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Osama Al-Sharif

Osama Al-Sharif is a journalist and political commentator based in Amman.
 
Twitter: @plato010

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Al-Aqsa closure marks a dangerous precedent

The Israeli occupation authorities’ closure of the Noble Sanctuary, which includes Islam’s third-holiest mosque, to Muslim worshippers this week has become the latest flashpoint in the already tense relations between Jordan and Israel.

July 19, 2017

Tehran’s land corridor through Syria is now a reality

Syria’s vast Badia region is fast becoming a gravitational field for various players embroiled in the Syrian quagmire, with the Damascus regime funneling its military effort in a bid to secure areas abandoned by Daesh militants.

June 13, 2017

Is Trump now the Palestinians’ best hope for peace?

There is a strong feeling among Arabs that US President Donald Trump’s visit to the region may succeed in reviving the Middle East peace process after years of inactivity.

May 21, 2017

Syria’s safe zones: Another smokescreen?

As the Russian-Turkish-Iranian agreement on creating four “de-escalation zones” in Syria went into effect on Saturday, confusion over its implementation and sustainability remain.

May 16, 2017

Hamas must do more to become politically relevant

Politics, it has been said, is the art of the possible. But when it comes to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it can also become the art of the absurd.

May 10, 2017

President Abbas goes to Washington

For Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, arriving in Washington this week will almost certainly summon a somber sense of deja vu. Donald Trump will be the third US president that the 82-year-old Palestinian leader has met at the Oval Office since 2005.

May 02, 2017