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  • Netanyahu responds to Obama: Israelis will determine country’s best interests

    January 17, 2013 | 8:03 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to comments attributed to President Obama, saying that Israelis will determine the country's best interests.

    "Only the Israeli people will determine who best represents the State of Israel's vital interests," Netanyahu...

  • Legal treatment of alleged ‘price tag’ vandals reportedly akin to terror suspects

    December 6, 2012 | 11:25 am

    Israel's Supreme Court upheld a police decision to prohibit three Jewish suspects in "price tag" attacks from meeting with their lawyer for three days after their arrest.

    Wednesday's decision reportedly places their Dec. 2 vandalism attacks on the same level as Palestinian acts...

  • State Dept. warns ‘E-1’ construction would damage two-state prospects

    December 3, 2012 | 4:46 pm

    Building in the E-1 area between eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim would be "especially damaging" to efforts to reach a two-state solution, the State Department said.

    "The United States opposes all unilateral actions, including West Bank settlement...

  • U.S. rejects call for boycott by UN Rapporteur Falk

    October 26, 2012 | 9:47 am

    The Obama administration slammed U.N. special rapporteur Richard Falk's call for a boycott of private companies that are profiting from the Israeli settlement enterprise.

    Susan E. Rice, the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, in a statement Friday called Falk's...

  • Israel approves more expansion of settlement near Jerusalem

    October 18, 2012 | 1:50 pm

    Israel on Thursday issued a detailed plan for the building of some 800 new homes on annexed land in the West Bank that is certain to attract further international condemnation of its settlement policies.

    A planning committee issued a call for bids from contractors to start...

  • United Church of Canada poised to approve settlement boycott

    August 16, 2012 | 10:38 am

    Canada’s largest Protestant church stands poised to approve a boycott of products made in Israeli settlements.

    Meeting in Ottawa, members of the United Church of Canada’s General Council on Wednesday affirmed a resolution supporting a boycott of goods produced in the West Bank and...

  • Bank reaches $340 million settlement after hiding business with Iran

    August 15, 2012 | 10:32 am

    The British bank Standard Chartered has agreed to pay New York’s top banking regulator $340 million for covering up transactions with Iran in order to gain fees.

    Earlier this month, New York’s Department of Financial Services accused the bank of concealing 60,000 transactions...

  • EU includes central Israel city on list of settlements

    August 15, 2012 | 10:21 am

    The European Union has included parts of the central Israel municipality of Modi’in on its list of settlements.

    Several zip codes from the city of Modiin, or Modiin-Maccabim-Reut since its merger in 2003, which is located in central Israel about halfway between Jerusalem and Tel...

  • Palestian power issues: The night that the lights went out?

    August 14, 2012 | 5:05 pm

    The Palestinian Authority (PA) owes more than $170 million to the Israel Electric Company, and Israel is threatening to cut off the flow unless the debt is paid. Palestinian officials say that could cause widespread blackouts throughout the West Bank.

    “A week ago they gave us a...

  • New date set for Migron settlement evacuation

    July 27, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Israel’s Supreme Court said that the evacuation of an illegal West Bank settlement must take place by Aug. 21.

    The judges granted the government request Friday to postpone the eviction of the Migron, home to about 50 families, until Aug. 21, according to Haaretz. An earlier...

  • Construction to resume on West Bank security fence

    July 5, 2012 | 9:13 am

    Construction will resume on Israel’s West Bank security fence, five years after it was halted due to budget shortfalls.

    The construction of a segment of the barrier around the Gush Etzion bloc south of Jerusalem was approved Wednesday by Israel’s Supreme Court, according to reports....

  • Evacuation of Ulpana neighborhood begins

    June 26, 2012 | 4:15 pm

    Residents and supporters of the Ulpana neighborhood in the West Bank held a morning prayer service as moving vans arrived to evacuate them from the disputed properties.

    The first 15 families living in the outlying neighborhood of the Beit El settlement are scheduled to move to...

  • Activists attack contractors at Ulpana site

    June 13, 2012 | 2:44 pm

    Activists threw rocks at contractors inspecting the Ulpana neighborhood in preparation for the evacuation of five apartment buildings there.

    The inspection came as caravillas, or portable homes, were being delivered Wednesday to a military base adjacent to the community where the...

  • Israel unmoved by U.S. criticism of settlement plans

    June 7, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    Israel shrugged off on Thursday U.S. criticism of its plans to erect 851 more settler homes in the occupied West Bank, projects that appeared aimed at placating settlers angry with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    “They need to condemn. We need to build,” Construction and Housing...

  • Ulpana activists begin march to Jerusalem

    June 4, 2012 | 11:08 am

    Hundreds of settlement activists began marching Monday from the Ulpana neighborhood on the outskirts of the Beit El settlement in the West Bank toward Jerusalem.

    The protest march is against plans to raze five apartment buildings in Ulpana, which are on land claimed by Palestinian...

  • Knesset passes bill giving tax breaks to settlement donors

    May 21, 2012 | 2:59 pm

    The Knesset passed a bill that provides tax benefits to Israelis who donate to West Bank settlements.

    The bill, an amendment to the Income Tax Act, grants a 35 percent tax break on donations to nongovernmental organizations that encourage settlement anywhere in the country, such as...

  • Palestinian leaders reject Netanyahu letter to Abbas

    May 14, 2012 | 8:28 am

    Palestinian leaders reportedly have rejected the contents of a letter delivered by Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal envoy Isaac Molho to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

    “The content of [Netanyahu’s] letter did not represent grounds for returning to...

  • Israel’s Cabinet to discuss legalizing Ulpana outpost

    May 10, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    Israel’s Cabinet will meet in a special session to discuss legalizing the Ulpana outpost in the West Bank, despite a Supreme Court ruling calling for its demolition.

    The meeting will be held Friday, a day after National Union Party head Yaakov Katz and Zevulun Orlev of the...

  • Israeli court orders removal of settlement houses

    May 7, 2012 | 10:56 am

    Israel’s Supreme Court rejected on Monday a government request to delay the demolition of five apartment buildings in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, ruling the houses must be removed by July 1.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government agreed last year to...

  • Netanyahu wants postponement of settlement dismantling ruling

    April 27, 2012 | 10:33 am

    The Israeli government plans to request that an Israeli Supreme Court order to dismantle part of a West Bank settlement be postponed for 90 days.

    The court has ordered that a neighborhood of the Beit El settlement, north of Jerusalem, be dismantled by May 1. The neighborhood, which...

  • Israeli government committee legalizes three outposts

    April 24, 2012 | 9:02 am

    A special Israeli government committee legalized three West Bank outposts and will seek a delay in the evacuation of a neighborhood in a Jewish settlement there.

    In legalizing the outposts of Bruchin, Sansana and Rechalim on Monday, the outposts panel said in a statement that “These...

  • Palestinians protest Israeli settlement building to Security Council

    April 10, 2012 | 10:48 am

    The Palestinians have sent a letter of protest against Israeli settlements to the United Nations Security Council.

    The letter sent Monday by Palestinian U.N. observer Riyad Mansour accused Israel of being insincere in its claims to be ready to make peace with the Palestinians,...

  • Netanyahu seeks delay in Hebron home eviction

    April 3, 2012 | 8:18 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested a delay in the eviction of Jewish settlers who moved into an Arab-owned home near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

    Netanyahu on Monday evening asked Defense Minister Ehud Barak for the delay until the several dozen settlers...

  • EU ministers express concerns about Israel’s settlement building

    January 24, 2012 | 10:56 am

    European Union foreign ministers called Israeli settlement building “worrying” as its foreign policy chief left for meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders

    In a statement released Monday in Brussels, foreign ministers from the EU’s 27 member countries said that “Against the...

  • Settlers, officers hurt in outpost demolition

    January 19, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Six West Bank settlers and three police officers were hurt during the demolition of an illegal outpost near Jericho.

    Settlers threw rocks at police early Thursday morning when they gathered at an outpost near Mitzpeh Jericho to raze six dwellings. Police responded with tear gas,...

  • Second Fogel family killer sentenced to five life sentences

    January 16, 2012 | 9:53 pm

    A second Palestinian man was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences for the murder of five members of the Fogel family in a West Bank Jewish settlement.

    Amjad Awad, 19, was sentenced Monday in a West Bank military court. He was convicted in November for the March 11 murders in...

  • Jordan’s king backs Palestinian leader

    November 21, 2011 | 8:18 am

    King Abdullah of Jordan made a rare trip to the West Bank on Monday to display support for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is seeking to make peace with his Islamist rivals Hamas, and push for a resumption of peace talks with Israel.

    In his first visit to the area...

  • Israel to speed up settlement building in West Bank

    November 1, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for the accelerated construction of some 2,000 housing units in areas in the West Bank and around Jerusalem, an official statement said on Tuesday.

    The statement came after Netanyahu called a special cabinet session to discuss the...

  • Netanyahu rejects widespread criticism of homes plan

    September 28, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected Western and Arab complaints that the planned construction of 1,100 new homes in Gilo on annexed land close to Jerusalem would complicate Middle East peace efforts.

    “Gilo is not a settlement nor an outpost. It is a...

  • US against settlement halt as precondition for talks

    September 27, 2011 | 9:30 am

    The U.S. ambassador to Israel reaffirmed on Tuesday Washington’s opposition to a Palestinian call to halt Israeli settlement building before peace negotiations can resume.

    Facing renewed urging from international mediators to return to negotiations and defuse a row over his bid for...

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