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  • U.S. slams Israel’s reported approval of eastern Jerusalem housing plans

    October 27, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    The United States condemned the reported approval by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to plan construction of at least 1,000 new housing units in eastern Jerusalem Jewish neighborhoods.

    “If Israel wants to live in a peaceful society, they need to take steps that will...

  • Report: Netanyahu promised Kerry to put ‘hold’ on settlement construction

    May 7, 2013 | 8:39 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that he would put a hold on construction in West Bank settlements until mid-June.

    Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel was told to delay the publication of new government tenders for the...

  • Obama tells Israelis settlement activity hurts peace prospects

    March 21, 2013 | 8:01 am

    In a keynote speech to Israeli students, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that continued settlement activity was "counterproductive" to peace, adding that the Palestinians had a right to self-determination.

    But he also insisted that now was the time for the Arab world...

  • Obama: Israeli settlement building not constructive to peace

    March 21, 2013 | 5:07 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday he had told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that continued Jewish settlement activity was not constructive and did not "advance the cause of peace".

    Obama, speaking at a joint news conference with Palestinian President...

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  • Nobel Peace Laureate David Trimble speaks in support of Israel at UN Human Rights council debate on Israeli settlements

    March 18, 2013 | 4:30 am

    Nobel Peace Laureate David Trimble, member of the British House of Lords, will be taking the floor shortly in this morning's UN Human Rights Council debate on a new report by a fact-finding mission on Israeli settlements, to deliver the following statement on behalf of the Geneva...

  • New Israel housing minister pledges more settlement building

    March 18, 2013 | 2:24 am

    Israel's new housing minister said on Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's incoming cabinet would keep expanding Jewish settlements to the same extent as his previous government.

    The remarks came two days ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama who has urged...

  • EU, Russia condemn Israeli settlement expansion plans

    December 21, 2012 | 8:17 am

    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."

    Israeli officials said this week they would press on with plans to build 6,000...

  • December 20, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 20, 2012 | 12:39 am

    In-depth

    The Real Obstacle to Peace: Israel’s Critics

    Jonathan Tobin of Commentary Magazine hits back at those condemning Israel's Jerusalem construction, but not Palestinian calls for the Jewish state's end. 

    But the real hypocrisy isn’t the fact that all those countries...

  • The more they criticize Bibi, the larger his majority

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 13, 2012 | 8:02 am

    Prime Minister Netanyahu is being criticized all around the world. A barrage of criticism, in fact.


    “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel seems determined to escalate a crisis by retaliating against the Palestinians after the United Nations General Assembly voted to...

  • Palestinians seek U.N. upgrade opposed by U.S. and Israel

    September 20, 2012 | 8:07 am

    The Palestinians will ask the United Nations to upgrade their status in the world body by year's end, enabling them to pursue Israel through the international courts, a senior Palestinian official said on Thursday.

    The request to become a non-member "observer state" rather than...

  • September 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 10, 2012 | 1:24 am

    In-depth

    The Priorities of the Jewish Voter

    When going to the polls in November, American Jews should consider the principle of pikuah nefesh (saving a life) above tikkun olam, writes Dovid Efune in Algemeiner.

    Living as we are today in perilous times, surely a candidate’s...

  • Monastery torched in apparent price tag attack

    September 4, 2012 | 7:48 am

    A Christian monastery was vandalized and set alight in what appears to be a price tag attack.

    The door of the Latrun Monastery was set on fire early Tuesday morning, and the names of West Bank outposts were spray-painted on the walls, as was the epithet "Jesus is a monkey."

    No...

  • July 17, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 17, 2012 | 12:54 am

    in-depth:

    It’s Foreign Affairs, Stupid

    As the world roils, the upcoming US election should be about more than simply the economy, writes Zalmay Khalilzad in the National Interest.

    [K]ey regions are experiencing destabilizing transitions, particularly in the greater Middle East....

  • Settlements are legal, but who cares?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 9, 2012 | 5:22 am

    A judiciary committee has concluded that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are in ‎fact legal. The West Bank, the committee believes, is not occupied territory and ‎therefore Israel has the legal right to settle it. Is it a legally viable conclusion? ‎One would find it hard...

  • June 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 6, 2012 | 2:18 am

    Noteworthy

    Mideast game-changer

    Marking 30th anniversary of the start of the first Lebanon War, Amir Taheri ‎writes in the New York Post that the Israel’s defeat of Arafat ‎and the PLO in Lebanon served to give rise to darker powers in the country, thanks to ‎Syria and Iran....

  • Bibi wants task force on legalizing West Bank Jewish homes

    October 11, 2011 | 9:37 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the creation of a task force to find ways to legalize West Bank homes built on private Palestinian land.

    The Israeli leader’s instruction to Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman came Monday, according to Haaretz,  in the wake of a letter from...

  • Israel holds suspects in settler deaths, mosque fire

    October 6, 2011 | 6:56 pm

    Israel said on Thursday it had arrested five Palestinians in the West Bank in connection with the stoning of a vehicle that overturned, killing a Jewish settler and his baby late last month.

    Their arrest earlier this month was announced after Israel said it was holding a Jewish...

  • Abbas law bans settler products

    April 26, 2010 | 1:42 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed a law that bans products made in West Bank settlements.

    The law, signed Monday, is designed to build support for an international ban on settlement goods, Reuters reported, specifically among European Union states.

    Palestinians...

  • Jews Try to Sell Withdrawal Plan to Jews

    By Ron Kampeas

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The hardest sell for American Jewish groups signed on to promote Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip might be other Jews.

    Many of the major Jewish religious streams, lobbying groups and civil rights groups are encouraging the Bush administration, lawmakers and...

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