United Nations

How Israel won round one in the diplomatic war

January 8, 2015

As 2014 drew to a close, the assessment at the United Nations was that the Palestinians would postpone the vote on their proposal to set a fixed timetable for the establishment of an independent state.

The US had made it clear that they would vote against, meaning that even if Palestinian proposal received the necessary nine-nation majority, it would be vetoed.

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Palestinians push for ICC war crimes probe

By Orlando Radice, January 2, 2015

The Palestinian Authority has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel for alleged war crimes.

President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute – the founding treaty of the ICC - on Wednesday and filed a request for Palestine to join the international court as a member state.

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Israeli politicians attack Europe after failed Palestinian statehood bid

By JC Reporter, December 31, 2014

Israeli politicians have rounded on European countries following yesterday’s failed attempt by the Palestinians to find UN Security Council backing for their statehood bid.

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Palestinians postpone UN statehood bid

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 30, 2014

The Palestinian Authority has delayed the planned vote on its United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state.

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Geneva Convention: another global forum for Israel-bashing

By Hillel Neuer, December 23, 2014

After the Holocaust, the world met in Geneva to affirm the laws of war. And last week, for only the third time in history, the UK, France, Germany and another 123 signatory states to the Fourth Geneva Convention assembled to call out a perpetrator.

And for the third time, the one they condemned was Israel.

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America looking to push back UN vote on Palestine

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 23, 2014

The United States is trying to postpone a vote at the UN Security Council on a Palestinian resolution to set a deadline for the establishment of a Palestinian state until after the Israeli elections in March.

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Abbas looks to France for help at UN

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

The Palestinian Authority is planning to cooperate with the French government in its bid to secure UN recognition for a Palestinian state.

The PA has been lobbying the Security Council to vote for its proposal to impose a two-year deadline on establishing a state.

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UN schools are 'teaching kids jihad'

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

Middle East monitors have accused the United Nations Relief and Works Agency of teaching Palestinian children "a curriculum of war".

The criticism of Unwra, which provides humanitarian services to Palestinian refugees and their descendants, came during a during a panel discussion on the UN agency's role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the House of Commons this week.

Bassem Eid, direct

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Palestinians push back UN statehood bid

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 27, 2014

The Palestinian Authority is planning to postpone its attempt to secure a UN timetable for the unilateral establishment of a Palestinian state.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told Ma'an news agency on Monday that the decision had been delayed due to the difficulty of reaching the necessary majority in the Security Council and American pressure.

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Perfect storm

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2014

Israeli diplomats are concerned that the coming months will see concerted diplomatic pressure on their government to make major concessions to the Palestinians or suffer some form of sanctions.

As the American mid-term elections have drawn to their end, President Barack Obama enters his final two years with no need to be re-elected or help his party win in Congress.

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