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TODAY’S DAILY BRIEFING
27-Feb-2017
Egypt
Opinion
“Support the Copts in North Sinai”  (Al-Masry al-Yawm, Egypt)
Religion - Terrorism
On February 24, the independent Al-Masry al-Yawm newspaper carried the following opinion piece by Ahmed es-Sawy: “The Copts in Sinai have a very special status, not only because they are Copts, but also because they live in the most dangerous region in Egypt today, which is true for all Egyptians, not just the Copts. And this region is witnessing real war with terrorism, i.e. with an enemy which views the Christians as one of its main enemies, and is constantly threatening them with direct messages and menacing crimes. What is happening to the Copts in North Sinai, since the evolution of the terrorist practices in an attempt to control the area, and the expansion of the Egyptian military operations against the terrorist organization, is a displacement operation that appears to be organized, methodical and intentional… (Read More)
Politics
“…Israeli plan to snatch away part of Sinai to solve Palestinian cause quickly progressing on the ground…”  (Website, Middle East)
Arab Diplomacy - Peace Process
On February 26, the electronic Rai al-Youm daily carried the following report: “Dr. Hassan Nafea, a professor of political sciences at the Cairo University, said that the events currently taking place in Sinai against the Egyptian Christians should not only be viewed in connection to the multiple terrorist crimes but also in light of the actions taking place at the level of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the endeavors aimed at settling the Palestinian cause, especially the actions that were performed to transfer the sovereignty over the Tiran and Sanafir islands from Egypt to Saudi Arabia. [He added that] clearly, this is a preface to pushing Saudi Arabia into signing a peace treaty with Israel. In return, Israel will become part of a wider Arab alliance to confront Iran… (Read More)
Jordan
Opinion
“Three challenges facing Jordan…”  (Website, Middle East)
Military and Defense - Unrest
On November 26, the electronic Rai al-Youm daily carried the following editorial: “Jordan and the developments happening there on a number of levels have occupied the media headlines recently… First: the ongoing popular protests against the waves of price rises caused by the politics of Dr. Hani al-Mulki’s cabinet… (Read More)
Politics
“Jordan: Investment projects in energy sector await Saudi Royal seal…”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)
Arab Diplomacy
On February 27, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report by its Amman Office Chief Bassam Bdareen: “The Jordanian media outlets celebrated the official Saudi report regarding King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz’s launching of an Asian tour, which will end with his personal participation in the Arab Summit hosted by Amman next month… And this celebration was justified by the fact that the information delivered to Amman early on is saying that King Salman will arrive to Jordan on a special official visit one day prior to the Summit, amid expectations that this will contribute to the re-launching of Jordanian-Saudi relations, but more importantly, to the opening of the file of the Saudi investments, which Riyadh had promised in the context of a strategic partnership with Jordan… (Read More)
Lebanon
Politics
“Between Lebanese success and Palestinian stalemate, did Abu Mazen’s visit to Lebanon achieve its goals?”  (Website, Middle East)
Arab Diplomacy
On February 27, the Lebanese privately-owned En-Nashra news website carried the following exclusive report: “Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a.k.a. Abu Mazen, has concluded an official three-day visit to Lebanon, which was his second since July 2013 and the first by an Arab president to Lebanon under the “new term,” i.e. following General Michel Aoun’s election as president of the republic and the agreement on Sa’d al-Hariri as prime minister. However, this visit opened the door before questions surrounding its outcome, especially in light of the quasi-consensus over its successful timing and importance during the critical stage, which is witnessing the drafting of the “regional map.” On the Lebanese level, the Lebanese side was able to include the “security” clause related to the Palestinian camps in Lebanon, particularly Ain el-Helweh Camp…, in the Palestinian president’s schedule… (Read More)
On the latest clashes in Ain el-Helweh  (Newspaper, Middle East)   
Unrest
On February 27, the Al-Joumhouria daily newspaper carried the following report: “The cashes at the Ein el-Helweh camp raised a number of questions regarding their backdrops and dimensions especially as they came a few hours following the conclusion of the Palestinian President’s talks in Beirut and the conclusion of the conference to support the Palestinian intifada in Tehran… (Read More)
Middle East
Opinion
“Turkish-Iranian altercation that might turn to a regional war…”  (Website, Middle East)
On February 26, Abdul Bari Atwan wrote the following piece in the electronic Rai al-Youm daily: “We don’t agree with Mr. Mohammad Jawad Zarif, the Iranian Foreign Minister, on the statements that he made to Iran al-Yawm’s Sunday issue where he accused Turkey of “having a weak memory and being ungrateful.” We believe that Turkey has a very strong memory. As for the ungratefulness part, this is a regular thing for the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the man who modifies his stand based on his personal interests and the interests of his country without feeling the slightest embarrassment as a result… (Read More)
Morocco
Politics
“Ghellab to Alayam24: Istiqlal exit from government linked to Chabat’s agenda”  (Website, Middle East)
Democracy and Party Politics
On February 26, the Moroccan Alayam24 weekly carried the following excerpts from an interview it conducted with Leader in the Istiqlal Party Karim Ghellab, by its correspondent Radwan Mabchour… (Read More)
Palestine
Opinion
“The need to apologize”  (Al-Hayat al-Jadidah, Palestine)   
Democracy and Party Politics
On February 25, the pro-PA Al-Hayat al-Jadidah newspaper carried the following opinion piece by Omar Hilmi al-Ghoul: “Last week, the Iranian capital hosted a political activity, i.e. the 6th International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada, attended by Islamic forces and figures, and some national action factions. In the heat of emotion and in the midst of the prevailing political geography, Ramadan Abdullah Shalah, the leader of the Islamic Jihad Movement, held the Palestinian Authority responsible for division, even accused it of obstructing the resistance’s work and the Jerusalem uprising in the Palestinian [West] Bank. And he did so while aware of the fact that he was wrong in both instances, which he turned upside down. Everyone knows the [Islamic] Jihad Movement’s position towards the Oslo accords and many other political events… (Read More)
Saudi Arabia
Politics
“Al-Jubeir in Iraq: Driving a wedge between Baghdad and Tehran”  (Al-Akhbar Lebanon, Lebanon)
Arab Diplomacy
On February 27, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following report: “The Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, took all the different Iraqi forces by surprise when his jet suddenly landed at the Baghdad International Airport two days ago. The man carried out an official visit that lasted for a few hours. This was the first visit by a Saudi foreign minister since 1990… The surprising visit that had not been announced beforehand comes around six months following the departure of Saudi Ambassador Thamer al-Sabhan from Iraq following the Baghdad’s government request as a result of his continued interferences in the Iraqi affairs… (Read More)
Syria
Politics
“Will Al-Assad attend the Arab summit…?”  (Ad-Diyyar, Lebanon)   
Arab Diplomacy
On February 26, the Ad-Diyyar daily newspaper carried the following report: “President Es-Sisi, the prince of Kuwait, the Jordanian king, and Lebanese President, Gen. Michel Aoun, in addition to some prominent Arab officials are working on obtaining an invitation for President Bashar al-Assad to attend the Arab summit in Jordan and thus conducting an Arab reconciliation there. So will there be a major surprise? And will the Syrian President, Dr. Bashar al-Assad, be meeting with the Saudi King, Salman, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques thus launching a new phase in the relationship between Syria and Saudi Arabia, which will serve as a preface for settling the Syrian crisis from its roots? And will President Bashar al-Assad then launch a reconciliation between Iran and Saudi Arabia?… (Read More)
“Salem Meslet to Quds Arabi: We will not be cause of failure of Geneva 4...”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)
Arab Diplomacy - Peace Process
On February 27, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following interview with Official Spokesman of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) Salem al-Meslet by its correspondent in Geneva Ahmad al-Masry… (Read More)
Tunisia
Politics
“…Presidency reduces list by half, provides security protection to just 10 figures”  (Newspaper, Middle East)
On February 24, the Tunisian Le Maghreb newspaper carried the following report by Donia Hafsa: “In the context of its reviewing of the list of figures enjoying the protection of Presidential Security in coordination with the Interior Ministry authorities, the presidency of the republic decided to limit the number of those figures to just 10..., knowing that in previous years, particularly in 2015, that number was of 20. The security protection of some figures was particularly lifted after Parliament had enacted a law more than a year ago, determining who was entitled to benefit from this protection, namely those linked to the presidency of the republic, the presidency’s guests, the prime minister and those occupying diplomatic posts. Still, the decision provoked the disgruntlement of many who were affected by it, especially since they believed that their lives were still in danger… (Read More)
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