EU Condemns Israeli Settlements

European Union calls on Israel to cancel construction, avoid 'undermining' Palestinian Authority's finances.
12/10/2012 - 19:00

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

12/06/2012 - 19:00

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’

12/03/2012 - 19:00

“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.

Fresh Rift Seen In PA UN Bid

Most Jewish groups oppose Abbas’ move; Israelis on left urge support for PA leader.
11/26/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The frustration in the voice of former Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh is evident when he speaks of the planned U.S. opposition to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ bid for United Nations’ recognition of Palestine as a non-member state.

The move, slated for this Thursday, threatens to “destroy America’s only achievement in this region,” he said by phone from Jerusalem, referring to the American training of the Palestinian security force in the West Bank.

Abbas: Rewarded for not negotiating with Israel? getty images

Avoidance Diplomacy

11/26/2012 - 19:00

How fitting that the body of PLO founder Yasir Arafat is being exhumed this week in the hopes that his death can be attributed to poisoning by the Israelis.

At a remarkably chaotic moment even for the always churning Mideast, with Syria collapsing and Egypt’s new leader seeking Pharaoh-like powers, it seems the Palestinians will do anything to review and return to the past while ignoring the reality of today and planning for tomorrow.

The Hurricane They Almost Named Israel

In 2001, Jewish groups battled UN over storm names Israel and Adolph.
11/08/2012 - 19:00

While Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on East Coast Jewish communities, another storm 11 years ago made serious political waves in the Jewish world.

It’s not unusual for Jewish organizations to clash with United Nations agencies over issues related to Israel. But in 2001, Jewish groups’ concern for Israel drew them into an unusual battle with the UN over the naming of a hurricane.

Tropical Storm Ivo, which would have been named Israel had it reached hurricane status. NASA

Israel's UN Envoy Walks Out On Ahmadinejad Forum

09/23/2012 - 20:00

Israeli United Nations Ambassador Ron Prosor stormed out of the United Nations Monday morning as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the podium to address a forum on international law. 

“There is no justice and no judge here,” Prosor was quoted as saying to aides as he left the room. “The leader of a outlaw state that flouts international law on a regular basis and violates the fundamental principles of the rule of law has no place here.”

Israeli Organization Sues Warwick Hotel For Hosting Ahmadinejad

09/18/2012 - 20:00

An Israeli law center that combats terrorist organizations by seeking compensation for victims is suing the hotel that is hosting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations General Assembly next week, seeking the president’s room to satisfy a portion of a judgment one of its clients is owed by Iran.

Ahmadinejad Expected To Speak At UN On Yom Kippur

09/10/2012 - 20:00

The holiest day of the Jewish calendar could see one of the Jewish state’s most vocal opponents thrust into international spotlight.

On the fast day of Yom Kippur Sept. 26, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is likely to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Israel National News reported.

Denying Reality Won’t Make It Go Away

08/27/2012 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

How do you deal with Mideast heads of state who refuse to accept historical fact or reality?

Gary Rosenblatt
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