World International Affairs French President Emmanuel Macron plans to put forward his own plan for Middle East peace if President Donald Trump and adviser Jared Kushner’s long-awaited roadmap is not unveiled shortly after U.S. midterm elections next month, according to reported comments by Israel’s Foreign Ministry Political Director Alon Ushpiz. The director reportedly made the remarks in the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting on Tuesday. He explained that Macron intended to pressure the Trump administration to move more quickly on a peace plan, while also highlighting the perceived importance of the U.S. midterm elections to Israel. “The elections in November are critical for Israel. A third of the members [of Congress] will be replaced and it’s not clear if they are all for us. We are starting from zero. We believe the Democrats will grow stronger and therefore there’s an effect on Israel due to their influence on Trump,” he … [Read more...] about France to Lead On Middle East Peace If Trump-Kushner Plan Not Released Soon, Israeli Reports Say
POLITICS 10/22/2018 08:49 pm ET Updated 4 hours ago The United Arab Emirates, the Saudis’ closest partner, and its Washington agents are offering authoritarians a road map to preserving impunity and ties to the West. By Akbar Shahid Ahmed WASHINGTON ― Some of the most prominent U.S. foreign policy figures urging a tough response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are earning thousands of dollars each month from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia’s closest partner and a vocal defender of the Saudi narrative about how he died. It’s a stunning situation that underscores how Middle East powers aligned with the Saudis and the U.S. are doing damage control amid the scandal — sustaining their relationship with the biggest player in the Arab world while trying to keep Western partners happy so their own human rights records and behavior don’t come under similar worldwide scrutiny. Publicly, countries like the … [Read more...] about How Saudi-Friendly Middle East Dictators Are Handling The Jamal Khashoggi Scandal
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump put a big and risky bet on Saudi Arabia and its 33-year-old crown prince. It's now become much riskier.From the early days of his presidency, Trump and his foreign policy team embraced the kingdom and Mohammed bin Salman as the anchors of their entire Middle East strategy. From Iran and Iraq to Syria, Yemen and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the administration gambled that Saudi Arabia, effectively run by the prince, could credibly lead, and willingly pay for, a "Pax Arabica" in a part of the world from which Trump is keen to disengage.For nearly two years, through an ongoing crisis with Qatar and international outrage over civilian casualties in the Saudi-led campaign against Yemeni rebels, the prince has managed to keep Washington's confidence. But now, the tide is turning amid growing outrage over the disappearance and likely death of a U.S.-based journalist inside a Saudi Consulate in Turkey, and that confidence appears to be waning. … [Read more...] about Jamal Khashoggi: Has Saudi Arabia’s ‘wrecking ball’ prince smashed Trump’s Middle East strategy?
close Video Suspects in Khashoggi case linked to Saudi crown prince Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been praised as a reformer but also faced criticism from the West; State Department correspondent Rich Edson reports After President Trump dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Riyadh to figure out what happened to missing columnist Jamal Khashoggi, both governments stressed their durable, bilateral relationship. “We are strong and old allies,” said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, also known as MBS, during his meeting with Pompeo. “We face our challenges together, the past, the day of, tomorrow.” “It’s important that everyone keep in their mind that we have lots of important relationships — financial relationships between U.S. and Saudi companies; governmental relationship, things we work on together all across the world,” said Pompeo after leaving Riyadh. “We just need to make sure … [Read more...] about Fallout over Saudi activist’s disappearance puts spotlight on Middle East country’s crown prince
DUBAI (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is to connect passengers and drivers directly to emergency services in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa as part of a wider rollout of largely existing safety features over the next few weeks. The ride-hailing company, which plans to go public next year and could be valued at $120 billion according to a Wall Street Journal report, said the safety features would be gradually introduced on its app in 23 European countries, including the United Kingdom, and in other markets such as Saudi Arabia. Under the leadership of Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber has juggled investing in new markets, building up services such as food delivery and freight, as well as repairing its relationships with investors and revamping its image after a series of controversies, including clampdowns by regulators around the world. The features, already used in the United States, include sharing trip details with up to five people, speed limit alerts for drivers and … [Read more...] about Uber extends safety features to passengers, drivers in Europe, Middle East