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  • Tit-for-tat gestures would replace Middle East talks

    2 weeks ago

    If Middle East peace talks collapse this month, lawfare rather than warfare looks likely to fill the void, with the Palestinians set to confront Israel on the diplomatic stage rather than in any popular uprising.

    The Israelis will seek to retaliate in such a way as to avoid an...

  • U.N. rights investigator accuses Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing’

    March 21, 2014 | 10:31 am

    A U.N. human rights investigator accused Israel on Friday of "ethnic cleansing" in pushing Palestinians out of East Jerusalem and cast doubt that the Israeli government could accept a Palestinian state in the current climate.

    He spoke against a backdrop of deadlocked peace talks...

  • Kerry says mistrust is high in talks, cites ‘Jewish state’ issue

    March 14, 2014 | 10:18 am

    John Kerry said Israeli and Palestinian mutual mistrust remains high, and he expressed frustration with the issue of recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.

    The U.S. secretary of state fielded questions about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process on Wednesday and Thursday from...

  • 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...

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  • UN Ambassador addresses BDS, hails Pearl Foundation

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2014 | 5:44 pm

    The United States firmly opposes any boycotts of Israeli institutions and products “as disruptive of the peace process,” Ambassador Samantha Power, the permanent U.S. representative to the United Nations, declared Sunday evening, Feb. 23, at UCLA.

    Power also spoke out against the...

  • Why I love AIPAC

    By David Suissa

    February 5, 2014 | 11:45 am

    It’s one of the odd quirks of history that Israel’s No. 1 diplomatic enemy — the United Nations — is located not far from Israel’s best friend, the United States Congress. These two bodies are arguably the most influential political entities in the world.

    This has the...

  • U.S. presses UNESCO on cancellation of Jews in Israel exhibit

    January 17, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    The Obama administration is “deeply disappointed” with a decision by UNESCO, the United Nation’s cultural arm, to cancel the opening of an exhibition on the Jewish presence in the land of Israel and is seeking its placement “as soon as possible.”

    Complaints by Arab states led...

  • Snowden has more U.S.-Israel secrets to expose, Glenn Greenwald says

    January 6, 2014 | 4:30 pm

    Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has more secrets to reveal that relate to Israel, the journalist who first brought his leaks to the world's attention said on Monday.

    Among allegations aired by Snowden last year were that the U.S. National Security Agency and its...

  • Israeli UN ambassador sees opportunities

    By Jared Sichel

    December 12, 2013 | 11:09 am

    For Ron Prosor, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, the Iranian nuclear threat is real, the hostility coming from the United Nations is enduring, and Palestinian calls for two states are disingenuous.

    Yet, he said at a Dec. 11 breakfast hosted by the Jewish National Fund...

  • Iran, six powers meet on steps to carry out nuclear deal

    December 9, 2013 | 10:26 am

    Iran and six world powers began expert-level talks on Monday to work out nitty-gritty details in implementing a landmark accord for Tehran to curb its disputed nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions.

    The preliminary accord is seen as a first step towards...

  • Iranian regime’s propaganda use of Jews would make Goebbels proud

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 4, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    Two weeks ago, the Associated Press reported that roughly two dozen Iranian Jews took part in a “pro-nuclear rally” at the United Nations office in Tehran. The report indicated that the Iranian Jews held Torahs in their arms and also signs in Hebrew and English proclaiming their...

  • Iran sees nuclear deal implementation starting by early January

    November 29, 2013 | 1:06 pm

    The implementation of a landmark deal between Iran and world powers to curb Tehran's nuclear program in return for some sanctions relief is expected to start by early January, its envoy to the U.N. atomic agency said on Friday.

    The November 24 interim accord between the Islamic...

  • 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...

  • Iranian Jews hold pro-nuclear rally in Tehran

    November 20, 2013 | 8:51 am

    Iranian Jews holding Torah scrolls demonstrated in Tehran in support of Iran’s nuclear program.

    Demonstrators, who also held signs in English, Hebrew and Farsi, rallied Tuesday in front of the United Nations office in Tehran, according to The Jerusalem Post. They denounced...

  • U.N.’s Ban visits Auschwitz

    November 18, 2013 | 11:14 am

    Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the United Nations, paid tribute to victims of the Holocaust at a visit to Auschwitz.

    On Monday, Ban viewed the public exhibits and laid flowers in front of the wall where inmates of the Nazi death camp were shot to death, according to...

  • 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...

  • Netanyahu says ‘bad deal’ with Iran could lead to war

    November 13, 2013 | 11:51 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Wednesday that a "bad deal" between global powers and Iran over its nuclear program could lead to war.

    His government said an offer on the table for what Washington calls a "modest" easing of sanctions would in fact negate up to...

  • U.N. inspectors hold ‘very productive’ nuclear talks with Iran

    October 29, 2013 | 10:43 am

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog and Iran held "very productive" talks this week on how to advance a long-blocked investigation into Iranian atomic activities and will meet again in Tehran next month, they said in a rare joint statement on Tuesday.

    The relatively upbeat announcement by...

  • Report: Iran weeks away from nuke

    October 25, 2013 | 9:19 am

    Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to build a nuclear bomb in as little as a month, according to a new estimate by a top American think tank.

    “Today, Iran could break out most quickly using a three-step process with its installed centrifuges and its low-enriched...

  • 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...

  • Israel to seek U.N. Security Council seat, ambassador says

    October 4, 2013 | 10:19 am

    Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, said Israel will seek a seat on the Security Council for the first time.

    Prosor told Reuters Thursday that Israel would vie for a seat on the 15-member panel, the United Nations’ most powerful body, for 2019-2020.

    “We’re...

  • 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...

  • In case you missed it, Bibi doesn’t like Rouhani

    October 2, 2013 | 11:06 am

    Say what you will about Bibi, but the guy stays on message.

    In his speech at the U.N. yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drove home the same point he’s been repeating since he (re)took office in 2009: Iran’s trying to get the bomb, we need to stop it and...

  • 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...

  • Recognize Yom Kippur as official holiday, Israel asks U.N.

    October 1, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    Israel asked the United Nations to recognize Yom Kippur as an official U.N. holiday.

    Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin and Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., Ron Prosor, met Monday with U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson to request international recognition for Yom...

  • Netanyahu warns: If necessary, Israel will stop Iran on its own

    October 1, 2013 | 10:14 am

    If Iran is poised to obtain a nuclear weapon, Israel is prepared to strike it on its own, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly.

    “Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said Tuesday in his speech, the last...

  • Kerry aims to boost support for U.S. stance in nuclear meeting with Iran

    September 26, 2013 | 10:27 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to bolster international support to keep pressure on Iran in nuclear talks with world powers set for Thursday even as Iran's new president pressed a diplomatic charm offensive at the United Nations.

    The meeting in New York involves a very...

  • 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...

  • Full-court press charm offensive: Iranian leader’s smooth diplomacy poses new challenge for Israel

    September 25, 2013 | 2:16 pm

    A charm offensive toward the West by Iran's new president and his nuanced approach to his predecessor's Holocaust denial have run into an Israeli wall of suspicion hardened by Tehran's nuclear pursuits.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will not be fooled by Hassan...

  • After U.N. speeches, Israel strikes wary tone on Iran

    September 25, 2013 | 9:42 am

    The good news for Israel in President Barack Obama’s speech at the United Nations was his insistence that any steps Iran might take to solve the standoff over its nuclear program must be transparent and verifiable.

    The bad news was that Obama wasn’t clear about what those steps...

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