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U.N. Palestine Recognition - Possible Alternative Scenarios

In Spring 2011 the Palestinian Authority pursued a strategy to get the level of their status at the United Nations upgraded by the U.N. General Assembly in September. More than 120 nations apparently were prepared to endorse the idea. Israel opposed it, as did the United States, declaring that the way to a Palestinian state was through negotiations. The Obama Administration worked unsuccessfully to re-start Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The issue of U.N. recogntion would be raised initially in the U.N.

U.N. Palestine Recognition - Possible Alternative Scenarios

In Spring 2011 the Palestinian Authoriity pusued a strategy to gain recognition of a state in September at the U.N. General Assembly. More than 120 nations apparently were prepared to endorse the idea. Israel opposed it, as did the United States, declaring that the way to a Palestinian state was through negotiations. The Obama Administration worked unsuccessfully to re-start Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The issue of U.N. recogntion would be raised initially in the U.N. Security Council, where it was expeected that the

Three Peace Initiatives Offer Outline for Arab-Israeli Peace

In response to the launching of a new peace initiative by former Israeli government, intelligence and security officials, 33 Jewish, Christian and Muslim national religious leaders wrote to President Obama saying that they believe "this Israeli Peace Initiative, the earlier Arab Peace Initiative and the Geneva Accord, taken together, offer key principles and ideas for Arab-Israeli peace.”

Crisis Group Calls Urgently for Israeli-Palestinian Ceasefire

On March 24, 2011, warning that current violence between Israel and the Palestinians could escalate into a new war, the International Crisis Group called urgently for an Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire, easing access to Gaza, and new efforts to form a Palestinian unity government.

Crisis Group Calls Urgently for Israeli-Palestinian Ceasefire

On March 24, 2001, Warnin that current violence between Israel and the Palestinians could escalate into a new war, the International Crisis Group called urgently for an Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire, easing access to Gaza, and new efforts for from a Palestinian unity government.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and Israel offers sound advice for U.S. policy.

Daniel Kurtzer, Jewish former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and Israel offers sound advice for U.S. policy. Writing in Bloomberg Businessweek February 28, 2011, Ambassador Kurtzer reflects objectively and critically on how U.S. policies in the region, including massive miltary aid to dictatorial Arab governments, have been perceived by people in Egypt and elswehere. He accurately describes the very limited U.S.

Arab-Israeli-Palestinian Peace is possible. Events in Egypt make it more urgent.

Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace is possible. Events in Egypt make it more urgent.

Conditions required for Arab-Israeli-Palestinian Peace remain constant

As huge historical changes unfold and are yet unfinished in Egypt, the conditions required for Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace remain constant.

What Lessons from the Documents Released by Al Jazeera?

As reported in The New York Times, the documents from Israeli-Palestinian-American negotiations
published by Al Jazeera seemed to reveal three things about the negotiations and prospects for peace.

Borders, Security and Settlements

News last week highlighted how resolving issues of borders, security and settlements are related and how starting with moves to resolve these issues could open the door to Israeli-Palestinian peace.

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