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Trump says US troops may not need to be in the Middle East because ‘we’re producing more oil now’

Trump suggested that the US military presence in the Middle East was tied to the region's oil.
President Donald Trump does not want to reduce arms sales to Saudi Arabia as a response to Jamal Khashoggi's killing.

Trump is wrong, Saudi Arabia needs the US a lot more than the US needs the kingdom

At the end of the day, Saudi Arabia now needs the US more than it needs the kingdom, but Trump's policy in the region does not reflect this reality.
Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday said it's "inconceivable" to think Middle Eastern people aren't among thousands of Central American migrants moving toward the US.

Pence backs Trump’s claim Middle Easterners are in migrant caravan, despite lack of evidence

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday stood by President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim there are "Middle Easterners" among thousands of Central American migrants headed for the US-Mexico border.
A Saudi man walks past the logo of Vision 2030 after a news conference, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia June 7, 2016.

Saudi Arabia’s reputation has taken another hit over the death of a journalist — and its economy may be next

After Saudi Arabia acknowledged the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, many business and tech luminaries pulled out of a major investment conference in Riyadh. And experts say that may be just the start of economic troubles for the kingdom.
A Saudi woman shows the Careem app on her mobile phone in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Careem, a ride-hailing company in acquisition talks with Uber, raised $200 million from Saudi backers

Careem, a Dubai-headquartered rival to Uber, has raised the first $200 million of a $500 million funding round to expand its service. One of its main backers is Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding Company, and the deal comes at a sensitive time.
Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Saudi Arabia dropped another major hint that it’s moving forward with plans to turn rival Qatar into an island

A senior adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman tweeted that he was "impatiently waiting for details" on plans to dig a canal along its 38-mile (61 kilometer) border with Qatar.

Jared Kushner rips into Palestinian leader Abbas’ ability to make peace

"To make a deal both sides will have to take a leap and meet somewhere between their stated positions. I am not sure President Abbas can do that," Jared Kushner said in a rare interview with an Arabic-language Palestinian newspaper.

Saudi Arabia is planning to turn its rival Qatar into an island

Saudi Arabia may be moving forward with plans to dig a canal along its 38-mile border with Qatar. The canal would turn its Gulf rival into an island. The move may also be aimed at further isolating Qatar, which was diplomatically cut off by Gulf nations last year.

An Israeli has written a series of open letters to his Palestinian neighbors. Will anyone respond?

Opinion: Conversations about the Israeli Palestinian conflict are often stale and unproductive. Interlocutors talk in circles and rarely say anything new or productive. A new book from Yossi Klein Halevi might change that.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) arrives with Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki (R) at al-Huseineya palace for meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah and Crown Prince Hussein on May 1, 2018 in Amman,

Jordan’s prime minister resigned after thousands began protesting tax hikes

Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Mulki stepped down on Monday after thousands protested his government's plans to raise taxes. While Jordan has remained relatively stable during periods of turmoil in the Middle East, the country's debt has reached $40 billion, which is 95% of its GDP.