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Palestinians win United Nations state recognition

By Al Arabiya with agencies | 30 Nov 2012

Russia, France, Denmark, Switzerland, Spain Join List of Countries Supporting Palestinian UN Bid

Source : Agencies | 29 Nov 2012

Diplomatic triumph, cash losses await Palestinians at U.N.

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.

Switzerland to back Palestinian UN bid next week

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.

Palestine Fights for UN Status in Defiance of Obama

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.

Palestinians hope for state in Obama second term

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.

Jimmy Carter: Israel Undermining Two-State Solution, Expanding 'Greater Israel'

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.

OIC shoring up support for Palestine upgrade bid at UN

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.

Abbas to make bid on Sept. 27 to obtain U.N. status, trades blame with Hamas over unity deal

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.

Palestinian Airlines resumes flights after seven years

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.

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