Russia Could Replace US as Israel’s Primary Ally in Middle East

 Russian President Vladimir Putin during talks with Israeli Prime Miniter Benjamin Netanyahu in Kremlin.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is strengthening ties with Russia, while Washington's influence in the Middle East is waning.

Political changes in Turkey could mark successful end of talks with Israel

Turkish President Erdogan (Photo: AP)

Itamar Eichner

Turkish intelligence head Hakan Fidan, considered an 'agent' for Iran and an obstacle to reconciliation talks with Jerusalem, replaced; Foreign Affairs Under Secretary Feridun Hadi Sinirlioğlu, who led the talks, also removed from post.

Middle Israel: The seventh day

Settler Refael Morris stands at an observation point overlooking the West Bank village of Duma
As it enters its 50th anniversary year, the Six Day War looms, for better and worse, as the most pivotal moment in the state’s history. ‘You say you want peace,” said Lyndon Johnson to Levi Eshkol, “but actually you just want a piece of this and a piece of that.”

In surprise move, Netanyahu says he’s ready to negotiate based on Saudi peace initiative


Will Israel move from occupation to annexation?

Author Uri Savir
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s surprising turn in appointing Avigdor Liberman, head of the right-wing Yisrael Beitenu party, as defense minister May 25 caught the international community off-guard. In the days before the appointment, intense deliberations took place about the upcoming Quartet report on obstacles in the way of a two-state solution and the Paris conference to relaunch a two-state process.

Normalization talks with Turkey advancing

 Erdogan and Netanyahu

Turkish and Israeli officials plan to hold more meeting toward the restoration of high level diplomatic ties, he told reporters after a cabinet meeting. Two out of Ankara’s three conditions for restoring fully normalized ties with Israel have been met, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.

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