A Palestinian protester hurling stones at Israel Defense Forces soldiers and Border Police on Land Day at the Qalandia checkpoint, March 30, 2012
Clashes erupted on Friday in the north of Jerusalem between Israel Defense Force soldiers and some 250 Palestinian protesters marking Land Day. Protesters at the Qalandiyah checkpoint hurled rocks at soldiers, who responded with stun grenades and tear gas.
At the border crossing near Rachel’s Tomb, between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, about 300 protesters hurled stones at security forces and even threw Molotov cocktails. The crossing, frequented by tourists and pilgrims, was closed to the public. One protester was apparently wounded when he was hit by a tear gas grenade, and was evacuated to hospital.
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Al-Maliki said that Russian, China, India, South Africa, Brazil, Lebanon, Nigeria and Gabon will support the statehood bid.
Meeting an informal consultation taking place behind closed doors after which Security Council can refer issue to committee.
French FM Juppe said Security Council vote several weeks away; conflicting comments made by Palestinian officials add to speculation
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The United States must support the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations this month or risk losing the little credibility it has in the Arab world. If it does not, American influence will decline further, Israeli security will be undermined and Iran will be empowered, increasing the chances of another war in the region.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on September 2, 2010. Photo by: AP
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said earlier Thursday that the Palestinians will definitely go ahead with their bid for full membership at the UN Security Council on September 23.
The West Bank settlement of Ariel Photo by: AP
Commenting on the subject of minority rights in the potential Palestinian state, PLO envoy to the U.S. says past experience shows the two people should ‘be separated.’
Prime Minister Netanyahu meets with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Amman, July 27, 2010. Photo by: Avi Ohayon
Jordanian King Abdullah II said Monday that Israel’s position in the Middle East has deteriorated in the wake of the recent wave of Arab uprisings, telling a group of intellectuals that the Palestinians now have a “more secure future” than Israel.