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MIDDLE EAST

Palestinian Ambassador to the U.N. Riyad Mansour speaks at the U.N. Security Council on Thursday after a resolution calling for the recognition of Palestinian statehood failed when it was vetoed by the U.S.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 22, 2024
The urgency of Palestinian statehood
The U.N. Security Council rejected Palestine's membership bid last week. But Palestinian statehood remains the only viable path to peace, for Israel too.
Iranians at an anti-Israeli rally after Friday prayers in Tehran. An Israeli airstrike on Iran on Friday damaged an air defense system, according to Western and Iranian officials, in an attack calculated to deliver a message that Israel could bypass Iran's defensive systems undetected and paralyze them.
WORLD
Apr 21, 2024
Israel’s strike on Iran highlights its ability to evade Tehran’s air defenses
The strike Friday was the latest salvo between the two countries this month that have heightened fears of a broader regional conflict.
The Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia. Current and former U.S. officials say the Pentagon may have to revisit assumptions about military needs in the Middle East if the crisis deepens.
WORLD / Politics / ANALYSIS
Apr 20, 2024
U.S. military strategy tested as Iran-Israel warfare comes out of shadows
The tit-for-tat attacks have raised fears of an unpredictable regional war that the United States has sought to prevent.
People walk past a mural depicting Iranian missiles in Tehran on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Apr 20, 2024
Israel's Iran attack carefully calibrated after internal splits and U.S. pressure
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's war Cabinet had initially approved plans for a strike on Monday night, but held back at the last-minute.
The world is waiting to see if tit-for-tat missile and drone strikes by Israel and Iran will end after one exchange or escalate into a wider war that threatens the region. 
EDITORIALS
Apr 19, 2024
Stop the slide toward catastrophe in the Middle East
Tensions mount as Israel and Iran trade strikes, threatening regional stability.
A reported strike against Iran by Israel on Friday came against the backdrop of Iran's support for the Palestinian Hamas militant group, whose assault into Israel on Oct. 7 triggered Israel's invasion of Gaza.
WORLD
Apr 19, 2024
Tehran signals no retaliation against Israel after drones attack Iran
Iran's response appeared to be gauged toward averting a region-wide war.
Israel's Iron Dome antimissile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Strip, as seen from Ashkelon, Israel, on Jan 15.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 19, 2024
In any air war, Israel's defenses would trump Iran's, but at a high cost
Iran's obsolete air force means Israel would have few problems striking back, but diplomatic and strategic costs serve as a strong deterrent.
An Iron Dome missile battery site in southern Israel on April 17
WORLD / Politics
Apr 18, 2024
For Israel, Iran crisis tests limits of allies' aid and domestic unity
Rather than offering to fight for Israel as they have in the past, Western allies are suggesting that no one challenge Iran militarily just now.
Palestinians gather to receive aid outside a UNRWA warehouse on March 18 as Gaza residents face crisis levels of hunger.
WORLD
Apr 18, 2024
UNRWA chief warns human-caused famine 'tightening its grip' across Gaza
The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees accused Israel of blocking their ability to deliver aid to Gaza, where many are starving.
Israel and its allies mostly shot down all missiles and drones and there were no deaths, but Israel says it must retaliate to preserve the credibility of its deterrents.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 18, 2024
Israel will defend itself, Netanyahu says, as West calls for restraint
Israel said it must respond to a volley of attacks from Iran — which caused no deaths — to preserve the credibility of its deterrents.
The Palestinian push for full U.N. membership comes six months into a war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 18, 2024
U.N. Security Council to vote Friday on Palestinian U.N. membership
The United States — an Israel ally — is expected to block the membership request as it would effectively recognize a Palestinian state.
European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 18, 2024
EU leaders back new Iran sanctions after attack on Israel
Leaders condemned the attack, reaffirmed commitment to Israel's security and urged prevention of more tensions.
Israeli soldiers conduct an operation in the Gaza Strip against Hamas fighters in late March.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 16, 2024
Concluding the conflict in Gaza is in Israel’s best interest
Iran’s attack should remind the Israelis that their war with Hamas is not being fought in an international vacuum and support from the outside matters.
A woman walks past a banner depicting missiles bearing the emblem of the Islamic Republic of Iran being launched, in central Tehran on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 17, 2024
Iran strikes showcase disinformation thriving and incentivized on X
Falsehoods amplified by cloud-chasing accounts that feign digital expertise highlight the potential for information chaos during a fast-unfolding crisis.
A member of the aircrew aboard a Jordanian Air Force C-130 during a humanitarian aid drop over the northern Gaza Strip, on Monday
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Apr 17, 2024
Iran’s conflict with Israel puts U.S. ally Jordan on edge
Iran's direct attack on Israel, and a potential retaliation, has put Western and Gulf state ally Jordan in a precarious position.
A woman grieves for Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 17, 2024
Israeli forces return again to northern Gaza and strike Rafah
Israel is still imposing "unlawful" restrictions on humanitarian relief for the Gaza Strip, the U.N. human rights office has said.
A direct military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities by the U.S. and its allies would likely only delay its program while risking regional war and increasing the likelihood of Tehran acquiring nuclear weapons in the long run.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 16, 2024
Iran hawks want to strike now. They're wrong.
One thing Iran hawks get right, starting with the contention that by attacking Israel directly on Saturday night, Iran changed rules of engagement.
French President Emmanuel Macron with French fencing champion Sara Balzer and Minister of Culture of France Rachida Dati, as the president attends a demonstration by the French fencing team during his visit to the Grand Palais, 100 days ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 16, 2024
Macron’s push to arm Europe is getting more urgent — and more dangerous
The fundamental problem for Macron is that he hasn’t managed to energize either France’s voters or its economic and military might behind his approach.
The remains of an Iranian rocket booster near Arad, Israel, on Sunday
WORLD / Politics
Apr 16, 2024
Wars set to dominate G7 foreign ministers talks as calls for peace go unheard
A unified front between Western powers has not been enough to bring peace either to Ukraine or the Middle East.
Israeli soldiers mount an Israeli flag on a military vehicle near the Israel-Gaza border on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 16, 2024
Israel vows response to Iran attack amid growing calls for restraint
Israel's military chief of staff said Iran's direct attack "will be met with a response" as world leaders call for no further escalation.

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