PA to Apply to Security Council Next Week for UN Membership

BY DEBKA STAFFERS— On Wednesday, July 6, the Palestinian Authority notified the Obama administration that early next week it would file with the UN Security Council a request for admission to the United Nations as a full member recognized as an independent state within the 1967 borders. But debkafile’s Washington sources report the US had…

The Third Way For Middle East Peace

BY JONATHAN SCHANZER, WALL STREET JOURNAL EUROPE— The Palestinian government doesn’t intend to declare statehood until September, but the ramifications of the move are already clear. Jordan’s King Abdullah predicts a “third intifada,” Israel is bracing for renewed violence and France has convened a conference to try to reach a compromise. Luckily, there may still…

Palestinians ready for UN statehood bid

BY ELIOR LEVY, YNET— The Palestinian leadership officially announced Sunday it will turn to the UN for recognition of an independent state in September. The decision was made after a meeting convened by President Mahoud Abbas in his Ramallah headquarters. PLO Executive Committee chief Yasser Abed Rabbo declared that the move is aimed at protecting…

White House seeks to negotiate on 1967 lines

BY ELI LAKE, THE WASHINGTON TIMES— The White House is pressing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to publicly adopt President Obama’s view that Israel’s pre-1967 borders should be the basis for future peace talks. A senior administration official Friday told American Jewish leaders that the request for Israel to endorse the president’s peace principles was…

'Obama vision' becomes basis for Mideast peace

BY ISRAEL TODAY— Just as Israeli officials feared, US President Barack Obama’s “vision” of pushing Israel back to it’s 1967 borders has become the basis for international peace efforts in the Middle East. Last week, France offered to host renewed peace talks based on the “Obama vision.” Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the weekend accepted…