Tag Archive for Antonio Guterres

Exiled Jews from Arab countries call on UN chief to recognize their plight

In a plea sent to U.N. Secretary-General Guterres, Jewish community representative suggests U.N. should strive for justice for all refugees, including the recognition of some 850,000 Jews expelled from Arab states and Iran.

By Ariel Kahana


Seventy years after the exodus and expulsion of some 850,000 Jews from Arab states and Iran, the heads of communities of Jews from Arab countries are demanding the United Nations officially recognize the suffering they were forced to endure.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres‏. – Photo: Wikimedia Commons

In a letter to U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, community leaders, among them Dr. Shimon Ohayon, director of Bar-Ilan University’s Dahan Center and chairman of the Alliance of Moroccan Immigrants wrote, “While the U.N. Continue Reading »

Beirut to increase army forces on border with Israel

Increasing Lebanon’s military forces on their southern border is viewed as a way for Beirut to contain Hezbollah’s expansion and control throughout Lebanon’s heartland.
• PM Saad Hariri: Israel still remains Lebanon’s primary threat.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff


Lebanon plans to increase its military presence along its southern border with Israel, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Thursday at a meeting in Rome, where he is seeking financial support for the armed forces.

Bolstering Lebanon’s army and internal security forces is seen as a way for the international community to keep Hezbollah, which has helped sway the Syrian civil war in President Bashar Assad’s favor, from broadening its clout in the Lebanese heartland. Continue Reading »

US, Israel redefine perimeters of UNIFIL to fulfill its mandate in Lebanon

As the UN Security Council considers renewing mandate of what appears to be an impotent peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, the US, with Israeli recommendations, propose granting UNIFIL greater powers to monitor Hezbollah and fulfill its responsibilities under its original mandate.

By Itamar Eichner


Israel and the US are gearing up to launch a new initiative aimed at expanding the powers and responsibilities assigned to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in its monitoring of Hezbollah, as the UN Security Council prepares to discuss this week the renewal of its mandate.

Map is made by Thomas Blomberg using the UNIFIL map, deployment as of July 2006 as source.

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U.S. envoy to U.N. vows to “seek significant improvements” to UNIFIL


U.S. Ambassador to U.N. Nikki Haley stressed how United Nations’ forces must do more to prevent the acquisition and distribution of illegal weapons, which are “almost entirely in the hands of Hezbollah terrorists.”

By Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff


U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday urged the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon to step up efforts to prevent the spread of illegal weapons in southern Lebanon, which she said “are almost entirely in the hands of Hezbollah terrorists.”

Haley made clear in a statement that the United States is seeking “significant improvements” to the force, known as UNIFIL, when the U.N. Continue Reading »

UN follows Norway’s lead, refusing to fund Palestinian center named after mass-murderer


* FINALLY a change in the status quo *


Since President Trump’s speech calling on the world to stop the funding that glorifies terrorists last week in Saudi Arabia, and again in Bethlehem, Norway & now the United Nations have condemned their being exploited to fund a Palestinian Women’s Center named after infamous terrorist who took part in the massacre of 37 unarmed civilians on a public bus.
• U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, “The glorification of terrorism, or the perpetrators of heinous terrorist acts, is unacceptable under any circumstance.”
• Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu praised the U.N. for its decision.

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Palestinians honor former UN official who condemned Israel


Despot Mahmoud Abbas awards Jordanian Rima Khalaf, former UN official who resigned after refusing to retract report accusing Israel of apartheid, the ‘Palestine Medal of the Highest Honor’ in recognition of her ‘courage & support’ for the Palestinian people.

By The Associated Press


The Palestinian president has awarded his people’s highest honor to a former UN official who was forced to resign last week after authoring a report that accused Israel of establishing an “apartheid regime.”

Rima Khalaf, 2011 – Wikimedia Commons: Chatham House – Flickr

The official Palestinian news agency Wafa said Sunday that President Mahmoud Abbas informed Rima Khalaf by phone that she would receive the Palestine Medal of the Highest Honor in recognition of her “courage and support” for the Palestinian people. Continue Reading »

Palestinians outraged after US Ambassador to the UN blocks envoy to Libya


Is a new era beginning for Israel at the United Nations? –
PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi outraged at ‘unbridled bias against the Palestinian people’ after appointment of former Palestinian PM as UN envoy to Libya gets blocked, saying, ‘It constitutes a blanket license for the exclusion of Palestinians everywhere.’

By Elior Levy


Palestinian activist and Palestinian Liberation Organization Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi denounced the decision by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to block the appointment of former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to lead the United Nations political mission in Libya. Ashrawi issued a statement on Saturday, following the US’s decision to block Fayyad’s appointment. Continue Reading »

Palestinians hurl slurs at UN Chief for acknowledging Jewish ties to Temple Mount


Speaking to Israel Radio on Friday, the new U.N. leader, Antonio Guterres acknowledged that “the Temple the Romans destroyed in Jerusalem was a Jewish temple,” and went on to say that he has no intention of forcing a peace process on Israel and the Palestinians.



Palestinian officials criticized United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday for saying that a Jewish temple existed atop the Temple Mount.

Entry to the Dome of the Rock, on the Temple Mount – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

“[Gueterres] ignored UNESCO’s decision that considered the Al-Aksa Mosque of pure Islamic heritage,” Adnan al-Husseini, Palestinian Authority Jerusalem Affairs minister told Xinhua, a Chinese news outlet, clarifying that the UN secretary-general “violated all legal, diplomatic and humanitarian customs and overstepped his role as secretary general…and must issue an apology to the Palestinian people.”
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New UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ‘a Friend of Israel’


Antonio Guterres, former Portuguese PM was close to former Israeli PMs Peres and Barak.



Incoming United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been and will always be a friend of Israel, former Israeli officials who have met with him toldThe Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

Guterres came to Israel in 1993 as secretary-general of the Portuguese Socialist Party and leader of Portugal’s opposition.

He met with then-foreign minister Shimon Peres and then-industry and trade minister Micha Harish.

Following the visit, Guterres remained in close contact with Peres and former prime minister Ehud Barak, who both served under him in top posts in the Socialist International. Continue Reading »