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Israel’s former prime minister: ‘Time is running out for Israel’

November 29th, 2012
06:31 PM ET
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Ehud Olmert supports Palestinian move

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert supports Palestinian move for enhanced international recognition.

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Palestinian negotiator on status change

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat discusses the change in status at the UN with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

By Samuel Burke, CNN

A year after failing to win recognition as an independent state, the Palestinian Authority came back to the United Nations and won the vote for an upgraded status as a non-voting member state in the General Assembly Thursday.

The governments of the United States and Israel both stood firmly against the Palestinian Authority’s move at the United Nations, which passed with an overwhelming majority. Surprisingly, though, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert threw his full support behind the move.

“What the Palestinians moved to do today in the U.N., I think is in basic line with the strategy of a two state solution,” Olmert told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.  FULL POST

Why Tunisia ignored sharia law

November 29th, 2012
12:47 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

The Arab Spring countries of North Africa are struggling to balance their secular and Islamic roots, but the leader of Tunisia’s ruling party thinks he has the answer.

Rached Ghannouchi co-founded the Ennahda party, but only returned from 22 years in exile after Tunisia became the first country of the Arab Spring to oust its leader.

Secular Tunisians and national media have questioned how much sharia law would be enshrined in Tunisia’s new constitution, but Ghannouchi told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday that the problem has already been bypassed.

“There was some dispute about enshrining sharia,” he said, “that’s why we had to push away the controversy and we settled for what was said in the 1959 constitution about Tunisia as an Arab country.”  FULL POST


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