United Nations

Abbas urges protests to advance September UN bid

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for large-scale Arab Spring style protests in the West Bank to build up support for the planned bid for statehood at the United Nations.

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Prosor warns UN over Hamas and Gaza rockets

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2011

The former Israeli ambassador to Britain, now serving as his country's envoy to the United Nations, has launched an attempt to highlight the recent onslaught of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Ron Prosor emphasised that the attacks were deliberately targeting Israeli civilians and represented "a serious danger to the population".

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Delicious. Shame about the MidEast

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 14, 2011

The members of the Middle East Quartet met on Monday for meetings on renewing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and a long dinner in Washington.

Despite the urgency of finding a way to restart negotiations before the United Nations General Assembly meeting in September, the Quartet failed to reach an agreed framework and did not release a joint statement following their

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US: Palestinian September plans 'not helpful'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

Palestinian plans to bid for statehood at the United Nations in September are a distraction from the goal of peace negotiations, a US State Department official has said.

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Writers urge UN Security Council for Syria resolution

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

The Israeli author Amos Oz has joined six other intellectuals including the French Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy in calling on the UN Security Council to go further in its reaction to the government crackdowns in Syria.

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Ron Prosor starts work for 'vibrant' Israel at UN

By Jennifer Lipman, June 17, 2011

The former Israeli ambassador to the UK has completed his first few days in his new role.

Ron Prosor, who was appointed as Israel's ambassador to the United Nations earlier this year, started work on Wednesday.

He said he considered it an "honour and a privilege to represent Israel - a vibrant, democratic state - in the halls of the UN".

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Peres to Palestinians: UN declaration would be an illusion

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2011

Shimon Peres has described Palestinian plans to unilaterally declare statehood at the UN as "an illusion".

The Israeli President told the Associated Press that it could be possible to conclude an agreement with the Palestinians" before September. But even if that did not happen, he said such a move would be meaningless.

"It will remain on paper and it will raise false hopes," he said.

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Hague to Syria's Assad: reform or step aside

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011

William Hague has called for Syrian President Bashar Assad to reform or step aside.

The Foreign Secretary said the Syrian leader was losing legitimacy.

In an address to the House of Commons, Mr Hague condemned the Syrian regime, which human rights groups blame for the deaths of 1,200 protesters since anti-government uprisings began in the country three months ago.

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UK urged to follow US and boycott Durban review

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

British Jewish organisations have called on the UK government to follow in the footsteps of the United States and boycott the follow-up to the Durban conference.

The US said on Wednesday that it would not attend the United Nations event in September, because it would be wrong to commemorate the "ugly displays of intolerance and antisemitism" of the conference of September 2001.

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UN can't determine borders or statehood

By Robbie Sabel, June 2, 2011

This September, or perhaps earlier, the Palestinian observer delegation to the UN may introduce a resolution at the General Assembly calling for recognition of a Palestinian state within the 1967 boundaries. Because of the automatic anti-Israel majority in the Assembly, it must be assumed that such a resolution, if proposed, will be adopted by a large majority.

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