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Israel Approves First New Settlement in Decades

More of this won't 'advance peace,' White House says

(Newser) - Israel's government approved the first West Bank settlement in two decades Thursday, creating the first serious test for President Trump's new foray into Middle East peacemaking. The White House pointedly avoided any specific condemnation of the announcement, although it said that further settlement activity "does not help... More »

Gere: Israeli Settlements an 'Absurd Provocation'

Actor was in Israel promoting new movie, does not mince words

(Newser) - Richard Gere has lashed out at Israel over its settlements in territory that Palestinians want for a state. The Pretty Woman star came to Jerusalem for the local premiere of a new film by Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar in which he stars, reports the AP . A story in Sunday's... More »

Israel Passes Controversial Settlement Law

Parliament retroactively legalizes thousands of West Bank settlements

(Newser) - Israel's parliament on Monday passed a contentious law meant to retroactively legalize thousands of West Bank settlement homes built unlawfully on private Palestinian land, a step that is expected to trigger international outrage and a flurry of lawsuits against the measure, the AP reports. The explosive law is the... More »

Trump Makes Surprise Shift in Israel Policy

He warns that new settlements could undermine peace

(Newser) - President Trump made a foreign policy move Thursday almost as surprising as alienating Australians : He appeared to shift policy on Israel, taking a line closer to that of the Obama administration and warning the country that announcing new or expanded settlements is "undermining" peace efforts, the Jerusalem Post reports.... More »

Emboldened by Trump, Israel OKs New Settlements

Netanyahu regularly ran into friction from Obama White House

(Newser) - Israel said Tuesday it approved 2,500 new settler homes in the West Bank, a controversial moves that signals a major ramp-up of construction just days after the swearing-in of President Trump, whose election has emboldened the settlement movement, reports the AP . Trump is widely expected to be more sympathetic... More »

Israel: We've Got Proof Obama Set Up UN Resolution

Says it's ready to hand 'evidence' right over to President-elect Trump

(Newser) - Israel has been voicing its displeasure about the United States' abstention from a UN Security Council vote Friday that called for an end to illegal Israeli settlements. So has Donald Trump, who's vowed "things will be different after Jan. 20th." Now Israel is offering the president-elect what... More »

Palestinian Toddler Killed in Blaze Blamed on Jewish Extremists

Assailants threw firebombs into West Bank homes

(Newser) - Firebombs exploded in two West Bank homes this morning, igniting a blaze that killed an 18-month-old Palestinian boy and severely wounded his 4-year-old brother and parents in what Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu quickly labeled "an act of terrorism in every respect," reports NBC News . Jewish settlers are suspected,... More »

West Bank Land Seizure Is Israel's Biggest in Decades

Appropriation seen as revenge for murder of Israeli teens

(Newser) - In a move the US calls "counterproductive," Israel has made a huge land seizure in the West Bank and is expected to use it to expand Jewish settlements. The Israeli anti-settlement group Americans for Peace Now says the 990-acre seizure in an area called the Etzion bloc—one... More »

Israeli Settlers Raid Own Nation's Army Outpost

Move to demolish illegal settlements angers residents

(Newser) - An Israeli army outpost in the West Bank was raided today—and it was Jewish settlers doing the raiding, while soldiers stood by and watched. The incident followed a violent confrontation between the soldiers and far-right settlers in Yitzhar. It began when border police demolished four illegal structures and seized... More »

John Kerry: Israel's Settlements Are 'Illegitimate'

Netanyahu says he's 'concerned'

(Newser) - John Kerry threw a rhetorical jab at Israel, rebuking it for its latest round of West Bank settlement construction, after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem today. "Let me emphasize that the position of the United States is that we consider now, and have always considered, the... More »

Israel OKs 1.2K New Settlement Homes

As peace talks are supposed to re-start in 3 days

(Newser) - Israel's housing minister has given final approval to construct nearly 1,200 apartments in Jewish settlements, just three days before Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are to resume in Jerusalem. Today's announcement said the new homes would be built in settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, lands Israel... More »

Israel Resists Europe, Vows to Build New Settlements

Netanyahu: Israel will 'stand by its vital interests'

(Newser) - Israel resisted international pressure today and vowed to plow ahead with its plan to expand settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, the Guardian reports. France, Britain, Sweden, Spain, and Denmark summoned Israeli ambassadors to protest the plan, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn't budge: "Israel... More »

Furious Europe Rips Israel Over New Settlements

UK, France, Sweden summon ambassadors to express displeasure

(Newser) - Israel's decision to approve 3,000 new homes on occupied territory is drawing sharp condemnation from European allies, with at least three governments summoning ambassadors to express their disapproval of an action they say undermines an already troubled peace process. Israeli envoys were called out in France, Britain, and... More »

Clinton to Israel: Those New Settlements Imperil Peace

PLO says it may fight them in court

(Newser) - Two allies of Israel are expressing concern over the nation's new plan to build 3,000 more homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, the Telegraph reports. Hillary Clinton and British Foreign Secretary William Hague both said the new settlements would jeopardize any attempt at a peace process... More »

Israel Approves New West Bank Settlement

Green light for construction comes after UN recognition of Palestine

(Newser) - Israel approved the construction of 3,000 homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, drawing swift criticism from the Palestinians a day after their successful UN recognition bid. The Palestinians strongly condemned the announcement and repeated their refusal to start peace negotiations while building continued. With... More »

Evicted Settlers Leave West Bank Peacefully

Netanyahu promises to transplant illegal buildings

(Newser) - In stark contrast to earlier evictions, dozens of Jewish settlers ordered to leave their homes in the West Bank yesterday did so peacefully. Israel is in the process of evacuating the Ulpana outpost on the orders of its Supreme Court, which determined that five apartment blocks had been illegally built... More »

Told to Raze 30 Settlements, Israel Vows to Build 850

Netanyahu & Co. call move 'a worthy solution' for West Bank

(Newser) - Israel's supreme court has ordered 30 illegal settlements in the West Bank enclave of Ulpana destroyed by July 1. So Benjamin Netanyahu and the ruling coalition responded yesterday with promises to build 850 new apartments in other parts of the West Bank, reports the AP . "Thirty apartments will... More »

Again, Obama Caves to Israel

Peter Beinart on the US' longstanding trend of rolling over to its ally

(Newser) - President Obama hosted Benjamin Netanyahu last week, and unlike Bibi's last visit—a disaster for Obama—this one went well, with Netanyahu seemingly embracing the president. But that harmony came at the cost of Obama's principles on Israel, says Peter Beinart of Newsweek , in a modified excerpt from... More »

Israel Punishing Palestinians With Rushed Settlements

Funds also frozen after Palestine's UNESCO membership

(Newser) - Palestine's membership in UNESCO has met a fierce response from Israel. A day after Palestine joined the United Nations' cultural body , Israel ordered the accelerated construction of 2,000 new homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. In what officials acknowledge is punishment for "unilateral actions,"... More »

Israel OKs 1,100 More Homes in East Jerusalem

Palestine condemns move

(Newser) - In a move sure to ratchet up Israeli-Palestinian tension even further, Israel gave the OK today to construct 1,100 new housing units in east Jerusalem. Israel’s Interior Ministry says construction can begin after 60 days, a period that is mandatory for comments from the public but largely a... More »

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