Saudis jump on Trump bandwagon

After a deep disillusionment with the United States during Obama’s terms in office, the Saudis are now looking toward a better relationship with the Trump administration.
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 Bruce Riedel for Al-Monitor on March 24

Turkey's drive to attract Iranian tourists hits political snags

Scrambling to compensate for lost markets, Turkey’s tourism sector aims to attract 2 million tourists from Iran this year, but Ankara’s erratic foreign policy could throw this target into jeopardy.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on March 24

Do oil shipments to Egypt mark new chapter for Egypt, Saudi relations?

Egypt has announced the resumption of Saudi oil shipments in what appears to be a move toward reducing the tension between both countries that has escalated over the past years, mainly over the Syrian crisis.
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 Ahmed Gomaa on March 24

Why another Khomeini may soon shape Iranian politics

Of the many Iranian figures touted as potential successors to the late Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Hassan Khomeini stands out as the one person capable of assuming leadership of the moderate camp.
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 Rohollah Faghihi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 24

How Israel’s center-left bloc missed another opportunity

Israel's public broadcasting crisis within the government coalition presented the opposition with a golden opportunity to attack the government — an opportunity that the fragmented center-left bloc did not seize.
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 Mazal Mualem on March 24

The mystery of Trump envoy's missing yarmulke

Israeli ultra-Orthodox became preoccupied with the faith of US envoy Jason Greenblatt after he made public appearances without a yarmulke.
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 Mordechai Goldman on March 24

Congress takes aim at Iran's ballistic missiles

The House and Senate have wrapped up sanctions legislation just in time for AIPAC confab.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on March 23

Is Turkey rattled by Russian-Kurdish deal?

Turkey may feel its already-tenuous footing in Syria slipping now that Russian troops have arrived in Afrin, after making a pact with the Kurds.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor on March 24

What's behind Erdogan's recent angry outbursts?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s blustering toward the West seems to have run its course with the exhausted Turkish public; however, it still works to coax Justice and Development Party elites.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on March 24

Iranian tourists flock to Turkish border towns

While Turkey's tourist industry is affected by Russian and European tourists no longer traveling to its shores in the large numbers seen previously, Iranian tourists party the night away in border towns such as Van.
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 Amberin Zaman for Al-Monitor on March 23

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