Stalling Tactics

04/09/2012 - 20:00

The leaders of Iran and Syria have learned the dirty little secret of dealing with an international community making demands  them.

In the case of Iran, the U.S. and other countries are about to launch another round of negotiations with Tehran in an effort to prevent the Islamic revolution leaders from developing a nuclear weapon that threatens the region and the free world.

Hamas Concedes That Gaza Is Not Occupied, So Where Is The UN?

01/09/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In a stunning about-face, and after decades of violence justified by excuses of being under occupation, this week Hamas has admitted that Gaza is not occupied by Israel. And yet, the United Nations, which has long been reluctant to acknowledge Gaza's change in status, is still silent on the issue.

Abbas' Conflicting UN Messages

The old political shibboleth "That may be what I said but it's not what I meant" could well apply to Mahmoud Abbas's UN appearance last month. He gave an impassioned speech from the podium, waiving the formal "Application of Palestine for admission to membership in the United Nations" and declaring his desire to live in peace with the State of Israel.

Mixed Media: Does Obama Have A Jewish Problem?

09/26/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

 President Barack Obama stood before the United Nations General Assembly last week, backed up Israel’s position on Palestinian statehood and said that the United States support for Israel was “unshakeable.”

He added: “We believe that any lasting peace must acknowledge the very real security concerns that Israel faces every single day.”

President Obama’s poll number are down among Jewish voters, but not as far as among the general public

U.S. Fears Pro-Palestinian Attacks On Embassies

U.S. diplomats, not only in the Middle East, are "incredibly nervous" that angry pro-Palestinian mobs will attack American embassies and other installations in retaliation for opposing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' application for UN recognition of Palestine, according to Congressional sources briefed by the State Department.

Obama To Palestinians: Drop The Unilateral Approach

President Barack Obama had a clear warning for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: don't try to bypass direct negotiations, it won't work.

Liberal Jewish Group J Street Opposes Palestinian UN Move

Peace Now still undecided about fast-evolving situation as Abbas vows to seek recognition.
09/05/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Although Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday night that he was determined to ask the United Nations to unilaterally declare an independent Palestinian state this month, J Street, a leading liberal Jewish group here, announced its opposition to the move. 

Bracing For September At The UN

09/05/2011 - 20:00

September is certain to be a dramatic and challenging month for the State of Israel, politically and diplomatically. Hopefully not militarily.

PA Anxious As UN Vote Nears

While Israel frets, so too do Palestinians; Tel Aviv nightclub attack a precursor?
08/29/2011 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — In less than three weeks, Palestinians plan to bring their case for formal statehood recognition to a vote in the United Nations, stoking Israeli fears of international isolation and a new intifada. But as the moment of truth approaches, it appears that Palestinians are just as anxious about the uncertain fallout on the day after.

Israeli police stand near stolen taxi that a Palestinian man slammed into a Tel Aviv club Monday, injuring eight. Getty Images

In Syria, The Killings Go On

08/01/2011 - 20:00

Imagine what the world reaction would be if Israel, in order to suppress civilian demonstrations among Arabs, were to unleash its army, killing up to 150 unarmed people in a few days of fighting in Israel proper or the West Bank.

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