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TODAY’S DAILY BRIEFING
19-Jan-2018
Egypt
Opinion
“Why did the Egyptian president expel his intelligence chief?”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)   
Military and Defense
On January 19, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following lead editorial: “Following leaks carried by Arab newspapers a few days ago, official Egyptian media circles confirmed President Abdul Fattah es-Sisi’s toppling of General Intelligence Chief Major General Khaled Fawzy, and his replacement with his office director, Major General Abbas Kamel, who will be managing the Security Directorate’s affairs (until the appointment of a new head). Many analyses surfaced regarding the ousting of the intelligence chief, one of which linked it to the involvement of the Directorate that he heads in the recent leaks carried by the American New York Times surrounding the Egyptian intelligence’s instructions to a group of media figures affiliated with it, to promote American President Donald Trump’s plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital… (Read More)
Israel
Politics
“Analysts: Israeli Army failed to achieve objectives of Jenin military operation”  (Website, Middle East)
Military and Defense - Terrorism
On January 19, the official Turkish Anadolu News Agency carried the following report from Ramallah by its correspondent Ayssar al-Ays: “The military operation carried out on Wednesday by the Israeli Army in Jenin, north of the West Bank, in pursuit of Palestinian elements accused of having killed an Israeli settler last week, failed to achieve its objectives, as per two Palestinian analysts. The analysts relied on what the Israeli media said regarding the non-completion of the search for the wanted elements, and the fall of wounded in the army’s ranks, which meant that the army it did not have enough information about the operation it was undertaking. On Wednesday night, under the pretext of pursuing wanted elements who killed a settler, the Israeli Army carried out a wide-scale military operation in Jenin City, which resulted in the martyrdom of a Palestinian young man and the full destruction of three houses… (Read More)
Jordan
Opinion
“Is Jordan facing a real conspiracy?”  (Website, Middle East)
Arab Diplomacy - Financial Markets
On January 18, the electronic Rai al-Youm daily carried the following piece by Jihad al-Moumni: “Naïve is he who ignores the tough circumstances and the serious challenges currently faced by Jordan on the political, economic, security and social levels… In the past, Jordan dealt with the challenges in retail rather than all at once. Even in the times of the Iraq siege and the siege we were subjected to after the 1991 war, Jordan did face an economic war but the people accepted the outcomes of the siege imposed on Jordan as part of this war, and as a punishment for the political decisions that were actually popular, but most importantly correct, and that were taken by the Jordanian State although it was aware of their major cost… (Read More)
Politics
“Israel expresses strong remorse, formally commits to ensuring justice and compensating families...”  (Petra, Jordan)
Arab Diplomacy
On January 18, the official Jordanian Petra News Agency carried the following report: “The Israeli government has formally apologized and expressed remorse for the Israeli embassy incident in Amman and the incident involving martyr Raed Zuaiter, thus pledging to implement and follow up legal measures in the case of the Israeli embassy incident and compensate the families of the embassy’s martyrs, i.e. Mohammed Jawawdeh and Dr. Bashar Hamarneh, as well as the family of martyred Judge Zuaiter. Hence, Minister of State for Media Affairs and Official Government Spokesman Dr. Mohammad al-Momani announced that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates received an official memo from the Israeli Foreign Ministry, expressing the Israeli government’s deep sorrow and regret for the Israeli embassy incident, which occurred in Amman in July of last year and resulted in the martyrdom of two Jordanian citizens, as well as for the martyrdom of Jordanian Judge Zuaiter… (Read More)
Libya
Opinion
“Turkey’s influence will not go through Misrata militias”  (Al-Hayat, United Kingdom)   
Military and Defense
On January 19, the Saudi-owned London-based Al-Hayat newspaper carried the following opinion piece by Karam Sa’id: “Nothing seems to have changed in Turkey’s attitude towards the Libyan crisis, ever since protests erupted on February 15, 2011 to topple Gaddafi’s regime. Indeed, further accusations are being made to Ankara of supporting terrorism in Libya, especially after the Greek authorities intercepted the Turkish “Andromeda” cargo ship, which was carrying 29 containers of materials used to make bombs and explosives, on its way to the Misrata City Port (West Libya)… The dispatch of arms to Misrata goes in line with Turkey’s policy towards the Libyan crisis, which relies on supporting the Islamists in the Libyan West…, mainly the movement of political Islam in Libya represented by the Justice and Construction Party, which is the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood group in the country… (Read More)
Saudi Arabia
Politics
“The princes’ second day at the Ha’il Prison: A red hell, damp cells, and bad food”  (Ad-Diyyar, Lebanon)   
Corruption - Human Rights - Judicial Affairs
On January 19, the Ad-Diyyar daily newspaper carried the following report: “The 37 princes who were arrested by the Saudi crown prince and asked to pay 85 to 90 percent of their wealth to the Saudi treasury have refused to cooperate and remained locked in their rooms at the Ritz Hotel. Despite the pressure, they, along with 320 Saudi and foreign businessmen refused to pay 85 to 90 percent of their money to Saudi Arabia. Thus, the Saudi crown prince ordered that these 37 princes in addition to the 320 Saudi, Emirati and foreign businessmen be transferred to the Ha’il Prison, which is located 48 kilometers away from the Saudi capital, Al-Riyadh… (Read More)
“Reservations in Europe’s capitals over reception of Saudi Crown Prince...”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)   
Arab Diplomacy - USA EU
On January 19, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report from Madrid by its correspondent Hussein Majdoubi: “In light of the Saudi political developments and decisions that are expanding abroad and creating some sort of tension, European capitals are expressing reservations over the reception of Saudi officials, at the head of whom is Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, to avoid extreme embarrassment. In the meantime, reports have revealed that the crown prince was avoiding any trips outside of Riyadh for the time being, in light of the instability seen inside the royal family. A few months ago, European Union states had expressed reservations over the Saudi policy towards specific files, such as the Yemeni file and especially the Lebanese file, following the crisis generated by the detention of the country’s Prime Minister Sa’d al-Hariri… (Read More)
Syria
Opinion
“Questions surrounding Afrin battle”  (Al-Ghad, Jordan)
Military and Defense
On January 19, the independent Al-Ghad newspaper carried the following opinion piece by Mohammed Barhoma: “Turkey’s battle in Afrin will act as both a test and a response to statements issued by leaders in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who said that the International Coalition will recognize and protect a federal system of government in North Syria against any local or regional interference. The latter battle also aims to counter the United States’ intention to “form a military border force (of 30,000 elements under Kurdish command), which will be backed by the International Coalition forces in North Syria, and dispatch American diplomats...” This was revealed by the SDF, which added that the International Coalition will stay in Syria, and that its “presence constitutes a local, regional and international necessity to protect Syria’s components against terrorism on one hand, and on the other, prevent states such as Iran and Turkey from imposing their hegemony over Syria… (Read More)
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