Tag: United Nations

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 […]

Washington Against PA’s UN Resolution

The United States made clear on Tuesday that it is against the Palestinian Authority’s plan to submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for an end date for “Israeli occupation”.   State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated to Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, during a […]

Palestinians to seek end of ‘occupation’ later this month at UN, PA official says

The Palestinian leadership is planning to submit a draft resolution later this month to the UN Security Council that will seek an end date to the “Israeli occupation,” a senior official said on Tuesday, according to an AFP report.   According the AFP report, though the US is expected to veto the resolution, Wassel Abu […]

Bilateral talks failed, we’re going to UN

“No other solution has been proposed by the United States” to achieve peace and the establishment of a Palestinian state, senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official Wassel Abu Yusef told AFP. “The US administration is pushing to resume bilateral negotiations, even while it’s clear that these have failed throughout the last few years.” The last […]

Erekat threatens renewed push for Palestine recognition

Since the collapse of US-led peace talks with Israel in April, the Palestinians have turned to the United Nations and international organizations to seek recognition for their state. In 2012, the Palestinians won the status of UN observer state. With peace talks now bogged down, the Palestinians have warned they would go ahead with plans […]

Israel’s post-Gaza war meeting with UN body: Hit, miss or just showing commitment?

The Monday meeting in Geneva between an Israeli delegation and the UN Human Rights Committee is a routine encounter that entails lots of discussion and little fanfare.   Yet the Israeli delegation at Monday’s meeting included the Justice Ministry’s director-general, Emi Palmor, for the first time, as well as Deputy Attorney-General Roy Schondorf and IDF […]