Only US, Israel and Australia vote against United Nations General Assembly resolution allowing the Palestinian to participate fully in meetings as a legitimate state and join previously restricted international bodies.
The 193-member United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday allowed the Palestinians to act more like a full UN member state during meetings in 2019 when they will chair the group of 77 developing nations.
The United States, Israel and Australia voted against the move, which won 146 votes in favor. There were 15 abstentions and 29 countries didn’t vote.
“We cannot support efforts by the Palestinians to enhance their status outside of direct negotiations. Continue Reading »
France’s new liberal president said he would rather maintain a good relationship with the State of Israel than “undermine stability” and recognize ‘Palestine.’
By Israel Today Staff
Palestinian Arabs probably celebrated the victory of Emmanuel Macron in France’s presidential election last week.
After all, his opponent, Marine Le Pen, made abundantly clear her frustration with, if not outright disdain for, the Islamic world.
Supporters of Macron celebrating his victory at the Louvre on 7 May – Photo: Lorie Shaull/Wikimedia
But there was another aspect to the election for Palestinians, who have in recent years tried to get France to take a central role in the Middle East peace process, confident that the liberal European power would be among the first to openly embrace a Palestinian state. Continue Reading »
Op-ed: Acknowledging the only viable option left for the Palestinian people is the return of 96% of the West Bank to Jordan is now, since every Palestinian leader has proven himself averse to actively running an independent state or founding a sovereign Palestinian country when time after time, opportunity was dismissed.
By Sever Plocker
With the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank coming up, the time has come to return to the idea which guided the opponents of annexation in the 60s and 70s—the Jordan Option, or the Jordanian-Palestinian option.
Who am I to decide whether or not the Palestinians have defining cultural and nationalistic characteristics to differentiate it from the rest of the Arab world? Continue Reading »
Jerusalem explains its position how ICC does not hold jurisdiction to hear ‘non-state’ Palestine’s alleged war-crimes charges against Israel.
Israel has decided to change its policy and begin talks with the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague regarding a preliminary investigation the ICC is conducting into last summer’s Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip, a senior Israeli official told the Israeli Haaretz paper.
ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda – Photo: Peter Dejong (POOL/AFP)
The Israeli decision to be in contact with Gambian-born Fatou Bensouda is reportedly only to clarify its position that the ICC does not hold any authority to hear Palestinian complaints on the matter, the official said. Continue Reading »
The Irish gov’t said it will take such steps only if coordinated with Ireland’s allies in the EU. A gov’t source reported Dublin fears unilateral moves may be counter-productive.
The Irish lower house of parliament on Wednesday passed a non-binding motion, proposed by the opposition calling on the parliament to recognize Palestine as a state.
Irish parliament – Photo courtesy: Wikipedia Commons
The motion calls on the government to “officially recognize the State of Palestine, on the basis of the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital, as established in UN resolutions, as a further positive contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
It also recognizes that “continued Israeli settlement construction and extension activities in the West Bank, is illegal and severely threatening the establishment of a viable Palestinian state.”
However, the government said that it will take such steps only if they are coordinated with Ireland’s allies in the European Union. Continue Reading »
Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s Foreign Minister described Sweden’s official recognition as “a miserable decision that strengthens the extremist elements & Palestinian rejectionism.”
STOCKHOLM – Sweden’s center-left government on Thursday officially recognized the state of Palestine, becoming the first major European country to do so.
The new center-left Swedish government – Photo: AP
The EU member country joined only two other Western European countries — Malta and Cyprus — that have officially recognized a Palestinian state.
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the Scandinavian country had decided on the move because the criteria of international law required for such recognition had been fulfilled. Continue Reading »
Foreign ministry summons Swedish envoy for reprimand after newly elected prime minister gave assurances he’ll recognize Palestine as a state in upcoming inauguration speech.
By Itamar Eichner
Sweden’s ambassador to Israel has been summoned for a reprimand meeting on Monday at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, after Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced on Friday his intention to recognize Palestine.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven – Photo: Reuters
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Saturday night that Lofven’s announcement was unfortunate as he “likely has yet to have enough time to delve into matters and understand that the side which has been a spoiler for the past 20 years to advancing an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians – is the Palestinians.”
Lieberman said that the “Swedish Prime Minister Lofven needs to understand that no declaration and no step by an outside player can replace the direct negotiations between the sides and a solution that will be part of a comprehensive agreement between Israel and the entire Arab world.”
He added: “If the Swedish prime minister’s inauguration speech is concerned with the situation in the Middle East, he would be better off focusing on the urgent problems in the area, like the daily mass killings in Syria, Iraq, and other places in the region.”
Officials in Jerusalem are concerned by the Swedish declaration for a number of reasons – Sweden is the first major European country, party to the European Union, which has chosen to recognize Palestine as a state. Continue Reading »
Ma’an news agency says Mahmoud Abbas wants European countries to recognize ‘Palestine’ before he heads to the UN.
According to Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an, Palestinian Authority (PA) chief Mahmoud Abbas will ask French president Francois Hollande to recognize the “state of Palestine” when Abbas meets Hollande in France Friday. According to the report, Abbas will then ask additional European countries to recognize “Palestine” even before he heads for the annual United Nations General Assembly.
PA foreign minister Riad Al Maliki told Ma’an that “the international situation now is much better than in the past, and there is a better chance that the Palestinian people’s demands will be met.” Maliki added that “the world is now convinced, more than in the past, that Israel undermines international efforts for peace by constructing settlements.”
“Because of the diplomatic stalemate, we will say at the Security Council that this is the time to take a clear stand that will lead to the end of the occupation,” he explained. Continue Reading »
IDF official says Israel denied entry to 50 Palestinians because unrecognized paperwork were marked ‘State of Palestine’.
Urgent cases were allowed entry into Israel.
Israel has denied entry permits to some 50 Palestinian medical patients from the Gaza Strip because the words “State of Palestine” appears on the letterhead of their application, officials said on Wednesday.
Suhad al-Katib, a Palestinian woman patient who suffers cancer sits inside her house after she was not allowed to enter Israel, in Gaza City February 12, 2014.- Photo: Reuters
Israel does not recognize a Palestinian state, whose creation it says should stem from peace negotiations. Continue Reading »