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Russia crucial to Trump’s Middle East plans

President-elect Donald Trump’s push for greater ties to Russia will help in key administration priorities in the region, starting with ending the civil war in Syria, a transition advisor told Middle East diplomats on Wednesday. Walid Phares, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump transition, met with Arab ambassadors Wednesday to brief them about the incoming Trump administration’s policy toward the Middle East. ...

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Israel’s Arab Warriors, BBC documentary

For the first time, the BBC’s Arabic service will broadcast a documentary focusing on Israel’s minority Arab population and the growing number who are voluntarily serving in the Israel Defense Forces. In the film Senior BBCReporter Jane Corbin follows the first all Arab unit of the Israeli Defense Forces to be deployed inside Judea and Samaria, as well as others ...

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U.S. and Europe Say Assad May Have Kept Some Chemical Weapons

The world’s chemical weapons watchdog has repeatedly found traces of deadly nerve agents in laboratories that Syria insisted were never part of its chemical weapons program, raising new questions about whether Damascus has abided by its commitments to destroy all of its armaments, according to a highly confidential new report. The discoveries of precursors for chemical warfare agents like soman ...

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Egyptian president: Putin willing to host Netanyahu and Abbas

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin informed him that he is ready to host direct talks between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Speaking in an interview with Egyptian journalists and quoted by Yedioth Ahronoth, the Egyptian president said Israeli convictions of peace are strengthening. Sisi also invited everybody ...

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