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  • Reform movement raps Israeli settlement plans, Palestinian U.N. upgrade

    December 5, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    The Union for Reform Judaism criticized Israel for its decision to build new settlement housing and the Palestinians for unilaterally seeking upgraded status at the United Nations.

    The newly adopted policy statement was adopted overwhelmingly on Sunday following a debate at the...

  • The children’s game our leaders play at our expense

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 5, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Last week, the U.N. General Assembly voted to ratify the Palestinian Authority's resolution to change its U.N. observer status from "entity" to "non-member state.” In my opinion, this decision did nothing except take the peace process backward another step. This resolution’s move...

  • Settlements showdown beckons for Netanyahu in Berlin

    December 4, 2012 | 4:47 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a dressing down from Angela Merkel on Wednesday over his plans to build more Israeli settlements, a policy that has incensed Europe and left even Germany, one of Israel's strongest allies, questioning his commitment to peace.

    The...

  • An Independent Palestinian state- what’s the problem?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 3, 2012 | 10:25 am


    Last Thursday, the U.N General Assembly voted on the Palestinian Authority's resolution to change its U.N observer status from "entity" to "non-member state," (like the Vatican’s.) Despite Israel's attempts to get as many states as possible to oppose that resolution, the majority...

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  • U.S. repeats opposition to new Israeli settlements

    December 3, 2012 | 10:12 am

    The United States on Monday reiterated its opposition to new Israeli settlement activity on West Bank land including in the site known as "E1," which it said could be especially damaging to efforts to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    "The United...

  • Palestinians see U.N. gambit as step toward reconciliation

    November 30, 2012 | 9:20 am

    [Ramallah] – Palestinians took to the streets of Ramallah on Thursday night and into the early hours of Friday morning to celebrate the UN General Assembly vote bestowing non-member status to “Palestine.” Celebrants expressed hope that their newfound recognition at the United...

  • Israel to expand settlements after U.N.‘s Palestine vote

    November 30, 2012 | 8:20 am

    Israel plans to build thousands of new homes for its settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, an Israeli official said on Friday, defying a U.N. vote that implicitly recognized Palestinian statehood there.

    The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Prime Minister...

  • Israel says U.N. vote won’t hasten Palestinian state

    November 29, 2012 | 3:44 pm

    A U.N. General Assembly vote on Thursday recognizing a Palestinian state will do nothing to make it a reality, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Israel had fiercely opposed the Palestinian bid to become a "non-member state" at the United Nations, but had been unable...

  • Clinton laments ‘counter-productive’ U.N. vote on Palestine

    November 29, 2012 | 2:42 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized the U.N. General Assembly's vote to implicitly recognize a Palestinian state, calling it an "unfortunate and counter-productive" move that places more obstacles in the path to peace.

    "We have been clear that only through direct...

  • Timeline: U.N. resolutions on Palestine

    November 29, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Here are summaries of some of the main United Nations resolutions on Palestine as the General Assembly votes on Thursday on lifting the Palestinian status within the world body from "entity" to "non-member state."

    Resolution 181 - 1947 - Known largely in the region as the...

  • GOP senators propose penalties for enhanced Palestinian status

    November 29, 2012 | 9:22 am

    Republican U.S. senators introduced the first efforts to penalize the Palestinians and the United Nations should the body affirm enhanced Palestinian status.

    Language proposed this week as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would cut assistance to the...

  • American push to temper Palestinian U.N. bid reportedly fails

    November 27, 2012 | 1:15 pm

    An American push to temper a resolution asking the United Nations General Assembly to grant the Palestinians enhanced status has failed, Haaretz reported.

    The final draft of the Palestinians' resolution, which is set to be introduced Thursday in the General Assembly, was...

  • Canadian PM Harper pressured P.A. to drop U.N. bid

    November 27, 2012 | 9:32 am

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper personally intervened to pressure the Palestinian Authority to drop its bid for upgraded status at the United Nations.

    While in New York to accept an award and attend the opening of a new session of the United Nations at the end of...

  • Israel’s Foreign Ministry: Oslo Accords could be canceled over Palestinians’ U.N. bid

    November 14, 2012 | 11:36 am

    A document being circulated by Israel's Foreign Ministry instructs its envoys to warn their host governments that the Oslo Accords could be canceled over the Palestinian Authority's attempt to upgrade its status at the United Nations.

    The document, which says the possible upgrade...

  • Attracting Gen Y at GA

    November 13, 2012 | 5:01 pm

    A dozen officials from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles flew to Baltimore this week to attend the annual conference of the national body representing 155 federations, where they discussed many of the urgent challenges confronting American and Canadian Jewry.

    But Gary...

  • Three Jews in Baltimore

    By David Suissa

    November 13, 2012 | 3:50 pm

    If you’ve ever been to one of those giant auto shows where hundreds of gleaming new car models are lavishly displayed in a convention hall the size of Montana, you’ve got an idea of what it felt like last Sunday morning when I entered the Jewish Federations of North America’s...

  • As federations await new funding model, no big buzz at GA

    November 13, 2012 | 2:07 pm

    A year since its creation, the grandly named Global Planning Table (GPT) remains the great white hope of the Jewish Federations of North America, which held its annual General Assembly in Baltimore this week.

    Introduced a year ago, the GPT aims to reshape the way federations...

  • Baltimore Diary: An instrumentalist case for Tikkun Olam

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 13, 2012 | 9:39 am

    After a couple of weeks of mostly political coverage, I'm once again surrounded by Jewish professionals and activists at the Baltimore General Assembly of the North American Jewish Federations. On Tuesday, I will be speaking in two panels - one on Israelis abroad and one about...

  • U.N. bid finds Palestinian leadership between a rock and a hard place

    November 13, 2012 | 9:26 am

    The arguments for and against the latest Palestinian bid for statehood status at the United Nations come down to which is the faster path to irrelevancy.

    The Palestine Liberation Organization is seeking a diplomatic victory to preserve the legitimacy of its affiliated Palestinian...

  • U.S. wins re-election to U.N. Human Rights Council

    November 12, 2012 | 11:40 am

    The United States succeeded on Monday in its bid for re-election to the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council, a Geneva-based watchdog that has been criticized by Washington and Israel for singling out the Jewish state for criticism.

    The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly also...

  • Palestinians release draft of statehood bid

    November 9, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Palestinian diplomats have circulated a draft resolution to U.N. member states that calls for recognition of "Palestine" as an observer state.

    The draft resolution could be put to a vote in the 193-nation U.N. General Assembly later this month, Reuters reported this week.

    If...

  • From Madoff to Sandy and on eve of GA, federations retool when crisis hits

    November 5, 2012 | 2:45 pm

    The national headquarters of the Jewish Federations of North America could not have been in a worse location when Sandy struck.

    Except, maybe, if it were located on the Jersey Shore.

    The Jewish Federations’ building in lower Manhattan lost power amid Hurricane Sandy’s winds and...

  • Dennis Prager: Netanyahu’s U.N. speech

    October 3, 2012 | 1:38 pm

    In the eyes of many, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the United Nations General Assembly was a masterful statement of the moral state of the world, not to mention the existential threat Iran poses to Israel.

    In the eyes of many others, the speech was...

  • When Bibi didn’t meet Barack—a story of comity?

    September 28, 2012 | 11:33 am

    President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not meet, but they ended up sounding not so far apart.

    Netanyahu’s address to the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday in many ways echoed Obama’s speech there on Tuesday, with both ratcheting up the heat on Iran over...

  • Netanyahu’s Iran cartoon bomb timed to make big impact

    September 28, 2012 | 10:13 am

    The "Bibi bomb" was born of days of discussions between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a brains trust of close advisers on how to make a powerful impact in yet another speech on Iran's nuclear program.

    "The diagram made his address special," a senior official in...

  • At U.N., Netanyahu tries to portray Iran as ticking time bomb

    September 28, 2012 | 9:37 am

    For Benjamin Netanyahu, it’s all about advancing the view that a nuclear Iran is not simply a theoretical threat, but a ticking time bomb.

    It’s why he’s pressing President Obama to establish explicit red lines when it comes to Iran’s nuclear progress. It’s why he came to the U.N....

  • Israelis see no Iran war this year after Netanyahu’s speech

    September 28, 2012 | 9:05 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's U.N. speech about Iranian nuclear advances has dampened speculation in Israel that he could order a war this year.

    Analyzing Thursday's address in which Netanyahu literally drew a "red line" on a cartoon bomb to show how close Iran was to...

  • Netanyahu draws “red line” on Iranian nuclear program

    September 27, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew his "red line" for Iran's nuclear program on Thursday - the point at which Iran has amassed nearly enough highly enriched uranium for a single atomic bomb - and voiced confidence that the United States shares his view.

    Addressing the...

  • Israel, U.S. can chart common path on Iran, Netanyahu says [VIDEO]

    September 27, 2012 | 11:38 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was confident Israel and the United States could chart a way forward on how to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

    "Israel is in discussions with the United States over this issue and I am confident that we can chart a path forward together," Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly in a speech.

    Reporting By Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Sandra Maler

  • Netanyahu to set ‘clear red line’ for Iran in U.N. speech

    September 27, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will set out, in his speech at the United Nations on Thursday, an ultimatum for Iran to halt its disputed nuclear drive or risk coming under military attack, an Israeli official said.

    Netanyahu faces the world body after U.S. President...

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