Rina Bassist
Rina Bassist, an Israeli journalist, works on Al-Monitor's Israel Pulse editorial team. She has been serving for many years as an international correspondent for the Israel Broadcasting Authority, stationed in Paris, Brussels, New Orleans and Pretoria. She also contributes to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Jerusalem Post and Ynet. Prior to her journalistic career, she served as deputy ambassador in Bogotá.
Israel marks diplomatic victory as 33 countries boycott Durban IV conference
According to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, 33 countries boycotted the Durban IV conference today in New York over concerns about anti-Semitism and because the platform would be exploited to attack Israel.
Rina Bassist | Israel | Sep 22, 2021
Israeli, Swedish foreign ministers talk on phone after seven years of silence
Bilateral diplomatic relations between Israel and Sweden had deteriorated after Stockholm recognized Palestine in 2014, but now both countries seem eager to rehabilitate ties.
Rina Bassist | Israel | Sep 20, 2021
Bennett rules out meeting Abbas, but not economic cooperation
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Tuesday that he will not meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, but he showed willingness to support economic and business ties with the Palestinian Authority.
Rina Bassist | Israel | Sep 15, 2021
Lapid unveils Israeli economic plan for Gaza
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid presented an outline for improving the lives of Gazans, offering them economic rehabilitation steps in exchange for Hamas halting its military build-up.
Rina Bassist | Israel | Sep 13, 2021
In Moscow, Israel’s Lapid warns against Iran nuke, presence in Syria
It was evident in the meeting in Moscow between Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov that the two countries do not see eye to eye on the Iranian nuclear agreement and Syria.
Rina Bassist | Israel | Sep 10, 2021
Israel’s president takes lead on ties with Jordan, Palestinians
President Isaac Herzog has been busy these past few days on the Arab and Palestinian fronts, secretly visiting Jordan and speaking on the phone first with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and then with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Rina Bassist | Israel | Sep 9, 2021
Israel vows to capture escaped Palestinian prisoners
After the escape of six Palestinian prisoners and following riots in prisons and in the West Bank, Israel expects more violence.
Rina Bassist | Israel | Sep 9, 2021
Israel asks Egypt to pressure Hamas to end border violence
In a meeting yesterday between senior Israeli and Egyptian defense officials, Israel asked Egypt to pressure Hamas to stop the ongoing nightly demonstrations by the Gaza border.
Rina Bassist | Israel | Sep 3, 2021
Israel announces 'civil steps' to alleviate conditions in Gaza
Israel says the measures are dependent on "preservation of security" and follow the announcement of $155 million to the Palestinian Authority.
Rina Bassist | Israel | Sep 1, 2021
Biden-Bennett talks covered Iran, Palestinian economy, evictions
President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett went beyond Iran to ways to support Palestinian economy.
Rina Bassist | Israel | Aug 30, 2021
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Muhammed Magdy | Culture | Aug 31, 2021
Is Moscow using the S-400 against Turkey?
Semih Idiz | Turkey | Sep 3, 2021
Iraqi Kurdish leader helps ease Turkey-UAE tensions
Amberin Zaman | Turkey | Aug 31, 2021
Boxed in: Bennett, Abbas can’t win despite ‘goodwill gestures’
Week in Review | Israel | Sep 3, 2021
What Erdogan missed in skipping Baghdad conference
Fehim Tastekin | Turkey | Sep 2, 2021
Vivian Salama previews the Biden administration’s Middle East priorities at the UN General Assembly
Dana Weiss: Bennett’s government here to stay 
Europe, West threatened by atmospheric Jihadism and the entrepreneurs of wrath, says Gilles Kepel
Michael Oren: Israel must build case legitimizing possible action against Iran 
Iraqis fear worse chaos amid waning US presence, says Bilal Wahab
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