United Nations

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Palestinian UN bid could lead to new intifada, says Israel

By Orlando Radice, October 26, 2012

Israel has said that a successful bid by the Palestinians to secure recognition at the UN as a non-member state could lead to the collapse of the Palestinian Authority or a new intifada.

The warning comes as part of a fresh diplomatic campaign by Israel to block the Palestinian move.


UN ambassador urges Security Council to condemn Hamas

By Sandy Rashty, October 25, 2012

Israel’s United Nations envoy has called on the international body to “condemn Hamas terrorism” after more than 70 rockets were fired into southern Israeli cities yesterday.

Ron Proser, the former Israeli ambassador to the UK, issued a letter that urged members of the United Nations Security Council to “condemn Hamas terrorism without any equivocation or delay.


Israel Ambassador Ron Prosor's speech to United Nations

By Anna Sheinman, October 16, 2012

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor made a statement at the UN Security Council open debate on the Middle East on Monday. The statement covers why Israel is not attempting to make peace with the Palestinians and criticises President Abbas’s disregard for democratic process.

The full statement is as below:

Mr. President,


US warns: Palestinian success at UN will endanger peace process

By Orlando Radice, October 3, 2012

The US has warned EU governments not to back the Palestinian Authority bid for upgraded status at the United Nations, according to a memo obtained by the Guardian.


News agencies publish Netanyahu 'Nazi' photo

By Anna Sheinman, September 28, 2012

The Associated Press (AP) and Reuters, two of the largest news agencies in the world, have been heavily criticised for publishing a photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a pose that echoes a Nazi salute.

The photos were taken of the Israeli leader addressing the United Nations yesterday, his left arm raised in what looks like a “heil Hitler” salute.