Hamas weighs options in wake of commander's assassination

A senior Hamas military operative, Mazen Faqha, was shot near his home in western Gaza, with Israel being the main suspect behind the assassination, raising concerns about a fourth war in the Gaza Strip.
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 Adnan Abu Amer on March 29

Turkey shocked over banker's arrest in New York

The arrest of the vice president for Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank in New York has stunned Ankara and when the shock wears off, it will likely have complex implications for US-Turkish relations.
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 Barin Kayaoglu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on March 29

Israel keeps tabs on Putin-Assad alliance

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reinforces the latter and might lead him to adopt a stronger approach vis-a-vis Israel.
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 Ben Caspit on March 29

What Rouhani wanted from Putin in Moscow visit

Moscow seems satisfied with Iranian President Rouhani’s visit, as Russia seeks a balanced relationship with the three most powerful Middle East states.
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 Maxim A. Suchkov for Al-Monitor on March 29

The GCC’s three options for dealing with Iran

Against the backdrop of heightened tensions with Iran in past years, the Gulf Cooperation Council stands at a crossroads in how it chooses to deal with the Islamic Republic.
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 Seyed Hossein Mousavian on March 29

Drug cultivation, trafficking on the rise in West Bank

Despite increased efforts to counter it, drug cultivation and trafficking has increased in the West Bank in the first quarter of 2017 compared to previous years.
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 Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on March 29

Why is Netanyahu ignoring concerns of chemical workers?

Threatened with losing their jobs, employees from Haifa Chemicals cannot get the attention of Israeli leaders, who are too concerned with the fight over Israel's Public Broadcasting Corporation.
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 Mazal Mualem on March 29

Gaza military court sentences two to death for drug offenses

In the first ruling of its kind since the creation of the PA, a military court in Gaza City has sentenced two Palestinians to death for dealing drugs, worrying human rights groups.
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 Ahmad Abu Amer on March 29

Gulen casts a large shadow over Turkey’s ties with West

Erdogan’s fury grows as more European countries express doubt that Gulen is behind last year’s failed coup against him.
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 Semih Idiz for Al-Monitor on March 28

Putin, Rouhani hold ‘intensive’ talks in Moscow

Iran’s president, who is on a two-day trip to Moscow, holds “important” meetings with Russia’s president and prime minister.
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 Rohollah Faghihi for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 28

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