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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
By Osama Al Sharif - Jul 04,2017
Not much is going Turkey’s way nowadays.As a key regional player, something that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been underlining for years, its objectives seem vague and untenable, while its methods have been backfiring and challenged.In many cases, Ankara was forced
By Osama Al Sharif - Jun 29,2017
Cracks in the anti-Assad coalition, if there was ever one, have been showing for years, and those supporting the beleaguered Syrian president, namely Russia and Iran, have been waiting patiently for these cracks to widen.Last week, Assad and his backers received a precious gift f
By Osama Al Sharif - Jun 21,2017
Qatar may be losing one of its regional assets and a major component in its divisive interventionist network in the wake of its recent diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.Hamas, the Islamist resistance movement that took hold of Gaza Strip 10 years ago, is d
By Osama Al Sharif - Jun 13,2017
Syria’s vast Badia region is fast becoming a gravitational field for various players embroiled in the Syrian quagmire, with the Damascus regime funnelling its military effort in a bid to secure areas that have been abandoned by Daesh militants.The 90,000-square-kilometre plateau
By Osama Al Sharif - May 30,2017
Last Saturday an interesting and symbolically important event took place in Rabin Square, in the heart of Tel Aviv: tens of thousands of Israelis converged to join a rally, organised by the Peace Now movement, whose message was loud and clear: opposition to Israel’s 50-year occup
By Osama Al Sharif - May 16,2017
There is a strong feeling on the Arab side that US President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to the region may succeed in reviving the Middle East peace process after years of inactivity.Certainly President Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to the White House earlier this month appears to have
By Osama Al Sharif - May 09,2017
Politics, it has been said, is the art of the possible, but when it comes to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it can also become the art of the absurd!In a prosaic repetition of history, Hamas, the 30-year-old Gaza-based Islamic Resistance Movement, took the decision
By Osama Al Sharif - May 02,2017
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ arriving in Washington this week will almost certainly summon a sombre sense of déjà vu. Donald Trump will be the third US president that the 82-year-old Palestinian leader visits in the Oval Office since 2005.

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