Key Points

By continuously condemning Israel and encouraging Palestinian maximalist demands, the U.N. harms prospects for peace. It only makes matters worse by giving terrorists such as Hamas a free pass. Thursday was a major test for the United Nations in the Israeli–Palestinian peace process and it failed miserably.

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While some have declared that yesterday was a dark day at the UN, it was actually rather illuminating. Though the United Nations has passed more than 500 resolutions condemning Israel, it could not muster the strength to pass a single resolution condemning Hamas. And while Fatah is blockading Hamas in Gaza, it is defending the terrorist group at the United Nations.

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The archive provides the public its first look inside the Parchin nuclear weapons development facility and at the type of nuclear weapons related activities that took place at the site.  This report, in particular, for the first time publicly correlates photos from inside the main building, called Taleghan 1 by Iran, to satellite imagery, updates previous discussion of the purpose of the second major building at the site, called Taleghan 2, and touches upon the operation of the facilities, including confirmation that Iran was testing in Taleghan 1 a specialized, difficult to develop, neutron initiator to start the chain reaction in a nuclear explosion.  The new information about Parchin, aka Taleghan, shows that Iran conducted far more high explosive tests at the site than previously understood.  It may have maintained some of the equipment for later use, and did in fact resume (elsewhere) some of those activities related to nuclear weapons development under a new organizational structure controlled by the Iranian military.  Most recently, this organization was known by the acronym SPND, mentioned in the December 2015 IAEA report, or by its English name, the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research.

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The inability of Palestinian leaders to detach from this 70-year-old story raises real concerns about whether peace is possible. But if Mr. Trump is committed, he can send a clear message to the millions living in Unrwa camps: Your leaders want to keep you in squalor, while America wants you to prosper. It’s the most pro-Palestinian step an American president could take.

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EVENT: FDD's National Security Summit

August 28, 2018 | 10:00

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