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UN officials hope observance of International Year will lead to Israeli-Palestinian peace

20 January 2014 in 2014

16 January 2014 – The United Nations today launched the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, with senior officials urging that the observance be used to redouble efforts to achieve a durable peace between Israel and Palestine.

“The coming year will be crucial to achieving the two-State solution,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said in his remarks to the UN General Assembly’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

Israel berates 'pro-Palestinian EU'

20 January 2014 in 2014

Israel has summoned the ambassadors of Britain, France, Italy and Spain, accusing their countries of pro-Palestinian bias.

The Foreign Ministry said the envoys would be told that their "perpetual one-sided stance" is unacceptable.

On Thursday, the four EU countries summoned Israeli ambassadors to object to plans to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The EU's Catherine Ashton has labelled the settlements "an obstacle to peace".

US rebukes Israeli minister after 'offensive' remarks about John Kerry_The Gardian

17 January 2014 in 2014

Diplomatic row follows criticism of US secretary of state's efforts to broker Middle East peace deal reported in Israeli newspaper.
American efforts to broker a peace deal in the Middle East were engulfed in a diplomatic row on Tuesday when the US state department lambasted a senior Israeli minister for "offensive and inappropriate" comments describing John Kerry as obsessive and messianic.

Palestinians reject Israeli "incitement" against Abbas_English.News.CN

17 January 2014 in 2014

RAMALLAH, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian presidency on Tuesday rejected what it called Israeli government's incitement against President Mahmoud Abbas.
Nabil Abu Rdineh, spokesperson for the presidency, said in a statement that the Israeli campaign against Abbas "reveals that Israel rejects any real, viable peace."
He added that Abbas is sticking to the Palestinian people's national principles and that's what angers the Israelis.

Statement regarding the attacks by settlers against Palestinian people in occupied Palestine.

17 January 2014 in 2014

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemns the scorching of a mosque in the village of Dayr Istiya near Salfit in the Northern part of occupied Palestine. This criminal act was committed by a group of settlers as part of the “price tag” operation which aims at performing random violence against Palestinians under the protection of the Israeli soldiers despite the continuous attempts of the Israeli government to deny its responsibility.

Israel settler attacks on Palestinians quadruple: UN

17 January 2014 in 2014

The United Nations figures show that the annual rate of Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians has nearly quadrupled in the past eight years.

The figures released on Wednesday also said that Israeli security forces have failed to stop the so-called “price tag” campaign against Palestinians.

Israel announces plans for building 1,400 settlement homes

14 January 2014 in 2014

(Reuters) - Israel on Friday published tenders for 1,400 new homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the region to push peace efforts with the Palestinians.

The Palestinians have warned in the past that any further expansion of Israeli settlements on land they seek for a state could derail U.S.-brokered peace talks that resumed in July after a three-year break and are set to last until April.

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