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  • U.N. declares 2014 year of ‘solidarity’ with the Palestinians

    November 27, 2013 | 1:25 pm

    The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2014 the “International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.”

    The draft resolution was adopted Tuesday by a vote of 110-7, with 56 member states abstaining.

    The resolution also welcomed the resumption of U.S.-brokered...

  • Netanyahu offers inquiring U.N. interpreter a job in Israel

    November 18, 2013 | 10:59 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there will always be a job waiting in Israel for a U.N. interpreter caught wondering aloud at the excessive number of anti-Israel resolutions.

    Netanyahu played a video recording of the incident during Sunday’s regular Cabinet meeting and...

  • Religious pluralism a theme at General Assembly

    November 14, 2013 | 5:13 pm

    It is a cause that elicited cheers from a roomful of participants at The Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly (G.A.).

    Leading politicians have long championed it and are now trying to push it through a divided Knesset. Nearly two-thirds of Israelis support it,...

  • L.A. Federation at G.A. offers ideas for attracting young Jews

    November 13, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    Leaders of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles were in Jerusalem this week to take part in The Jewish Federations of North America’s annual General Assembly (G.A.). In all, the G.A. — which is held in Israel once every five years — attracted more than 3,000 participants...

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  • At G.A., Peres and Netanyahu strike different tones on Iran

    November 11, 2013 | 9:14 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued his hard line against Iran’s nuclear program in an address to the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly, repeatedly telling the gathering of American Jewish leaders in Jerusalem that the compromise being formulated...

  • Thinking big about littlest Jews

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 7, 2013 | 4:42 pm

    When Michael Siegal, chairman of the board of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), addresses the umbrella organization’s upcoming General Assembly (GA) in Jerusalem on Nov. 10, he may very well be thinking about a constituency not likely to be present at the Jerusalem...

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani talked the talk

    By Michael Berenbaum

    October 3, 2013 | 11:21 am

    As one who has studied a folio of Talmud each day for the last 14 months, I am tempted to present President Hassan Rouhani’s interview with CNN as a text to be studied, dissected point by point, sentence by sentence in talmudic fashion.

    According to the translator hired by the...

  • Netanyahu talks tough on Iran, leaves door open to ‘meaningful’ diplomatic solution

    October 2, 2013 | 8:30 am

    The “credible military threat” against Iran that Benjamin Netanyahu wanted to hear while he was in the United States this week eventually emerged — from his own lips.

    The Israeli prime minister, in a blunt speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, warned that...

  • Jewish leaders urge Abbas to make moderate stands public

    September 25, 2013 | 4:49 pm

    A slate of 100 U.S. Jewish leaders wrote Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urging him to make public his opposition to a ‘right of return’ and his agreement to a demilitarized Palestinian state.

    The letter, spearheaded by the Israel Policy Forum, noted that in a...

  • No ‘half measures’: Bibi’s video message to Iran

    September 24, 2013 | 5:31 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threw down the gauntlet on Iran in a video message for the opening of the U.N. General Assembly.

    “Israel will welcome a genuine diplomatic solution that truly dismantles Iran’s capacity to develop nuclear weapons, but we will not be fooled by half measures that merely provide a smokescreen for Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and the world will not be fooled either,” Netanyahu said in the video.

  • Pakistan’s Malala challenges world leaders to educate Syrian refugees

    September 24, 2013 | 9:22 am

    Pakistani education crusader Malala Yousafzai and other youth activists challenged world leaders on Monday to come up with $175 million to educate 400,000 Syrian children who fled to neighboring Lebanon to escape a civil war in their homeland.

    As leaders gather in New York for...

  • Obama pledges U.S. support after Kenya ‘outrage’

    September 23, 2013 | 5:11 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday condemned an attack at a mall in Kenya as he prepared for a speech to the U.N. General Assembly in which he will call for international solidarity against a fresh wave of violence from Islamist extremists.

    Obama immersed himself into...

  • Obama to meet with Abbas at U.N.

    September 23, 2013 | 1:59 pm

    President Obama will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the U.N.  General Assembly.

    A top U.S. official said the meeting in New York was a sign of the president’s commitment to renewed peace talks.

    “This is the president’s first opportunity to meet...

  • Netanyahu at U.N. will liken Iran to North Korea

    September 23, 2013 | 10:20 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly will liken Iran to North Korea in his U.N. General Assembly speech.

    The speech is Netanyahu’s bid to emphasize Israeli reservations about any rapprochement with Iran by the United Nations.

    “Iran must not be allowed to repeat...

  • Netanyahu to address UN in September

    August 23, 2013 | 10:33 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he will address the United Nations General Assembly next month in New York.

    According to The Jerusalem Post, the Prime Minister’s Office said the Sept. 30 speech would focus on Iran. This will be the third year in a row that...

  • Meet our future diplomats!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 21, 2013 | 12:17 pm

    Last week, the IsraMUN conference, the first academic international MUN (Model Uniited Nations*) in Israel, takes place in Rishon LeZion, Israel. This year’s IsraMUN theme is “Modernity and Traditionalism," when the aim of the conference is "to raise awareness to the importance of ...

  • Israeli-Iranian singer Rita performs at U.N.

    March 6, 2013 | 4:29 pm

    The Israeli-Iranian singer Rita performed at the United Nations General Assembly Hall.

    Rita performed in Hebrew, English and Farsi at the "Tunes for Peace" concert on Tuesday night -- just the third full-fledged concert at the U.N. venue.

    The singer, who goes by just her first...

  • What is the Israeli election really telling the Palestinians?

    By Rabbi Marvin Hier

    January 29, 2013 | 11:41 am

    Without a doubt, at the moment, the Palestinians in Gaza and in the West Bank are riding high, flexing their muscles, and feeling very confident about what they view as an impressive string of recent victories.  The leaders of Hamas, for their part, have excited the whole Arab...

  • U.N. General Assembly adopts nine resolutions condemning Israel

    December 19, 2012 | 3:01 pm

    The United Nations General Assembly adopted nine resolutions on the topics of Palestinian rights and the Golan Heights.

    The resolutions adopted Tuesday criticized Israel for “the continuing systematic violation of the human rights of the Palestinian people,” and focused on “the...

  • EU draft resolution slams Israeli settlements, carries no sanctions

    December 10, 2012 | 11:33 am

    A draft of a European Union resolution said the EU was "deeply dismayed" by Israeli plans for new construction in settlements but did not mention sanctions.

    The draft resolution, which was obtained by the French news agency AFP, said Israeli settlement construction “threaten...

  • Netanyahu, Merkel ‘agree to disagree’ on settlement construction

    December 6, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "agreed to disagree" on a plan to build 3,000 apartments in a controversial area near Jerusalem.

    Merkel and Netanyahu held a joint news conference Thursday following a meeting between the two...

  • Palestinians appeal to U.N. over Israel’s E1 housing plan

    December 6, 2012 | 9:12 am

    The Palestinians appealed to the United Nations Security Council to stop Israel from making plans to build 3,000 apartments in a controversial area outside of Jerusalem.

    In a letter to the Security Council, the U.N. General Assembly and the U.N. secretary-general, the Palestinian...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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