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ICC’s Israel war crimes probe halted pending UN decision

The International Criminal Court prosecutor said Tuesday he would hold off on a probe into alleged Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories until the UN rules on Palestinian statehood. “The office (of the prosecutor) has assessed that it is for the relevant bodies at the UN or the Assembly…

Poll: Vast majority of Israelis would accept U.N. recognizing Palestine

Nearly 70 percent of Israelis surveyed recently said that Israel should accept a Palestinian state if the United Nations chooses to recognize it, according to a report in Thursday’s edition of The Jerusalem Post. The poll results fly in the face of American conservatives and even President Barack Obama, who…

Palestinian statehood bid to go before U.N.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas vowed Friday to lodge a bid for UN membership before the Security Council in one week, despite mounting Israeli and US opposition. “When I have finished delivering my speech (to the General Assembly), I will submit the request for membership to the Secretary General to be…

U.S. tries to stall Palestinian statehood bid: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington has launched an effort to avoid a clash stemming from plans by Palestinians to seek recognition as a state at the United Nations, The New York Times reported on Saturday, citing senior U.S. officials and foreign diplomats. The Obama administration has introduced a plan to restart…

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