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Arab Countries Ask Israel To Open All Crossings With Gaza

After meeting the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Cairo on Thursday March 21, foreign ministers of five Arab countries issued a joint statement on Friday asking Israel to open all its border crossings with Gaza to allow for an increase in humanitarian aid to the besieged Palestinian territory. The foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates also called for a “comprehensive and immediate ceasefire” and faster aid delivery to “address the dire needs of over two million Palestinians facing famine.” There are six border crossings between Gaza and Israel.

What Abandoning Fossil Fuels Could Look Like In The Arab World

For the second year in a row, world leaders met in the Arab world to negotiate the future of the planet. As a backdrop to the United Nations climate conference in Dubai, it’s a fitting venue for a planet-wide shift that scientists say needs to happen: The region has extensive deposits of oil and gas, but also immense, untapped potential for renewable energy. Over the past several years, European governments and corporations have made moves to capitalize off this potential, investing in sprawling mega-projects to capture the sun’s energy from the region’s vast deserts and export the electricity north.

Israel Is Unifying Arabs And Muslims Around Palestine

By ordering a brutal attack against Palestinian worshipers inside Al-Aqsa Mosque on the 14th day of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu knew very well that the Palestinians would retaliate. Netanyahu’s motive should be clear. He wanted to generate a distraction from the mass protests that have rocked Israel, starting in January, and divided Israeli society around ideological and political lines, in ways never witnessed before. Unwilling to relinquish his hard-earned achievement of finally winning a decisive election and forming an entirely rightwing coalition while fearing that major concessions to his political rivals could eventually dissolve his government, Netanyahu set his sights on the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Angry Arab: Putin And The Arabs

Writing on twitter a few days ago, the well-known Saudi intellectual, Khalid Ad-Dakhil, lamented the phenomenon of Arab support for Russian President Vladimir Putin.  He regards that a manifestation of “vengeful” thought.  He maintains, rightly, that some Arabs support Putin just to spite the U.S. It is not easy to measure precisely the level of Arab public support for Putin in this current war; there have not been reliable opinion surveys that can guide us.  But the antipathy of the Arab public toward the U.S.  (and that has been well-documented consistently over the years and decades) determines their stance toward the current Russian-Ukrainian war. There are several reasons to make the case that Putin is not actually a friend of the Arab people.  After all, he steered the foreign policy of Russia in a more pro-Israeli direction ever since he took power.  The level of security and military coordination between Russia and Israel is at its highest, historically speaking. 
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