Israeli Knesset Receives Emirati Delegation

Knesset Speaker, Mickey Levy, with an Emirati delegation chaired by Head of the Federal National Council (FNC) Delegation Ali al-Nuaimi. (AFP)
Knesset Speaker, Mickey Levy, with an Emirati delegation chaired by Head of the Federal National Council (FNC) Delegation Ali al-Nuaimi. (AFP)
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Israeli Knesset Receives Emirati Delegation

Knesset Speaker, Mickey Levy, with an Emirati delegation chaired by Head of the Federal National Council (FNC) Delegation Ali al-Nuaimi. (AFP)
Knesset Speaker, Mickey Levy, with an Emirati delegation chaired by Head of the Federal National Council (FNC) Delegation Ali al-Nuaimi. (AFP)

The Israeli Knesset hosted on Monday an Emirati parliamentary delegation for the first time in its history.

The delegation was chaired by head of the Federal National Council (FNC) Ali al-Nuaimi and included lawmakers Sara Falaknaz and Marwan al-Muhairi, and UAE Ambassador to Israel Mohamed al-Khaja.

Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy received the delegation and extended an invitation to his Emirati counterpart to visit Israel.

"Welcome to Jerusalem, the city that is sacred to all sons of Abraham. It is a great honor to host you," Levy said.

Levy discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying he supports the two-state solution, adding: "I lost two of my brothers. No more."

"Both sides must understand that none of us are going anywhere," noted the Speaker, calling for the unification of all moderates of the region in the face of extremists.

During a meeting with the UAE lawmakers at his office, Levy addressed the Iranian threat saying: "I doubt Iran would be willing to sign any sort of agreement" - a reference to the peace accord signed between Israel and the UAE.

During their visit to the Knesset, the members of the UAE delegation also met with the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, chaired by MP Ram Ben Barak, and with the Israel-United Arab Emirates Parliamentary Friendship Group, chaired by MPs Merav Ben Ari and Eli Cohen.

The meeting with the Emirati delegation was held behind closed doors, but the media was allowed to cover the opening speeches.

Ben Barak described the Abraham Accords as a "significant milestone in advancing peace, tolerance, and cooperation between Israel and the United Arab Emirates."

He stated that there is a misconception that the normalization accords are based solely on one dimension of shared challenges and threats, but that is the smallest part of the agreement.

"Israel is committed to the agreement and intends to intensify and broaden it in all fields: economy, trade, science, innovation, agriculture, water, energy, education, and tourism."

He warned that extremism is the source of evil in the world, and "we must work to support the moderates and the dialogue between peoples through peace and tolerance."

Ben Barak concluded by saying there are many areas of shared interest in which Israel and UAE can work together, and "we must deepen our security and intelligence ties to benefit peace and success for both our peoples. You are our neighbors; you are our brothers and sisters. We are pleased by your visit."

For his part, Nuaimi said it is imperative to view the relationship between the UAE and Israel and the Abraham Accords with an inclusive perspective.

"We want you to look at the big picture. It's not only a political agreement; it's not an issue related to security and defense; it is an agent of change for the whole region."

The official asserted that the UAE wants full engagement with Israel in all sectors, with all stakeholders, to promote peace, security, stability, and prosperity in the region.

"We believe that our region has suffered a lot, and it's time that we take the lead ourselves in creating a better future for the new generation."

Nuaimi warned that nothing would happen if "we keep doing things as we used to do in the last thirty or forty years... This is why our leadership had the courage to make such a decision."

He recalled the conference in Dubai about investment between Israeli and Emirati businessmen, which was held last June when he was asked to give a speech at the meeting.

Nuaimi stated that the conference took place after the Gaza war, and people were questioning what would happen with the Abraham Accords.

The Emirati official asserted that there is no way back, adding: "We are not repeating history, we are writing history. We want not only to change the relations between the UAE and Israel; we want to change the whole region, and we also want the world to look at us from a different angle."

Nuaimi stated that Emirati leadership is a very dynamic leadership.

"We walk the talk; we think outside the box; we always push the boundaries. In many countries, it takes a month or a year to do things, but our leadership gives you an instruction today, and tomorrow they ask you, what have you done?"



Kuwait to Hold Parliamentary Elections on April 4

 Kuwaiti military helicopters perform during an airshow to mark country's 63rd Independence Day celebrations in Kuwait City on February 26, 2024. (AFP)
Kuwaiti military helicopters perform during an airshow to mark country's 63rd Independence Day celebrations in Kuwait City on February 26, 2024. (AFP)
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Kuwait to Hold Parliamentary Elections on April 4

 Kuwaiti military helicopters perform during an airshow to mark country's 63rd Independence Day celebrations in Kuwait City on February 26, 2024. (AFP)
Kuwaiti military helicopters perform during an airshow to mark country's 63rd Independence Day celebrations in Kuwait City on February 26, 2024. (AFP)

Kuwait said Saturday it will hold elections for its national assembly on April 4.

The state-run KUNA news agency made the announcement, citing a decree published by the oil-rich country's official gazette.

In February, Kuwait’s emir dissolved parliament.

Domestic political disputes have been gripping Kuwait for years. That has left it with little in its coffers to pay bloated public sector salaries, despite generating immense wealth from its oil reserves.

Parliament has been repeatedly dissolved after failing to move forward, with Kuwait’s Constitutional Court in 2023 annulling a 2022 decree overturning another such annulment. The country’s late emir then annulled that parliament again and held an election for a new parliament, which was annulled with the February decision.


Kuwait Bans Unauthorized Gatherings

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Kuwait flag
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Kuwait Bans Unauthorized Gatherings

Kuwait flag
Kuwait flag

Kuwait's Interior Ministry said it banned all "unauthorized assembly" after calls voiced by Kuwaiti activists to stage sit-ins on Saturday in support of Gaza.
The Ministry said the decision came upon the directives of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Acting Minister of Interior Fahd al-Yousef al-Sabah.
The Minister banned all forms of unauthorized gatherings and marches except in accordance with the established laws and regulations.
The Ministry also banned publishing any unauthorized calls for gatherings on social media platforms.
On the other hand, al-Sabah announced a study of plans that will be taken soon to combat and prosecute fake accounts on social media that spread fake news threatening the country’s security .


GCC Secretary-General Welcomes Statement of Palestinian Factions

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi
Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi
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GCC Secretary-General Welcomes Statement of Palestinian Factions

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi
Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi welcomed the statement issued by the Palestinian factions that met in Moscow.

"The meeting statement outcome is a positive start to beginning unified political action, conform with the aspiration of the Palestinian forces and factions participating in the meeting, to form a government that includes all segments of the Palestinian people ... in light of the critical circumstances," Albudaiwi said.

He stressed that the GCC countries support all results and solutions that serve the Palestinian cause and guarantee the national rights of the Palestinian people.


Kuwait Top Court Criminalizes Lebanon’s Hezbollah

Palace of Justice in Kuwait (KUNA)
Palace of Justice in Kuwait (KUNA)
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Kuwait Top Court Criminalizes Lebanon’s Hezbollah

Palace of Justice in Kuwait (KUNA)
Palace of Justice in Kuwait (KUNA)

Kuwait’s Court of Cassation has labeled Lebanon’s Hezbollah as a “forbidden and criminal group” under national law.

The court accused Hezbollah of planning to destabilize Kuwait to establish an Iranian-style republic there.

This decision clarifies the legal status of Hezbollah, which individuals accused of spying for the group had disputed.

The final decision of the Court of Cassation came in the context of convicting three Kuwaiti citizens of espionage for Hezbollah, overturning their acquittal.

However, the court opted not to pronounce a punishment, instead obligating them to “good conduct,” a legal term indicating they must refrain from involvement in similar cases.

Nevertheless, the court clarified that joining Hezbollah and cooperating with it constitutes a “crime punishable by law.”

The case, involving the three Kuwaitis and a Lebanese national, revolves around accusations brought forth by the State Security apparatus regarding their involvement in funding Hezbollah-affiliated entities, sending funds and donations to them.

The case was initially heard in the Court of Appeals late in 2023, where three defendants were acquitted.

However, following appeals against the appellate court’s verdict, the case was reheard by the Court of Cassation, which on Thursday issued a final ruling overturning the acquittal of the Lebanese and Kuwaitis, convicting them again.


OIC to Hold Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting on Israeli Aggression

The OIC held an open-ended Executive Committee extraordinary meeting at the level of foreign ministers at its headquarters on October 18. Photo: OIC
The OIC held an open-ended Executive Committee extraordinary meeting at the level of foreign ministers at its headquarters on October 18. Photo: OIC
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OIC to Hold Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting on Israeli Aggression

The OIC held an open-ended Executive Committee extraordinary meeting at the level of foreign ministers at its headquarters on October 18. Photo: OIC
The OIC held an open-ended Executive Committee extraordinary meeting at the level of foreign ministers at its headquarters on October 18. Photo: OIC

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has said it will hold next week an extraordinary meeting of its Council of Foreign Ministers to discuss the ongoing Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.

The session will be held at the headquarters of its General Secretariat in Jeddah on March 5.

OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha is expected to address the opening session, which will be preceded by a preparatory senior officials' meeting (SOM) on Monday to discuss and adopt the draft agenda and work program and consider the draft resolution before submitting it to the Council of Foreign Ministers the following day.

On October 11, Saudi Arabia hosted the extraordinary Joint Arab and Islamic Summit in Riyadh, organized by the OIC and the Arab League. The conference adopted several decisions, in particular assigning a committee of foreign ministers of member states to tour world capitals and international organizations in an effort to stop the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.

As part of its continued efforts to stop the brutal Israeli aggression since October 7, the OIC held an open-ended Executive Committee extraordinary meeting at the level of foreign ministers at its headquarters on October 18.


11th Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainian People

The 11th Saudi relief plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) arrived in Poland in Friday ahead of heading to Ukraine. (SPA)
The 11th Saudi relief plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) arrived in Poland in Friday ahead of heading to Ukraine. (SPA)
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11th Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainian People

The 11th Saudi relief plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) arrived in Poland in Friday ahead of heading to Ukraine. (SPA)
The 11th Saudi relief plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) arrived in Poland in Friday ahead of heading to Ukraine. (SPA)

The 11th Saudi relief plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) arrived in Poland in Friday ahead of heading to Ukraine.

The plane landed at the Poland’s Rzeszow Airport, located near the Ukrainian border, carrying 80 tons of relief aid supplies, including electric generators and appliances.

Saudi Ambassador to Poland Saad bin Saleh Al-Saleh and a logistic team affiliated with KSrelief were also on board the plane.

The aircraft will cross the Polish border into Ukraine as part of Saudi Arabia’s historic commitment to supporting people in need and those impacted by crises around the world.


Over 400 KSrelief Trucks Cross into Gaza Strip

The trucks are carrying food, medical supplies and shelter aid. (SPA)
The trucks are carrying food, medical supplies and shelter aid. (SPA)
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Over 400 KSrelief Trucks Cross into Gaza Strip

The trucks are carrying food, medical supplies and shelter aid. (SPA)
The trucks are carrying food, medical supplies and shelter aid. (SPA)

Over 400 relief trucks provided by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) crossed the Rafah border crossing on Friday and headed for the Gaza Strip.

The trucks are carrying food, medical supplies and shelter aid, part of a Saudi campaign aimed at providing relief to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip. The effort is being coordinated with the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Last week, 22 relief trucks crossed Rafah, bringing the total number of relief trucks to over 400, all carrying various forms of relief aid.

The initiative is part of Saudi Arabia's ongoing support for the Palestinian people, particularly during times of crisis and hardship.


Riyadh to Host Gulf-Arab Talks on Sunday

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Al-Budaiwi (GCC)
Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Al-Budaiwi (GCC)
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Riyadh to Host Gulf-Arab Talks on Sunday

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Al-Budaiwi (GCC)
Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Al-Budaiwi (GCC)

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Al-Budaiwi affirmed on Thursday that the council’s 159th ministerial session would be held on Sunday in Riyadh in addition to separate meetings with foreign ministers of Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.

The GCC secretary-general said in a statement that the ministerial meeting would be chaired by Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammad Al-Thani, the president of the GCC ministerial council’s current session, and the conferees would discuss reports concerning follow-up on implementing resolutions of the GCC Supreme Council, issued at the 44th summit, held in Qatar in December.

He added that they would also discuss memos and reports submitted by the ministerial and technical committees as well as the GCC Secretariat General with respect to dialogue and strategic relations with states and international coalitions, in addition to regional and international affairs.

He noted that Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry would hold the talks with the GCC on the sidelines of the session, while Jordan and Morocco would be engaged in identical and separate talks by the two countries’ foreign ministers, respectively Ayman Al-Safadi and Nasser Bourita.

The meetings between the GCC and the Jordanian and Moroccan sides would be part of the distinctive relationship and partnerships.


GCC Secretary-General: Targeting Gaza Civilians while Receiving Aid is Another Israeli Crime

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi denounced Israel's brutal targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians in northern Gaza. (SPA)
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi denounced Israel's brutal targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians in northern Gaza. (SPA)
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GCC Secretary-General: Targeting Gaza Civilians while Receiving Aid is Another Israeli Crime

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi denounced Israel's brutal targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians in northern Gaza. (SPA)
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi denounced Israel's brutal targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians in northern Gaza. (SPA)

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi denounced and condemned the Israeli occupation forces’ brutal targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians in northern Gaza while they were waiting for humanitarian and relief assistance, SPA said on Friday.
Albudaiwi described the brutal act as another crime of the Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.
He called for swift international action to stop these crimes and dangerous violations against the brotherly Palestinians, an immediate ceasefire, and to allow the entry of all humanitarian aid into Gaza.


Saudi Arabia Strongly Condemns Targeting of Defenseless Civilians in Northern Gaza

A woman sits among Palestinians at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after they were injured in an early morning incident when Israeli forces opened fire on crowds rushing at an aid distribution point on February 29, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
A woman sits among Palestinians at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after they were injured in an early morning incident when Israeli forces opened fire on crowds rushing at an aid distribution point on February 29, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
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Saudi Arabia Strongly Condemns Targeting of Defenseless Civilians in Northern Gaza

A woman sits among Palestinians at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after they were injured in an early morning incident when Israeli forces opened fire on crowds rushing at an aid distribution point on February 29, 2024. (Photo by AFP)
A woman sits among Palestinians at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after they were injured in an early morning incident when Israeli forces opened fire on crowds rushing at an aid distribution point on February 29, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed Saudi Arabia's strong condemnation of the targeting of defenseless civilians in northern Gaza, which resulted in hundreds of casualties after Israeli troops opened fire on a large crowd of Palestinians racing to receive aid.

The Ministry affirmed the Kingdom's categorical rejection of violations of international humanitarian law by any party and under any pretext.

The Kingdom also renewed its call on the international community to take a firm stance by forcing Israel to respect international humanitarian law, immediately open safe humanitarian corridors, allow the evacuation of the injured, and enable the delivery of aid and medical equipment without restrictions to mitigate the humanitarian catastrophe and prevent its aggravation.

It emphasized the necessity of reaching an immediate ceasefire to prevent further civilian casualties.