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Mideast Envoys Think Jimmy Carter’s Peace Proposal is Nuts After publishing an op-ed in The New York Times on Tuesday calling on President Barack Obama to recognize Palestinian statehood and support efforts in the United Nations Security Council to set parameters for a peace agreement, former President Jimmy Carter was the...

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Iran

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Newly displayed assertiveness by Iran-backed Shiite militias is concerning Sunni residents of the strategic Iraqi city of Tal Afar on the Syria border, the Associated Press reported Friday. With the Iraqi army is currently involved in the battle to defeat the Islamic State in Mosul, the country’s second largest city, the...

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Diplomacy

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George Mitchell, the former Democratic Senate Majority Leader who served as President Obama’s Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, said in an interview Thursday that he disagreed with President Jimmy Carter’s New York Times op-ed published earlier this week, which suggested that Obama impose terms of an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord through...

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Diplomacy

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Israel and the European Union are in advanced talks over convening a bilateral ministerial forum in 2017 for the first time since 2012, according to a senior EU official. Speaking to the Times of Israel, Nicholas Westcott, the director of the EU External Action Service’s North Africa and Middle East department,...

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Israel

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and PayPal have announced a new partnership to conduct joint research and development in the fields of big data, machine learning, and cybersecurity. It is the first such collaboration between PayPal and an Israeli university. “This partnership will allow PayPal to leverage BGU’s top-notch...

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The Senate voted 99-0 on Thursday to extend the Iran Sanctions Act for another ten years. The vote follows a 419-1 vote in the House of Representatives last month. The bill will now go the president for his signature. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that it was necessary to extend...

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Iran

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A British research group has suggested that arms shipments that were intercepted en route to Houthi rebels in Yemen this year were likely sent with the complicity of the Iranian regime, Reuters reported Tuesday. A report recently released by Conflict Armament Research found that two of the three smuggling ships seized by Western navies in the Arabian...

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Iran

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The former deputy director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency has criticized the agency for “reduc[ing] the level of transparency and details in its reporting” on Iran’s nuclear program, making it “practically impossible” to confirm that Iran is complying with the terms of the nuclear deal. Olli Heinonen, who worked for...

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Global Affairs

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Two Iranian men were charged Thursday with plotting a terror attack against the Israeli embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Sayed Nasrollah Ebrahim and Abdolhosein Gholi Safaee were arrested Tuesday after taking pictures of the Israeli embassy on their mobile phones while in an Iranian diplomatic car, prosecutor Duncan Ondimu said. Their driver,...

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Palestinian Affairs

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gave a three-hour long address Wednesday to the Fatah congress, which is meeting this week in Ramallah. Although Abbas praised the Oslo Accords, a series of peace agreements with Israel in the 1990s, as an “important step” for the Palestinian people, he warned that he “will...

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