United Nations

Peer criticises US relationship with 'powerful Jewish community'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 4, 2012

A Liberal Democrat peer has referred to the role of the "huge and powerful Jewish community" in the United States' decision to vote against last week's Palestinian United Nations bid.

Despite opposition from the Obama administration and an abstention on the part of the UK, the Palestinians won observer status at the UN General A ssembly last Thursday.

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The ally you never knew Israel had: Micronesia

By Anna Sheinman, November 30, 2012

The inevitable has happened. The PA has been upgraded in the UN General Assembly with a huge majority vote.

Israel was against the motion, as was its eternal ally the US, and Canada presumably does as it’s told. The traditionally pro-Israel Czech Republic also said nay.

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Israeli hospital treating UN peacekeepers shot in Syria

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2012

Two UN peacekeepers are receiving urgent medical attention in Israel after being shot in Syria.

The Austrian soldiers were injured in gunfire during fighting between fighters loyal to the Assad regime and rebel forces.

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Hague: peace process would be more likely with assurances from PA

By Anna Sheinman, November 30, 2012

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that the likelihood of a return to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations would have been greater if the Palestinian Authority had given the reassurances Britain asked for ahead of Thursday UN General assembly vote.

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Saudi Arabia King hailed for backing dialogue with UN

By Anna Sheinman and Sandy Rashty, November 30, 2012

The King of Saudi Arabia opened a new interfaith centre in Vienna this week with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon a keynote speaker.

The King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) centre has board members from five major world religions including major leaders from the Muslim and Jewish faiths.

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Palestinians win non-member observer status at UN

By Jennifer Lipman, November 29, 2012

A majority of United Nations countries have voted to give the Palestinians non-member observer status.

In all, 138 countries backed President Mahmoud Abbas, while nine voted against it.

Britain was set to be among 41 countries to formally abstain in the General Assembly vote, which Mr Abbas described as the "last chance to save the two-state solution".

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Israel bows to inevitable outcome of UN bid

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 29, 2012

The Israeli government realised last week that the Palestinian bid for upgraded diplomatic status at the United Nations was inevitable and that it would be better not to make a doomed effort to prevent it.

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UN bid throws party positions into sharp relief

By Martin Bright, November 29, 2012

What a difference a year makes. Last September, Ed Miliband marked a definitive break with his party’s pro-Israel New Labour past by backing the Palestinian bid for an upgrade to their status at the United Nations. At the time this seemed precipitous and naive.

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Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert supports Palestinian UN bid

By Anna Sheinman, November 29, 2012

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert does not oppose the Palestinian Authority’s UN bid for non-member observer status, saying it is “congruent with the basic concept of the two-state solution”.

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Britain announces it will abstain on Palestinian UN bid

By Anna Sheinman, November 28, 2012

William Hague has announced that Britain will abstain in tomorrow’s UN vote on an upgrade for the Palestinian Authority to non-member observer status - unless the Palestinians meet three key conditions.

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