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  • U.S. official in Israel to discuss Mideast nuclear arms ban

    4 hours ago

    A senior U.S. official is in Israel to discuss the possibility of a compromise that would keep alive the idea of someday banning nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, U.S. officials and U.N. diplomats said on Thursday.

    Friday is the final day of a...

  • U.N. inquiry finds Israel fired on its schools, Hamas hid weapons in its buildings

    3 weeks ago

    Israel fired on seven United Nations schools and Hamas hid weapons in at least three empty U.N. buildings during Israel’s operation in Gaza in 2014, according to an inquiry.

    Some 44 Palestinians sheltering in the U.N. schools bombed by the Israelis were killed and Hamas also...

  • Eyeing Arab ties, Israel to observe nuclear pact meeting

    April 27, 2015 | 8:53 am

    Israel will take part as an observer in a major nuclear non-proliferation conference that opens at the United Nations on Monday, ending a 20-year absence in hope of fostering dialogue with Arab states, a senior Israeli official said.

    Assumed to have the Middle East's sole nuclear...

  • No longer the UN, but UNAI – United Nations Against Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 24, 2015 | 9:46 am

    Israel is a leading country when it comes to women’s rights. There’s no doubt that the sky is the limit to all women here, and any woman can do and be anything her heart desires (under the limits of the still ongoing women discrimination worldwide.) If you look at our neighbors,...

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  • U.S. may no longer hinder Israel-critical U.N. actions

    March 19, 2015 | 8:58 am

    The Obama administration may reconsider shielding Israel from critical actions in international forums, according to reports.

    Politico and the New York Times on Thursday each quoted unnamed senior administration officials as saying that the United States may back a U.N. Security...

  • Good riddance, Schabas (but will this change anything?)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 3, 2015 | 4:06 am

    William Schabas, head of a United Nations Human Rights Commission inquiry into last summer’s conflict in Gaza, was a poor choice for a wretched job. He’s now resigned, “following Israeli allegations of bias due to consultancy work he did for the Palestine Liberation Organization...

  • Israel tells U.N. will defend itself against Hezbollah

    January 28, 2015 | 9:04 am

    Israel told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday it will take all necessary measures to defend itself after an exchange of fire between Hezbollah militants and Israel that has raised the threat of a full-blown conflict.

    "Israel will not stand by as Hezbollah targets Israelis,"...

  • U.N. head sets date for Palestinian membership in ICC

    January 7, 2015 | 9:34 am

    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that Palestine will join the International Criminal Court on April 1.

    The accession to the court will allow the Palestinians to press war-crimes charges against Israel.

    Ban made the announcement late Tuesday night, days...

  • Abbas seeks to re-submit statehood bid to U.N. Security Council

    January 5, 2015 | 8:49 am

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he was discussing with Jordan plans to resubmit to the United Nations Security Council a resolution calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state that failed to win enough votes last week.

    Jordan remains a member of the...

  • Palestinians deliver to U.N. documents to join war crimes court

    January 2, 2015 | 11:56 am

    In a move certain to anger Israel and Washington, the Palestinians on Friday delivered to U.N. headquarters documents on joining the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and more than a dozen other international treaties.

    The chief Palestinian observer, Riyad Mansour,...

  • Britain says cannot support new Palestinian U.N. draft resolution

    December 30, 2014 | 9:27 am

    Britain joined the United States on Tuesday, declaring that it cannot support a new Palestinian draft proposal calling for peace with Israel within a year and an end of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories by late 2017.

    Jordan on Tuesday circulated to the U.N....

  • Question of Palestine Debate

    December 8, 2014 | 12:07 pm

    Delivered to UN General Assembly on November 24th.

    Mr. President, 

    I stand before the world as a proud representative of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. I stand tall before you knowing that truth and morality are on my side.  And yet, I...

  • Iran seeks post on key U.N. committee, Israel deems it ‘absurd’

    December 2, 2014 | 3:54 pm

    Iran is seeking a senior post on a United Nations committee that decides accreditation of non-governmental organizations, a move that Israel on Tuesday compared to gangster Al Capone running the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    Iran was elected to the 19-member committee in...

  • Israeli ambassador to the UN said “J’accuse” to the global community

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 25, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Israeli ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, slammed members of the UN for their hypocrisy and double standards regarding Israel. At the United Nation's annual commemoration of their vote on the partition of the British Mandate 67 years ago, as part of the international day of...

  • Netanyahu: No chance for peace deal if Israel sued for war crimes

    October 3, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    A Palestinian push to try Israeli officials for war crimes at a United Nations tribunal would end any chance of reaching a peace deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu spoke to Army Radio on Friday, a day after the Palestinian Authority’s envoy to the...

  • ‘Breaking the Silence’ and Gaza

    September 10, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    The shooting war in Gaza was again accompanied by a massive political and media attack against Israel, with accusations of “war crimes” and “human rights violations” in parallel to the barrages of rockets and missiles.

    The weapons and soldiers in the political war are led by the...

  • Israel’s land seizure: political favor or West Bank game-changer?

    September 2, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    In the days after the war in Gaza concluded, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to bear left.

    He spoke of a “possible diplomatic horizon” for Israel on Aug. 27 and suggested a return to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Reports emerged that Netanyahu had met...

  • Alleging U.N. bias, Israel again keeping distance from Gaza probe

    August 19, 2014 | 10:51 am

    The United Nations probe into the Gaza conflict hasn’t even begun, but Israel already is convinced that it won’t end well.

    In a resolution adopted by a vote of 29-1 with 17 abstentions, the U.N. Human Rights Council moved last month to establish a commission of inquiry “to...

  • On packed flight to Israel, hundreds of American Jews, emboldened by Gaza crisis, start lives anew

    By Jared Sichel

    August 12, 2014 | 9:33 am

    Daniel Knafo was wide awake aboard the Boeing 747 as sunlight began peaking over the northern horizon of the Mediterranean Sea early on the morning of Aug. 12.

    Less than 10 hours earlier, he was at the departure terminal of John F. Kennedy International Airport with more than 300...

  • PA will bring Israel to ICC, foreign minister says

    August 10, 2014 | 9:36 am

    The Palestinian Authority will bring Israel before the International Criminal Court for war crimes, its foreign minister said.

    “We will go to the ICJ (International Court of Justice), and put our signature on it. Very soon we will be a (sovereign) state. That is enough for the...

  • Ban orders review following allegations UNRWA gave rockets back to Hamas

    July 24, 2014 | 11:13 am

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commissioned a review of U.N. practices for relocating weapons found on its premises following reports that rockets found in an UNRWA school were returned to Hamas.

    “The Secretary-General is alarmed to hear that rockets were placed in an UNRWA...

  • U.N.’s Ban: Hamas stopping rocket fire would stop escalation

    July 11, 2014 | 8:34 am

    U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said an end to Hamas rocket fire was the only means of preventing an Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.

    “Today we face the risk of an all out escalation in Israel and Gaza with the threat of a ground offensive still palpable and...

  • Ambassador Samantha Power condemns BDS

    By Rob Eshman

    February 25, 2014 | 9:47 am

    The Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement against Israel hurts the chances of a just and lasting peace in the region, Ambassador Samantha Power, the permanent U.S. representative to the United Nations, declared Sunday evening, Feb. 23, at UCLA.

    Delivering the 12th annual...

  • The UN launched its “International Year of Solidarity with Palestinians,” in yet another biased act

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 21, 2014 | 12:09 pm

    On Thursday, the United Nations launched the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On their official announcement, they stated that senior officials “urging that the observance be used to redouble efforts to achieve a durable peace between Israel and...

  • Scarlet Johansson, new technology, Israeli whiskey, IDF in the US and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 19, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    Israeli soldiers are touring the US. Want to hear what they have to say?

    The 6th annual Israeli Soldiers’ Stories tour is about to launch! On this StandWithUs program, thirteen Israeli soldiers will tour North America and share their backgrounds, interests, life in Israel and...

  • Asylum seekers’ “undecided” status – will our govt finally reach a solution?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 8, 2014 | 9:30 am

    In the past four days, thousands of African migrants are striking and protesting in the streets of Tel-Aviv. Many of them work illegally as dishwashers or janitors, and them striking directly affects many businesses and thus – draw a lot of attention. So far, protests involving...

  • Mourning Paul and Seffy, lighting up Africa, changing the UN and more -This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 9, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    Goodbye, Seffy

    Only a week after Israeli lost one of its greatest musicians, Arik Einstein, we all said goodbye to one our greatest comedians. Israeli actor and comedian Yosef (Seffy) Rivlin died Tuesday at the age of 66. Rivlin, who battled cancer for many years and even lost...

  • The two Muslim narratives

    October 21, 2013 | 10:22 am

    The Muslim world finds itself amidst a battle of two narratives — one of oppression and one of justice.

    The oppressive narrative enforces death for blasphemy and/or apostasy and wants government that rejects the democratic ideal of separation of mosque and state. It relegates...

  • Netanyahu’s speech- how did we take it?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 2, 2013 | 1:42 pm

    A moment of honesty: Netanyahu’s speech yesterday confused me.  As I watched it, I truly had no idea how I felt about it. On one hand, I knew Netanyahu is a gifted rhetorician, and that his speeches, giving his previous experience as the Israeli ambassador to the UN. Are usually...

  • 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 ...

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