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.
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.
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.
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.
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.