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  • Palestinians take step towards full UNESCO membership

    October 5, 2011 | 9:34 am

    Palestinians moved a step closer to full membership in the U.N. cultural agency on Wednesday after its board decided to let 193 member states vote on the issue later this month, the latest stage in a Palestinian campaign for statehood recognition.

    In September Palestinian Authority...

  • Clinton: Israeli settlement move counter-productive

    September 27, 2011 | 5:21 pm

    Israel’s decision to build 1,100 settlement homes on West Bank land is counter-productive to reviving peace talks with the Palestinians, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday.

    The decision appears to make it even less likely that the two sides will answer a call on...

  • 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...

  • US against settlement halt as precondition for talks

    September 27, 2011 | 9:30 am

    The U.S. ambassador to Israel reaffirmed on Tuesday Washington’s opposition to a Palestinian call to halt Israeli settlement building before peace negotiations can resume.

    Facing renewed urging from international mediators to return to negotiations and defuse a row over his bid for...

  • Dueling narratives: Palestinians seek pride; Israelis fear mischief

    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...

  • Abbas U.N. speech seen as inflammatory in Israel

    September 23, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    Israelis reacted coolly on Friday to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s quest for statehood recognition, and some said his impassioned speech at the United Nations had only succeeded in harming the chances of peace.

    Telling the U.N. General Assembly he wanted peaceful relations...

  • Abbas asks for Palestinian state [VIDEO]

    September 23, 2011 | 11:01 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas applied for statehood recognition at the United Nations in New York on Friday morning.

    Abbas handed his application to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at about 11:30 a.m., various media reported, minutes ahead of his planned speech to the...

  • Clock ticks on Palestinian U.N. plan

    September 22, 2011 | 2:54 pm

    Diplomats scrambled on Thursday to head off a clash over Palestinian plans to seek full U.N. recognition with little visible sign of progress and a deadline some 24 hours away.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad briefly seized the spotlight at the United Nations General Assembly,...

  • 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...

  • Netanyahu, Lieberman praise Obama’s U.N. speech, but Palestinians pan it

    September 22, 2011 | 9:49 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked President Obama for his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, but the Palestinians criticized the address.

    Netanyahu met with Obama at the United Nations on Wednesday afternoon after the president’s speech and reportedly...

  • Cartoon: Missing the bullseye

    By Steve Greenberg

    September 21, 2011 | 5:33 pm


  • France’s Sarkozy proposes 1-yr Mideast peace map

    September 21, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed on Wednesday that the United Nations give the Palestinians status as a U.N. observer state while setting out a roadmap for peace within one year.

    In an impassioned speech at the U.N. General Assembly devoted entirely to the...

  • Opinion: Obama's mistaken approach to peace

    September 21, 2011 | 1:19 pm

    President Barack Obama is unable to succeed. He tries and misses. He wants to bless the peace process and ends up cursing it. Another chapter in this sad story was written last week when the president once again channeled the sides into the dead end of a final-status agreement, while...

  • Palestinian aide disappointed by Obama’s UN speech

    September 21, 2011 | 11:53 am

    A senior Palestinian official voiced disappointment at U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech to the the United Nations on Wednesday, saying he had hoped for an expression of support for Palestinian freedom.

    Obama urged Israel and the Palestinians to relaunch direct peace talks as he...

  • 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...

  • Obama to UN: Consider Israel’s security

    September 21, 2011 | 10:29 am

    President Obama appealed to the United Nations to recognize Israel’s security concerns in considering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    “We believe that any lasting peace must acknowledge the very real security concerns that Israel faces every single day,” Obama said in his...

  • Palestinians rally for Abbas’s U.N. statehood bid

    September 21, 2011 | 8:57 am

    Flag-waving Palestinians filled the squares of major West Bank cities on Wednesday to rally behind President Mahmoud Abbas’s bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations despite U.S. and Israeli objections.

    “We are asking for the most simple of rights, a state like other...

  • Is rift looming in U.S.-Israel ties?

    September 20, 2011 | 7:31 pm

    In recent months, the tensions that have characterized relations between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government have largely receded into the background.

    The Obama administration is preparing to stand virtually alone with Israel at the United Nations in opposing the...

  • Opinion: Dangers of Palestinian statehood motion

    September 20, 2011 | 6:23 pm

    In the last week, indeed for several months, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) has been working tirelessly and closely with our unique network of affiliates around the world to explain the dangers of the prospective motion on unilateral Palestinian statehood at the United Nations. Most...

  • Opinion: Silver linings in Palestinian statehood

    September 20, 2011 | 6:20 pm

    Israel’s efforts to neutralize the Palestinian statehood bid has reached frenzied proportions in recent days. The prime minister spent his time chasing nations in New York for support, and constructing his “Truth” speech. Speaker of the Knesset Reuven Rivlin wrote on the Web...

  • Palestinians confident on UN vote, but veto looms

    September 20, 2011 | 10:53 am

    The Palestinian foreign minister said on Tuesday he was confident the U.N. Security Council would vote to recognize Palestinian statehood and urged the United States to reconsider its veto threat as efforts to resolve the impasse appeared deadlocked.

    As diplomats scrambled to...

  • This week: At and around the United Nations

    September 19, 2011 | 11:58 am

    With the Palestinians set to submit their bid for statehood as the U.N. General Assembly convenes this week and leaders from around the world descending on New York, there’s going to be a lot going on. Here’s a rundown of what to expect in the halls of the United Nations and out on...

  • Abbas sees big problems for Palestinians following statehood bid

    September 19, 2011 | 9:50 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in New York saying he expects his people will be in a “very difficult situation” following his United Nations statehood bid.

    Abbas arrived Monday morning hours after he reportedly refused a compromise proposal offered by the...

  • Obama, Netanyahu to meet at U.N. in New York

    September 18, 2011 | 1:14 pm

    President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are set to meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

    Netanyahu is scheduled to arrive Wednesday in New York for the General Assembly meeting. He told his Cabinet Sunday that he will meet with...

  • Abbas: Palestinians to seek full U.N. membership

    September 16, 2011 | 11:21 am

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday he would demand full membership of the United Nations when he goes to the U.N. General Assembly next week, setting up a diplomatic clash with Israel and the United States.

    “We are going to the United Nations to request our...

  • Rice: U.S. not involved in negotiations over Palestinian text at U.N.

    September 15, 2011 | 4:52 pm

    Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said America is not involved in trying to tone down a draft U.N. resolution on Palestinian statehood.

    “We’re not negotiating any text, we’re not engaged in efforts to water down a text,” Rice said Thursday in a briefing...

  • Netanyahu U.N. address, Palestinian statehood bid on same day

    September 15, 2011 | 11:46 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the U.N. General Assembly on the same day that the Palestinian Authority presents its statehood bid to the Security Council.

    The Palestinians will submit a bid for full membership in the Security Council of the United Nations on...

  • Opinion: UN-vote

    By Rob Eshman

    September 14, 2011 | 1:07 pm

    The threatened U.N. vote on Palestinian statehood has pundits and politicians apoplectic.

    Me, not so much.

    The Palestinian Authority plans to bring its bid for statehood and membership in the United Nations to the 15-member Security Council when the U.N. opens its new session on...

  • Jewish group lobbies in L.A. against UN vote

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 14, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    When general debate begins at the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 21, the eyes of all Israel supporters will be focused on New York City, to see what becomes of the Palestinian Authority’s plan to unilaterally declare statehood.

    For now, however, ongoing efforts by...

  • Jewish Agency chairman discusses Palestinian statehood bid

    By Ryan E. Smith

    September 13, 2011 | 11:35 pm

    No one knows exactly how things will play out next week when Palestinian leaders make a bid for statehood at the United Nations, but Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, believes the impact will be more rhetorical than practical and that it represents no threat...

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