settlements

Report: Netanyahu Promised Kerry To ‘Hold’ Settlement Construction

05/08/2013

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.

UN General Assembly Adopts Nine Resolutions Condemning Israel

Resolutions describe the 'extremely difficult socioeconomic conditions' of Palestinian refugees.

12/20/2012

The United Nations General Assembly adopted nine resolutions on the topics of Palestinian rights and the Golan Heights.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the peace process is in a "deep freeze." Getty Images

400-plus Jewish Clergy Press Netanyahu On E1 Construction

12/18/2012

More than 400 American Jewish clergy asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to go ahead with new construction in a corridor connecting eastern Jerusalem to the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim.

Emanuel Blasts Netanyahu For 'Betraying' Obama

Chicago mayor criticizes Israeli PM for construction plans, tax cutoff to Palestinians.

12/03/2012

Rahm Emanuel said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu betrayed the Obama administration by announcing a new settlement expansion and the cutoff of tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority.

Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and President Obama's chief of staff in his first term, delivered the assessment over the weekend at the Saban Forum, an off-the-record Washington event.

President Barack Obama chats with Netanyahu and Emanuel in 2009. Photo courtesy the White House

New Outposts Built In West Bank

Settlements First To Have Municipal Approval Since 2005

10/31/2012

Two new settler outposts have been erected in the West Bank, with the approval of municipal authorities, Peace Now says.

The two outposts include mobile homes, infrastructure, electricity, water and roads, and even air conditioning, the Israeli organization said Wednesday in a report published on its website.

U.S. Reiterates Opposition To "Israeli Settlement Activity"

United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice also rejects new bid to upgrade Palestinians' status at the UN.

10/16/2012

During a speech at the United Nations Security Council’s Open Debate on the Middle East, U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Susan Rice outlined the Obama administration’s stance on key Middle East issues including Israeli building in the West Bank, peace efforts and the Palestinian bid for statehood.

Rice emphasized that the U.S. “does not accept the legitimacy of Israeli settlement activity, and will continue to oppose any efforts to legalize outposts.”

U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Susan Rice. State Department

Barak Presents Plan for Israeli-Palestinian Agreement

05/11/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak presented a plan for an agreement with the Palestinians.

The points could shed some light on the plan that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present when he speaks to a joint session of the U.S. Congress later this month.

Israel will take "brave steps" and "make difficult decisions" for peace, Barak said Tuesday night at a reception for soldiers at the military's headquarters in Tel Aviv.

A reader reminds us: delegitimization works both ways

In this hyper-polarized age it's always surprising to hear a controversial position expressed civilly – especially on an emotional issue like the Middle East.

It happened today; a self-described “observant, yeshiva-educated, Jewish educator who made aliyah to a country I deeply love” commented on the recent Jewish Week op-ed headlined Response To Delegitimizers Starts From Within.

Palin in Israel: is this about the evangelical vote?

During a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem this week, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told her hosts that Israel acts too contrite.

"Why are you apologizing all the time?” she asked Likud MK Danny Danon and Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Burston's tragic vision after Itamar

For days, I've been trying to figure out the multiple meanings of the terrible killings in the West Bank settlement of Itamar, where a family of five was stabbed and slashed to death in their sleep.

Contrary to the claims of some, we don't know that this was organized terrorism, or that the cause was “incitement,” although when the killers are found both may turn out to be true.

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