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TODAY’S DAILY BRIEFING
27-Jul-2017
Egypt
Politics
“Zomor proposes parallel vision for Alexandria Youth Conference”  (Al-Mesryoon, Egypt)
Corruption - Democracy and Party Politics
On July 25, the independent Al-Mesryoon newspaper carried the following report by Mustafa Ali: “Sheikh Abboud az-Zomor, a member of the Gamaa Islamiya Shura Council, put forward a parallel vision for the Alexandria Youth Conference that was held under the sponsorship of the presidential institution, criticizing the fact that the youth loyal to the authority dominated the conference’s sessions, and that no opposition voice was heard. He thus believed that this completely discarded a wide faction of the Egyptian people, warning in statements to Al-Mesryoon that the political command should meet with its supporters and those who agree with it on the ideological and political levels, but more importantly, that it should listen to the opposing opinions. And he assured that even if the command did not benefit from the positive aspects of these opposing opinions, it will definitely avoid many negative ones… (Read More)
Israel
Politics
“Israel is silent: defeated with Al-Qa’idah’s defeat in the barren areas”  (Al-Akhbar Lebanon, Lebanon)
Media - Military and Defense
On July 27, the Al-Akhbar daily carried the following report: “Unusually, there have been no comments from Israel regarding the battle that Hezbollah is fighting to liberate the Ersal barren areas from Al-Qa’idah. The news coverage of the developments was quite restricted… This “quasi-silence” is reigning despite the importance of the battle, its outcomes and repercussions from a strategic standpoint that is not confined to the Lebanese arena but also encompasses the ongoing confrontation between Israel and its opposed axis… (Read More)
Lebanon
Politics
“Will the army be fighting the battle of Qaa and Ras Baalbek against ISIL?”  (Al-Akhbar Lebanon, Lebanon)
Military and Defense
On July 27, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following report: “…A major development was seen at the Ersal barren areas when the men of the Resistance managed to liberate 90 percent of the lands occupied by the terrorist An-Nusra Front and as the battle stepped into the final phase preceding the settlement either through the field or through the negotiations. Meanwhile, an important development emerged yesterday on the political and military levels that consisted of launching a serious discussion on the possibility that the Lebanese army, rather than Hezbollah, could fight the battle of liberating the northern part of the Ersal barren areas as well as the barren areas of Ras Baalbek and Qaa, knowing that these areas are occupied by ISIL… (Read More)
“At-Talli begs Israel to interfere”  (Website, Middle East)
Military and Defense
On July 26, the Lebanese, pro-March 8 Ath-Thabat news website carried the following report by Majida al-Jaj: “Within a few days, Hezbollah thwarted a six-year plan, which featured strenuous logistical and intelligence work with the participation of “Israel” and major states allied with it in the region to cut off the resistance’s head. Once again, Israel is shocked to see the major military accomplishments of the party’s fighters in the most intricate Lebanese-Syrian terrain, in the face of Takfiri armed men who were mobilized throughout many years in preparation for the major confrontation with Hezbollah. However, the “shock generated by the outcome” turned into a “strategic catastrophe” as per an “Israeli” military analyst speaking to the Hebrew Channel 2..., while a Russian journalistic source revealed that a former general in the “Israeli” army quoted a “highly prominent” Jordanian security official as saying that the party had “an unprecedented” surprise in store for “Israel,” in response to any strike towards targets affiliated with it in the barren regions… (Read More)
Libya
Politics
“French sponsored Libyan reconciliation agreement, theoretically shiny but problem lies in implementation, secret clauses…”  (Website, Middle East)
Arab Diplomacy - Democracy and Party Politics - Peace Process - USA EU
On July 26, the electronic Rai al-Youm daily carried the following editorial: “Theoretically, the reconciliation agreement sponsored by the French President, Emanuel Macron – between the two poles of the Libyan political equation, Mr. Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of the national accord, and Maj. Gen. Khalifa Haftar, the powerful man and the commander of the Libyan army who is in control in the east – seems attractive as it includes, through its ten points the main elements for the successful settlement that could push Libya out of the state of blood mess and instability it is currently living through… (Read More)
Middle East
Opinion
“What does the Arab League have to do with Syria…?”  (Website, Middle East)   
Arab Diplomacy
On July 26, Abdul Bari Atwan wrote the following piece in the electronic Rai al-Youm daily: “Scarce are the pieces of news coming from or about the Arab League. Ever since Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit became secretary general in succession to Mr. Nabil al-Arabi and Amr Moussa before him, this regional organization completely disappeared from the political arena. In the previous seven years, it used to be a flame of action and bloody activities as it was used to legitimize the US military intervention. Thus, through an Arab collusion, several countries were destroyed starting with Iraq, followed by Libya and all the way to Syria and Yemen… (Read More)
Politics
“Hard-line wing in ISIL threatens its unity, accuses Al-Baghdadi of infidelity…”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)
Religion
On July 27, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report by its correspondent in Istanbul Wael Issam: “During the last few weeks, confrontations erupted near the town of Al-Mayadeen in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor in Syria, between the Islamic State organization and a hard-line wing inside the organization, which almost lead to its division. The elements of the latter wing, which advocates “Chain Takfir” [the act of accusing someone of infidelity, and accusing those who do not do the same of infidelity as well], have surfaced several times throughout the last 10 years, and some of them are called “Hazimiyah,” in reference to Saudi Shari’a student Omar al-Hazimi who is detained in his country... This group has been known for accusing Al-Baghdadi himself, Az-Zarqawi and Bin Laden of infidelity, and for referring to ISIL’s command as a “Jahmi” state [in reference to cleric Jahm ibn Safwan], due to its non-practicing of “Chain Takfir… (Read More)
Morocco
Politics
“Hespress poll: Pessimism surrounding government’s measures to solve “Rif crisis””  (Website, Middle East)   
Democracy and Party Politics - Media - Unrest
On July 26, the Moroccan Hespress news website carried the following report by Al-Mehdi Hanan: “Will the governmental measures solve the Rif crisis? According to Hespress’ readers, the answer is definitely no…, although some were optimistic about the ongoing governmental measures to absorb the tensions in the Hoceima Province, which has been witnessing violent protests for more than 9 months. Out of 18,633 participants in the poll, 83.09% of Hespress’ readers and viewers believed that the measures taken to overcome the crisis in the Rif are pointless, at a time when just 16.91% believed that the latter measures might solve the crisis which erupted in the province following the tragic death of Mohsen Fikri, the fish salesman from Hoceima, who was crushed to death inside a garbage truck. Political Sciences and Constitutional Law researcher Amin as-Saeed read into the poll’s results… (Read More)
Palestine
Politics
“Legislative [Council] in Gaza holds session with participation of Fatah deputies and Dahlan”  (Al-Risalah, Palestine)   
Democracy and Party Politics
On July 26, the pro-Hamas Ar-Risalah.net news website carried the following exclusive report: “Exclusive sources in the Legislative Council revealed the participation of Deputy Mohammad Dahlan and other deputies from Fatah in a special Legislative Council session that will tackle the incidents in Al-Aqsa Mosque, assuring Ar-Risalah.net that Dahlan will make an intervention via videoconference. For her part, Deputy from Fatah Naima ash-Sheikh Ali assured that deputies from the West Bank and abroad will also partake in the session, adding to Ar-Risalah.net that it will witness wide participation by deputies inside and outside the Strip, without mentioning whether or not Dahlan will take part in it. Still, she expected the number of participants from Fatah to reach 14 deputies, which will secure the Palestinian Legislative Council’s legal quorum. This is considered to be Dahlan’s first participation in the Legislative Council sessions since the division incidents in 2007CE… (Read More)
“Exclusive sources to Quds Arabi: Greenblatt’s mission to end tensions in Jerusalem failed”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)
Arab Diplomacy - Peace Process - USA EU
On July 27, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report from Gaza: “Al-Quds al-Arabi has learned from exclusive sources that the mission of US Envoy to the region Jason Greenblatt has so far failed to end the tensions in Jerusalem City, which had erupted against the backdrop of the Israeli government’s recent measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Indeed, he did not put forward any position that would appease the Palestinians, which showed that his visit constituted an attempt by Israel to end “the diplomatic conflict” with Jordan, following the embassy incident and the killing of two Jordanians at the hands of an Israeli security guard. Likewise, Al-Quds al-Arabi has learned that the American position towards the Al-Aqsa Mosque incidents and the Israeli measures is still negative, seeing as how no new American position emerged to appease the situation… (Read More)
Qatar
Politics
Interview with Ibrahim Abdulaziz al-Sahlawi, the Qatari ambassador to Algeria…  (El-Khabar, Algeria)   
Arab Diplomacy - Military and Defense
On July 27, the Algerian El-Khabar newspaper carried the following interview with the Qatari Ambassador to Algeria, Abdulaziz al-Sahlawi: “…Q. Why is the crisis between Qatar and its neighbors proceeding and why is each party blaming the other?… (Read More)
Saudi Arabia
Politics
“Bin Nayef asked to attend his uncle’s funeral, and this was the answer…”  (Ad-Diyyar, Lebanon)   
Military and Defense
On July 26, the Ad-Diyyar daily carried the following report: “A day following the posting of an alleged new picture of Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef over the social communication networks, the Saudi Twitter user, Mujtahid, said yesterday on July 25, 2017, that Bin Nayef was extremely offended when he asked Bin Salman, from his house arrest, to allow him to attend his uncle’s funeral but the man did not let him to… (Read More)
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