Intel: new CENTCOM chief tours Middle East on first trip

Gen. Kenneth McKenzie is scheduled to stop in Israel later this week as the Joe Biden administration seeks strategic dialogue to build on the Abraham Accords.

Jared Szuba | | Jan 25, 2021
al-monitor US Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of the US Central Command, poses for a picture during his visit to a military base in al-Kharj in central Saudi Arabia on July 18, 2019. Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images.

Israel bans flights amid virus surge

Israel is also experiencing violent clashes over virus restrictions as well as relative success in administering coronavirus vaccines.

Al-Monitor Staff | Coronavirus | Jan 25, 2021

Israel’s Cabinet approves diplomatic relations with Morocco

The agreement calls for "diplomatic, peaceful and friendly relations" between the two governments.

Al-Monitor Staff | | Jan 25, 2021

Israel extradites Australian woman accused of child abuse

Australian authorities sought the extradition of former teacher Malka Leifer for several years.

Al-Monitor Staff | | Jan 25, 2021

Israel opens embassy in Abu Dhabi

Ambassador Eytan Na’eh arrived yesterday to Abu Dhabi, officially opening Israel’s first embassy to the United Arab Emirates.

Rina Bassist | Israeli-Gulf relations | Jan 25, 2021