Palestine Officially Seeks Statehood Recognition at UN

By: Friday September 23, 2011 10:57 am

Palestine submitted their petition to the United Nations Security Council for membership as a state today, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a rousing speech before the General Assembly in support of the measure. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was greeted by sustained applause and appreciative whistles as he approached the dais in the General [...]

Western Leaders Push Plan for Abbas to Drop Palestinian UN Statehood Bid

By: Wednesday September 21, 2011 6:50 am

[Ed. Note: President Obama spoke to the UN General Assembly this a.m., followed by French President Sarkozy.  C-SPAN has live coverage here. ] The Obama Administration is frantic about stopping the Palestinian effort to secure a vote on statehood at the UN. Today the President meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to try and [...]

Abbas Confirmed Palestinian Statehood Effort at UN General Assembly

By: Tuesday September 6, 2011 6:50 am

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas formally announced that Palestine will seek recognition as an official state from the United Nations General Assembly this month, setting up a major battle that both Israel and the United States hoped to avoid. But Abbas wanted to also negotiate a peace deal with Israel on a parallel track, while [...]

Fatah, Hamas Ink Reconciliation Pact

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 8:00 am

Fatah and Hamas, the two political factions in occupied Palestine, signed an historic reconciliation agreement today, aimed at promoting unity into the next phase of the Israel-Palestine conflict. “We forever turn the black page of division,” the Western-backed Mahmoud Abbas said at the declaration ceremony in the Egyptian capital Cairo, promising to “soon” visit Hamas-held [...]

Netanyahu Considers Settlement Freeze, Makes Demands

By: Thursday October 7, 2010 6:33 am

The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks hinge on the question of settlements at this point, with the Palestinians and the international community wanting a temporary, 60-day freeze on construction. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering the request, but he wants certain guarantees from the Obama Administration in exchange. Netanyahu “is demanding that US President Barack Obama [...]

End to Israeli Settlement Freeze Imperils Middle East Talks

By: Monday September 27, 2010 7:46 am

Depending on what you read, the moratorium on new settlement construction in the West Bank either ended yesterday or ends this Thursday, at the end of the month (I think the issue is the Israeli calendar, and while “the end of the month” is technically true, it’s the end of their month, which was yesterday). [...]

Settlement Issue Still Divides Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

By: Friday September 17, 2010 6:26 am

CNN reports that Hillary Clinton attempted to extend the moratorium on West Bank settlements for three months at the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks this week, but Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the offer. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has proposed a three-month extension of Israel’s construction moratorium on the West Bank, a diplomatic source told CNN Thursday. The [...]

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