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  • Sarkozy calls Netanyahu ‘a liar’ in private conversation with Obama

    November 8, 2011 | 8:24 am

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “a liar” in a private conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama that was accidentally broadcast to journalists during last week’s G20 summit in Cannes.

    “I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar,”...

  • PA minister: No further U.N. agency bids

    November 3, 2011 | 11:56 am

    The Palestinian Authority foreign minister denied plans to seek statehood status in 16 United Nations-affiliated groups.

    Riyad al-Malki denied on Thursday denied a claim earlier this week by a Palestinian diplomat in Geneva that the Palestinian Authority would attempt to replicate...

  • Opinion: The UNESCO Mess

    November 1, 2011 | 11:27 am

    It was bound to happen sooner or later. At some point, both the president and Congress would be faced with a clear choice between U.S. national interests and the demands made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his powerful Washington lobby.

    In the larger sense, it...

  • UNESCO to vote on Monday on Palestinian entry

    October 28, 2011 | 11:40 am

    U.N. cultural agency UNESCO will vote on Monday on a Palestinian request for membership, part of a wider Palestinian campaign for recognition as a state within the wider United Nations system.

    UNESCO’s executive board decided on October 6 to allow the 193 member countries vote on...

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  • Granger warns UNESCO: Admit Palestinians, lose funding

    October 6, 2011 | 9:28 am

    A top congressional appropriator, U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, warned UNESCO that granting the Palestinians full membership could mean a cutoff in U.S. funding for the cultural body.

    The Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations on Wednesday allowed to...

  • California strikes bids to ban circumcision

    October 3, 2011 | 9:37 am

    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that prevents the state’s municipalities from banning male circumcision.

    Brown announced Sunday that he had signed the measure, which takes effect immediately.

    The state’s Legislature approved the bill early last month following attempts in...

  • The Jewish effort at the UN: Bang or bust?

    September 27, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    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.

    Participating countries at the stripped-down Durban Review Conference issued their condemnations of Israel. Iranian...

  • An urgent call to work for a better future for Israel and the Palestinians

    September 22, 2011 | 2:19 pm

    The High Holy Days are a time when we are enjoined to reflect on old behavior and look to new ideas, to reach out within and beyond our communities to find healing, not just for ourselves or the Jewish people, but for the entire world.

    What we are enjoined not to do, is remain mired...

  • Obama rejects Palestinian U.N. statehood bid

    September 21, 2011 | 11:10 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected Palestinian plans to seek U.N. blessing for statehood and urged a return to peace talks with Israel as he tried to head off a looming diplomatic disaster.

    Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Obama—whose earlier peace efforts...

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