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News and updates about Gulf States

Iran's Foreign Minister visits UAE

The visit concludes a three-day tour of Gulf states as Iran seeks to ease tensions with its neighbors.

Iran's Foreign Minister visits UAE

MEP suspected of bribery asks to be released from detention

Greek MEP Eva Kaili was arrested earlier this month over suspected bribery by a Gulf state, believed to be Qatar.

MEP suspected of bribery asks to be released from detention

Greek MEP suspended amid corruption probe

Greek MEP Eva Kaili suspended as vice president of the European Parliament over suspected bribery by a Gulf state.

Greek MEP suspended amid corruption probe

Why is everyone in a stew over the nuclear deal?

The deal itself is not what worries the Gulf States and Israel. It is what has happened to US strategic resolve.

Why is everyone  in a stew over the nuclear deal?

Gulf countries threaten Netflix over anti-Islam content

Gulf countries urge Netflix to remove content that contradicts Islam or face legal action.

Gulf countries threaten Netflix over anti-Islam content

Palestinian analyst: Gulf States may get obliterated by Iran

A commentator on 'Palestine Today' in Gaza says the Gulf States may suffer a 'similar fait to Ukraine' for mending ties with Israel.

Palestinian analyst: Gulf States may get obliterated by Iran

Israel, Gulf states to join arms following Biden's visit?

The Saudis and Bahrain have voiced interested in Israel's advanced air defense systems and are looking for US security guarantees.

Israel, Gulf states to join arms following Biden's visit?

Israelis could be under threat in Gulf states as well

Defense establishment concerned that Iran's efforts to carry out an attack against Israelis in Turkey will spill over to other countries.

Israelis could be under threat in Gulf states as well

'Biden not doing enough to build on Abraham Accords'

Former Secretary of State says Biden administration is not taking “actual steps” to build relationships with Gulf nations.

'Biden not doing enough to build on Abraham Accords'

Are Saudi Arabia and Israel headed for diplomatic breakthrough?

The Saudis have so far held out in formalizing ties with the Jewish State, citing a lack of progress on the 'Palestinian' issue.

Are Saudi Arabia and Israel headed for diplomatic breakthrough?

Talks with Saudis reportedly underway but can Biden be trusted?

A Saudi adviser says it will take a lot to repair the damage caused by the US administration in its relationship with the Gulf states.

Talks with Saudis reportedly underway but can Biden be trusted?

1st communal matzah baking in Gulf Jewish communities

Association of Gulf Jewish Communities to bring 775 pounds of matzah to Gulf Jewish communities for this Passover.

1st communal matzah baking in Gulf Jewish communities

US looking to Israel, Gulf to replace Chinese drug production

Congress formulates outline to establish drug production system in Middle East as alternative to Chinese drug production.

US looking to Israel, Gulf to replace Chinese drug production

First Jewish wedding held in Bahrain in 52 years

Association of Gulf Jewish communities facilitates ceremony as it continues to build Jewish life in the GCC.

First Jewish wedding held in Bahrain in 52 years

Iran's new President invited to regional summit in Baghdad

Iraq invites Ebrahim Raisi to regional summit. Turkey's President and Saudi Arabia's King have also been invited.

Iran's new President invited to regional summit in Baghdad

Israel to open economic attaché office in Abu Dhabi

The office will aim to attract foreign investment and boost economic relations with Gulf states and the broader Arab world.

Israel to open economic attaché office in Abu Dhabi

Watch historic event: Gulf ambassadors join Jewish communities

Ambassadors from three countries hold first joint Lag Ba'omer/ Iftar celebration with Jewish communities in the Gulf.

Watch historic event: Gulf ambassadors join Jewish communities

Historic first: Gulf Jewish communities commemorate Yom Hashoah

Young Muslims to participate in programming, visit Yad Vashem, and share their experiences learning about the Holocaust.

Historic first: Gulf Jewish communities commemorate Yom Hashoah

Gulf Jewish communities plan extensive Passover programming

In a record, 650 pounds of matzah are shipped to Gulf communities.

Gulf Jewish communities plan extensive Passover programming

Netanyahu cites economic success, close ties with Biden

PM Netanyahu says he's the only one capable of leading Israel, mentions previous economic successes, deals with Gulf states, fight on Iran.

Netanyahu cites economic success, close ties with Biden

Watch: Gulf Jews celebrate Purim together, for the first time

In first, Jews in six Gulf countries celebrate Purim together in virtual event - streamed live in Arutz Sheva.

Watch: Gulf Jews celebrate Purim together, for the first time

'Back to the Future?' How will Pres. Biden influence the region?

While some regional leaders believe 'not much will change' under Biden admin, Israel & Gulf states fearful of return to Iran Deal.

'Back to the Future?' How will Pres. Biden influence the region?

Reading into the assassination of Fakhri Zadeh: It's not over

The mullahs are trapped between options for revenge, all of them bad. And an Arab media lobby pushes conflict with the Gulf States. Op-ed.

Reading into the assassination of Fakhri Zadeh: It's not over

Joe Biden and Iran’s mullahs’ nuclear program

I want to emphasize: The US position on the Iran nuclear deal must not be an arena for fights between Democrats and Republicans.Op-ed.

Joe Biden and Iran’s mullahs’ nuclear program

Iran with a message of peace?

Iranian Foreign Minister calls for dialogue with Iran's neighbors following US election. "Only together can we build a better future."

Iran with a message of peace?

Gulf Arab nations call for extension of Iran arms embargo

Gulf Cooperation Council sends letter to UN Security Council backing extension of Iran arms embargo.

Gulf Arab nations call for extension of Iran arms embargo

Report: Arab leaders won't oppose sovereignty

Arab world indifferent to possibility of Israeli sovereignty, won't take steps to oppose it, report says.

Report: Arab leaders won't oppose sovereignty

Report: Gulf states warned Trump against sovereignty

Gulf states reportedly told the White House that support for Israeli sovereignty would harm efforts for rapprochement with Israel.

Report: Gulf states warned Trump against sovereignty

Covid-19 in the Middle East: Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia

Assessment of the various Middle Eastern countries' responses to the corona pandemic, and the diplomatic and defense implications. Opinion.

Covid-19 in the Middle East: Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia

US, Gulf allies sanction Iran and Hezbollah

Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz welcomes sanctions on IRGC and Hezbollah: The right way to fight Iranian aggression.

US, Gulf allies sanction Iran and Hezbollah

Israel to attend maritime security meeting in Bahrain

Official Israeli delegation to attend US-led meeting in Bahrain to discuss countering Iranian threats against shipping routes in the Gulf.

Israel to attend maritime security meeting in Bahrain

'We are seeking non-aggression pacts with Arab states'

Minister Yisrael Katz says he presented idea for agreements with leaders of the Gulf states at the UN last month, work underway.

'We are seeking non-aggression pacts with Arab states'

Hezbollah blames Gulf states for Netanyahu's sovereignty pledge

Hezbollah claims that steps towards closer Gulf-Israeli ties embolden Netanyahu against the Palestinians.

Hezbollah blames Gulf states for Netanyahu's sovereignty pledge

Israel's growing ties with the Gulf States: Why Now?

Arab Gulf states approach Israel with only obstacle to formal ties Israeli-Arab conflict. Why sudden change after decades of shunning?

Israel's growing ties with the Gulf States: Why Now?

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Guardian of the Gulf

Report: U.S. to ask Gulf states to invest in Gaza economy

Trump administration reportedly trying to convince Gulf monarchies to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in economic projects in Gaza.

Report: U.S. to ask Gulf states to invest in Gaza economy

Qatar: We won't fuel a war with Iran

Qatar’s Defense Minister says his country will not be dragged into any conflict with Iran.

Qatar: We won't fuel a war with Iran

Kuwaiti writer: There is no 'Palestine' and no occupation

Kuwaiti writer says Israel is a legitimate sovereign state, calls for alliance with it in order to "annihilate" Hezbollah.

Kuwaiti writer: There is no 'Palestine' and no occupation

Trump calls for diplomatic resolution to Qatar crisis

Trump speaks with Saudi King, urges diplomatic resolution to the crisis between Qatar and other Arab states.

Trump calls for diplomatic resolution to Qatar crisis

Qatar to return its ambassador to Iran

Amid row with its neighbors, Qatar announces it will return its ambassador to Tehran, more than 20 months after he was recalled.

Qatar to return its ambassador to Iran

Arab countries add to Qatar-related blacklist

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain add nine entities and nine individuals to blacklist over alleged links to Qatar.

Arab countries add to Qatar-related blacklist

U.S., Qatar sign agreement on fighting terror

United States and Qatar reach agreement on combating terror funding. Four Arab states that cut ties with Qatar: It's not enough.

U.S., Qatar sign agreement on fighting terror

Countries boycotting Qatar rescind their demands

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain rescind their 13 demands of Qatar, vow more measures against it.

Countries boycotting Qatar rescind their demands

Erdogan: The demands placed on Qatar are unacceptable

Turkish President reaffirms support for Qatar, rejects demands made by the countries that cut ties with it.

Erdogan: The demands placed on Qatar are unacceptable

Qatar responds to Gulf states' demands

Qatar responds to list of demands from countries that severed ties with it.

Qatar responds to Gulf states' demands

Saudi Arabia and four allies extend deadline for Qatar

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt give Qatar 48 more hours to comply with their demands.

Saudi Arabia and four allies extend deadline for Qatar

Senator blocks arms sales to Gulf States

Bob Corker announces he will block arms sales to Gulf states over crisis with Qatar.

Senator blocks arms sales to Gulf States

Rouhani blasts blockade on Qatar

Iranian President says his country wants to bolster ties with Qatar, criticizes Saudi-led blockade of the emirate.

Rouhani blasts blockade on Qatar

Qatar: Neighboring countries hacked our news agency

Qatar accuses countries that cut ties with it of being behind cyber attack on Doha's state media.

Qatar: Neighboring countries hacked our news agency

Qatari FM: Willing to talk with Gulf states, but...

Qatari Foreign Minister says his country is ready to engage with Gulf states, but they must reverse their sanctions.

Qatari FM: Willing to talk with Gulf states, but...

Are Israel and Saudi Arabia getting closer?

British newspaper reports that Israel and Saudi Arabia are in talks to establish formal economic ties.

Are Israel and Saudi Arabia getting closer?

Qatar: The sanctions against us are illegal

Qatar's Foreign Minister denounces the sanctions imposed against his country by Saudi Arabia and its allies.

Qatar: The sanctions against us are illegal

Bahrain to freeze accounts of Qataris

Bahrain's central bank orders local banks to freeze assets and bank accounts of blacklisted Qatar-linked individuals and entities.

Bahrain to freeze accounts of Qataris

Qatari FM: Hamas is not a terror organization

Qatari Foreign Minister insists Hamas is a legitimate movement and not a terrorist organization.

Qatari FM: Hamas is not a terror organization

Erdogan: Qatar doesn't sponsor terrorism

Turkish President insists he has never known Qatar to support terror organizations, urges Saudi Arabia to restore ties.

Erdogan: Qatar doesn't sponsor terrorism

Trump to Qatar: Stop funding terror

President Trump says Qatar has funded terror "at a very high level."

Trump to Qatar: Stop funding terror

Did Russian 'fake news' cause Gulf crisis?

American officials believe Russian hackers breached Qatar's state news agency, contributing to crisis among Gulf states.

Did Russian 'fake news' cause Gulf crisis?

Kuwait calls on Qatar to exercise 'self-restraint'

Kuwait's ruler aims to ease tensions between Qatar and other regional nations.

Kuwait calls on Qatar to exercise 'self-restraint'

'Two-state solution is not on the agenda'

Minister Yisrael Katz opposes Liberman's statement that there is no alternative to the two-state solution.

'Two-state solution is not on the agenda'

British PM: Iran deal is 'vitally important'

British PM Theresa May disagrees with Trump, tells Gulf leaders nuclear agreement with Tehran is “vitally important” for regional security.

British PM: Iran deal is 'vitally important'