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By Osama Al Sharif - Sep 19,2017
Amid tensions engulfing a planned independence referendum by the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, on September 25, it was Israel’s blind support for a Kurdish state that added a dangerous twist to an already volatile situation.Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
By Osama Al Sharif - Sep 12,2017
Last Thursday’s Israeli strike against a scientific research facility near Hama, as it was identified by the Damascus government, was the largest since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011.According to Israeli sources, the site was a missile production plant — some alleged it was
By Osama Al Sharif - Sep 05,2017
Russia became a key player in regional affairs in the past two years and Syria provided it with the ticket and the opportunity in the midst of a visible and deliberate US recoil from a region that was historically a main stage for American hegemony.The US retreat began under the
By Osama Al Sharif - Aug 29,2017
Jordan and Syria could be opening a new chapter in relations in the near future, following an indirect exchange of positive remarks about each other by officials in both countries.Special adviser to President Bashar Assad, Butheina Sha’aban, told a pro-Syria news agency last week
By Osama Al Sharif - Aug 22,2017
The Monday visit to Jordan by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signals a major improvement in relations between the two countries that are celebrating 70 years of diplomatic ties this year.It is no secret that Erdogan and King Abdullah adopted contrasting policies on a numb
By Osama Al Sharif - Aug 15,2017
The upcoming visit to the region later this month by Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and other top aides in the Trump administration reportedly to promote peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians should not raise anyone's hopes for a potential breakthrough.
By Osama Al Sharif - Aug 08,2017
As if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas does not have enough problems and challenges on his hands, the US Senate is about to pass a legislation that would compel the State Department to cut off US funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA) unless it stops paying monthly stipends
By Osama Al Sharif - Jul 25,2017
It took a diplomatic crisis with Jordan, following Sunday’s killing of two Jordanians by an Israeli embassy guard in Amman, to finally dislodge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position on Al Haram Al Sharif, two weeks after the far-right government adopted a controversial dec
By Osama Al Sharif - Jul 19,2017
The closure of  Al Haram Al Sharif, which includes Islam's third holiest mosque, by Israeli occupation authorities to Muslim worshippers this weekend has become the latest flashpoint in already tense relations between Jordan and Israel.The shutdown, the first since 1969, cam
By Osama Al Sharif - Jul 11,2017
Last week’s terrorist attack against Egyptian army positions in northern Sinai, which resulted in the killing of 23 soldiers and officers and 40 assailants, is the biggest since July 2015.It came after a lull that lasted for weeks, indicating a degree of success by the Egyptian a