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  • Kasich defends Israel’s settlement policy

    1 week ago

    Republican presidential candidate John Kasich addressed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the U.S.-Israel relationship in great detail on the campaign trail Wednesday afternoon, a rarity in his over 90 campaign appearances in New Hampshire.

    During a business forum in...

  • U.S. Customs renews order labeling Israeli settlement products

    2 weeks ago

    Is the U.S. joining the EU in labeling Israeli settlement products?

    On January 23, the U.S. Customs released a statement reminding American importers that goods produced in the West Bank should not be allowed to be imported if labeled as “Made in Israel.”

    “Goods produced in...

  • Human Rights Watch report ramps up pressure on Israeli settlement activity

    3 weeks ago

    The collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process a year ago has led to an accelerating war of words over Israeli settlements, with Israel accusing its growing chorus of foreign critics of prejudging the final terms of a peace deal at best – and anti-Semitism at worst.

    The...

  • Defiance among rogue settlers as Israel accuses Jewish youth of murder

    January 7, 2016 | 10:33 am

    The caves around this windy settler outpost, whose name is Hebrew for "Of Sound Mind", have served as places of meditation and prayer - and, according to Israel - staging ground for the worst Jewish militant attack on Palestinians in years.

    It was from Yishuv Hadaat, prosecutors...

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  • U.S. nonprofits gave $220M to settlements over 5 years

    December 7, 2015 | 11:52 am

    American nonprofits donated more than $220 million to Israeli West Bank settlements from 2009 to 2013, according to a Haaretz investigation.

    The investigation, published Monday, found that some 50 American organizations gave tax-deductible donations by private individuals to the...

  • Israeli government, military disagree over unrest

    December 1, 2015 | 8:58 am

    Two months into a wave of stabbings, shootings and vehicle attacks by Palestinians targeting Israelis, gaps are emerging between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the military and intelligence chiefs over what is driving the violence.

    The rifts raise questions about whether the...

  • Are settlers to blame for the violence in the Middle East?

    October 23, 2015 | 9:35 am

    The continued building of settlements on the West Bank tends to be the focal of Israel bashers. The settlements have been a contentious subject during the tenure of the Obama and Bibi administrations, and international leaders bringing attention to them is frequent. For example,...

  • Netanyahu to U.K. chief rabbi: ‘Settlements are not the issue’

    September 11, 2015 | 12:03 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed concerns raised by Britain’s chief rabbi about the growth of West Bank settlements.

    In a London meeting with United Kingdom Jewish leaders Wednesday evening, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis told Netanyahu that friends of Israel...

  • Rivlin: Nation’s right to West Bank not debatable

    August 24, 2015 | 11:31 am

    Israel’s right to the West Bank “is not a matter of political debate,” President Reuven Rivlin said.

    Meeting Monday with West Bank leaders, Rivlin also said that “settlement of the land of Israel” is an expression of that right.

    Rivlin called the settlers “pioneers,” saying...

  • Netanyahu offers to resume peace talks with settlement focus, official says

    May 26, 2015 | 9:38 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed resuming peace negotiations with the Palestinians but with the initial focus on identifying those Jewish settlements that Israel would keep and be allowed to expand, an Israeli official said on Tuesday.

    Peace talks collapsed in April...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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