Israel accuses UN envoy of improper conduct

Leila Zerrougui

Some countries where children who are targeted and killed or otherwise deliberately harmed weren’t on the UN proposed list of blacklisted nations. But Israel was. And now, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations is accusing the author of that report, of improper conduct and bias towards Israel. Ron Prosor’s comments about Leila Zerrougui are in a letter sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and seen by Reuters. Click here to read the story.

Photo of Leila Zerrougui from an interview with Bill Miller on GCTV


UN official acknowledges Hamas stored weapons in schools

Pierre Krahenbuhl

The head of the UN relief agency in the Palestinian territories has acknowledged in an interview in an Israeli newspaper that Hamas did indeed, as Israel claims, store weapons in UN-run schools in Gaza during last year’s war. But Pierre Krahenbuhl still says Israel was wrong to target those schools during the incursion. Click here to read the story.

If a Palestinian state resolution comes up in the UN can Israel expect a U.S. veto?

Samantha Power

In the past it was almost pro forma. Go too far in your attacks on Israel at the UN and the United States would ride to the rescue and veto the resolution. But things are not so clear these days. In fact, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, won’t go on the record as promising to veto a resolution arbitrarily creating a Palestinian state. Click here to read the story.

Israel: UN gives NGO status to Hamas-linked group

Palestinian Return Centre

Israel on Monday accused a UN committee that oversees non-governmental organizations of granting UN accreditation to an association that it said promotes “anti-Israel propaganda in Europe” and is linked to the militant Palestinian group Hamas.

But the group, the Palestinian Return Center, denies it has any ties to Hamas and is threatening legal action against Israel.

Will the UN unilaterally declare a state of Palestine in September?

UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov
UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov

There has been a lot of talk about things that are going to happen in September, but something that has been almost totally overlooked is the fact that the UN Security Council is likely to be voting on a UN resolution which will establish a Palestinian state at that time.

But there are those who argue, the Palestinians already have a state. It’s called Jordan.

Ban decries Jewish settlements in occupied lands


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly deplored the advancement of settlement activities on three occasions over the past three consecutive weeks by the Israeli authorities in the occupied West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, a spokesman for the UN said today.

“He reiterates that settlements are illegal under international law and urges the Government of Israel to halt and reverse such decisions in the interest of peace and a just final status agreement,” said a statement released from Mr. Ban’s spokesman.

The Secretary-General also reiterated that the international community will not recognize unilateral actions on the ground and that the status of Jerusalem can only be resolved through negotiations.

Ban seeks opportunities for reigniting peace talks

The shift to the right in the Israeli government following the formation of a new coalition that keeps Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister has been bemoaned by many as a sign that the Middle East peace process is all but dead. But some people are more optimistic. Including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Who says he is looking for realistic options for reigniting peace talks.