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What's up with the vacant U.S. ambassador positions in the Middle East?

The Senator Rand Paul is blocking the nominations because of a long standing request that he has made. As early as July 17th the Biden administration has made requests to get the nominations with ...
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Why does a plurality of Israeli Jews believe that the settlements in the West Bank help the security of Israel?

In Gaza right now, the Israeli far-right says the quiet part out loud. From CNN: Far-right Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who also holds a position in the Defense Ministry, says that Israel “will ...
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Why does a plurality of Israeli Jews believe that the settlements in the West Bank help the security of Israel?

The 42% of Jews who say that [West Bank] settlements "help Israeli security" isn't too far from the percentage that wants [parts of] the West Bank annexed, as 2020 poll found: Half of ...
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What makes the Golan Heights a geopolitical region and strategically important for Israel?

The strategic importance is in military utility. Due to geography. It's a commanding height allowing observation and fire (and nowadays, line-of-sight for controlling drones etc) into SW Syria or ...
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What makes the Golan Heights a geopolitical region and strategically important for Israel?

Prior to Israel taking the Golan Heights during the Six Day War in 1967, Syria had routinely shelled Israel from the Golan Heights. Israel had decided that to prevent future attacks from the Golan ...
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What's up with the vacant U.S. ambassador positions in the Middle East?

It's worth questioning one of the statements in the question: "It seems like this would be a big issue given the current troubles in Israel which is threatening to expand." Before the ...
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What makes the Golan Heights a geopolitical region and strategically important for Israel?

The location serves as a “buffer zone” between Israel and Syria (one of Israel's primary adversaries). As @PeteW pointed out, the elevated terrain offers crucial vantage points for monitoring or ...
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Why are most Arab governments against Hamas?

One quick hint is its original links to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Hamas was established in 1987, and has its origins in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood movement, which had been active in the Gaza ...
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Why does a plurality of Israeli Jews believe that the settlements in the West Bank help the security of Israel?

For a number of reasons: Civilian presence forces the military to act accordingly and deploy boots on the ground, instead of just erecting walls and allow those on the other side of the wall to ...
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Why does a plurality of Israeli Jews believe that the settlements in the West Bank help the security of Israel?

While not attributing any weights to the following factors vis-a-vis "most Israeli Jews", I would note the answer might be highly dependent on the timing of such a question - poll is dated ...
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Did any Muslim country officially express disagreement over America's plan to have the Palestinian Authority govern over the Gaza Strip?

Perhaps the question is really intended as "any Muslim country besides what the PA administers/Palestine" *. But since that isn't specified so far (and since it's also an important ...
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Does the United Nations have a responsibility to pressure Israel to establish a safe corridor to Egypt for those wishing to flee from Gaza?

Not explicitly. The UN is often involved in establishing such corridors, but unless you take a very generous interpretation of some general provisions of the Charter, they are under no specific ...
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Which Arab Middle Eastern country condemned Hamas or actions of Hamas the most?

Prior to the October 7 the Arab states systematically condemned Hamas. A list of such condemnations is given, e.g., in article Arab Critique and Condemnation of Hamas Before October 7, 2023 by the ...
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Is the recognition that Palestinian statehood is a condition for the expansion of the Abraham Accords formalized in writing?

No, I would interpret this statement to be a political assessment, not a legal one. What exactly would constitute "the expansion of the Abraham Accords"? It would mean convincing additional ...
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Is there any other Middle Eastern country besides Iran that has been critical of the U.S. strikes in Yemen?

Algeria: Algeria described the US-British airstrikes in Yemen on Friday as a "dangerous escalation" that will undermine UN “efforts to find a solution to the conflict” in the country. The ...
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What did Saudi Arabia hope to gain from reintegrating Syria into the Arab League?

What they hoped to gain was less illicit captagon and less Iranian influence, among other things: The spiraling economy and isolation made way for Syria’s illicit captagon trade and cemented the ...
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Prior to 2024, had Israel ever directly attacked any other government embassy/consulate?

According to the relevant Wikipedia list, no, there is no precedent by the State of Israel. But an extremist Jewish group bombed the Czech and Soviet embassies in Tel Aviv in the 1950s. There were no ...
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How common is it among Israelis or the supporters of Israel to deny the existence of local population in Palestine prior to Zionist immigration?

Hard to answer the Q as such because I think there are no polls on this, or at least none that are easy to find. But it's certainly within the Overton Window for the mainstream press in Israel to ...
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Could Iran have obtained any valuable intelligence from its April 13 attack?

https://www.wsj.com/world/middle-east/analysis-israel-repelled-irans-huge-attack-but-only-with-help-from-u-s-and-arab-partners-a7844065 Crucially, Tehran has also kept in reserve its Lebanese proxy ...
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Which Middle Eastern country has the highest public approval for a diplomatic recognition of Israel?

If we're talking before this Gaza war, apparently Sudan 39% (although technically it's not ME), Morocco 31% (ibid), and then Lebanon 17%, closely followed by Iraq 14%. Apparently they were not able/...
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Why is the US not attending the Cairo summit?

Despite the sources linked in the question stating contradictorily that "the US [...] did not attend", and that the US "only sent its Cairo charge d'affaires who did not address the ...
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Civil rights of Lebanese Palestinians

Another answer mentions Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. I couldn't find a clear statement from HRW, but the Amnesty addresses the issue very specifically: Amnesty International ...
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How common is it among Israelis or the supporters of Israel to deny the existence of local population in Palestine prior to Zionist immigration?

"it is very frequent that pro-Israel people downplay the existence of a local population" --- Are there public surveys to support or disprove this assertion? I do not know of any such polls,...
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Is the recognition that Palestinian statehood is a condition for the expansion of the Abraham Accords formalized in writing?

Is the recognition that Palestinian statehood is a condition for the expansion of the Abraham Accords formalized in writing? I was wondering if it was formalized in writing, or more explicitly made ...
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Did any Muslim country officially express disagreement over America's plan to have the Palestinian Authority govern over the Gaza Strip?

Who is running the show? Did any Muslim country officially express disagreement over America's plan to have the Palestinian Authority govern over the Gaza Strip? It is Israelis and Palestinians who ...
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