What Arabic Media Says About the US – July 15, 2018

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Arabic media review


Here’s our latest look at the Arabic-language media and how outlets report on the United States via a mix of editorials, columns and news:


Trump Is Trying to Bring Iran to Its Knees and Tighten the Noose on Iran’s Allies – Rai Alyoum  (UK Palestinian)

Hassan Rouhani threatened to prevent oil exports from the Gulf by closing Strait of Hormuz, causing hardships to states that are trying to weaken Iran economically, something that is being engineered by Trump. In effect this means the seeds of war have been planted. Trump’s target is not only Iran but also China, Russia and India. The U.S. is trying to tighten the noose on Iranian oil exports to evoke internal unrest that calls for regime change or the removal of the government via foreign influence.


Washington and Muslim Brotherhood – Where to? – Al-Ain (UAE)

A House subcommittee on national security reopened the issue of adding to Muslim Brotherhood to the national terror list. The timing of the session and the nature of the discussions raise a few questions: Has Washington recently comprehended the danger of an organization like this against U.S. national security? Is the U.S. serious this time in designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terror organization as regional powers already did – such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE? Or is this just a negotiating position by the administration to attain goals on other topics?


Trump: The Threats of Iranian Ships Against the US Navy Have Ended Al Arabiya (Saudi Arabia)

U.S. President Donald Trump said the threats from Iranian warships ended this year. This is as opposed to recent years in which there were dozens of threats and friction. Trump tweeted Monday morning quoting U.S. Navy statistics showing so far this year there have been no incidents.


Washington Fears Hezbollah’s Taking Control of Lebanon – Al Hayat (Saudi Arabia)

Washington believes giving Hezbollah governmental portfolios such a health will have great consequences for Lebanon. They believe whomever thinks Lebanon enjoys some kind of stability isn’t looking at the situation realistically. Letting Hezbollah control political and social life will lead to destabilization in the years ahead. In addition to existing corruption in Lebanon, the participation of Hezbollah in the government could lead to the cancellation of international aid programs from various countries alongside the World Bank. Washington isn’t ruling out the possibility that Lebanon will sooner or later pay the price for Hezbollah control over the country.


America Designates the Al-Ashtar Brigades Militia – Al Arabiya (Saudi Arabia)

The State Department designated as a terror group the Al-Ashtar Brigades which Washington described as a terror organization supported by Iran in Bahrain. State said in and announcement the group was founded in 2013 and assassinated police officers in numerous attacks using bombs and weapons. The statement said the group was armed by Iran.



Congress Takes on Hezbollah

Pompeo Shores Up Support to Put Screws to Iran

Cold War Alive and Well in Middle East


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Ran Meir

Ran Meir is Clarion Project's Arab affairs analyst and a Shillman Fellow. He can be reached at [email protected]

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