Politics


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

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui urged the president-elect not to give up on Middle East peace.
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 Julian Pecquet on January 17

Rouhani: Nuclear deal renegotiation 'meaningless'

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.”
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 Rohollah Faghihi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on January 17

Erdogan calls dollar and euro holders 'terrorists'

Turkey’s president has likened dollar and euro holders to terrorists armed with guns and bombs, deepening further the controversy on how the country will overcome its foreign-exchange crunch.
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 Zülfikar Doğan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on January 17

Will Arab Knesset member be impeached?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has managed to transform the issue of impeaching Arab Knesset member Basel Ghattas into a question of patriotism, thus forcing opposition members to support such a move.
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 Mazal Mualem on January 17

How Netanyahu eroded public trust in free press

Revelations of links between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and different media tycoons have eroded Israeli citizens’ trust in democracy and free press.
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 Akiva Eldar on January 17

New Lebanese president makes Gulf priority

With a visit to Saudi Arabia on Jan. 10, new Lebanese President Michel Aoun has signaled that warmer relations with the Gulf is at the top of his priority list.
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 Haytham Mouzahem on January 17

How will Tunisia deal with thousands of returning jihadis?

Tunisian officials are caught between their international obligation to process and prosecute returning militants and the public's desire to see them banished.
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 Ahmed Nadhif on January 17

Does Abbas really want to hold local council elections?

The Palestinian government approved a decree law to establish courts to examine local council elections to overcome the controversy that caused the postponement of local elections in October 2016, but Hamas has voiced its objection to the move.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on January 17

Iran: No more political talks with US on nuclear issue

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.
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 Rohollah Faghihi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on January 16

Will Rafsanjani’s death bring about change in Iran’s regional policy?

Former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani once played a great role in improving Saudi-Iranian relations. But given the broader changes in Iran’s foreign policy approach, his death is unlikely to significantly impact the tense Tehran-Riyadh relationship.
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 Hamidreza Azizi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on January 16

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