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Palestine, Turkey, Hong Kong

Thursday, September 22, 2011

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The Takeaway

US Discourages Palestinians' UN Statehood Campaign

Thursday, September 22, 2011

On Wednesday, President Obama made clear his opposition to the Palestinian National Authority's bid for statehood through the United Nations Security Council. "Ultimately it is the Israelis and the Palestinians, not us, who must reach agreement on issues that divide them," Obama said. Israel has criticized the Palestinian Authority's efforts as undermining the peace process, and the United States has been leading the pressure against the PA's application. Will Obama's remarks affect other countries' approaches to the bid? And what are the Palestinian Authority's chances at statehood anyway?

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It's A Free Country ®

Transcript: Obama Addresses UN General Assembly

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: I would like to talk to you about a subject that is at the heart of the United Nations – the pursuit of peace in an imperfect world.

War and conflict have been with us since the beginning of civilization. But ...

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The Empire

Turner rallies with GOP Prez hopeful Perry in Manhattan

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Anna Sale / WNYC

It's a Free Country's Anna Sale caught up with the newest New York congressman earlier today. Congressman Bob Turner was stumping with GOP presidential hopefully Rick Perry, who's in town doing some fundraising. Both Perry and Turner took the Obama administration to task over (what else?) Israel, as the UN gears up for the issue of Palestinian statehood:

The vote on Palestinian statehood is scheduled for Friday at the United Nations. It comes a week after Republican Bob Turner won a special election to fill Anthony Weiner’s vacant seat in New York’s heavily Jewish and heavily Democratic Ninth Congressional district. Rep. Turner stood with Perry, who called the new Congressman “a leading voice” on the Israeli Palestinian issue.

Rep. Turner picked up on that, explicitly warning that his victory in New York shows President Obama’s position on Israel will make him vulnerable at the polls.

“The message that the voters sent is that this administration has been vacillating and at times even hostile to Israel, and it is not accepted and it is not acceptable,” Bob Turner said. “And if it continues there will be a very high price to pay.”

Check out the full post over at It's a Free Country.

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In Shadow of the UN Debate, Perry's NYC Message Focuses on Israel

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry took time out of his first major fundraising swing in New York City to blame the Obama administration’s “policy of appeasement” for encouraging Palestinians to seek statehood recognition in a United Nations vote this week.

“We would not be here today at the precipice of such a dangerous move if the Obama policy in the Middle East wasn’t naïve, arrogant, misguided and dangerous,” Perry said, standing in front of assembled local Jewish leaders and American and Israeli flags.

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WNYC News

NYPD Plays Key Role in Securing UN for General Assembly

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The NYPD plays a central role in helping secure the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting, including working closely with the Secret Service and policing dozens of protests sponsored by a myriad of groups all looking to make their case in the court of international public opinion.

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WNYC News

Palestinians Seek UN Membership, US and Israeli Leaders to Meet at UN

Friday, September 16, 2011

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The Middle East Peace Process will face a major hurdle at the United Nations next week. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday he would ask the U.N. Security Council next week to recognize a Palestinian state, a move the U.S. has pledged to veto.

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Arab Spring Realigns Power and Diplomacy in Middle East

Thursday, September 15, 2011

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Libya on Wednesday to meet with leaders of the National Transition Council, saying that the U.S. has "an enduring commitment to support the Libyan people as they chart their country's future." French President Nicholas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron also arrived on Thursday morning. Elsewhere in the region, diplomatic ties have broken down between Israel and its closest Arab allies, Turkey and Egypt, as the Palestinian Authority makes a bid for statehood before the United Nations.

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The Takeaway

US Attempts to Avert Palestinian Statehood Vote

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Obama administration is scrambling to avert a vote on Palestinian statehood at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly next week. The Palestinian Authority and its allies say the vote would get the months-stalled peace process moving again toward a two-state solution. The move comes as Israel has seen a significant deterioration in diplomatic ties with Egypt and Turkey, its closest allies in the region. The U.S. hopes to avoid casting a veto in the Security Council against Palestinian statehood, as well as a more symbolic gesture in the General Assembly. David Kirkpatrick, Cairo bureau chief for The New York Times, talks about what's at stake for the U.S., Israel, and the Palestinian Authority and its allies.

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The Takeaway

Israel's Diplomatic Crisis Continues

Monday, September 12, 2011

Egyptian protesters surrounded Israel's embassy in Cairo on Saturday, prompting Israel to deploy military jets to rescue their diplomats there. A clash between police and demonstrators ensued. The protests were in response to Israel's military killing five Egyptian policemen on the Gaza border last month, as Israeli forces pursued militants who had killed eight Israelis.

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The Takeaway

New Details Revealed in Secret Leaking Case

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Since FBI translator Shamai Leibowitz was sentenced to 20 months in prison after pleading guilty to leaking information to a blogger, the case has been shrouded in mystery. Even the judge trial didn't know what information Leibowitz had divulged. Over a year later, it is now known that Leibowitz acquired secret transcript of wiretapped conversation from the Israeli Embassy and passed them on to a blogger named Richard Silverstein. The case is the Obama administration's first successful prosecution over the leaking of classified information to the media.

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Tensions Between Egypt and Israel Show Emerging Dynamic

Monday, August 22, 2011

Peace between Israel and Egypt was threatened late last week after a cross-border terrorist attack between the two countries prompted Israeli defense forces to fire at Egypt, killing three Egyptian officers. The killings spurred a diplomatic crisis. Egypt announced that it would recall its ambassador from Tel Aviv, Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak broke the Sabbath to issue a rare statement of regret for the deaths, and thousands of Egyptians protested outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo. The crisis is the sharpest signal yet that the amicable relationship between Israel and Egypt has changed.

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The Takeaway

Israeli Attacks Escalate Tension With Egypt, Gaza

Friday, August 19, 2011

Israeli and Gazan forces exchanged fire late last night and into this morning following yesterday's attacks near Eilat that left eight Israelis dead and more than 30 wounded. The attacks yesterday were reportedly carried out by armed Gazans who crossed into Israel from Egypt and they marked the most serious assault on Israel from Egyptian terrorities in decades. And today's escalation between the two sides comes just weeks before Palestinians plan to seek a recognition of statehood by the United Nations.

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Features

Group Wants Park Slope Food Coop to Consider Boycott of Israeli Products

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Coop members will vote to approve or reject a member-initiated proposal to hold a referendum about joining the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement at its general meeting on Tuesday night at Brooklyn Tech High School.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Israeli Housing Protests Strike Familiar Tea Party Notes

Monday, August 08, 2011

People may not oppose the settlements but they don't want to fund them either.

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Empire

Weprin campaign pushes past Israel in NY-9

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Speaker Quinn and others endorse Weprin at Queens Borough Hall

On the steps of Queens Borough Hall earlier this afternoon, Assemblyman David Weprin was surrounded by around a dozen female lawmakers from across the city, in every level of government, to tout the congressional hopeful as the woman’s candidate. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn lauded Weprin as the right fighter pro-choice women voters needed in congress.

“We cannot now, when that right is under attack, lose one more voice in congress,” Quinn said.

From Quinn to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney down to the local female district leader, the praise was piled high. It was the sort of event Weprin has been having for the past few weeks. His campaign wants to make this race about defending Social Security and Medicare, the need to create jobs programs, and how dangerous the Republicans in congress are.

What David Weprin would like to stop talking about is Israel.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Israel Today

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Sheera Frenkel, correspondent for NPR and The Times of London in Jerusalem, joins from Israel to talk about protests and political news from the country.

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It's A Free Country ®

David Weprin for NY-9

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Where I come from, sixty-forty is a pretty significant victory, so I’d be very happy to get sixty percent.

Democratic candidate David Weprin for CD-9, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Palestinian Authority Faces Budget Crisis

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A confluence of economic crises plaguing the Palestinian Authority are threatening to derail a number of efforts to unify and legitimize the emerging state. State employees have seen their salaries halved in recent weeks as the Palestinian government has struggled to pay its bills. Palestinian banks are refusing to loan the state any more money, and aid from Arab nations has dried up. Ethan Bronner, Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times, reported on this story for today's paper.

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J Street and the New Zionism

Thursday, July 21, 2011

To favor a Palestinian state and the creation of it on those lines is a fundamentally pro-Israel position, because Israel isn’t going to make it as a Jewish home and as a democracy if we don’t give up part of the land.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, executive director of J Street and JStreetPAC and the author of A New Voice for Israel: Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nation, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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