Trump and the Middle East

Rouhani: Nuclear deal renegotiation 'meaningless'

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 | Rohollah Faghihi, Contributor

Following the death of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iranian hard-liners found a new target to attack: Ali Akbar Nategh-Nuri. Meanwhile, President Rouhani dismisses a renegotiation of the nuclear deal, a point brought up by figures close to President-elect Trump, as “meaningless.”

Tunisia’s top diplomat exhorts Trump not to abandon Palestinian statehood

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 | Julian Pecquet, Congressional Correspondent

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui urged the president-elect not to give up on Middle East peace.

Iran: No more political talks with US on nuclear issue

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 | Rohollah Faghihi, Contributor

In a press conference on the anniversary of the implementation of the nuclear deal, Iran’s deputy foreign minister announced that Tehran will not enter political negotiations on the deal with the Trump administration.

Tillerson faces tough questions on Iran, Russia

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Portraying himself as a clear-eyed realist, Rex Tillerson showed keen insight into Russia but faced tough questions from senators, both Republican and Democrat, on whether he would stand up for American values.

EU wants P4+1 model on Israeli settlements

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 | Uri Savir, Contributor

The European Union is considering establishing a P4+1 group, without the United States, dealing separately with the Israeli-Palestinian issue and the Iran file.

Will Israel really halt civil coordination with Palestinian Authority?

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 | Ahmad Abu Amer, Contributor

In response to UN Resolution 2334, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman issued a decision to halt civil and political coordination with the Palestinian Authority, which the Palestinians perceived as mere media hype.

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