United Nations

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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PA will not refrain from taking Israel to ICC

By Anna Sheinman, November 27, 2012

The Palestinian Authority has rebuffed calls to promise not prosecute Israel in the International Criminal Court if the UN General Assembly votes to upgrade the body to non-member observer status on Thursday.

American diplomatic efforts to soften the wording of the Palestinian resolution and introduce a clause in which the PA promises not to sue for war crimes has not been successful.

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Britain may support Palestinian UN bid

By Anna Sheinman, November 27, 2012

British officials may now support the Palestinian United Nations bid in return for promises from President Mahmoud Abbas not to pursue Israel for war crimes and to resume the peace process.

Whitehall officials have said that Britain will vote “yes” on an upgrade for the Palestinian Authority to non-member observer status on three conditions, when the vote is held on Thursday.

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Clegg lobbies Cameron to support Palestinian UN bid

By Anna Sheinman, November 26, 2012

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is to lobby Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague to back the Palestinian UN bid, the Guardian has reported.

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Israeli official: 'We would prefer a diplomatic solution'

By Jennifer Lipman, November 19, 2012

Calls for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas are increasing after six days of fighting, with the UN Secretary General arriving in Egypt on Monday evening to encourage a resolution to the conflict.

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Islamic Jihad leader killed in Gaza strike

By Jennifer Lipman, November 19, 2012

A leader of Islamic Jihad is believed to have been killed in a strike on a building in Gaza City.

According to the Associated Press, the IDF struck the media centre used by Hamas' communications wing for the second time on Monday.

The news agency named the assassinated terrorist as Islamic Jihad's Ramez Harb, a key figure in the Al Quds Brigades.

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Revealed: why Israel delayed D-Day on Iran

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, October 31, 2012

When Benjamin Netanyahu stood up at the United Nations General Assembly last September with a cartoonish drawing of a bomb designed to show how close Iran was getting nuclear weapons, close observers of Israel’s posture wondered why suddenly Israel had extended the deadline for action against Iran’s nuclear programme.

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Egypt seizes 1.7m Jewish property documents

By Sandy Rashty, October 29, 2012

The Egyptian authorities have seized documents which reportedly confirm Jewish ownership of property in Cairo.

The 1.7 million documents, weighing two tonnes, were confiscated as they were being shipped to Israel via Jordan.

The attempted delivery of the documents was called “the most dangerous case of security breach in history” by Egyptian media on Sunday.

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UN Palestine expert criticised for settlement boycott call

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2012

The UN official who posted an antisemitic cartoon on his personal blog last year has urged the international community to boycott companies with links to settlements.

The US, the UK and Israel have criticised UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk over the boycott call, with the US envoy to the UN stating that such action would not further the progress of a peace deal.

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