In both Lebanon and Israel, Couples must marry in a mosque, church or synagogue. For couples of different religions, atheists or anyone who wants to see their union regulated by a civil code, there is only one solution: those who can afford it are left to wed abroad.
Wendy Sherman, who served as US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs in the Obama administration, told FRANCE 24 of her concern at the possibility of an "Arab-Persian conflict" that would pit Iran against Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
Peace in the Korean peninsula is threatened as North Korea threatens to pull out of the agreed summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un. This after North Korea expresses it's worry over US-South Korean military exercises. Also, Monday's US Embassy opening in Jerusalem sparked outrage as celebrations coincided with the deadliest clashes between Palestine and Israel since 2014.
Donald Trump's decision to walk away from the Iran nuclear dealt was followed by direct confrontation between Israel and Iran in Syria and all comes ahead of next Monday's decision by Trump to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The date chosen to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel. In the build-up another Friday of protest at Israel's border with Gaza. With all that's going on can Israel afford to stick with the status quo when it comes to the Palestinians?