Palestine

Israel resigned to Palestinian success

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 8, 2011

Last-ditch diplomatic attempts this week to convince the Palestinian leadership to postpone its plan to receive United Nations recognition of an independent state are not expected to succeed.

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Palestinian UN bid will 'work against peace'

By Simon Rocker, September 8, 2011

The Palestinians' push for recognition of independence at the United Nations later this month was criticised as counterproductive to the chances of peace at a packed Westminster meeting on Monday night.

Former Spanish Prime Minister José Maria Aznar, who is founding chairman of the Friends of Israel, said that if the UN General Assembly backed the Palestinians' declaration of statehood, "it wo

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A Palestinian state will give us peace of mind

By Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah, September 8, 2011

In recent years it seems that there has been a growing division within the diaspora Jewish community between the supporters of a "secure" Israel, on the one hand, and the promoters of a "just" Israel, on the other. But the landscape of Jewish attitudes has been changing.

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PLO want advice from PR firm Bell Pottinger

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2011

One of the world's leading public relations firms has reportedly been hired by the PLO ahead of the planned bid for statehood at the UN.

According to PR news source the Holmes Report, the US branch of the PLO contacted representatives from the firm Bell Pottinger USA.

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Prosor: no chance for Israel at UN

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 1, 2011

The Israeli government is still undecided on how best to respond to the now almost-certain overwhelming vote in favour of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations General Assembly later this month.

According to an assessment sent to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem by its ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hopes of a significant group of Western countries

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Sixth Gaza land aid is planned

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2011

Pro-Palestinian activists Viva Palestina are to attempt to send a sixth land convoy to Gaza.

The UK-based group, whose founders include former Respect MP George Galloway, said it hoped to persuade the transitional authorities in Egypt to allow free movement of people and goods through the Rafah crossing.

In March, Viva Palestina announced it would no longer take part in flotillas to Gaza, be

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Extreme settlers banished

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 11, 2011

Israel's security forces have begun expelling extreme settlers from the West Bank in an effort to circumvent violent flare-ups next month, when the UN vote on a Palestinian state is expected to take place.

Twelve residents of Yitzhar were last week issued with orders limiting their movements. Three of them were ordered to remain on the settlement and not leave it.

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Israel divided on riot warnings

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 11, 2011

The Israeli leadership is divided over the severity of the violence expected next month when the Palestinians are planning to seek an independent state at the United Nations.

The leaders of the Palestinian Authority have called upon the Palestinian public to participate in non-violent demonstrations during the UN vote at the end of September.

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On this day: Mahmoud Darwish dies

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

Darwish was an iconic figure to the Palestinians; a poet, but also a prominent political voice. When he died he was mourned by ten thousand Palestinians and the Ramallah Cultural Palace was renamed in his honour.

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The real issue is September

By Uri Dromi, August 4, 2011

What has caused the Prime Minister to - apparently - change his mind and accept the 1967 borders as a basis for peace talks?

Surely he hasn't, in the past few weeks, discovered some new data which sheds a different light on the question of defensible borders.

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