Middle East News: World Press Roundup

NEWS: The UN General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to grant Palestine "nonmember observer state" status. 138 countries voted yes, 9 no, and 41 abstained. Palestinians react with euphoria. The US strongly opposes the resolution.Israel and the Palestinians now both consider their next moves. Palestinians could try to seek access to global courts. PM Netanyahu is visiting Germany in the wake of its unexpected abstention, and condemns Pres. Abbas UN speech as "hostile and poisonous." Abbas says he will soon visit Gaza. Many Palestinians see the UN success as the possible prelude to national reconciliation. Israel is marketing its antimissile defense system. A Hamas militant is killed as war remnant ordinance explodes in Gaza. Israel says it will "retaliate" against the Palestinians by building 3,000 new settlement units, including in the highly sensitive E-1 corridor between East Jerusalem and the West Bank. COMMENTARY: Hussein Ibish says the PLO UN upgrade was entirely re-contextualized by the Gaza conflict. Barak Ravid looks at how Israel lost almost all European votes. Avi Issacharoff says Israel did Abbas a huge favor by hyping his UN initiative as "state terror." Abbas' UN speech is published in full. Hamas leader Meshaal says the Gaza war and the UN upgrade are complementary. Hassan Haidar says the UN victory is a win for Palestinian realism. The Daily Star says the UN vote was necessary and overdue. Ahmad Majdoubeh says Britain's abstention is a big disappointment. Imad Mrammel says Hezbollah learned important lessons by looking at the recent Israel-Hamas conflict. Raphael Ahren says the lopsided UN vote shows even some of Israel's allies blame it for the peace process impasse. Meir Javedanfar explains why he and some other Israelis supported the PLO UN initiative.

U.N. Assembly, in Blow to U.S., Elevates Status of Palestine
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Ethan Bronner - November 29, 2012 - 1:00am

UNITED NATIONS — More than 130 countries voted on Thursday to upgrade Palestine

Who voted for the Palestinian upgrade at the UN? Who against?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
November 30, 2012 - 1:00am

Voted for the resolution: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt,...

Palestinians euphoric over UN recognition
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
by Karin Laub - November 30, 2012 - 1:00am

  RAMALLAH, West Bank — 

Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Following UN General Assembly Vote on Palestinian Observer State Status Resolution
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from United Nations
by Susan E. Rice - November 29, 2012 - 1:00am

Thank you, Mr. President.

After Vote, Palestinians and Israel Search for the Next Step
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - November 29, 2012 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM — Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian official, recently said that the day after Palestine gained recognition as a n

The next stop for Palestinians could be global courts
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Joseph Schuman - November 30, 2012 - 1:00am

Nov 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. General Assembly's overwhelming vote to recognize Palestine as a non-member state offers little prospect for greater clout in world politics but it could make a difference in the international courts.

Israel's Netanyahu to visit Germany
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Associated Press
November 30, 2012 - 1:00am

BERLIN - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel's Netanyahu slams Abbas speech as 'hostile and poisonous'
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
November 30, 2012 - 1:00am

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned President Mahmoud Abbas's strong critique of Israel in his speech at the United Nations on Thursday as "hostile and poisonous", and full of "false propaganda".

Mahmoud Abbas to visit Gaza after statehood win
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Khaled Abu Toameh - November 29, 2012 - 1:00am

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is planning to visit the Gaza Strip after the UN General Assembly vote in favor of upgrading the status of the Palestinians to non-member observer state, a senior PLO official announced Thursday. The announcement came shortly before Abbas was asked the GA in New York to vote in favor of the statehood bid.

Palestinians See UN Gambit as Step Toward Reconciliation
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Diana Atallah - November 30, 2012 - 1:00am

[Ramallah] – Palestinians took to the streets of Ramallah on Thursday night and into the early hours of Friday morning to celebrate the UN General Assembly vote bestowing non-member status to “Palestine.” Celebrants expressed hope that their newfound recognition at the United Nations is a step closer to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and many expressed belief that this diplomatic success was empowered by the recent military confrontation in the Gaza

UN vote on Palestinian statehood just another cautious step forward
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Guardian
by Chris McGreal - November 29, 2012 - 1:00am

The card players of the Al-Amari cafe have been around long enough to take a sceptical view of the United Nations vote on Thursday torecognise Palestinian statehood

Israel’s Antimissile System Attracts Potential Buyers
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Thom Shanker - November 29, 2012 - 1:00am

WASHINGTON — The success cited by Israel

Hamas fighter killed as war remnants explode in Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
November 30, 2012 - 1:00am

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas' military wing said one of its fighters was killed early Friday when remnants of Israeli weaponry from the latest Gaza assault exploded in the northern Gaza Strip.

Israel to build 3,000 settler homes after UN vote
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from BBC News
November 30, 2012 - 1:00am

Israel has authorised the construction of 3,000 more housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, according to Israeli officials. It is also speeding up the processing of 1,000 planning permissions.

No 'victory' at UN unless Palestinian unity is the result
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The National
by Hussein Ibish - (Opinion) November 30, 2012 - 1:00am

The recent conflict between Israel and Hamas significantly recontextualised the request by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) for an upgrade from the United Nations General Assembly to "non-member observer state" status. How all parties react to the upgrade will have a significant effect on the balance of power within Palestinian society, and strongly influence future regional developments.

How Israel lost Europe's support
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Barak Ravid - (Opinion) November 30, 2012 - 1:00am

As the hours wore on Thursday, the magnitude of the Israeli defeat in the United Nations General Assembly became continually clearer. One after another, the Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister's Office received reports from Israeli embassies in Europe that countries were changing their votes at the last minute and leaning toward the Palestinians. A few hours before the vote, officials in Jerusalem understood...

A big thanks to Lieberman
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Avi Issacharoff - (Opinion) November 30, 2012 - 1:00am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will certainly never admit it, but he owes a huge thank you to the Israeli government, especially Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Only a few days ago, it seemed Abbas might disappear from the Palestinian and international consciousness due to Hamas' achievements during Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense.

Full text: Abbas speech to UN General Assembly
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
by Mahmoud Abbas - (Transcript) November 30, 2012 - 1:00am

Mr. President of the General Assembly,

Hamas says Gaza conflict, U.N. recognition go together
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Samia Nakhoul - (Interview) November 30, 2012 - 1:00am

DOHA, Qatar Nov 30 (Reuters) - Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said the de facto recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state won by his rival Mahmoud Abbas should be seen alongside Gaza's latest conflict with Israel as a single, bold strategy that could empower all Palestinians.

Palestinian Realism Triumphs Today
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Hayat
by Hassan Haidar - (Opinion) November 29, 2012 - 1:00am

65 years after the decision to divide their country, the Palestinians return to the United Nations today to obtain the long-delayed recognition of their sought-after state with its borders delineated as per Resolution 181, i.e. as they had been before the 5th of June 1967, and East Jerusalem as its capital, after Israel has been persistently eating away at it and Judaizing it during 45 years of occupation and still today.  

At last
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
(Editorial) November 30, 2012 - 1:00am

The Palestinian bid for state recognition at the United Nations

Supporting Palestinians’ UN bid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Ahmad Majdoubeh - (Opinion) November 29, 2012 - 1:00am

Opposition to or reservation about the Palestinian UN bid to gain non-member observer state status is ill-advised, hypocritical and wrong, especially on part of the US, Germany and Britain.

Hezbollah Learns Lessons From Gaza Conflict
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from As-Safir
by Imad Mrammel - (Opinion) November 27, 2012 - 1:00am

During the eight-day offensive against Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon was prepared for any possible assault by Israel.

Like it or not, the state of Palestine is semi-officially on the map
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times of Israel
by Raphael Ahren - (Opinion) November 30, 2012 - 1:00am

On Thursday night, the world made much more than just a symbolic gesture.

Why I back Abbas’s UN initiative
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Times of Israel
by Meir Javendanfar - (Opinion) November 28, 2012 - 1:00am

I back Mahmoud Abbas’s initiative 

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