Republican U.S. senators introduced the first efforts to penalize the Palestinians and the United Nations should the body affirm enhanced Palestinian status.
Britain said it would support a Palestinian bid for a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations if it received assurances that the Palestinians would return to peace talks and would not seek to prosecute Israelis through the International Criminal Court.
Nearly half of all European Union member states will vote in favor of upgrading the Palestinian Authority’s status at the United Nations, an E.U. spokesperson reportedly said.
The Palestinian Authority’s bid for an upgrade in U.N. status is of immediate concern in the U.S.-Israel relationship, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren said in a post-U.S. election interview.
Israel warned of a ‘diplomatic tsunami,’ Palestinians promised a game changer that would reshape Middle East peacemaking. It all ended with a whimper. Now what?
The statehood bid was supposed to bring the Palestinian people one step closer to real independence. On the streets, there’s little sign of change anyone can believe in.
Palestinians are united in their desire to win statehood. On the streets of Ramallah, many are jaded by their own leaders’ shortcomings and Israel’s intransigence.
Fault for the Palestinian statehood bid lies entirely with Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli majority that supports him, Larry Derfner writes.
Despite the furor over the Palestinians’ plan to push for statehood, major Jewish groups have decided not to stage rallies at the United Nations in coming days.