Netanyahu heads to UN General Assembly

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.

Netanyahu left from Ben-Gurion International Airport on Tuesday morning, hours after the end of the first day of Sukkot. Jews in Israel only observe one day of the holiday; those in the Diaspora observe two. He landed in New York after sundown on Tuesday, the second day of the holiday. [Read more…]

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Kofi Annan remembered as a friend of Israel

Then-UN secretary-eneral Kofi Annan, right, with then-Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert during a meeting of the United Nations Foundation Board of Directors at Olmert’s Jerusalem office, Oct. 28, 2007. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)
Then-UN secretary-eneral Kofi Annan, right, with then-Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert during a meeting of the United Nations Foundation Board of Directors at Olmert’s Jerusalem office, Oct. 28, 2007. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

Then-UN secretary-eneral Kofi Annan, right, with then-Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert during a meeting of the United Nations Foundation Board of Directors at Olmert’s Jerusalem office, Oct. 28, 2007. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his “sorrow” over the passing of former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan, who died of an unspecified illness on Saturday. He was 80 years old.

Annan’s politics sometimes diverged sharply with those of Israel’s leaders. However, he was remembered by Israelis as a staunch proponent of the Jewish state’s right to exist who was firmly opposed to anti-Semitism. [Read more…]

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UN General Assembly condemns Israel for Gaza violence; Canada among 35 countries which abstains

People running from tear gas at the Gaza border fence with Israel, May 15, 2018. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
People running from tear gas at the Gaza border fence with Israel, May 15, 2018. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

People running from tear gas at the Gaza border fence with Israel, May 15, 2018. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The United Nations (UN) General Assembly at an emergency meeting on the Gaza Strip condemned Israel for an “excessive use of force” and rejected U.S. bids to amend the resolution to also condemn Hamas.

The resolution, backed by Arab countries, also calls for “protection of the Palestinian civilian population” in Gaza. It is similar to one that was introduced at the UN Security Council earlier this month that was vetoed by the United States. [Read more…]

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Nikki Haley says Trump would stick to nuclear deal if partners helped crack down on missile violations

Nikki Haley speaking to reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York, March 27, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaking to reporters at UN headquarters in New York, March 27, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – If partner countries helped crack down on Iranian missile violations, it could persuade U.S. President Donald Trump to sustain the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said.

Nikki Haley made her remarks on Monday after leading a White House meeting of the 15-member UN Security Council and Trump. [Read more…]

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Israel backs UN resolution on name change for Rwanda genocide

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Rwandan President Paul Kagame on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 24, 2018. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Rwandan President Paul Kagame on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 24, 2018. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Rwandan President Paul Kagame on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 24, 2018. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)

(JTA) – Israel supported a UN resolution changing the name of the international remembrance day for the 1994 Rwanda genocide opposed by the United States and the European Union.

The April 7 remembrance day will focus solely on the murder of some 800,000 ethnic Tutsis by members of the Hutu-majority government following the amendment’s approval on Friday in the General Assembly by consensus. It will be known now as the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda. [Read more…]

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Obama used to joke with staff that he’s ‘basically a liberal Jew’

Former U.S. president Barack Obama at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, Jan. 24, 2018. (Gili Getz/Facebook)
Former U.S. president Barack Obama at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, Jan. 24, 2018. (Gili Getz/Facebook)

Former U.S. president Barack Obama at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, Jan. 24, 2018. (Gili Getz/Facebook)

(JTA) – Barack Obama said his administration refrained from vetoing a 2016 United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israeli settlements because the pace of their construction “skyrocketed.”

The former U.S. president, speaking Wednesday at New York’s Temple Emanu-El, also said that he and his staff would often joke that he was “basically a liberal Jew,” according to the British Daily Mail. [Read more…]

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U.S. grants visa for Israeli singer to perform at UN for International Holocaust Remembrance Day

(JTA) – Reversing its initial decline to grant a visa for the Israeli singer Amir Benayoun, the United States embassy in Israel gave him permission to enter in to time to perform at the United Nations annual ceremony for International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The U.S. embassy last week told Ynet that Benayoun was not able to convince the U.S. consul that he “has a strong connection to his country, which ensures his return to Israel after a short visit to the US.” But on Thursday reversed its decision and gave him the stamp, Ynet reported. [Read more…]

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