Tag Archive for United Nations

On the Palestinians & terror, by Golda Meir, the 4th Prime Minister of Israel

A ‘must read’: This immutable New York Times op-ed, penned by then Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, is still accurate, as it was when published 41 years ago.

By Golda Meir, the 4th Prime Minister of Israel

January 14, 1976

 

To be misquoted is an occupational hazard of political leadership; for this reason I should like to clarify my position in regard to the Palestinian issue. I have been charged with being rigidly insensitive to the question of the Palestinian Arabs. In evidence of this I am supposed to have said, “There are no Palestinians.” My actual words were: “There is no Palestinian people. Continue Reading »

In Palestinian political chess with Trump, Abbas seeks full UN state membership at UNSC

In latest diplomatic game of tit-for-tat, Palestinian chairman Abbas sets his cohorts to the UN Security Council seeking to upgrade their non-state status at the UN, knowing the expected US veto will render their efforts theatrical at best.

By Itamar Eichner

 

The Palestinians are planning to ask the UN Security Council to upgrade their status from a non-member observer state to a full member state with voting rights at the United Nations.

The Palestinian move is the latest in a diplomatic war that was sparked by US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, escalated when the Palestinians pushed for the adoption of a UN General Assembly resolution rejecting the American declaration, and recently culminated in US threats to cut funding for the Palestinian Authority and the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Continue Reading »

Israel offers quid pro quo for support at United Nations

Israel gave Nauru, a tiny island nation only 21 square kilometers in the Pacific Ocean, a sewage treatment plant worth $71,997, prior to the UNGA vote on resolution nullifying President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

By Itamar Eichner

 

Israel purchased a sewage treatment system for Nauru, a tiny island nation in the Pacific Ocean, only two weeks before the country voted against a UN General Assembly resolution criticizing the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Foreign Ministry’s Tenders Committee approved the purchase of the sewage treatment plant at the cost NIS 250,191 () without a tender. Continue Reading »

Sour Grapes: Arab Knesset Member laments UN’s celebration of Israel’s independence

Israeli Arab parliamentarian, MK Ahmad Tibi exploits platform at the UN to censure Israel for celebrating the 1947 Partition Plan that subsequently led to its independence.

By Itamar Eichner

 

MK Ahmad Tibi (Joint List) attacked Israel and a UN-held celebration of the 1947 Partition Plan vote which led to Israel’s Declaration of Independence, saying it is hypocritical of the state to celebrate such an event while denying Palestinians independence.

Speaking at a United Nations convention held in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Tibi panned Israel for what he says are discriminatory acts.

MK Ahmad Tibi (Joint List) attacks Israel at the UN Nov.29, 2017 – Ynet

“Instead of working for equality, peace and acceptance of the other, the Israeli government promotes the Nationality Bill that speaks of self-determination only for Jews and establishes communities without Arabs,” said Tibi, adding that “the Joint List is working together with democratic Jews against the flood of these laws in order to bring about a better life.”

Tibi, who was one of the main speakers at the event, also attacked the conduct of Israeli security forces and “policemen who killed innocent and holy Palestinians are still walking freely.”

He listed the names of Arab residents he claimed were wrongfully killed by Israeli forces, including: 22-year-old Khair al-Din Rouf Hamdan from Kafr Kanna, who was shot by police after violently threatening them with a knife; 50-year-old Yaqub Abu al-Qiyan from Umm al-Hiran, who was shot after police mistakenly thought he was about to commit a ramming attack; and 27-year-old Muhammad Taha, who was shot by a civilian security guard during violent riots that broke out in Kafr Qasim. Continue Reading »

Israeli microsatellite to help agricultural technologies feed developing countries

U.N. set to debate draft resolution calling for Israel to head efforts to assist agriculture worldwide via the images from its Israeli-French vegetation monitoring microsatellite, Venus.

Shlomo Cesana and Israel Hayom Staff

 

The United Nations is expected to announce Monday that Israel will head efforts to assist agriculture worldwide through the analysis of satellite images derived from its Venus satellite.

Illustration of the VENµS minisatellite – Image credit- CNES, IAI

The Venus vegetation and environment monitoring microsatellite, launched into space in late July, was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries in collaboration with the French space agency CNES.

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems produced the satellite’s innovative electric propulsion system, and defense electronics contractor Elbit Systems provided advanced high-resolution cameras that will enable the satellite to better monitor the earth’s vegetation and any changes on the ground. Continue Reading »

al-Sisi tells Netanyahu in NYC, Egypt wants to assist Israel in peace efforts with Palestinians

Having become successively involved in recent efforts to stabilize the situation in Gaza, in bringing about a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, Egypt reaches out to PM Netanyahu, offering his services to do likewise vis-à-vis the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

BY HERB KEINON

 

NEW YORK – It is not every day that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets leaders of Arab countries publicly and with cameras capturing the moment.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President al-Sisi in a friendly, productive meeting in New York. – Photo: AVI OHAYON of Israel’s GPO at the UN

In fact, it has hardly ever happened in the eight years since Netanyahu became prime minister for the second time in 2009. Continue Reading »

UN poised to begin formal boycott of Israel, move guaranteed to spur anti-Semitism

The United Nations continues playing to the anti-Zionist narrative, initiated by the Palestinians, and with full backing of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which control most of the UN’s NGOs and committees.

By Sean Savage/JNS.org

 

An upcoming “blacklist” of major international companies with business ties to Israeli communities in Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem represents yet another attempt by anti-Israel actors in the United Nations to single out and demonize the world’s only Jewish state, experts say.

The U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) had voted to approve the database of businesses last year, defying objections from the U.S. Continue Reading »

Palestinian plot to circumvent Trump and Congress at the UN for additional funding

 

With bad press exposing extrajudicial killings in Gaza and Abbas’ ‘Pay for Slay’ to reward those who murder Israelis, Trump and congress are debating funding cuts, but the Arabs have a found a way to do an end-run around Congress and get even more than the $380,593,116 it got in 2015 – by having the UN decide how much.
– BTW, next in line, the EU gave less than half of that to the Palestinians, with a ‘mere’ $136,751,943.

By Benny Avni

 

On Friday, the United Nations General Assembly will vote on a resolution to change the way a Palestinian-centered agency is financed. Continue Reading »

U.S. envoy to the U.N. Nikki Haley vows to keep Palestinians from key U.N. positions

U.S. State Department backs Nikki Haley’s remarks, showing concern of Palestinian efforts to exploit UN leadership positions for a de facto appearance, or even recognition as an independent state, when if fact they are not.

By Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff

 

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley on Tuesday took some lawmakers by surprise when she seemed to assert that the Trump administration’s policy was to prevent any Palestinians from serving in U.N. positions unless and until the U.S. recognizes an independent Palestinian state.

Haley made the comments during two days of testimony before a pair of committees in the House of Representatives. Continue Reading »

Amb. Nikki Haley threatens US exit from UNHRC if Israel charged at Int’l Court

 

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is unhappy the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is taking steps outside the purview of its mandate in turning Israel to the International Court of Justice saying, “It’s actions like these that are forcing us to evaluate the United States’ future on the Human Rights Council.”

By TOVAH LAZAROFF

 

The United States warned that it would leave the United Nations Human Rights Council if it turns to the International Court of Justice at The Hague for a broad advisory opinion on Israeli actions in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley issued a statement on the matter after learning that the UN might ask the International Court of Justice to comment on the failure of both Israelis and Palestinians to comply with humanitarian law. Continue Reading »

Video: PM Netanyahu thanks U.S. Amb. Haley for standing up for Israel and the truth

 

WATCH: Netanyahu tells Haley, “We have an ancient Hebrew saying that when somebody tells a truth, you can feel it…So people feel it, they not only understand it, they feel it. And we feel it. We’re glad to see the fruits of your efforts, uncommon common sense.”

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday spoke with US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and thanked her for standing up for Israel and the truth.

“Thank you for standing up for Israel, for standing up for the truth – which is standing up for America,” Netanyahu said. Continue Reading »

US envoy to UN Haley: UNHRC ignores those to whom they are appointed to protect

 

In an op-ed in the Washington Post Amb. Haley writes, “All too often…the victims of the world’s most egregious human rights violations are ignored by the very organization that is supposed to protect them,” called on council to “end its practice of wrongly singling out Israel for criticism,” curious “whether the Human Rights Council actually supports human rights” or whether it is “merely a showcase for dictatorships that use their membership to whitewash brutality.”

By i24NEWS

 

US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the UN’s Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday that changes need to be made regarding the body’s approach to Israel. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations elected General Assembly vice president

 

Becoming the 4th Israeli in history to be elected to the UN position, Amb. Danny Danon will participate in setting assembly’s agenda, oversee rules during sessions.

By i24NEWS

 

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon was on Wednesday elected as vice president of the General Assembly’s 72nd Session, becoming the fourth Israeli in history to be elected to the position.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon holding a photo of Yoela Chen, an Israeli victim of a terrorist attack orchestrated by jailed terrorist, Marwan Barghouti. – Photo: UN/Rick Bajornas

As part of his role, Danon is to chair General Assembly meetings, participate in setting the assembly’s agenda, and oversee rules and decorum during sessions. Continue Reading »

Israeli gov’t acknowledges UN ignores buildings laws in Jerusalem

 

• Israel’s gov’t says it is in contact with UN officials to resolve the issue of illegal construction on government land.
• Regavim attorney: UN’s immunity is not for “the theft of land from the country that hosts him free of charge.”

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

After repeated delays, the state finally responded Sunday to the request for an interim injunction filed by Regavim against the illegal construction carried out by the UN at the Government House in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood.

The state admitted for the first time that the extensive construction activity there, including works to preserve the historic buildings in the compound, as well as the construction of additional illegal structures in the compound, were carried out without permits. Continue Reading »

Lebanon PM Hariri asks UN to mediate end to “continuous violations” by Israel

 

PM Hariri, “I urge the UN secretary general to support efforts to secure, as soon as possible, a state of permanent ceasefire. This is long overdue and my government is committed to move this agenda forward.”

By REUTERS

 

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri asked the United Nations on Friday to help Lebanon and Israel move towards a permanent ceasefire and end what he called Israel’s “continuous violations” of Lebanese territory.

Israel and Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah group fought a month-long war in 2006 that concluded with a cessation of hostilities but without a formal peace deal.

From top to bottom: Snow capped Mt Herman, the Golan Heights, with Har Dov (center) and Shabba farms on its left (Underneath the snow capped mountain tops) with Kfar Ghjar village below.

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