The European Union and Russia on Friday denounced Israel's plans to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank and urged Israelis and Palestinians to take "bold and concrete steps towards peace."
Israel faced concerted criticism from Europe on Monday over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to expand settlement building after the United Nations' de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood.
Israel plans to build thousands of new homes for its settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, an Israeli official said on Friday, defying a U.N. vote that implicitly recognized Palestinian statehood there.
Israel's Foreign Ministry has instructed its diplomats to refuse to accept any official mail that uses "problematic terminology" such as the "state of Palestine."
Israel accused South Africa on Thursday of behaving like an apartheid state by requiring Israeli goods made by West Bank settlers to be labeled as originating from occupied Palestinian territory.
Delta Airlines removed the phrase "Occupied Palestinian Territories" from its list of Middle East destinations. The destination "Palestinian Territories" remained Wednesday after the airline reportedly received e-mailed and tweeted complaints.
The violent eviction Thursday ended one standoff between Jewish settlers and the Israeli government but spurred another
But more than the physical barriers that separate them, the residents of this valley stand on either side of an unbridgeable ideological chasm. The Palestinians are bent on seeing the Israelis go, and the Israelis won't leave.