JERUSALEM—With a possible agreement on Iran’s nuclear program approaching, the Israeli navy today hosted military reporters on a tour of its latest submarine, part of an underwater fleet reportedly armed with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles that will serve as Israel’s major deterrent against a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic.
JERUSALEM—Iran, whose pursuit in recent years of imperial ambitions in the Middle East has seemed inexorable, found itself over the weekend confronting a hostile coalition of nine Sunni states from Morocco to Turkey, with nuclear-armed Pakistan a possible add-on.
JERUSALEM—The proxy war between Sunnis and Shiites which has kept the Middle East seething in recent years took a sharp turn yesterday when Sunni states led by Saudi Arabia entered for the first time into direct military confrontation with an Iranian satellite, the Houthi militia in Yemen.
JERUSALEM—With Washington cozying up to Tehran as nuclear negotiations approach countdown stage, Arab media in the region are lashing out at the United States for jilting its Arab allies.
JERUSALEM—An article singing the praise of Israeli democracy appeared today in perhaps the most unlikely venue that could be imagined—Gaza—amidst widespread criticism abroad of the reelection of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister of Israel and the presumed deepening of hard-right policies that choice implies.
JERUSALEM—Warning of Egypt’s possible collapse under economic pressures and the threat of rampant terror, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi called on the United States over the weekend to resume military aid that has been partially frozen because of the political coup that brought Sisi to power and because of alleged human rights violations.
JERUSALEM—The Israeli army is braced for an attack in the Eilat area by an Islamic State-affiliated group based in the Sinai Peninsula, an Israeli officer said today.
JERUSALEM—A document purporting to show Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s readiness for significant concessions to the Palestinians has rocked the Israeli political arena a week before national elections, with extreme right wing leaders accusing Netanyahu of being a leftist sheep who has been masquerading as a wolf.
JERUSALEM—The Jordanian fighter pilot burned to death by Islamic State militants in Syria two months ago was not shot down by anti-aircraft fire, Yediot Achronot reported Sunday, but by a missile mistakenly fired by United Arab Emirates warplanes flying cover.
JERUSALEM—Iranian officers who lead Shiite volunteers from Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan have taken over the battle against rebels in southern Syria, within six miles of the Golan border, according to a reserve Israeli army general.