Britain joins U.S., Canada in opposing UN resolution on ‘Syrian Golan’

(JTA) – Britain for the first time joined the United States and Canada in opposing a UN resolution condemning Israel’s control over the Golan Heights and declaring it Syrian.

On Thursday, the British delegate told the assembly he voted no because “resolutions which undermine the credibility of UN bodies risk hardening positions on both sides, and do little to advance peace or mutual understanding,” he said. “It is unnecessary and disproportionate.” [Read more…]

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U.S. to withdraw from UNESCO by 2019 over anti-Israel bias

The UNESCO headquarters in Paris. (Wikimedia Commons)
The UNESCO headquarters in Paris. (Wikimedia Commons)

The UNESCO headquarters in Paris. (Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) – The United States decided to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) over its anti-Israel bias and need for reform, the Department of State said.

The decision, which would become effective only in 2019, “was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO,” read the statement Thursday by the U.S. Department of State, in which the United States announced that it had notified UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova of its decision. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu prefers scrapping Iran deal over fixing

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Iran nuclear deal must be amended or cancelled, but suggested that scrapping the deal may be preferable.

“Israel’s policy regarding the nuclear deal with Iran is very simple – change it or cancel it, fix it or nix it,” Netanyahu said Tuesday, addressing the launch of this year’s United Nations General Assembly in New York. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu warns UN secretary-general of Iran’s ‘warfronts’ in Syria, Lebanon

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that Iran is using Syria and Lebanon “as warfronts against its declared goal to eradicate Israel.”

Iran is “building sites to produce precision-guided missiles towards that end in both Syria and in Lebanon. This is something Israel cannot accept. This is something the UN should not accept,” Netanyahu told Guterres Monday prior to their meeting in Jerusalem. [Read more…]

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