In New Fundraiser Comments, Romney Sees No Hope for Two State Solution in Middle East

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 7:39 am

When Mother Jones released the secret fundraiser video of Mitt Romney doing his best Thurston Howell III impression (yes that links to a David Brooks op-ed) they promised more to come. Today’s video concerns the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and while Romney will sadly not suffer politically for denigrating the inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza, [...]

UNESCO Approves Palestine for Full Membership

By: Monday October 31, 2011 9:35 am

UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural and educational agency, bestowed full membership on the Palestinian state today, which could trigger a pullback of funding by the United States: The US had threatened to withhold roughly $80m (£50m) in annual funding to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) if it approved Palestinian membership. 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 [...]

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 [...]

Senate Democrats Plan to Join on Resolution Rejecting 1967 Borders as Basis for Arab-Israeli Talks

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:55 am

Senate Democrats are not just considering giving a vote to Orrin Hatch’s silly rebuke of Barack Obama for saying something he didn’t say about Israel and the pre-1967 borders, they’re considering supporting the resolution: Senate Democrats are expected to support a resolution intended as a rebuff to President Obama’s call for basing Middle East peace [...]

Netanyahu Doesn’t Want Peace

By: Tuesday May 24, 2011 8:35 am

Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated at the AIPAC conference that Israel cannot return to their 1967 borders, again intentionally misreading the statement of President Obama on the matter, and lining up opposite his own people, which polling shows prefer the 1967 borders as a starting point, with mutually agreed swaps, for a peace deal. But of course, [...]

Palestinians Have Multiple Complaints With Obama Speeches on Middle East

By: Monday May 23, 2011 1:39 pm

Despite President Obama doubling down on the relative non-event of his comments on using the 1967 borders, with mutually agreed swaps of land, as a starting point for negotiations on the Arab-Israeli conflict, nobody has really noticed that the Palestinians are upset by Obama’s comments as well: Addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Sunday, [...]

At AIPAC, Obama Stands Ground on “1967 Borders” Comment

By: Sunday May 22, 2011 4:02 pm

President Obama told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) today that his misinterpreted comment about a peace deal in the Middle East using the 1967 borders as a starting point, with mutually agreed swaps, was an utterly uncontroversial statement reflecting longstanding US policy. Here is the exact statement: There was nothing particularly original in [...]

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