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Israel Will Expand Settlements Over UN Palestine Vote

By Reuters

Israel plans to build 3,000 new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in defiance of a U.N. vote implicitly recognising Palestinian statehood there, Israeli media reported on Friday.Read More


After U.N Vote, Complications Arise in D.C.

By Nathan Guttman

The cheering delegates clapping at the United Nations General Assembly hall, the Palestinian flag pulled out and waved and that unusual smile on the face of Mahmoud Abbas, provided the Palestinian Authority with its long awaited and ever so rare moment of victory.Read More


AIPAC Calls for Review of U.S.-Palestinian Ties

By JTA

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee called for a “full review” of the U.S. relationship with the Palestine Liberation Organization, including shutting its Washington office, in the wake of its obtaining non-member state status at the United Nations.Read More


Leaders of Social Protests Set To Join Knesset

By JTA

Two leaders of Israel’s social protest movement made it into the top 12 slots on the Labor Party’s list for the 19th Knesset.Read More


Polls: Only 7 Votes for Livni's Party

By JTA

Two polls predict no more than seven seats in the Israeli parliament for Tzippi Livni’s newly-established center-left party.Read More


Alan Gross Biopsy, Hopeful but Not Definitive

By JTA

The results of a biopsy released by the Cuban government raises hopes that Jewish American contractor Alan Gross does not have cancer, his lawyer said, but his family still wants his own physician to examine him.Read More


Vatican Hails U.N Vote, Wants Special Status for Jerusalem

By Reuters

The Vatican hailed the United Nations’ implicit recognition of a Palestinian state on Thursday and called for an internationally guaranteed special status for Jerusalem, something bound to irritate Israel.Read More


Hamas: Gaza and U.N. Recognition Go Together

By Reuters

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said the de facto recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state won by his rival Mahmoud Abbas should be seen alongside Gaza’s latest conflict with Israel as a single, bold strategy that could empower all Palestinians.Read More


Hackers Claim To Have 'Confidential' IAEA Information

By Reuters

Anti-Israel hackers, who the U.N. nuclear agency this week said had posted data online stolen from one of its servers, claimed in a new statement they had published confidential material obtained from the watchdog.Read More


Next Stop for Palestinians Could Be Global Courts

By Reuters

The U.N. General Assembly’s overwhelming vote to recognize Palestine as a non-member state offers little prospect for greater clout in world politics but it could make a difference in the international courts.Read More





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