Fiery UN Speech Falls On Deaf Ears


On Nov. 24, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor delivered a blistering condemnation of UN hypocrisy in dealing with the Jewish state. It came during a commemoration of the international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people, and deserves attention for its important message and blunt language in a forum know for flowery rhetoric. And it merits quoting at some length because it received so little coverage.

France Now In Spotlight On UN Statehood Vote

Would the U.S. veto a Security Council resolution for Palestinians?

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All eyes turned to France this week after the Palestinians failed to round up enough votes in the United Nations Security Council for a resolution recognizing a Palestinian state and setting a two-year deadline for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank.

Jews Press UN Chief On Perceived Anti-Israel Bias

Delegation slams choice to head war crimes probe, UNRWA in meeting with Ban Ki-Moon.

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A review of 40 United Nations statements made during the Gaza war found that only once was there a mention of Hamas’ so-called “terror tunnels” dug under the Gaza-Israel border to launch terrorist attacks in Israel.

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general, told Jewish group he will consider its recommendations. Getty Images

Found In Translation

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There was good news this week for Israel from the United Nations of all places. Some of it was official, some not.

Israel received an invitation Monday to join the Western European and Others Group in Geneva effective Jan. 1. That paves the way for it to join the UN Human Rights Council it cut ties with in March 2012 to protest what it said was that group’s anti-Israel bias. The group had condemned Israel 46 times in its five-year history — far more than any other country in the world. (See Editorial on page 6.)

A UN translator inadvertently pulled back the curtain on Israel bias at world body. Getty Images

Score One For Israel At The UN


A milestone for Israel, long overdue, was achieved this week when the Jewish state was invited to become a member of the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) at the United Nations in Geneva.

Iran’s ‘Charm Offensive’ Seen Putting Israel In A Bind

With Bibi’s demands looming in UN speech next week, will he, Obama be on same page?

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President Barack Obama emphasized diplomacy at the United Nations Tuesday as a way to convince Iran to give up its quest for nuclear weapons. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to emphasize in his remarks next Tuesday the need for continued sanctions as the way to achieve that goal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaking Tuesday at the UN. Getty Images

EU Condemns Israeli Settlements

European Union calls on Israel to cancel construction, avoid 'undermining' Palestinian Authority's finances.


The European Union called on Israel to cancel planned construction in West Bank settlements and “avoid any step undermining the financial situation of the Palestinian Authority.”

The European Union made the appeal in a document published Tuesday titled “Council conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process,” which came out of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels the previous day.

The European Union's headquarters in Brussels. Getty Images

Progressive Rabbi: Bnai Jeshurun Colleagues Gave The Wrong Message


Here is my message to my colleagues, the rabbis of B'nai Jeshurun:

I read with dismay your letter about the UN vote upgrading the Palestinian status to observer state, and your subsequent letter expressing regret for the feelings of alienation that it caused, but affirming the essence of your original message. 

Defying Allies ‘As Time Goes By’


“Well,” we imagine Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu telling his worried supporters this week, “we’ll always have Palau.”

It may well be true, but we’d rather have Paris.

Certainly we appreciate that in the United Nations vote that gave the Palestinian Authority (now “Palestine”) upgraded status last Thursday, the government of Palau cast one of nine votes in Israel’s favor. It’s just that we would have preferred the support of the European continent over the citizens of that small island in the Pacific, population 21,000.

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