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Obama Sets Record Straight On Israel-Arab Conflict

President Barack Obama told the United Nations and the world today what Israel and the rest of us have known and have been saying all along:  The Arab-Israeli conflict is not the cause of instability in the Middle East. Rather it has been a convenient excuse for Arab leaders to fail to give their own people freedom and respect their basic human rights. 

Here's what the President said:

U.N. To Investigate Israel’s Targeting Of Its Gaza Schools, Ban Says

09/09/2014 - 20:00

Jerusalem — The United Nations is preparing to investigate the targeting of its schools in Gaza during Israel’s recent operation in Gaza, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an Arabic newspaper.

UN Needs Day Of Atonement

There is a greater likelihood that the United Nations will vote to blame Israel for global warming than it would to put Yom Kippur on the official holiday calendar of UN Headquarters as called for in an op ed in Wednesday's New York Times.

Hamas Leaders Crawl Out Of Their Holes

In case you didn’t notice, the Hamas spokesman announced acceptance of the ceasefire at a news conference in the Al Shifa Hospital.  Why is that important?  Because many journalists covering the war in Gaza as well as the Israeli Defense Forces believe the Hamas leadership hid out during the fighting in bunkers beneath the hospital.  In other words, the doctors, staff, patients and visitors were their unwitting human shields.

Netanyahu, Gov’t Ministers Won’t Cooperate With U.N. Gaza Probe

08/13/2014 - 20:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated he will not cooperate with a United Nations commission investigating Israel’s conduct during its war in Gaza.

U.N. Panel Probing Israel To Include George Clooney’s Fiancee

08/11/2014 - 20:00

Amal Alamuddin, a British attorney and the fiancee of actor George Clooney, will serve on a U.N. commission investigating Israel for possible war crimes in Gaza.

Israel Asks U.S. To Help Thwart War Crimes Charges

08/05/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked a visiting congressional delegation today to try to stop the Palestinian Authority from joining the International Criminal Court and then filing war crimes charges against Israel.

Palestinian Authority Joins 5 U.N. Global Treaties

05/04/2014 - 20:00

JERUSALEM — The Palestinian Authority formally joined five global treaties at the United Nations.

U.S. Presses UNESCO On Cancellation Of Jews In Israel Exhibit

01/19/2014 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration is “deeply disappointed” with a decision by UNESCO, the United Nation’s cultural arm, to cancel the opening of an exhibition on the Jewish presence in the land of Israel and is seeking its placement “as soon as possible.”

‘Where Are Your Bloody New York Jews?’

10/08/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In October 1975, as the heinous resolution condemning Zionism as racism progressed through the United Nations, American Jews were silent. America’s UN ambassador, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was fighting this libelous legislation, asked Israel’s Ambassador Chaim Herzog: “Where are your bloody Jews?” The UN heard the silence of the world’s largest Jewish community. Even German Ambassador Rudiger von Wechmar told Herzog: “It would be helpful if the Jewish community were to react.”

Gil Troy is professor of history at McGill University and a Shalom Hartman Engaging Israel Research Fellow in Jerusalem.
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