World news

Mixed response to Obama's '1967 lines' Israel speech

By Jennifer Lipman, May 20, 2011

President Barack Obama's call for a Palestinian state along 1967 lines has been met with mixed reaction from politicians and Jewish groups.

In a speech on the direction of US policy in the Middle East on Thursday, President Obama said a Palestinian state should be based on those lines with "mutually agreed swaps".

More..

Barack Obama's Middle East speech: Israel, Palestinians must take bold steps

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

President Barack Obama has warned the Palestinians that efforts to delegitimise Israel will end in failure but also called on Israel to also take "bold action" towards peace.

More..

Obama to Middle East: Israel diversion will not work

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

President Obama has vowed that America will continue to stand up for Israel and seek peace between Israel and the Arab world.

Speaking during his eagerly-anticipated address on the direction of his Middle East policy, the President said that the US would "keep our commitments to friends and partners".

More..

President Obama makes Middle East speech

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

President Barack Obama has begun his eagerly anticipated speech on the Middle East

The president, who will meet Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tomorrow in the White House, heralded "a new chapter in American diplomacy".

In his opening remarks, he referred to the blow America had dealt to al-Qaida with the death of Osama bin Laden, and US progress in Iraq and Afghanistan.

More..

Forget Nazi collaborators, says minister

By Michel Zlotowski, May 19, 2011

Belgian Justice Minister Stefaan De Clerck has provoked a storm by arguing that some Belgians' collaboration with the Nazis should be forgotten.

Mr De Clerck said this week on the state-run television channel RTBF: "At a given point, one should act in an adult way and be ready to discuss the issue and even to forget it, because all this is past. This is necessary to restore a
society."

More..

Berlusconi: no Palestine recognition

By Ilaria Myr, May 19, 2011

Italy will only recognise a Palestinian unity government that has renounced terrorism and accepted Israel's right to exist, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said last week in a ceremony to mark Israel's Independence Day.

More..

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Shock… and silence

By Michel Zlotowski, May 19, 2011

The head of France's Jewish community has expressed personal concern over the sex charges facing Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund and the Socialist candidate in the country's upcoming presidential elections.

More..

'Last Nazi' Demjanjuk guilty, but goes free

By Toby Axelrod, May 19, 2011

Relief washed over the Munich courtroom as John Demjanjuk was pronounced guilty of war crimes.

But among Jewish observers there were mixed feelings about his release from Stadelheim prison, pending appeal.

While co-plaintiffs said they respected the court's decision to temporarily free Demjanjuk, prosecutors challenged the decision - and the sentence itself.

More..

Barack may be barracked at AIPAC

May 19, 2011

Move Over AIPAC, an organisation founded to oppose the pro-Israel lobby group, will hold a demonstration directly outside the doors of this Sunday's AIPAC conference at which US President Barack Obama is due to speak.

More..

Obama not well prepared for test

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, May 19, 2011

President Barack Obama appointed former senator George Mitchell as his special envoy for Middle East peace within days of taking office, in January 2009. The appointment of a high-profile American statesman with Northern Ireland peace under his belt as the first foreign policy decision of the new president signalled Obama's intention to prioritise Middle East peace in his foreign policy agenda.

More..