These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
North Korea nuclear tests
North Korea’s nuclear tests appear to have stoked tensions on the Korean Peninsula. South Korea – which could be an immediate target of any potential nuclear threat from the North – has warned that it would not hesitate to deliver a deadly response. A response that Seoul says will turn Pyongyang into ashes and remove it from the map. The powerful parties that are already involved in what is feared to eventually turn into an atomic showdown in East Asia have also shown reactions. And the result: A series of moves that are doing nothing to calm the situation but are instead pushing the stakes even higher.
Israel's support for Fateh al-Sham
A member of the Israeli parliament has lashed out at Tel Aviv for supporting terrorists battling the Syrian government. Akram Hasson, a Druze member of the Knesset, has specifically slammed Israel's minister of military affairs for supporting al-Qaeda’s affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, re-branded as Fatah al Sham. The member of the Kenesset says Avigdor Liberman's strategy has boosted the terrorists in Syria. Hasson reiterates that the terrorists have taken advantage of Tel Aviv's unprecedented support, making gains in the areas where the Israeli regime bombs in the Golan Heights. The Israeli regime has targeted the Syrian government positions in the Golan Heights several times for what it calls a response to rockets fired from Syria. But now, the recent revelation may indicate Israel's true intentions.
Saudi cleric sacked?
Saudi Arabia's radical grand mufti has retired after decades taking the helm in the religious post. There are speculations among observers that Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh was actually forced into retirement upon an order by King Salman after making controversial remarks about Iranian Muslims. He had said Iranians are not Muslim. Al al-Sheikh is a cleric of high standing and his remarks, regardless of what he says, in fact reflect the dominant narrative in Saudi Arabia. Now Saudi media say the cleric won't be delivering this year's Hajj sermon. This is while he had been continuously doing so since 1981.