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Standing With Saudi Arabia

How President Donald Trump has been forthright about the actual drivers of American policy in the Middle East

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How Should We Read the American Press? In Arabic.

News of the News: Like in the Middle East, U.S. political operatives and intelligence officials are increasingly using the cloak of journalism as a tool for their aims

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Turkey Targets a Journalist

While attention is focused on the Saudi government’s gruesome attack on dissident Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey targets one of its own journalists

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How the Saudis Are Winning Their Spat With Canada

After criticizing Saudi Arabia’s human-rights abuses Canada now finds itself isolated, including by the U.S., while the Saudis receive international support. Is this a sign that we’ve entered a new stage in global politics?

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The Secret to Successful Arab Modernization is to Stop Hating Israel

Saudi Arabia’s main reason to normalize relations with the Jewish state is not strategic but sociological

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To Gain the Right to Fly Over Saudi Arabia, El Al Sues… Israel

The Jewish State’s national carrier is also appealing to the UN for help

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Teaching Hebrew in Saudi Arabia

Hebrew studies are now legitimate in the desert kingdom, but demand is low—so far

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The Beirut Echo Chamber

News of the News: How Lebanon came to host an information campaign designed to protect the pro-Iran policies of the Obama administration from the pro-Saudi policies of the Trump administration

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Is Saudi Arabia Finally Serious About Religious Reform?

And is that why a top cleric met with Jewish leaders in New York earlier this month?

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Trump’s Middle East Trip Was a Big, Surprising Success—and the Iranian Regime is Nervous

How the president’s photo-op diplomacy plays in Riyadh, Tehran, Beirut, Jerusalem, and back home in Trumpland

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Bibi Should Tell Trump to Go Take a Selfie

When the American president visits the Western Wall next week as part of his Abrahamic monotheism heritage tour, he’ll be using the Jewish state as a prop—in a fantasy of Middle East peace, starring himself.

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Saudi Scholar: Israeli Society Wants Peace

A delegation led by retired Saudi General Anwar Eshki met with Israeli politicians in an effort to promote the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative

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Egypt Gifts Saudi Arabia Two Strategic Islands in the Red Sea; Informs Israel

Saudi Arabia, one of most powerful militaristic countries in the Middle East, now controls the Strait of Tiran, Israel’s outlet to the Red Sea. It’s significant that Israel doesn’t seem to be concerned.

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Ending the Mindset Is Hard

President Barack Obama has done more to pivot the United States away from the hawkish foreign policy entrenched in Washington than even his supporters give him credit for

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Meet the Kurds, a Historically Oppressed People Who Will Get Their Own State

While Hamas fires rockets, and ISIS beheads unbelievers, the Kurds build the second non-Arab state in the Middle East

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Israel Spent $1,250 To Lobby America in 2013

New study shows other countries spend much more on influencing America

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In Saudi Arabia, a Muslim Call to Prayer Inspires Jewish Prayer—in Private

I had to lie about my religion to enter the kingdom on business, but I would continue to daven every morning in secret

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Robert Malley To Join National Security Council

Worked on the Arab-Israeli peace process under President Clinton

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With Natural Gas Fields in the Eastern Mediterranean, Israel Now Has a New Front: the Sea

As new fields come online, Israel is beefing up its naval assets to fend off threats from Turkey, Lebanon, and Russia

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Iran Nuclear Deal Is Still Not in Effect

The groups have resumed talking in Geneva though

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Report: Israel and Saudi Arabia Co-Planning Iran Attack

You might call this the ultimate brushback pitch

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The Arab-Israeli Peace Process Is Over. Enter the Era of Chaos.

The theater of the peace process was key to U.S. hegemony in the Middle East—and without the process, there will be no peace

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Report: Iran Weeks Away from Nuclear Weapon

Another trying week on Iran and its nuclear program draws to a close

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Saudi Arabia Blasts American Policy on Iran, Syria

Saudi officials declaring ‘major’ shift away from the United States

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Israel Not Alone in Wanting to Stop Iran

Reports of cooperation between Israel, Gulf States against Iran’s nuclear program

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Israeli Marriage Freedom Ranks With Iran, Saudi Arabia

Jewish divorce is back in the news

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Egypt Was Promised $8B in Aid and Loans

Thanks, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

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President Obama to Visit Israel Next Month

He will also make a few stops elsewhere in the region

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Imagining Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense

How the role of defense secretary is being defined

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Hamas’ Lifeblood: Money

Saudi charities fund terrorists and their families—including Hamas’ late military chief Ahmed Jabari

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