Gaza: Why Netanyahu a "major obstacle" to peace per US senator Chuck Schumer

Democratic Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer gave a 40-minute speech on the Senate floor, during which he strongly criticised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for “tolerating the civilian toll in Gaza, which is pushing support for Israel worldwide to historic lows.” Meanwhile, an aid vessel carrying 200 tons of much-needed food aid is due to arrive … Read more

I will no longer be complicit in genocide. Free Palestine!

Bushnell then doused himself with a flammable liquid and ignited it while shouting “Free Palestine!” As per a BBC report, the incident occurred around 1 p.m. in north-west Washington, with Secret Service officers rushing over. At first they trained their guns on him, and called for him to lie down—whether in surrender or to extinguish … Read more

US launches new strikes on Houthi weapons systems

The United States conducted five self-defense strikes in areas of Yemen controlled by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said on Sunday. CENTCOM said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the attacks targeted “three mobile anti-ship cruise missiles, one unmanned underwater vessel (UUV), and one unmanned surface vessel (USV).” … Read more

Too many Palestinians killed — Blinken

Two Palestinian journalists killed in airstrike, Gaza officials say An Israeli air strike killed two journalists in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas-run Health Ministry and the journalists’ union in the territory said. Freelance journalists Hamza Wael al-Dahdouh and Mustafa Thuraya died when their car was struck while driving between Rafah and Khan Younis in southern Gaza. … Read more

Why Arab nations won’t join new naval coalition

When the US announced a naval coalition to protect commercial vessels traveling in the Red Sea earlier this week, the Americans initially said there would be 10 countries taking part. Questions arose almost immediately about why some of the largest Arab naval powers were not. Since mid-November, the Houthi rebel group in Yemen has been … Read more

The Day After Israeli Victory

While Israel focuses on winning the war against Hamas, the U.S. has been pressing for commitments on what will come next. Speaking in Tokyo last week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken laid out five “Nos”: “No forcible displacement of Palestinians from Gaza. . . . No use of Gaza as a platform for terrorism or … Read more

Stricken Gaza Hospital Reports Deaths of Newborns as Israel, Hamas Clash Nearby

Updated Nov. 12, 2023 3:46 pm ET Listen to article (2 minutes) Israeli troops and Hamas militants fought intense street battles Sunday around the Gaza Strip’s biggest hospital, leaving the medical facility with dwindling supplies for thousands sheltering there while a power outage led to the death of two newborns, according to doctors there. Doctors … Read more

Israel Rebuffs Calls for Palestinian Authority to Rule Gaza

Updated Nov. 12, 2023 1:29 pm ET Israel is diverging from the U.S. and Arab world on a postwar solution for Gaza, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ruled out a role for the Palestinian Authority, which Washington and some Arab leaders prefer to take over from Hamas. Netanyahu, under pressure from his right-wing political base, … Read more

China’s Middle East Clout Has Limits

For most of the past decade, China’s story in the Middle East has been straightforward: endlessly rising investment, trade and influence. Having brokered a return to diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran earlier this year and given its strong economic relationship with Israel, China has also found itself in the spotlight as the conflict … Read more

Hamas Needed a New Way to Get Money From Iran. It Turned to Crypto.

Nov. 11, 2023 11:00 pm ET In mid-2019, Israel’s military used a precision strike on a narrow street to kill a Hamas commander whom it called Iran’s money man in Gaza. The commander ran an off-the-books system of remittances in which trusted agents shuttled physical cash and goods across borders to settle customers’ balances. This … Read more