United Nations

A perilous yet defining moment

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 22, 2011

Despite the frenzy of diplomacy surrounding the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations headquarters this week, it was still unclear on Wednesday what would happen.

An Israeli offer to renew talks, in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to postpone his demand that the Palestinians recognise Israel as a Jewish state, was turned down by the Palestinians since it did not inc

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Iran campaigners launch social media support mission

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

Filmmakers who made a documentary last year examining Iran's nuclear ambitions are asking members of the public to join a new online campaign highlighting the oppressive nature of the Iranian regime.

The Faces4Freedom campaign has been launched to protest against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presence at this week's UN session.

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Perry attacks Obama for Middle East 'appeasement'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

US presidential candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney have pitted themselves firmly against the Palestinian bid for statehood this week in remarks designed to encourage pro-Israel voters to support the Republican Party.

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Labour backs Palestinian statehood bid

By Jessica Elgot, September 20, 2011

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has said the Labour party backs recognition of a Palestine state this week at the UN General Assembly.

Mr Alexander has written to William Hague setting out his party’s position on the statehood bid.

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Abbas: Palestinian UN bid will make things difficult

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2011

The Palestinian president has admitted that a unilateral bid for statehood will open a "difficult" situation in Middle East politics.

Mahmoud Abbas made the comments ahead of Friday's UN session in which the Palestinians are expected to ask the Security Council for full membership.

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Amnesty wants Israel hauled before the International Criminal Court

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2011

Amnesty International has called for the UN Security Council to refer Israel to the International Criminal Court.

Letters on the subject have been sent to Ban Ki-Moon and Baroness Ashton, as well as the Arab League and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.

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IDF prepared for worst, but 'uprising unlikely'

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 15, 2011

"We are preparing for the worst," said an officer in the IDF's Central Command this week, "but we honestly do not believe that there will be an escalation this month."

Tens of thousands of soldiers and police officers have undergone special training for dealing with mass non-violent demonstrations over the past three months and the army and police have stockpiled £13m worth of new riot-control

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For now, don't expect much to change in MidEast

By Yossi Alpher, September 15, 2011

As matters stand, the Palestinian bid for recognition at the United Nations later this month is likely to have little immediate effect on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Of course, on this issue matters do not "stand" but rather are very dynamic. Hence the following must be taken as an attempt to assess this fast-moving issue as of today - not tomorrow, and not next week.

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How Palestinians could sink or swim

By Tim Marshall, September 15, 2011

The mechanics of pushing a vote on Palestinian statehood through the UN may be as dry as a hundred committee meetings discussing item 1 of the agenda, but they matter to the outcome of what may be an explosive situation at the end of this month.

To become a member state you must apply to the UN Secretary General, who sends the request on to the 15-member Security Council for consideration.

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Late rush to stop Abbas bid at UN

By Anshel Pfeffer and Martin Bright, September 15, 2011

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is due to deliver a speech today in which he is expected to announce the Palestinian Authority's finalintentions regarding the UN General Assembly at the end of the month.

Mr Abbas has been under intense diplomatic pressure from all sides in recent days over his decision.

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