By AFP | 28 Nov 2012
The Palestinian bid for U.N. recognition on Thursday could bring president Mahmud Abbas new diplomatic weight and tools but also cost his people hundreds of millions of dollars in much-needed cash.
Abbas is assured of triumph at the U.N. General Assembly when he seeks backing for his bid to go from “observer entity” to “non-member observer state. “The United States and Israel will not be able to spoil his big day.
Source : Middle East Online | 23 Nov 2012
Switzerland has decided to support a Palestinian bid for observer status at the United Nations when it is presented next week, Swiss public broadcaster RTS reported Thursday.
Bern reached its decision after president Mahmud Abbas's visit to Switzerland last week, RTS reported, quoting unnamed sources.
After his meeting with Abbas, Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter hinted that Switzerland was leaning towards supporting the bid.
Source : Agencies | 13 Nov 2012
Palestinian officials will stay the course in attempting to achieve 'non-member state' recognition at the UN by November 29, despite a request by US President Barack Obama to postpone the move.
Source : AFP | 07 Nov 2012
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat on Wednesday said he hoped that US President Barack Obama’s reelection would mean the creation of a Palestinian state in the next four years.
“We hope that a Palestinian state will be implemented in Obama’s next term,” he told AFP, without specifically welcoming Obama’s reelection.
Erakat pointed out that Israel had announced new settlement tenders as Americans were going to the polls on Tuesday, and called on Obama to take swift action to prevent continuing Israeli settlement activity.
Source : Agencies | 24 Oct 2012
Former President Jimmy Carter has criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for Israel's push towards a "Greater Israel," worsening the crisis for Palestinians and thwarting progress towards a two-state solution.
Carter made the comments during a two-day visit to Israel and the West Bank, a trip he made with former prime minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland and the former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson. The three are members of The Elders, a group of 10 former world leaders.
Source : Agencies | 13 Sep 2012
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation announced yesterday that it would make all-out efforts for the UN recognition of Palestine when the General Assembly convenes in New York this month.
“OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has urged a number of countries to recognize Palestine,” said Ambassador Tariq Bakheet, spokesman of the 57-member organization. He pointed out that 132 countries had so far recognized Palestine.
Source : Al Arabiya | 10 Sep 2012
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday he will make a bid on Sept. 27 to obtain non-member status at the United Nations.
“We will go to the U.N. General Assembly for consultations with our friends on the draft resolution calling for the upgrade of Palestine (to non-member status)” in the United Nations, Abbas said in a televised address.
Source : Al Arabiya | 28 May 2012
Palestinian Airlines is back in the skies after being grounded for seven years by the deepening enmities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Once hailed as a symbol of Palestinian statehood dreams, the carrier is a tiny operation, with just two 48-seat turboprop planes, two weekly flights and a borrowed hub in Egypt.
But Palestinians say just being on the map again is what matters.