US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu July 21 to try to ease tensions over the Iran nuclear deal, as the Israeli leader urged lawmakers in Washington to reject the hard-won agreement
Efforts by Israel and Turkey to restore their once strong relationship could be helped by the common threats they face from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants and Iran, a senior Israeli diplomat said on July 21
Jihadists in the Gaza Strip have threatened to fire rockets at Israel in response to a Hamas crackdown on extremists in the Palestinian territory
Turkey’s growing medical tourism industry has been growing quickly, but the sector is eyeing even greater profits over the next decade, hoping to become the destination for the 650 million living in the region, according to the head of the Turkey Health Tourism Development Council
The nuclear deal with Iran is likely to re-energize the tired Turkish economy, but Ankara will only be able harness its potential long-term benefits if it can switch to a more flexible foreign policy. A coalition may be the only hope. Here is the reason in four points.
Category: NURAY MERT
“Reset” was the title of the Stephen Kinzer book (2010, Times Book) on the possible prospects of the Middle East.
The European Union approved the Iran nuclear deal with world powers on July 20, a first step towards lifting Europe’s economic sanctions against Tehran that the bloc hopes will send a signal that the U.S. Congress will follow
Human Rights Watch on July 20 accused Israel of “abusive arrests” of Palestinian children as young as 11 and of using threats to force them to sign confessions
Explosions on July 19 destroyed five cars in Gaza belonging to members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, witnesses and a security source said, amid tensions between the Palestinian territory's rulers and Islamist extremists.
ISIL's Egypt affiliate said in a statement on a social media site it carried out an attack in North Sinai on military checkpoints that killed five members of the country's security forces on July 18.
Category: SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ
Only a few days after Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers announced their historic deal on the former’s nuclear program, a top Hamas delegation went to Saudi Arabia to hold talks with new King Salman for the first meeting between the two sides in years.
Category: GWYNNE DYER
The thing to bear in mind about Tuesday’s deal between Iran and the P5+1 countries (the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China) is that without it Iran could get nuclear weapons whenever it wants in a short tme.
Most analysts today consider Ahmet Davutoğlu’s “zero problems with neighbors” strategy a failure, and typically cite Turkey’s decision to lend its support to the Muslim Brotherhood during the Arab Spring as a primary example.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) ordered July 16 its chief prosecutor to review a decision not to probe Israel’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010, saying “errors were made.”
Category: KANAT ATKAYA
During a morning newscast on TV, a channel is airing the 'Iran package,' where rejoices are being filmed. On the streets of Tehran, a slogan is heard from the waving crowd: 'Death to no one! Long live life!'
Category: SEMİH İDİZ
Why the deal worked out for Iran’s nuclear program in May 2010 by Turkey and Brazil was rejected by the U.S., and why the current deal worked out between the P5+1 group of nations and Iran is being celebrated as a major breakthrough for the world will remain a matter of academic discussion.
Category: MURAT YETKİN
The deal reached between Iran and the major world powers over Iran’s nuclear program on July 14 is a historical breakthrough which has the potential to change political and economic balances not only in the Middle East but also in Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Turkey is set to build a 20,000-seat stadium to international standards in the Gaza Strip to support sports in Palestine, officials revealed on July 14.
A deal with world powers ended a "manufactured crisis" over Iran's nuclear programme, its foreign minister said on July 15 after negotiating the accord,which drew furious objections from US lawmakers.
Major powers and Iran struck a historic deal on July 14 aimed at ensuring Tehran does not acquire a nuclear bomb, in return for relief from crippling sanctions.
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