United Nations

Missing The Point At The UN

10/03/2012
Editorial

The shallowness of mainstream media was evidenced last week in its reporting on the major addresses to the United Nations General Assembly by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Reading The ‘Red Line’ Tea Leaves

Reaction to Bibi’s UN speech; Jewish leaders who met with Abbas disappointed in his UN speech.

09/28/2012
Staff Writer

By using a Wile E. Coyote-style stick drawing of a bomb and a red marker in his United Nations speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time clarified the difference between Israel’s red line and President Barack Obama’s when it comes to stopping Iran’s quest for a nuclear bomb.

It’s the difference between enriching uranium to weapons-grade purity — Netanyahu’s red line — vs. the U.S. position that it will wait to see if Iran develops a trigger mechanism to create such a bomb.

Benjamin Netanyahu and his visual aid at the United Nations.

Abbas At U.N. Blasts Israel As ‘Racist,’ Tamps Down Statehood Bid

09/28/2012

 Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in his U.N. address blasted Israel as seeking to end the two-state solution but tamped down any plans to seek statehood unilaterally.

Describing what he said were "racist" attacks by settlers on Palestinians in collusion with the Israeli government, Abbas told the General Assembly on Thursday that he has reached the conclusion "that the Israeli government rejects the two-state solution."

He said, however, that Palestinians remain ready to negotiate a two-state solution.

At UN, Netanyahu Says Spring Is 'Red Line' For Iran Nuke Program

09/27/2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly that the "red line" he is seeking as a warning to Iran to stop its suspected nuclear weapons program would come as early as next spring.

The forecast, while coming in a speech on Thursday that emphasized his concerns that the international community was ignoring Iran's capability at its peril, was nonetheless notable for setting a deadline months after the U.S. presidential election in November.

‘There Is No Justice Here’

Israel UN ambassador storms out of Ahmadinejad’s speech as political leaders gather to denounce Iranian leader.

09/27/2012
Staff Writer

Unbeknownst to the political and communal leaders who stood outside the United Nations Monday to criticize Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s planned Wednesday speech to the UN General Assembly, the Iranian leader was already inside speaking.

Ahmadinejad had been introduced to speak at a forum on international law when Israel’s United Nations ambassador, Ron Prosor, rose and stormed out of the room as Ahmadinejad approached the rostrum.

Ahmadinejad’s scheduled speech at the UN on Yom Kippur brought criticism from Jewish, Christian leaders. Getty Images

Obama, At UN, Rejects Iran Nuclear Containment As Tensions Build

09/25/2012

President Barack Obama told the United Nations that "containment" of a nuclear Iran is not an option and would pose an existential threat to Israel.

Citing End Of Unilateral Steps, Israel Releases $100 Million To PA

11/30/2011

 

Israel released $100 million in tax funds it had withheld from the Palestinian Authority.

Jordan's King Supports Palestinian Statehood in West Bank Visit

11/22/2011

 

Jordan's King Abdullah visited the West Bank for the first time in more than a decade to demonstrate support for the Palestinians' statehood bid in the United Nations.

Trading Charges, Not Olive Branches

By ramping up the incendiary rhetoric with accusations of Israeli racism, ethnic cleansing, targeted assassinations, waging a war of aggression, apartheid and threatening Islamic holy places, Mahmoud Abbas was fanning the flames of a Third Intifada he claims he doesn't want. 
 

Jewish Protestors Arrested At UN

09/23/2011
Staff Writer

Three days before a Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli security forces during a violent confrontation in the West Bank Friday, Rabbi Avi Weiss warned the United Nations that a Palestinian request for U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state might “inspire” violence.

Yuli Edelstein in the Dialogue Tent.
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