Middle East risk escalated by US

Donald Trump’s embassy move ignites fresh Israeli-Palestinian fires, Iran responds to the US on the nuclear deal, Qatar strives under blockade and Iraq’s poll brings a surprise result. Here’s the best of our opinion and analysis in a stormy week


With dozens dead in the worst clashes for years, regional powers are trying to halt the violence between Israel and the Palestinian enclave

Jerusalem embassy move along with Iran nuclear deal pullout will cost the US dearly

Trump encourages Netanyahu to embrace maximalist positions

Though it will be difficult to accept, this is not a time for rash behaviour

Tehran has been on a regional roll but now it must tread carefully

Boycotted by some of its neighbours, the Gulf state is spending $200bn on infrastructure and opening new trade routes. But is it sustainable?

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