With the passing of the latest UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which considers any Israeli presence beyond the 1967 green lines as illegal, and UNESCO resolution disassociating Jewish connection to Jerusalem, it is instructive to review the composition of the actual landscape the international community now considers Jews as colonizers, strangers to and "occupiers of." The absurdity of these positions is, however, immediately evident.
RAMALLAH, Palestine : Israeli authorities on Tuesday night approved the construction of 3,000 new illegal settlement units in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. In a statement, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman's office said the new construction plan "comes as part of a return to the normal life in Judea and Samaria [West Bank]."
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PRESIDENT Mahmoud Abbas looks out a window during the inauguration ceremony of the Palestinian Embassy to the Holy See at the Vatican two weeks ago. The essence of international diplomacy often is obscured by pervasive murkiness, and nowhere is this more evident than in the complexities of Israeli- Palestinian relations and peacemaking.
A restorer work on a wall of mosaic tiles in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel. Photo courtesy of Piacenti SpA It is revered by different Christian sects and draws more than a million visitors to the Holy Land every year, making it the biggest tourist attraction in the Palestinian territories.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, January 18, 2017. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said there would be "dangerous consequences" following Israel's announcement on Tuesday approving the construction of 2,500 housing units in settlements in the West Bank, Israel Radio reported Thursday morning.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks at the annual international conference of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv on January 24, 2017. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Tuesday leveled harsh criticism of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, claiming the Palestinian leader does not represent his people, and has no intention of reaching a final peace agreement with Israel.