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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Netanyahu Rejects 1967 Borders for Palestinian State

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 1:18 pm

Well, if Barack Obama thought he could wrap things up in a bow on the Middle East with his speech today, Bibi Netanyahu put an end to those hopes. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday Israel would object to any withdrawal to “indefensible” borders, adding he expected Washington to allow it to keep major [...]

Hopes for Middle East Peace Fade as US Drops Settlement Freeze Demand

By: Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:04 am

Unable to convince the Likudnik government, the US has dropped its call for a settlement freeze in the occupied territories, ending any plans for continued peace talks between Israel and Palestine. Direct talks brokered by Washington were relaunched in September but broke down over the issue of settlements built on captured land that Palestinians seek [...]

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