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6th November 2014 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

While Terror Rages in Jerusalem, Israel-Jordan Relations Hang in the Balance

Grant Rumley

While facing increased Arab riots and terrorist attacks that resemble the underpinnings of a renewed Palestinian intifada, Israel is simultaneously working to manage tension in its delicate relationship with Jordan, one of its two peaceful Arab neighbors.

6th November 2014 - Cited by Arash Karami - Al-Monitor

Some in Iran Worry Republican Victory Could Derail Talks

Mark Dubowitz

In the midterm elections Nov. 4, Republicans took back control of the Senate from the Democrats, giving them full control of Congress with just two years left in office for President Barack Obama.

6th November 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Quietly Fearful of Republican Takeover of Congress

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian leaders are quietly expressing fear about the Republican takeover of Congress Tuesday night, with many conveying concerns that Tehran has lost a key bloc of U.S. Democrats who wanted to roll back economic sanctions and hand Iran a favorable nuclear deal, according to an internal CIA...

6th November 2014 - Quoted by Shane Harris, Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

Spies Warned White House: Don’t Hit Al Qaeda in Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

It’s the clearest signal yet that the U.S.-led military campaign in Syria is widening: American warplanes on Thursday struck at al Qaeda-affiliated jihadists who attacked two groups of Western-backed rebels—fighters that the Obama administration is counting on to battle ISIS.

5th November 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The Midterms Change the Iran Equation

Mark Dubowitz

News reports tell us: “The Obama administration has agreed to allow Iran to operate 6,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium, up from a proposed ceiling of 4,000 reported two weeks ago, as part of negotiations for a nuclear deal, according to a website approved by the Iranian government. . . ....

5th November 2014 - Cited by Seth Mandel - Commentary

Is the Post-Abbas Mideast Already Here?

Jonathan Schanzer

Hamas celebrated an act of suicide terrorism in Jerusalem today that mirrored both late October’s attack at a Jerusalem light rail stop and another attack later today in the West Bank.

5th November 2014 - Quoted by Joshua Keating - Slate

Why Terrorists Use Vehicles as Weapons

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Earlier today a Palestinian man who Israeli police say had connections to Hamas drove a car into a crowd near a light rail station in Jerusalem, killing one person and injuring a dozen others.

5th November 2014 - Quoted by Ivan Couronne - Agence France-Presse

New Republican Congress Could Counter Obama on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

After the election drubbing suffered by his Democrats, President Barack Obama will face a Republican-controlled Congress critical of his foreign policy -- and which could rebel against any eventual Iran nuclear accord.

5th November 2014 - Quoted by John Hudson - Foreign Policy

Five Republicans Who Will Dominate on Foreign Policy in the Next Congress

Mark Dubowitz

The Republican wave that ripped through a series of House and Senate races on Tuesday will usher in a handful of new lawmakers whose voices will definitely be heard on U.S. foreign policy and national security issues in the fourth quarter of President Barack Obama's tenure.

5th November 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen, Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

Obama’s Biggest Foreign Goal Just Got Vastly Harder

Mark Dubowitz

Tuesday's wave of Republican congressional victories sets up a potential showdown over perhaps the biggest foreign-policy initiative of President Barack Obama's second term, an effort that one of his top advisers has likened to Obamacare in its importance: the pursuit of a final nuclear...

4th November 2014 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Hezbollah Threats to Israel ‘Emboldened’ by Improved American-Iranian Ties, Expert Says

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has delivered a fiery speech emphasizing that the Lebanese Shi’a terrorist group is ready for a renewed war with Israel, despite the fact that much of its military resources are being consumed in its defense of Bashar al Assad’s regime in Syria....

4th November 2014 - Quoted by Golnaz Esfandiari - Radio Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty

Iran’s Culture Ministry Defends ‘Successful’ U.S. Presence

Iran's Culture Ministry has defended the "successful presence" of an Iranian delegation in an October 28 conference in Pittsburgh that was reportedly also attended by State Department official Greg Sullivan.

4th November 2014 - Quoted by Hugh Naylor - The Washington Post

Rivals Tehran, Riyadh Pledge Billions to Lebanon’s Army

Tony Badran

Saudi Arabia and Iran have offered apparently competing aid packages to Lebanon’s small and modestly armed military as it confronts rising attacks at home by militants with ties to extremists fighting in Syria’s civil war.

4th November 2014 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

Political and Diplomatic Uncertainty Fuel US-Israel Divide

Jonathan Schanzer

The ‘chickenshit’ affair is emblematic of deteriorating relations during tumultuous times, as top officials brace themselves for radical regional changes.

3rd November 2014 - Cited by Pesach Benson - HonestReporting

Hamas Opposes UN Role in Gaza Rebuilding

Jonathan Schanzer

Qatar’s trying to have it both ways, supporting Islamic terror groups like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, maintaining a difficult modicum of friendliness with its Gulf state neighbors, while also being on the politically side of the war on ISIS it doesn’t wholeheartedly support.

3rd November 2014 - Cited by Alessandria Massi - International Business Times

Pakistan Border Bombing: ISIS, al-Qaeda Affiliated Terrorist Groups Race To Claim Responsibility

A suicide attack on the Pakistani border with India that left at least 60 people dead and more than 150 wounded is so significant that several jihadist groups are trying to claim responsibility.

3rd November 2014 - Cited by Haaretz

Wanted: ISIS Seeking Manager for its New Oil Refineries, Paying $225k

The Islamic State is seeking "ideologically suitable" oil industry experts to help run oil fields and refineries it has seized in Iraq and Syria.

3rd November 2014 - Quoted by Carol Matlack - Bloomberg

Putin’s Response to EU Sanctions: See You in Court

Mark Dubowitz

The fight over Russian sanctions is heading to court.

2nd November 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - City Journal

The Other Somalia

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Hargeisa, the capital of the unrecognized state of Somaliland, is built into a depression in the middle of a desert; from nearly every point in town, a visitor looks up at a lip of baked orange hills and a blank sky.

1st November 2014 - Quoted by Andrew Gilligan - The Telegraph

Minister’s Family Ties to Terror

David Andrew Weinberg

The cousin of Qatar’s foreign minister has been convicted of funding international terrorism and is believed to be linked to an alleged terrorist known as the “Wolf of al-Qaeda”.

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