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  • U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly upgrades Palestine to observer status

    November 29, 2012 | 2:22 pm

    The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to upgrade Palestine to a non-member observer state.

    The vote Thursday was 138 to 9, with 41 countries abstaining. The Palestinians were expected to handily win the vote, which is largely symbolic.

    Cheers erupted in the...

  • Americans for Peace Now backs Palestinian U.N. bid

    November 27, 2012 | 2:12 pm

    Americans for Peace Now called on President Obama to support the Palestinians’ bid to upgrade their status in the United Nations to non-member observer state.

    The stance by the left-wing group issued in a statement Tuesday places it at odds with others in the pro-Israel...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • U.N. panel draft says no consensus on Palestinian bid

    November 8, 2011 | 11:30 am

    A draft report by a key U.N. Security Council committee, obtained by Reuters on Tuesday, declared that members could not reach consensus on whether Palestine should be accepted as a U.N. member state.

    “The committee was unable to make a unanimous recommendation to the Security...

  • As U.N. push fizzles, Abbas faces unclear path ahead

    November 8, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ statehood push at the United Nations may be fizzling, but his supporters insist that he can find a way out of the impasse.

    “Abu Mazen is a powerful leader and is very persuasive,” said Ahmad Tibi, an Arab member of Israel’s...

  • Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister: We won’t accept less than full U.N. seat

    November 3, 2011 | 8:19 pm

    The Palestinians will not accept anything less than full U.N. membership and do not want an upgrade to an observer state in the world body, their foreign minister said on Thursday.

    Riyad al-Malki’s remarks suggested the Palestinians would not seek such an upgrade once their bid for...

  • Israel to halt UNESCO funding over Palestinian vote

    November 3, 2011 | 9:14 am

    Israel said on Thursday it would freeze its funding to the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO following the group’s decision to grant the Palestinians full membership.

    A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said UNESCO’s decision this week damaged chances of...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Natan Sharansky speaks out on Palestinian statehood bid during L.A. visit

    By Ryan E. Smith

    September 21, 2011 | 4:14 pm

    No one knows exactly how things will play out as 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 to Israel.

    ...
  • Hamas distances itself from Palestinian statehood bid at UN

    September 12, 2011 | 2:19 pm

    The Palestinian Authority’s push to achieve recognition of an independent Palestinian state in the United Nations has nothing to do with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Hamas officials said on Monday, adding that the campaign was launched without consulting Hamas leaders.

    Speaking...

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