Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat :
Tariq Al-Homayed
Saudi journalist and writer, and former editor-in-chief of Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt newspaper

Will Justice Deter Israel?

Will the International Court of Justice’s decision prevent or deter Israel from continuing its war in Gaza? The answer is no! True, the Court made an important decision when it ordered Israel to halt military operations in Rafah “immediately,” and to keep the Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt…

Criminals… but!

Arab media outlets and social media space were confused over how to react after the International Criminal Court Prosecutor requested arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar, and other officials. This confusion was not limited to the…

Beware: The Final, Most Brutal War

With Israel intensifying its operations against Hezbollah and achieving significant security breaches, there is a strong belief that any new conflict between Israel and Hezbollah could be their last and most devastating. An Israeli-Hezbollah war, coming on the heels of the Gaza conflict, would…

The Terrifying Collapse

For seven months, debates in the Arab media have been focused on the Gaza war. It has been the story, and of course the events there warrant this attention, on the human, political, security, economic, and professional level. But the Arab media has kept quiet about another dangerous story, what I…

Rafah, the Last Card Hamas Has to Play  

Hamas agreeing to a ceasefire on Monday evening, especially since it came after Israel had called on the residents of Rafah to evacuate that morning, shows that Rafah, not even the Israeli hostages, was Hamas' last bet. What happened, according to the news reports and statements we saw on Monday,…

The Region and the Final Touches

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and the United States have announced they are close to putting the "final touches" on a long-awaited bilateral security agreement. It is certainly important for both countries and will doubtlessly have multi-faceted implications for the region. At the World…

Hamas 67

Every politician has the right to gambit, and politics is the art of the possible. However, a particular strategy must be pursued. Regardless of how surprising one tries to make his moves, they must serve a broader goal that every conscious person agrees with. They cannot be volatile reactions that…

And the Militias! 

The European Union is discussing the imposition of additional sanctions on Iran following its direct attack on Israel via drones and missiles. The debate is around sanctions on Iran’s production of drones and missiles, as well as industries that make parts for these weapons and assemble them. But…

Where Is Our Plan?

The region has been living in chaos since October 7, 2023. Political irresponsibility has prevailed, as military escalation continues, undermining security and stability in the air, at sea, and even in the border areas of every Arab country. Everything has been used in our region: militias, drones…

Iran Is its Own Worst Enemy

The Iranian regime’s comical retaliation against Israel was a costly strategic mistake that cannot be easily or quickly corrected. Tehran launched about 300 drones and a few missiles without inflicting significant damage. Its strategic mistake was to focus more on safeguarding its image than its…