Export Chill Descends On The Settlements

Six months into new EU labeling guidelines, businesses shifting strategies but bracing for problems.

04/13/2016 - 08:25
Contributing Editor

Jordan Valley, West Bank — The headquarters of the Jordan Valley Regional Council looks out onto groves of palm trees whose sugary dates are shipped to Europe — one of the biggest exports of this settlement farming region. Despite the idyllic view, the strip of farms along the border is one of the main fronts in a battle over labeling Israeli products from the West Bank. 

David Elhayani, chairman of the Jordan Valley Regional Council. Joshua Mitnick/JW

What Surprises Await Biden In Israel?

The Israeli government is touting tomorrow's visit by Vice President Joe Biden as an expression of the "strong relations" between the two countries.

This will be Biden's second trip to Israel since 2010 when he was blindsided by the announced of major settlement construction in annexed east Jerusalem at a time when the Obama administration was seeking a settlement freeze and trying to revive the peace process.

European Policy Paper Suggests Banking Restrictions Against Israel

07/21/2015 - 20:00

Tel Aviv — A paper by an influential European think tank proposes that the European Union should restrict its dealings with Israeli banks as a way to combat Israel’s West Bank occupation.

Yaalon: Settlement Slowdown Temporary Since Obama Only Has Two Years Left

12/11/2014 - 19:00

Jerusalem — Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said his difficulties in advancing plans for settlement construction are temporary, since the Obama administration only has two more years left in power.

Leaked EU Document: Sanctions Against Israel Under Consideration

11/17/2014 - 19:00

The European Union is considering imposing sanctions on Israel for continued settlement building, according to a leaked document.

Everything You Need To Know About SodaStream’s Move

11/03/2014 - 19:00

Tel Aviv — SodaStream, the Israeli at-home seltzer machine company, announced last week that it would be closing its West Bank factory and moving the facility’s operations to southern Israel next year. Here’s what you need to know about SodaStream, the controversy that has bubbled up in its midst and what the actress Scarlett Johansson has to do with it.

Lapid: Yesh Atid Party Will Topple Gov’t That Attempts Annexation

06/08/2014 - 20:00

HERZLIYA, Israel — Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said his centrist Yesh Atid party will topple Israel’s governing coalition should it move to annex any Israeli West Bank settlements.

Report: Netanyahu Promised Kerry To ‘Hold’ Settlement Construction

05/07/2013 - 20:00

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.
12/19/2012 - 19:00

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

12/17/2012 - 19:00

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.

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