Israel refuses to let UN council visit Palestinian areas
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel has refused to allow the U.N. Security Council to visit the territory that the Palestinians claim for a future independent state, U.N. diplomats said Wednesday.
Last week, the council authorized Its current president, Equitorial Guinea's U.N. Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba, to consult the Israel and Palestinian ambassadors about a trip.
Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour immediately responded, saying a council visit would be viewed "in the most positive way."
Israel’s UN envoy: European allies must fight anti-Semitism
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday that the country appreciates the support of its newfound allies in eastern Europe but expects "stronger actions" from them when it comes to their stance against anti-Semitism.
Danny Danon said the former communist nations have played a key role in blocking anti-Israel measures in the European Union and other international forums. But he said they had to improve their approach toward Jews.
US, Israel exit UN cultural agency, claiming bias
PARIS (AP) — The United States and Israel officially quit the U.N.'s educational, scientific and cultural agency at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias.
The withdrawal is mainly procedural yet serves a new blow to UNESCO, co-founded by the U.S. after World War II to foster peace.
Israel predicts win for UN resolution condemning Hamas
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel's U.N. ambassador is predicting that a U.S.-sponsored resolution condemning the militant Islamic group Hamas, which controls Gaza, for launching rockets into Israel will be approved by the General Assembly.
Danny Danon told reporters Tuesday that he believes "we will get a majority no matter what."
The 193-member General Assembly is scheduled to vote on the U.S. draft resolution on Thursday afternoon.
Israeli envoy says US to release peace plan in early 2019
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Trump administration has told Israel's government it expects to release its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan in the beginning of 2019, Israel's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday.
Danny Danon told a group of U.N. reporters that with Israeli elections now likely next May or June, there is "a window of opportunity for the administration to present the peace plan" early next year.
Israeli rights group criticizes ‘oppression’ of Palestinians
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of Israel's leading human rights group strongly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government during a contentious U.N. Security Council meeting on Thursday for what he called its "supremacy and oppression" of the Palestinians.
Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon responded, accusing Hagai El-Ad, director of B'Tselem, of staging "a circus" in the council and then in Hebrew telling him: "Shame on you! You are a collaborator!"
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):
Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon says that Israel seeks "no escalation in the region." He spoke shortly after his country's military shot down a Syrian fighter jet it said had breached Israeli airspace.
The Israeli government said it acted after the jet entered Israeli airspace. Danon says Israeli forces saw the plane "crossing the border .... we tried to contact a few times, and there was no response."
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the war in Syria, where Israel responded to a rocket attack by launching a wave of missile strikes on Iranian positions (all times local):
Israel's U.N. ambassador is calling on the U.N. Security Council and the secretary-general to immediately condemn Iran's missile attack and demand that Tehran remove its military presence from Syria.
Israel accuses Iran of trying to turn Syria into its base
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel's U.N. ambassador is accusing Iran of attempting to turn Syria into "the largest military base in the world" to destabilize the region, threaten Israel and "terrorize the entire free world."
Danny Danon told the Security Council Thursday that classified information he was releasing showed that 82,000 fighters are currently under Iranian authority in Syria.
UN chief to make first visit to Israel and Palestinians
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Antonio Guterres will make his first visit as U.N. secretary-general to Israel and the Palestinian territories later this month for a firsthand look at a conflict that has been on the front burner of the United Nations for 70 years.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Israel has protested a UNESCO vote that called it the "occupying power" in Jerusalem's Old City which includes sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.
Participants in a UNESCO World Heritage Committee's session in Krakow, Poland, called on "Israel, the occupying power" to stop "persistent excavations, tunneling, works, projects and other illegal practices" in East Jerusalem and especially in the Old City.
Israel: Hezbollah uses NGO to conceal border posts
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has filed a complaint with the U.N. Security Council accusing the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of setting up observation outposts along the border on land purportedly used by an environmental advocacy group.
Israel said the posts violate the U.N.-brokered cease-fire that ended a war with Hezbollah in 2006 and asked the U.N. to order the Lebanese government to remove the posts.
Israel halts $6 million to UN to protest UN settlements vote
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel announced Friday it is cutting approximately $6 million in its annual dues to the United Nations this year to protest last month's Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements as "a flagrant violation under international law."
Israel's U.N. Mission said the amount represents the portion of Israel's contribution to the U.N.'s regular budget totaling more than $40 million allocated "to anti-Israel bodies."
Palestinians urge UN to adopt resolution against settlements
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to adopt a resolution with serious measures to compel Israel to halt all settlement activities and threatening "consequences" if it continues to violate international law.
UN exhibit spotlights demand for remains of Israeli soldier
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel's U.N. Mission and the family of an Israeli soldier killed in Gaza whose remains have never been returned opened an exhibition of his art work to spotlight their message: "Bring Hadar Home."
Lt. Hadar Goldin and two other Israeli soldiers were ambushed and killed after a U.N.-backed cease-fire went into effect in Gaza on Aug. 1, 2014.
Israel: Rise of social media linked to rising anti-Semitism
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel's U.N. ambassador demanded Wednesday that media companies "stop providing a platform for hate sites," saying there is a clear link between the rise of social media and the rise of anti-Semitism.
Danny Danon told a High-Level Forum on anti-Semitism that on Twitter, 63 percent of all anti-Semitic tweets are calls for violence against Jews. But only 1 in 10 are ever removed, he said.