American President Barack Obama confirms the US is committed to creating two independent states, Israel and Palestine, whatever time it takes to reach the goal. Obama stressed direct talks between Palestinians and Israelis is the only way to do so.
The Israeli Interior Ministry has given the green light to 1,200 more homes in the occupied Eastern Jerusalem. The internationally-criticized expansion comes as retaliation for Palestinian Authority’s statehood bid.
UN move to upgrade Palestinians’ diplomatic status is a strong gesture of support to the Palestinians which could help end the stalemate in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told RT.
The UN General Assembly has voted to upgrade Palestinians’ diplomatic status to a “non-member observer state,” thus implicitly recognizing a Palestinian state. This comes despite strong opposition from the US and Israel.
Palestinians had no other viable option to but ask the UN for a status upgrade as Israel, in its wish to preserve the occupied lands, turns down their attempts of regional diplomacy, Gideon Levy, columnist for Israeli Haaretz Newspaper, tells RT.
The UN General Assembly is due to vote on Palestine’s status upgrade to a non-member observer state. Many UN members have thrown their support behind the resolution, while the US branded it as counterproductive to the Israel-Palestine peace effort.