Tag: United Nations

If Security Council bid fails, we may end security cooperation with Israel

President Mahmoud Abbas vowed Tuesday to join the International Criminal Court at the Hague in the event that his efforts at the UN Security Council to set a timetable forcing the withdrawal of Israel to the pre-1967 lines should fail. The Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency quoted Abbas as telling reporters in Ramallah: “We started work […]

Palestinian leader accuses Israel of ‘genocide’ at UN

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of carrying out a “war of genocide” in Gaza in his speech at the UN General Assembly.   Mr Abbas said Israeli “war crimes” in Gaza should be punished, but stopped short of saying he would take the issue to the International Criminal Court.   His speech […]

World leaders call for end of United Nations veto power

NEW YORK – World leaders demanded Security Council reform during their addresses to the UN General Assembly over the past few days, calling for the addition of more permanent and non-permanent seats on the council and the elimination of the veto.   “The world is bigger than five,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in […]

Abbas Will ‘Drop a Bomb’ on Israel at the UN

A senior member of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction said that Abbas will “drop a bomb” against Israel at the UN General Assembly on Friday.   The senior official, Jibril Rajoub, said in an interview on Palestinian Arab media that the move would be an integration of the international community into “the […]

Is Abbas’s UN trip Israel’s last hope for peace?

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will arrive in New York for the United Nations General Assembly and is expected set a time limit for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, in exchange for a peace deal.   It is the latest example of Abbas’s attempt to seek international recognition […]

Islamic State crisis: World leaders pledge Iraq support

Thirty countries have pledged to help Iraq fight Islamic State (IS) militants “by all means necessary”. A joint statement by foreign ministers taking part in a major conference in Paris talks said support would include “appropriate military assistance”.   The talks had been called to agree a strategy to combat the group, which controls large […]

Core Problems with Common Core

Support plummets for a United Nations inspired plan to federalize education and turn students into global citizens.   By Rick Brinegar   “It seems inevitable that the more people learn about Common Core, the less they like it.” – Jane Robbins of the American Principles Project         Is Common Core Good for […]

Nato to strengthen military exercises after Russia ‘aggression’

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said the transatlantic military alliance will draw up new defence plans following Russia’s “aggression” in Ukraine.   In an interview with French regional newspaper Midi Libre, published Sunday (4 August), he said that “Russia’s aggression was a warning and created a new security situation in Europe”.   “We will […]

US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin Friday morning, the United Nations and United States announced, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were “no guarantees” the lull in violence would bring an end to the 24-day-old Gaza war. The surprise announcement came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin […]

White House slams Israel for ‘indefensible’ shelling of UN school

A White House spokesman held Israel responsible on Thursday for the shelling of a UN facility in Gaza this week, condemning the incident as “totally unacceptable and totally indefensible,” and calling on Israel to do more to avoid civilian casualties. Israel talks frequently about the importance it places on sparing civilian lives but the United […]