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  • Israel approves construction of 77 Jewish homes in eastern Jerusalem

    April 27, 2015 | 8:47 am

    Israel invited tenders for construction of 77 new homes in Jewish sections of eastern Jerusalem.

    Citing Peace Now, an Israeli group opposed to settlements in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, i24 News reported that the tenders for Pisgat Zeev and Neve Yaakov on Monday were the...

  • In Netanyahu’s fourth term, what’s next for Israeli settlements?

    April 6, 2015 | 8:41 am

    A day before his surprise election victory last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood against the backdrop of a construction site in Har Homa, a towering settlement in the West Bank, and pledged to go on building.

    The next week, however, his office ordered local...

  • Palestinians want world pressure on Israel after Netanyahu win

    March 18, 2015 | 10:49 am

    Palestinian leaders on Wednesday called for international pressure on Israel and support for their unilateral moves towards statehood after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election win.

    Netanyahu's surprise victory, after pledging in the final days of the campaign that there...

  • Tens of thousands of right-wing Israelis rally in Tel Aviv

    March 16, 2015 | 8:57 am

    Tens of thousands of right-wing Israelis at a Tel Aviv rally heard Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vow not to withdraw from the West Bank.

    The rally Sunday in Rabin Square, two days before Election Day, came one week after a 40,000-person rally in the same location advocated...

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  • Lieberman tells German Foreign Minister there are no limits on East Jerusalem settlements

    November 17, 2014 | 10:43 am

    Rebuffing international criticism, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told his German counterpart point-blank on Sunday that Israel will not stop building homes for Jews in East Jerusalem.

    His remarks were likely to compound Western frustration over Israeli settlement...

  • U.S. says it is ‘deeply concerned’ about Israeli settlement decision

    November 12, 2014 | 11:10 am

    The United States said on Wednesday it was "deeply concerned" about an Israeli decision to approve construction of 200 new homes in East Jerusalem.

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the decision impeded attempts to reach a two-state solution between the Israelis and...

  • Plans for hundreds of eastern Jerusalem apartments get city backing

    November 3, 2014 | 11:57 am

    A Jerusalem planning committee approved the construction of hundreds of apartments in a Jewish neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem.

    On Monday, the city’s District Planning and Building Committee backed the building of 500 apartments in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood. The plan is...

  • Bibi vs. Peace Now: a potentially dangerous moment

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 6, 2014 | 3:51 am

    We already know that the Obama-Netanyahu meeting last week did not end very well. We also know what ruined it – or do we? When the Prime Minister left the White House he still thought that the visit went relatively well. But minutes later all hell broke loose when the...

  • West Bank land grab undermines two-state advocacy

    September 16, 2014 | 1:59 pm

    The dust has barely settled from this summer’s disastrous outbreak of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and already the Israeli government has announced the expropriation of nearly 4,000 dunams (approximately 1,000 acres) of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

    ...
  • Study: Jewish settlements receive higher share of state funds

    September 9, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    Jewish settlements in the West Bank and on the Golan Heights received a higher share of state funds than other communities, according to a new report.

    Arab towns receive the second highest amount of state funds per capita followed by development towns, according to the report by...

  • Israel plans 283 more homes in West Bank settlement of Elkana

    September 5, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    The Israel Land Authority published a tender for constructing 283 housing units in the West Bank settlement of Elkana.

    The announcement Thursday, advancing an expansion the Israeli government first approved in 2012, comes after international criticism, including from the United...

  • Israel’s land seizure: political favor or West Bank game-changer?

    September 2, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    In the days after the war in Gaza concluded, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to bear left.

    He spoke of a “possible diplomatic horizon” for Israel on Aug. 27 and suggested a return to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Reports emerged that Netanyahu had met...

  • Indyk: Settlements pushed Palestinians to end talks

    July 4, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    Martin Indyk, the former chief U.S. envoy for Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, said Israeli settlement activity caused the Palestinians to walk away from negotiations.

    Indyk, who quit his post as peace envoy last week after the breakdown of talks, blamed settlement activity for...

  • With aunt of kidnapped yeshiva student in attendance, hundreds of L.A. Jews pray for safe return

    By Jared Sichel

    June 15, 2014 | 11:17 pm

    Hundreds of Jews gathered in Los Angeles Sunday evening at Beth Jacob Congregation for a communal prayer service in response to the Jun. 12 kidnappings of three Israeli yeshiva students by Palestinian terrorists near the West Bank towns of Gush Etzion and Alon Shvut.

    As the aunt...

  • Germany ‘very worried’ about Israeli plans to build more settler homes

    June 6, 2014 | 10:26 am

    The German government is extremely concerned about Israeli plans to build more settlements in the West Bank in response to the inauguration of a Palestinian unity government backed by Hamas Islamists opposed to the Jewish state's existence.

    "The German government is very worried...

  • Settler advocates say ‘silent freeze’ in place

    May 20, 2014 | 10:29 am

    A “silent freeze” has been placed on West Bank settlement expansion, Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon said.

    Danon, a Likud Knesset member who advocates Israeli annexation of much of the West Bank, told the Times of Israel that no new tenders have been approved in...

  • The Blame Game

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 14, 2014 | 8:22 am

    Lately, the so-called “peace talks,” aimed to resolve the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, changed their course from trying to negotiate the terms of ending this very complicated situation. It seems that in the past few weeks, all sides involved are...

  • Naftali Bennett: Annex settlement blocs in response to Palestinian actions

    April 10, 2014 | 3:13 pm

    Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex the large settlement blocs.

    Bennett, the head of the Jewish Home party, sent a letter to Netanyahu late Wednesday night asking him to call a Cabinet meeting to discuss the possible...

  • Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid says settlement freeze preferable to prisoner release

    April 8, 2014 | 12:07 pm

    Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said he supports freezing settlement growth to help jump-start peace negotiations and vowed that his centrist Yesh Atid party would leave Israel’s governing coalition if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were responsible for the collapse of the...

  • Netanyahu says Israel would give up ‘some settlements’ for peace

    March 7, 2014 | 12:30 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would give up "some settlements" in occupied Palestinian land to help secure a peace agreement but would limit as much as he could the number of enclaves removed.

    The settlements are a key issue in peace talks renewed under...

  • At White House, Netanyahu pushes back against Obama diplomacy

    March 3, 2014 | 4:05 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told Barack Obama on Monday that he would never compromise on Israel's security even as the U.S. president sought to reassure him on Iran nuclear diplomacy and pressure him on Middle East peace talks.

    In a White House meeting overshadowed...

  • March backing settlement housing draws thousands

    February 13, 2014 | 1:41 pm

    Several government ministers were among thousands who marched in support of settlement building in a corridor connecting eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank.

    The demonstrators, who marched to the controversial E1 corridor from the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim, were...

  • Where can I sign up for a BDS marketing course?

    By Gary Wexler

    February 5, 2014 | 1:30 pm

    I want to sit at the feet of the BDS movement. These people, whom I fear and hate, are my marketing mentors. They’re winning. We’re losing. Look what they’ve just accomplished with the Super Bowl, Scarlett Johansson and SodaStream. Absolutely brilliant.

    They grab headlines. They...

  • With Kerry coming, Israel to delay announcement of West Bank building

    January 2, 2014 | 8:56 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly will wait until after a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to announce new construction in West Bank settlements.

    Kerry is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Thursday in a bid to boost the current U.S.-backed...

  • On Chanukah, four questions

    By Arthur Cohn

    November 26, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    As the beginning of Chanukah and end of the year approach, where does lsrael stand?

    The nuclear threat by lran, the continuing unrest and tragedy in Syria and the troublesome ongoing peace talks between lsrael and the Palestinians, as well as new pressures from the European Union...

  • Israel, EU reach research deal, finessing settlement issue

    November 26, 2013 | 1:54 pm

    Israel struck a compromise deal with the European Union on Tuesday allowing it to join a prestigious EU scientific research project, Israeli government sources said, resolving a dispute over Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

    Israeli participation had been jeopardized by new EU...

  • Israel to announce 5,000 new settler homes

    October 31, 2013 | 9:20 am

    Israel will announce construction plans for about 5,000 new housing units in eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank.

    The plans include the 1,500 housing units announced Tuesday night to be constructed in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo, Haaretz reported Thursday,...

  • Stick to Israeli settlement guidelines, ex-European leaders urge EU

    September 16, 2013 | 3:49 pm

    Former European officials and heads of state called on the European Union not to relax new guidelines on Israeli settlements.

    Fifteen members of the European Eminent Persons Group sent a letter Monday to EU foreign ministers urging them to keep in place the guidelines, which make...

  • The crusader of Israel-Palestinian peace

    By Rob Eshman

    August 21, 2013 | 12:28 pm

    Last Monday night after dinner, after the dishes were cleared, I sat in my dining room with Mark Rosenblum and asked him the question I’d long been meaning to ask: Why don’t you just give up?

    In 1978, a group of former Israeli army officers and activists formed Shalom Achshav —...

  • Why the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks must work

    August 14, 2013 | 11:21 am

    Cynicism about new Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts comes in a variety of flavors. There is the lazy cynicism of allegedly objective pundits: “Only a fool would believe that this could work.” There is the cowardly cynicism of the disillusioned: “I won’t be fooled again!” And there...

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