Tag: United Nations

First UN assembly on anti-Semitism to be held next week

The UN General Assembly will hold its first-ever special meeting on “the global outbreak of anti-Semitism” on January 22.   Thirty-six countries in cooperation with the Israeli mission petitioned President of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa of Uganda to hold the session.   Led by Israel, other signatories on the petition included the US, Canada, […]

Jerusalem begins diplomatic fight against UN Commission inquiry on Gaza

Israel this week launched a campaign to thwart the UN Commission of Inquiry on Gaza, directing its diplomats to ensure that a majority of the 47 countries on the UN body that established the commission do not endorse its report.   The commission, headed by William Schabas, is due to present its findings to the […]

New Iran sanctions violate deal, will be vetoed

Any bill from Congress regarding new, nuclear-related sanctions on Iran during international talks over its nuclear program will be vetoed by US President Barack Obama, the State Department said on Tuesday. Talks resume between Iran, the permanent five members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany in Geneva this week. The parties seek to […]

Sen. Lindsey Graham vows ‘violent pushback’ against U.N.

There will be “a violent pushback if there’s any effort by the U.N. Security Council to set the terms of peace negotiations” between the Israelis and Palestinians, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Saturday night during a press conference in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.   Graham’s comments came against the backdrop of the unilateral […]

IAEA to discuss Iranian offer to allow ‘managed access’ to site

The UN nuclear agency said on Friday it would discuss an Iranian offer for access to a region where explosives experiments may have taken place, but that it was not as straightforward as suggested by Tehran.   Iran told a board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday it would let the IAEA […]

UN Chief Urges ‘Dialogue’ as Violence Continues

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged Israelis and Palestinians to do everything they can to reduce the simmering hostilities and continue, through dialogue, on the path to peace.   Ban’s spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, said the Secretary-General expresses his deep concern about the upsurge in violence and killings over the past few days in […]

Nearly 70 Percent of UN Member States Officially Recognize Palestine, US Not Among Them

On Thursday October 30, 2014, Sweden became the 135th of 193 members of the United Nations (U.N.) to officially recognize Palestine as an independent state, raising the percentage of U.N. Member State recognition to nearly 70 percent.   According to the Washington Post, “the act sparked a tetchy diplomatic incident with Israel.” No surprise here. […]

Jordan, Palestinians urge UN to stop Israel’s ‘violations’ on Temple Mount

The Palestinians and Jordanians urged the UN Security Council on Wednesday to demand that Israel immediately stop “violations” at Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, warning that further escalation could lead to another crisis threatening peace in the Middle East.   The warning followed what the Palestinians described as the illegal storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque […]

Israel’s UN envoy lashes out at Security Council for silence in wake of deadly terror attacks

Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, lashed out at the UN Security Council’s silence in the wake of of two terror attacks and violent riots at the Temple Mount on Wednesday.   “If recent events offer any indication, the Security Council will once again remain silent as Israel buries yet another victim of Palestinian […]

Unilateral recognition of Palestinian state is non-effective says Czech Foreign Minister

Unilateral recognition of Palestine as a state is non-effective because there will be no consensus between Palestine and Israel, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek told a breakfast meeting of The Israel Council on Foreign Relations at the King David Hotel, Jerusalem on Wednesday.   Zaoralek is in the region to meet with Israeli and Palestinian […]