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PM Netanyahu Apologizes for Embarrassing Ban Ki-Moon

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has apologized to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for publicizing details of a conversation between the two regarding the Ban’s visit to Tehran in August.

Russia Evicts USAID

The Russian government has evicted the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), according to the US State Department, accusing the organization of using its money to influence elections.

Israeli Named to U.N. Human Rights Committee

Yuval Shany, an Israeli professor, was named to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

UN’s Orwellian ‘Right to Peace’ Resolution Sanctions Terrorism

The political culture of the council is such that the U.S. was the only one of 47 nations to vote no.

FM Liberman Says Israeli Policy Needs a New Focus: ‘Abbas Must Go’

Israel’s problem with the Palestinians is that it has not established a clear strategy, or any strategy at all for that matter, regarding its most intimate neighbors, "and that is why we are not leading any course of action except merely responding," argued on Thursday Israel Beitenu leader and Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.

Palestinians Plan to Outmaneuver Israel, the US, in Next Bid for UN Statehood

The Palestinian Authority will likely bid in September to become a UN “non-member observer state.” A document prepared by the PLO’s negotiations support unit, says both Israel and the U.S. have an arsenal of punitive measures at their disposal. It says the U.S. could close the PLO mission in Washington, suspend aid to the Palestinians or withhold contributions to any UN agency the Palestinians try to join. The Arab League last month gave Abbas its backing for a new General Assembly bid, but did not specifically recommend its timing.

Bulgaria Terror Victims Evacuated to Israel, World Leaders Condemn Attack, Israeli Leaders Warn Iran

Israeli rescue teams have gathered the 33 Israelis wounded in Wednesday’s terror attack on a tour bus in Bulgaria, and evacuated them home to Israel for treatment. The death toll in the bombing of the bus of Israeli tourists is listed at 8, with one injured person succumbing to wounds in hospital. A ZAKA rescue service spokesperson told Israel’s Army Radio that the remains were difficult to identify. Five Israeli victims will be flown home for burial Thursday evening after completion of the formal identification process. World leaders condemned the attack. Israeli leaders vowed to respond to Iran.

UN Watch: Secretary Ban Ki-Moon’s Reaction to Terror Attack on Israelis ‘Weak’

After a bus carrying Israeli tourists at Bulgaria's Burgas airport exploded on Wednesday, killing seven and wounding at least 30 more, a U.N. spokesperson said that Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon condemned the attack "in the strongest possible terms." But in reality, the U.N. chief was a lot more restrained than when, for instance, churches were bombed in Kenya two weeks ago. Words matter in diplomacy, and Ban Ki-Moon appeared to reserve his stronger words to violations of the human rights of non-Israelis.

Special Committee: Judea and Samaria Communities Legal, Let Construction Resume

The “outposts committee” recommended legalizing and expanding the outposts. Leaders in the region are urging immediate implementation.

UN Watch: Iran Elected to UN Arms Trade Treaty Post

Iran was elected to a top post on the UN Arms Trade Treaty conference, UN Watch revealed on Sunday. The Geneva-based human rights group is calling on UN chief Ban Ki-moon, who addressed the conference on the same day, to condemn the selection of the Tehran regime.

‘Even Handed’ UN Mission to Probe How Jews Affect Palestinians

UNHRC on Friday named three women to the panel, one accused Israel of "total discrimination," another's sister served on the Goldstone commission.

Jews, Gays, Rights Activists Protest Ahmadinejad in Rio

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s welcome on the sunny Ipanema beach in Rio was less than warm from an eclectic group of Jews, human rights activists, and homosexuals, who arrived Sunday to protest the Iranian president’s attendance at a UN summit on sustainable development.

PA to UN: Make Church of Nativity World Heritage Site in State of Palestine

The Palestinian Authority will attempt to register the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem as a world heritage site in the country of Palestine when the World Heritage Committee meets in Russia from June 24 to July 6.

Minister Scorned for Attack on Haredi who Won’t Shake her Hand

Belgium’s health minister Laurette Onkelinx said she was “profoundly troubled” by the behavior of her Israeli counterpart, Yaakov Litzman, after the Haredi official refused to shake her hand at a conference. The website Juif.org wrote: "There are indeed only two possibilities: either this lady is ignorant, or has malicious intent."

Surrounded by Mistrust, Administration Resumes Iran Nuclear Talks

Tomorrow, Wednesday, will see the start of new talks, in Baghdad, intended to persuade Iran's government to halt the enrichment of uranium, and also allow international inspectors complete access to its facilities. Ideally, President Obama would have liked to manage the progress of these talks, but both Republicans and Democrats don't completely trust the executive branch to do the right thing on Iran.

Mixed Jewish Reaction To French Vote; Trepidation Over Greek Election Results

Jewish reaction was mixed to the election of the Socialist Party’s Francois Hollande as the president of France while Jewish leaders in Greece expressed concern and disappointment after the fascist Golden Dawn party was poised to enter the Greek parliament for the first time.

Belgian Jews at Loggerheads Over Israel

Belgian Jews are at loggerheads as a result of an EU vote to dispatch the UN to Israel on a mission to scrutinize Jewish towns and communities in Judea and Samaria.

Lieberman Severs Ties with UN Human Rights Council, Blocks Entry of Investigating Team

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has announced that Israel had severed all working relations with the UN Human Rights Council as of Monday this week, and will block a U.N. fact finding team from entering Israel or Judea and Samaria to investigate Jewish settlements. Spokesman Yigal Palmor said this "means that we're not going to work with them. We're not going to let them carry out any kind of mission, including this probe."

UNRWA Press Release: US is UNRWA’s Largest Bilateral Donor

The Commissioner-General of UNRWA expressed his gratitude for the crucial support extended by the United States: "The United States remains UNRWA's largest bilateral donor and this latest contribution again demonstrates America's strong support to the Agency and its activities, of which improving the lives of Palestinian refugee youth, and the opportunities open to them, is such an important part."

Outraged Israeli Leaders Pledge Boycott of UN Human Rights Council, Punitive Measures Against Palestinians

Deputy FM Danny Ayalon said Israel would not be cooperating with the Council in the wake of its passage of a resolution ordering a 'fact-finding mission' into Israel's conduct in Judea and Samaria: "We have no reason to continue cooperating with a hypocritical organization which specializes in double-speak and has a mission to smear us."

Santorum to AIPAC on Super Tuesday: US Must Give Iran an Ultimatum

At a speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, coinciding with the Super Tuesday primaries, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum accused President Barack Obama of appeasement of Iran and urged an ultimatum demanding that it put a stop to its nuclear production immediately, or the US will "tear down" its plants. Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich took a break from their race for votes in the high-stakes primaries to speak to the pro-Israel lobby.

UN Security Council Condemns Attacks on Israeli Diplomats

The Security Council statement, read to the media, "condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in New Delhi, India, aimed at Israel's diplomatic...

Iran to SC: Blame Israel for Absolutely Everything

On occasion it's nice to read good things about one's country, reflected through the eyes of a sworn enemy. If half of what Iran's UN ambassador Mohammad Khazaee told the UN Security Council about Israeli covert operations, cyber warfare, psychological war and assassination of nuclear scientists is true, then we should sleep quietly tonight…

Israel Approves 695 New Housing Units in Sister Settlements Shilo and Shvut Rachel

Two settlements in Samaria will be celebrating a modest expansion with Wednesday's decision to add nearly 700 housing units to an area where so much Jewish blood has been spilled. Now wait for it… wait for it… international condemnations!

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