Israel Exacts Vengeance on Palestine for Joining UNESCO

By: Wednesday November 2, 2011 1:34 pm

The fallout from the entry of Palestine into UNESCO continues. In addition to the US, bound by statute, removing their funds for UNESCO, Canada canceled its voluntary funding. The organization’s budget is probably close to 1/4 smaller than it was just a few days ago. And that can’t help but impact UNESCO’s work around the [...]

Deal to Free Gilad Shalit Reached, Possibly Including Marwan Barghouti

By: Tuesday October 11, 2011 12:56 pm

Gilad Shalit, the Israeli Defense Forces soldier who has been under the control of Hamas since 2006, may be freed in a prisoner exchange deal, according to multiple officials. Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office said that “a brief window of opportunity has been opened that would possibly lead to Gilad Shalit’s homecoming,” adding: “The [...]

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 [...]

Report: Palestinians Agree to Statehood Vote Delay

By: Thursday September 22, 2011 7:35 am

Publicly, the Palestinians say that they will not waver in their efforts to seek statehood at the UN Security Council. They plan to formally petition for statehood tomorrow. Saeb Erekat, the former head of negotiations with Israel, says firmly, “We will not allow any political maneuvering on this issue.” This is seen as a rebuff [...]

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 [...]

Israeli-Palestinian Talks At UN Seek to Defuse Statehood Effort

By: Monday September 19, 2011 8:15 am

US officials are scrambling to broker a deal that avoids a Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations. On Friday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that he would go ahead with a bid for statehood at the UN Security Council, despite the threat of a US veto. Abbas used the President’s words from the [...]

Palestine to Seek Statehood at UN Security Council Next Week

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 12:53 pm

On September 23, one week from tomorrow, the Palestinian Authority will lead an effort to be recognized as an independent state at the United Nations. With serious peace talks stalled for years and with the Palestinians having little alternatives or leverage to force a return to negotiations, they decided that going to the UN was [...]

The Difficult Politics in the Palestinian Statehood Effort

By: Monday September 12, 2011 8:15 am

This month, the Palestinian Authority plans to go to the United Nations and petition for statehood, against the wishes of the Israelis and the United States. It’s not entirely clear what form this statehood petition will take. The Palestinians could ask for full UN membership, which would go through the UN Security Council, or they [...]

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 [...]

Noted Israel Hater Benjamin Netanyahu Agrees on 1967 Borders as Starting Point in Negotiations

By: Tuesday August 2, 2011 11:26 am

Remember a couple months ago, when the President came out in support of a Middle East peace framework based on the 1967 borders with mutual swaps, and every conservative in America pilloried him for it? Funny story, now Benjamin Netanyahu agrees: In a dramatic policy shift, Israel’s prime minister has agreed to negotiate the borders [...]

Western Powers Try to Restart Middle East Peace Talks, Short-Circuit Palestinian Drive for UN Membership

By: Friday June 24, 2011 1:40 pm

You wouldn’t know it, but one of the most intense diplomatic efforts happening right now is the attempt by Western powers to try and get the Palestinians to abandon their effort to seek statehood from the UN General Assembly in September. The Palestinian Authority has made no secret of this goal, and it seems undeniable [...]

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