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  • West pushes U.N. Syria vote despite Russian criticism

    April 13, 2012 | 4:39 pm

    Western powers brushed aside Russian criticism of a U.S.-drafted Security Council resolution authorizing an advance team of U.N. observers to monitor Syria’s fragile ceasefire and said on Friday they hoped to put it to a vote this weekend.

    The U.N. missions of Britain, France and...

  • Palestinians protest Israeli settlement building to Security Council

    April 10, 2012 | 10:48 am

    The Palestinians have sent a letter of protest against Israeli settlements to the United Nations Security Council.

    The letter sent Monday by Palestinian U.N. observer Riyad Mansour accused Israel of being insincere in its claims to be ready to make peace with the Palestinians,...

  • Iran denies part in recent attacks in letter to Security Council

    February 23, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Iran denied involvement in recent attacks on Israeli diplomats and accused Israel of assassinating its nuclear scientists, in a letter to the United Nations Security Council.

    Israel has made “unfounded allegations and distortions” against Iran over the car bombs placed last week on...

  • As Syria crackdown intensifies, debate rages over U.S. options

    February 21, 2012 | 2:29 pm

    As the Syrian government intensifies its assault on opposition strongholds, the debate is heating up in Washington over how to end the bloody crackdown and bring about regime change.

    The Obama administration has tried to ratchet up pressure on the Syrian regime through international...

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  • Israeli, Palestinian peace negotiators to meet on Monday, U.S. says

    January 5, 2012 | 1:10 pm

    Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators will hold their second round of face-to-face talks within a week on Monday in Amman, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday.

    “We are encouraged that they are both coming to the table, they are talking directly,” spokeswoman...

  • U.N. Security Council states condemn Israel over housing

    December 21, 2011 | 9:20 am

    Members of the U.N. Security Council criticized Israel’s decision to construct additional housing in the settlements and the United States for blocking a vote to condemn the action.

    The four European Union nations on the council—Britain, France, Germany and Portugal—issued a joint...

  • Palestinians staying the course on Security Council bid

    November 16, 2011 | 10:54 am

    The Palestinians will continue to press their bid for full membership in the U.N. Security Council.

    The decision to request a Security Council vote, even though it is likely to fail, came Tuesday at the request of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting of the...

  • UN report: No consensus on Palestinian statehood bid

    November 9, 2011 | 8:26 am

    The United Nations Security Council could not arrive at a consensus on the Palestinians’ statehood bid, a draft report from the panel reportedly says.

    The four-page report by the committee on admitting new member states sent Tuesday to all 15 Security members said, according to...

  • 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...

  • Protestant leaders call for U.N. endorsement of Palestinian membership

    November 1, 2011 | 2:17 pm

    Leaders of four American Protestant denominations issued a statement endorsing the Palestinian U.N. bid for statehood.

    “The Palestinians deserve membership in the United Nations—not only on the basis of international law and basic fairness—but to help preserve a multi-religious...

  • 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...

  • Palestinians seek UNESCO vote despite U.S. opposition

    October 26, 2011 | 9:41 am

    The Palestinians will seek a vote on their bid for full membership of UNESCO next week, Foreign Minister Riyal al-Malki said Wednesday, despite what he called U.S. threats to pull funding from the U.N. cultural agency.

    The initiative is part of a Palestinian campaign, opposed by the...

  • Opinion: You and the UN

    By Rob Eshman

    October 12, 2011 | 3:50 pm

    If you care about Israel, you have one very clear assignment over the next two months.

    In about eight weeks, the U.N. Security Council could vote on whether to recognize Palestinian statehood.

    What’s your assignment? Let me give you a hint: It is not to oppose the resolution.

    ...
  • Israel accepts EU invitation to meet Palestinians

    October 10, 2011 | 5:47 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accepted a European Union invitation to meet Palestinian leaders in an effort to restart peace talks, his office said in a statement.

    Netanyahu told EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in a telephone conversation that he “is...

  • 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...

  • Congress looks to punish Palestinians, but cuts to security aid pose dilemma

    October 4, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    If the Palestinians don’t pull back from their statehood push, congressional cuts in aid are inevitable, U.S. lawmakers say. Just how comprehensive such cuts will be, however, could end up depending on Israel’s stance on the issue.

    Lawmakers, lobbyists and congressional staffers...

  • Council takes first step on Palestinian U.N. bid

    September 28, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday took its first step on the Palestinian application to join the United Nations by handing it to a committee that will review and assess it in the coming weeks.

    The standing committee on the admission of new members to the world body is comprised...

  • Netanyahu rejects widespread criticism of homes plan

    September 28, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected Western and Arab complaints that the planned construction of 1,100 new homes in Gilo on annexed land close to Jerusalem would complicate Middle East peace efforts.

    “Gilo is not a settlement nor an outpost. It is a...

  • Opinion: Moral dimension of Palestinian statehood

    By Judea Pearl

    September 27, 2011 | 7:14 pm

    I felt terribly guilty when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told the U.N. General Assembly: “Enough! It is time for the Palestinian people to gain their freedom and independence.” How can we deny to others what we claim for ourselves?

    Let there be no...

  • U.S., EU condemn Israeli plan to expand settlement

    September 27, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    Israel approved on Tuesday the construction of 1,100 settlement homes on annexed land in the West Bank, complicating global efforts to renew peace talks and defuse a crisis over a Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations.

    The plan was met with a chorus of Western criticism....

  • U.N. speech boosts Bibi’s ratings in Israel

    September 26, 2011 | 11:29 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s popularity has climbed in Israel after a hard-hitting speech at the United Nations opposing a Palestinian bid for statehood, an opinion poll showed on Monday.

    The right-wing leader’s approval rating rose to 41 percent from 32 percent in a previous...

  • Israel police arrest Hamas lawmaker in East Jerusalem

    September 26, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Israeli police arrested a Hamas lawmaker on Monday who had been sheltering for more than a year in the International Red Cross (ICRC) offices in East Jerusalem, a police spokesman said.

    Ahmad Attoun had taken shelter in the ICRC building along with another Hamas legislator and a...

  • Security Council to discuss statehood bid

    September 26, 2011 | 11:20 am

    The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to discuss the Palestinian bid for statehood.

    The council will take up the issue, likely informally, on Monday. All 15 members of the council have already received the letter of application presented to the council on Sept. 22 by...

  • Abbas says no talks without Israeli settlement freeze

    September 25, 2011 | 11:05 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas repeated on Sunday his refusal to talk with Israel without a settlement freeze after international mediators, responding to his United Nations bid for statehood, urged negotiations within a month.

    “We have confirmed to all that we want...

  • Opinion: The dangerous alternate Middle East reality

    September 23, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    This essay was first posted Wed., Sept. 21 on Huffington Post

    In the lead-up to the Palestinian application for full membership in the United Nations later this week, we can expect nation after nation to vilify the Jewish state and to walk out when Prime Minister Netanyahu takes the...

  • In U.N. speeches, Abbas, Netanyahu trade charges of ‘ethnic cleansing’

    September 23, 2011 | 2:25 pm

    Mahmoud Abbas outlined a vision for an independent Palestine that hewed to the two-state formula but also revived rhetoric that hearkened back to an era of Palestinian belligerence.

    Shortly after concluding his speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, the Palestinian Authority...

  • 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...

  • Netanyahu to U.N.: Palestinians want state without peace [VIDEO]

    September 23, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Palestinians of wanting statehood without peace.

    “The truth is so far the Palestinians have refused to negotiate,” he said. “The truth is the Palestinians want a state without peace.”

    He said he and Israel genuinely want peace...

  • In U.S. speech, Abbas commits to two states, but amps up fiery rhetoric

    September 23, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    Mahmoud Abbas outlined a vision for an independent Palestine that hewed to the two-state formula but also revived rhetoric that hearkened back to an era of Palestinian belligerence.

    “We agree to establish the state of Palestine on only 22 percent of historical Palestine on all of...

  • In Ramallah, West Bank Palestinians divided between celebratory and cynical

    September 23, 2011 | 12:21 pm

    A larger-than-life sky-blue chair with the word “Palestine” dominates the center of Manara Square in downtown Ramallah.

    The Palestinian flag, a national symbol once banned by Israel, flies everywhere. Long banners of flags crisscross the square, huge flags decorate the sides of...

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