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  • U.N. Security Council condemns murders of Israeli teens

    1 week ago

    The U.N. Security Council adopted a statement condemning and expressing “profound outrage” at the murder of three Israeli teenagers.

    “The members of the Security Council expressed their profound outrage at and condemned in the strongest terms the killing of three teenagers, whose...

  • Mother of kidnapped Naftali Frenkel tells U.N.: ‘Much more can be done’

    2 weeks ago

    The mother of Naftali Frenkel implored the U.N. Human Rights Council to help find her son and two other abducted Israeli teenagers.

    “Much more can be done and should be done by everyone,” Rachel Frenkel told the council on Tuesday morning in Geneva. “I ask everyone to do whatever...

  • U.N. urges Israeli restraint in hunt for teens, warns of violence

    2 weeks ago

    A senior United Nations official on Monday urged Israel to exercise restraint in its search for three missing teenagers it accuses the Hamas Islamist group of kidnapping, while warning the Security Council that violence in the region could escalate.

    Israel's army said it had...

  • Iran, six powers push to salvage momentum for nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    Iran and six world powers re-launched talks on Tuesday to try to salvage a deal on Tehran's nuclear activity by a July deadline, striving to prevent a long-time standoff from descending into a wider Middle East war.

    With time running short if a risky extension of the nuclear...

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  • Israel says Iran giving ‘false explanations’ to U.N. nuclear inquiry

    June 5, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    Israel has condemned as unacceptably slow Iran's cooperation with a U.N. watchdog inquiry into suspected nuclear bomb research and accused Tehran of providing "false" explanations for its disputed activities.

    Iran, which says its nuclear program is peaceful and that it is...

  • Iran cuts nuclear stockpile, engages with bomb probe, IAEA says

    May 23, 2014 | 10:46 am

    Iran has sharply cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile under an interim pact with world powers and has begun engaging with a long-stalled IAEA investigation into suspected weapons research, the U.N. nuclear agency said on Friday.

    The findings, in a quarterly report by the...

  • Is Iranian bomb research ‘mea Culpa’ needed for nuclear accord?

    May 14, 2014 | 8:35 am

    U.N. watchdog findings that Iran may have worked on designing an atomic bomb helped the West tighten sanctions on Tehran which ultimately forced it, U.S. officials say, to enter serious talks on reining in its nuclear program.

    But as Iran and six world powers enter a crucial...

  • Iran and IAEA end talks, unclear if progress made

    May 12, 2014 | 3:49 pm

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog and Iran ended a three-hour meeting on Monday without announcing any new action to allay concerns about Tehran's atomic activities, leaving it unclear whether headway was achieved.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) indicated after the talks...

  • Israel, Palestinians at U.N. accuse each other of sabotaging peace

    April 29, 2014 | 5:02 pm

    Israeli and Palestinian envoys on Tuesday took advantage of a U.N. Security Council meeting on the Middle East to publicly blame each other for the latest breakdown in the fragile peace negotiations as the deadline for a deal expired.

    Robert Serry, the U.N. special coordinator...

  • Palestinians aiming to join dozens of international bodies, agreements

    April 28, 2014 | 1:22 pm

    The Palestinians will attempt to join 60 United Nations bodies and international agreements under a plan adopted by the PLO’s central council.

    The council adopted the plan during a meeting Sunday in Ramallah following confirmation that Israel has frozen plans for 19 Palestinian...

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

    April 8, 2014 | 8:42 am

    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...

  • 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...

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