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Iraqi cleric accuses Iran’s allies of meddling, as political tensions continue

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s Parliament is set to hold a session Thursday to vote in replacements for 73 lawmakers who resigned earlier this month. The collective walkout by followers of…

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With tensions running high, IDF to hold drill near border with Lebanon

The Israel Defense Forces said it would conduct a military drill in the Galilee panhandle in northern Israel on Thursday morning, which will include artillery fire toward the Mount Dov…

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US: Iran escalating tensions as satellite images show preparations for rocket launch

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran appeared to be readying for a space launch Tuesday as satellite images showed a rocket on a rural desert launch pad, just as…

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Iran says 2 Revolutionary Guard members ‘martyred’ as regional tensions rise

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Two members of the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace division died as “martyrs” in Iran in separate incidents over the weekend, Iranian media reported on Monday. The…

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Israel vows to defend offshore gas rig amid escalating tensions with Lebanon

Israel on Wednesday insisted that its new offshore natural gas rig in the Mediterranean Sea will not pump from a disputed area with Lebanon and urged the resumption of talks…

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US envoy to hold maritime talks in Beirut as tensions flare over Israeli rig

Senior US diplomat Amos Hochstein will travel to Beirut next week to discuss the country’s dispute with Israel over maritime drilling, a top Lebanese politician said Tuesday. The announcement came…

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Poll: Most Israelis think social tensions worse since Bennett came to power

The majority of Israelis believe that tensions within Israeli society have worsened over the past year. This relates both to Israelis who voted for coalition parties and to those who…

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Palestinian flag emerges as flashpoint as tensions simmer across Israel

It’s not a bomb or a gun or a rocket. The latest threat identified by Israel is the Palestinian flag. Recent weeks have seen a furor by nationalists over the…

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Meretz to back civil law for settlers bill, but coalition tensions said to persist

The left-wing Meretz party will back a bill extending Israeli legal protections for West Bank settlers that Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar has threatened would be a test for the survivability of…

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Daily Briefing May 29: Tensions flare in Jerusalem; Saudis and Israelis talk

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday. ToI founding…

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