Jewish Journal

The Jewish effort at the UN: Bang or bust?

by Uriel Heilman, JTA

September 27, 2011 | 3:09 pm

sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the United Nations in New York, Sept. 23. Photo by REUTERS/Mike Segar

Until the main event, which didn’t come until the very end of last week, there was a strong element of theater to all the goings-on at and around the United Nations.

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  • After week of U.N. speeches, the ball is now in Palestinians’ court

    by Ron Kampeas, JTA

    September 27, 2011 | 11:15 am

    After the mutual accusations of ethnic cleansing and the sarcastic posturing, the ball is back in the Palestinians’ court.

    The upshot of last week’s Lollapalooza of speechmaking at the United Nations is that the Obama administration has succeeded in persuading the international...

  • Three competing strategies that led to the UN

    by Steven L. Spiegel

    September 26, 2011 | 5:40 pm

    The controversial Palestinian request for United Nations membership is the culmination of three competing strategies pursued by the United States, Israel and thePalestinians over the last three years. 

    The curtain opened in early 2009 with two new governments: a right-wing...

  • Get ready, get set, walk out! Protesting Ahmadinejad at U.N

    by Louis Charbonneau, Reuters

    September 26, 2011 | 5:34 pm

    Coordination within the European Union isn’t always easy, but the bloc stayed on message this year when all 27 EU delegations left the U.N. General Assembly to protest the Iranian president’s speech.

    The moment came on Thursday, when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used his...

  • Dueling narratives: Palestinians seek pride; Israelis fear mischief

    by Felice Friedson, The Media Line

    September 26, 2011 | 2:12 pm

    Visiting Ramallah a few short weeks ago, the preponderance of replies to questions about what will follow the Palestinian UN gambit were remarkably similar to those heard in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Israelis and Palestinians were saying the same thing, but with accents on different...

  • U.N. speech boosts Bibi’s ratings in Israel

    by Jeffrey Heller, Reuters

    September 26, 2011 | 11:29 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s popularity has climbed in Israel after a hard-hitting speech at the United Nations opposing a Palestinian bid for statehood, an opinion poll showed on Monday.

    The right-wing leader’s approval rating rose to 41 percent from 32 percent in a previous...

  • Security Council to discuss statehood bid


    September 26, 2011 | 11:20 am

    The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to discuss the Palestinian bid for statehood.

    The council will take up the issue, likely informally, on Monday. All 15 members of the council have already received the letter of application presented to the council on Sept. 22 by...

  • Abbas says no talks without Israeli settlement freeze

    By Ali Sawafta, Reuters

    September 25, 2011 | 11:05 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas repeated on Sunday his refusal to talk with Israel without a settlement freeze after international mediators, responding to his United Nations bid for statehood, urged negotiations within a month.

    “We have confirmed to all that we want...

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