Netanyahu’s Political Career in Jeopardy
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being investigated for possible fraud, breach of trust, and bribery – charges he firmly denies.
In another damaging twist, Netanyahu’s former top aide and chief of staff has entered a plea bargain to turn state’s witness against him.
Israel Bans Al-Jazeera
Israel joins Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia in boycotting the Qatar-based news network, citing “undeniable evidence” of Al-Jazeera’s support of terrorism.
The move also signals Israel’s converging interests with Gulf states, as well as its outrage over the network’s critical and negative coverage of the Palestinian issue.
Saudi Arabia takes Extreme Measures against Shia Gunmen
Saudi security forces destroyed residential areas in the eastern town of Awamiya to clamp down on Shia Muslim fighters, forcing thousands of residents to flee.
The Saudi town had been the site of protests by minority Shia groups against the Sunni government.
Rouhani’s Second Term Includes More Women
Amidst criticism of his all-male cabinet, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed three women to vice presidency positions in government.
The inclusion of female ministers is a step towards diversity in the cabinet – a central rallying point in Rouhani’s second-term election campaign.
Turkey Sets up Base in Somalia
Somali’s Defence Minister Abdirashid Abdullahi Mohamed announced the opening of a Turkish military camp in the following month, which will assist in combating Islamist group Al-Shabaab.
The camp will be the largest military facility in East Africa and is Turkey’s second overseas base after Qatar.
Jordanian King’s First Visit to Ramallah in Five Years
Jordan’s King Abdullah met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday in Ramallah to discuss plans of countering Israeli challenges to Al-Aqsa.
The two leaders also discussed ways to move forward with the peace process.