Critics of al-Qaeda and other extremist Islamic groups that adopt the same ideology always ask why these groups do not attack Israeli targets inside and outside the occupied Palestinian territories. Some activists on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and the internet doubt that al-Qaeda has any such intentions and say all its operations target Arabs and Muslims, as is happening in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and the Islamic Maghreb. They even go further, talking about some
In the absence of any disclaimers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) press it is clear that reports, which first appeared in the New York Times two weeks ago, about Israeli President Shimon Peres participating in the Gulf Security Conference in Abu Dhabi must be true.
This development confirms our concern, often voiced on this news site, that a gradual ‘normalization’ process between the Gulf States and Israel has begun, leading to a new alliance against Iran. This
Discovering at the eleventh hour that Turkey was about to be marginalised over Geneva II and regional diplomacy in general, the prime minister has thrown himself whole-heartedly into the thick of it
What a difference 24 months can make. In November 2011, Tehran was fuming over Turkey’s agreement to host a Nato missile shield designed to protect Israel from retaliation if it attacked
Abdel Bari Atwan
In discussing Iran’s nuclear containment agreement with the P5+1 group of world powers*, observers and analysts have been quick to compile lists of ‘winners and losers’ with Iran topping the ‘winners’ and Israel and Saudi Arabia leading the ‘losers’.
Everyone seems to have forgotten about President Assad of Syria in these complicated equations, however.
In my opinion, Assad is one of the major winners, even
ABDEL BARI ATWAN
If we want to determine whether the deal made between the P5+1 world powers and Iran concerning Tehran’s nuclear ambitions is good or bad, we must examine the initial reaction of Tel Aviv and Riyadh.
Saudi officials do not usually give an immediate reaction to political events; they prefer to see which way the wind blows. However, they are unlikely to be happy about this agreement, which will have come as a shock to them because they have been preparing over