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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Iran under military threat from ‘uncivilized Zionists,’ Ahmadinejad tells U.N.

    September 27, 2012 | 9:51 am

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the U.N. General Assembly that his country is under military threat from "uncivilized Zionists."

    Ahmadinejad spoke to the assembly Wednesday at the United Nations in New York. The delegations from Israel, the United States and Canada...

  • N.Y. Post thwarted in gag gift delivery to Ahmadinejad

    September 24, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    The New York Post said it was rebuffed in its attempt to hand-deliver a basket with Jewish-themed gifts to the New York hotel room of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    A Post reporter and photographer attempted to deliver the goods on Saturday night to the Warwick Hotel in...

  • For U.S., stopping Palestinian unilateral actions is a key goal at U.N. assembly

    September 24, 2012 | 9:20 am

    Halting Palestinian unilateral actions at the United Nations will be among the “broad priorities” of the U.S. government at the U.N. General Assembly meeting.

    “We will continue to oppose unilateral Palestinian actions in the U.N. on issues that can only be achieved through direct...

  • Argentinian Jewish leaders urge foreign minister to not meet Iranian counterpart

    September 21, 2012 | 10:00 am

    Argentinian Jewish leaders are strongly urging their country to reject Iran’s request for a meeting of their respective foreign ministers at the UN General Assembly next week.

    The Argentinian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday announced that Iran’s Ali Akbar Salehi had requested an...

  • Presbyterians narrowly reject divestment

    July 6, 2012 | 9:00 am

    In a narrow vote, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) rejected divestment from companies doing business with Israeli security forces in the West Bank.

    The 333-331 vote, with two abstentions, in Pittsburgh late Thursday was the closest that the boycott, divestment...

  • Palestinians to deliver Netanyahu ultimatum on talks

    April 16, 2012 | 4:48 pm

    The Palestinian Authority prime minister plans to use a rare meeting set for Tuesday with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver a letter detailing Palestinian grievances on stalled peace talks.

    Although there was no official announcement of the encounter between Netanyahu and...

  • Netanyahu cancels GA appearance

    October 24, 2011 | 7:56 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled plans to address the Jewish federations’ annual General Assembly.

    “The Prime Minister hoped to go to the GA, but unfortunately he will have to be in Israel during that week,” the Jewish Federations of North America said in a...

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