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Egypt moves ahead with purchase of Russian arms despite US warnings

Russia officially announced on Feb. 25 that Egypt had received five Sukhoi Su-35 advanced combat aircraft. The Russian Khabarovsk Krai region’s official media agency stated that the most important achievement of the military factory in the region was delivering the five Su-35 fighter jets to Egypt, out of the 24 jets that were agreed upon, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Al-Monitor informs

Is Israel preparing a substantial attack on Iran?

Israel suspects Iran intentionally dispatched a ship to dump hundreds of tons of crude oil onto its beaches, the area's worst ecological disaster in decades, in revenge for the November assassination of the country's top nuclear scientist, according to Israeli officials and media, Business Insider writes

What's next for Syrian-Israeli relations?

This week's Russian-brokered prisoner exchange between hated rivals Syria and Israel prompted speculation that their ties might soon normalize. An as-yet-unnamed Israeli woman wandered into Syria two weeks ago where she was promptly detained. …

Iran is determined to develop its missile programme

Since the election of Joe Biden as US president, there has been much discussion over whether and how his administration may rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, Middle East Eye informs. According to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, “if Iran comes back into full compliance with its obligations under the [deal], the United States would do the same thing and then we would use that as a platform to build, with our allies and partners … a longer and stronger agreement and to deal with a number of other issues that are deeply problematic in the relationship with Iran”

Anti-Semitism on rise in Armenia after Second Karabakh War

Recently, it was reported that the “To Live and Not Forget” Holocaust Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia was vandalized by local anti-Semites, who sprayed over the Hebrew inscriptions on the monument.  The World Jewish Congress condemned the anti-Semitic vandalism: “It is horrible to see that the Holocaust memorial in Yerevan, Armenia was vandalized with vile anti-Semitic graffiti.  The vandalism was condemned by the city’s mayor”

Why US cannot invade Iran

The Trump administration left the Iran Deal and turned up the pressure. However, that only got America close to another unnecessary shooting war. A war with Iran would have devastating consequences and would be more costly than Iraq or Afghanistan, The National Interest reports

Israel extends COVID-19 lockdown

Israel has extended its third COVID-19 lockdown to Sunday, at which point nationwide curbs will be eased slowly, it announced in a government statement. The decision was made on Friday hours before the lockdown was due to expire, …