Al Joumhouria” News Summary”
Al Joumhouria” News Summary”
Tuesday, 21-May-2024 22:15

The Lebanese files maintained their discretion away from the arena of serious approaches, while the border region remained a continuously escalating tension zone, with Israeli attacks intensifying on southern areas and towns. In contrast, Hezbollah announced targeting sites of the Israeli army.


Regionally, Israel urged "civilized world countries" to oppose the International Criminal Court prosecutor's request to issue arrest warrants against its leaders, declaring they would ignore such orders.


In a challenge to the International Criminal Court's decision, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated he is not afraid to travel worldwide.


Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stated, "We do not recognize the authority of the International Criminal Court," emphasizing the need to reject the prosecutor's attempt to deprive Israel of its right to self-defense and release captives. He considered the prosecutor's approach equating Hamas with Israel as "disgusting."


Meanwhile, Jordan's King Abdullah II renewed his call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and urged the international community to intensify the sustainable delivery of humanitarian aid to the sector.


In a separate context, the Saudi-Israeli normalization file returned to the forefront, as Israeli media mentioned that there would be no normalization with Israel without genuine assurances for a two-state solution.


Israeli Channel 12 cited a Saudi source saying, "There will be no peace with Saudi Arabia without recognition of the Palestinian state, hence no normalization with the current Israeli government."


In Iran, thousands of Iranians participated in ceremonies mourning President Ibrahim Raisi in Tabriz city after he died in a helicopter crash near the Azerbaijan border with the foreign minister and seven others.


Iranian media reported Mohammad Ali Mohaddesi Kermani was elected as the head of the country's Expediency Discernment Council with a majority of 55 votes. Raisi served as deputy to the head of the Expediency Discernment Council in his last term.


In the United States, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the U.S. administration would be happy to work with Congress to formulate an "appropriate response" to the International Criminal Court prosecutor seeking arrest warrants against Israeli leaders regarding the Gaza war.


President Joe Biden quickly criticized Khan's efforts to issue warrants for the arrest of senior Israeli officials, describing it as "shameful."


Meanwhile, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan expressed "disappointment after meeting Netanyahu" and saw no plan in Israel to end the war.


In the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, Russia announced conducting maneuvers involving tactical nuclear weapons in its southern military region near Ukraine, in response to what it called "Western threats."


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that his presidential term has not ended but continues due to customary laws.


Meanwhile, the European Union officially agreed to use frozen profits from the Russian central bank's assets to arm Ukraine, while the United States presses for a more ambitious plan.


The European Union hopes the step will yield around three billion euros annually to assist Kiev amid the ongoing war.


Economically, gold prices moved near a record high as traders sought to avoid risks arising from geopolitical uncertainties and macroeconomic challenges in advanced economies.