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Israel to Invite Bids for 800 Settler Homes

Posted November 15th, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The Israeli government said Tuesday it plans to invite bids for the construction of more than 800 new homes in East Jerusalem. Housing Ministry spokesman Ariel Rosenberg said the tenders to build the new homes in Har Homa and Pisgat Zeev settlements are expected to be issued in the next several weeks. The decision to […]

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International Efforts Under Way to Revive Mideast Peace Process

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The Quartet of Middle East peace mediators seeking to revive the stalled peace process between Israel and the Palestinians held separate talks with the two sides Monday, but expectations of a breakthrough are low. The chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said after the meeting the Palestinians are ready to discuss all issues, once Israel proves […]

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Obama told Sarkozy US ‘Disappointed’ With French Vote on Palestine

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he used a private meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy earlier this month to express “significant disappointment” with a French vote in favor of Palestinians joining the U.N. cultural heritage agency, UNESCO. Mr. Obama’s private November 3 meeting with Mr. Sarkozy ahead of a Group of 20 summit in the […]

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Palestinians Mull Next Move UN Membership Bid

Posted November 12th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Palestinian leaders are considering their next move in their bid for United Nations membership after a U.N. committee said the council is deadlocked on the issue. Palestinian U.N. envoy Riyad Mansour said Friday that his government will “quickly” decide on the next step. He added that Palestinian authorities are determined to succeed in the membership […]

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UN Panel Deadlocked on Palestinian Membership Bid

Posted November 11th, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Diplomats at the United Nations have failed to reach an agreement on a Palestinian application for United Nations membership. A U.N. Security Council committee on admitting new members met briefly Friday morning to approve a report that says it is deadlocked on the issue. A draft of the report was obtained by the media earlier […]

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UN Panel Deadlocked on Palestinian Membership Bid

Posted November 11th, 2011 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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A U.N. Security Council committee is expected to report Friday that it could not reach an agreement on a Palestinian application for U.N. membership. Diplomats say the committee on admitting new members will approve a report that says it is deadlocked on the issue. The committee began considering the request in September, after Palestinian President […]

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UN Reports Security Council Divided on Palestinians

Posted November 8th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A draft report from the U.N. Security Council says members cannot reach a decision on whether to admit the Palestinian territories as a member state. The report by the Security Council membership committee was leaked to news outlets Tuesday. The Palestinians needed at least nine votes in the 15-member Security Council for their membership application […]

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Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Kills Palestinian Militant

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Israel has carried out an air strike in the Gaza Strip against militants as they were preparing to fire rockets into Israel. Medical sources said one member of the Islamic Jihad militant group was killed and three others wounded in Saturday night’s attack targeting Khan Yunis in southern Gaza. There was no immediate word on […]

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Palestinians Face Setback in U.N. Membership Bid

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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France says is would abstain from any vote on Palestinian membership in the United Nations because it “has no chance of success.” The French foreign ministry said in a statement Friday that while it regards the Palestinians’ aspiration for statehood as legitimate, their request for full U.N. membership has no chance of being accepted, particularly […]

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Palestinians Face Setback in U.N. Membership Bid

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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France is expected to explain its decision on Friday to abstain from any vote on Palestinian membership in the United Nations. The move comes a day after U.N. envoys announced the planned abstentions of France, Britain and Colombia. Palestinians need at least nine votes in the 15-member U.N. Security Council for their membership resolution to […]

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