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Peace Now: Israel Advanced About 14,000 West Bank Apartments During Talks

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JERUSALEM — Israel promoted plans and tenders for nearly 14,000 housing units in the West Bank during the nine months of peace talks, the activist group Peace Now said.

Poll: Settlers Split On Leaving West Bank

43 percent would relocate if compensated, while 40 percent wouldn’t, even with referendum; survey commissioned by two-state solution group.

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Of the 95,000 Jews living outside of Israel’s security fence in the West Bank, fully 40 percent said they would refuse to leave even if Israelis voted in a referendum for the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank.

A third of residents in the West Bank settlement of Ariel, above, say they would leave if compensated. Wikimedia Commons

Johannson Splits With Oxfam Over ‘Fundamental’ Differences On BDS

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Actress Scarlett Johansson has ended her relationship with Oxfam, saying she and the humanitarian organization have “a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.”

SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum announces Scarlett Johansson as the company’s global brand ambassador. Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Attack On West Bank Mosque Is Third Price Tag Incident In A Week

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JERUSALEM — Right-wing Jewish vandals are suspected of setting a West Bank mosque on fire.

Tim Boxer At Beit El Dinner

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Will terror against Israel never end?

Eugen Gluck, a major supporter of the town of Bet El located in Shomron, a stone’s throw from Ramallah, appealed to Israel “not to make any concessions to divide Jerusalem which could cause it to deteriorate into the terrorist base that Gaza has become.”

Eugen Gluck and Ralph Peters at the Beit El dinner. Tim Boxer

Compromise Reached, Israel To Participate In EU Research Project

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The European Union excludes Israeli entities outside the Green Line from its loan programs and its competitions for grants and prizes, but Israel will nonetheless be able to participate in the Union’s flagship research and development program, Horizon 2020, the Jerusalem Post reported.

West Bank Tourism

It’s a cocktail of religion, politics and wineries.


Allon, West Bank —  Wearing a brown tunic and headscarf, a man who introduces himself as Eliezer invites visitors to sit on low benches covered by carpet in a makeshift Bedouin tent.

Camel rides at Genesis Land in Allon. Photo via Genesisland.co.il

Mideast Policy Enters Mayoral Race

Anthony Weiner's path to a political comeback has detoured through the West Bank.

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One day after a poll showed Anthony Weiner leading the field of Democrats for mayor, a testy exchange about Israel's territories is raising the question of whether Israeli politics will become an issue in the mayoral race for a candidate who as a congressman represented one of the most Jewish districts in the nation.

Anthony Weiner marches in Celebrate Israel Parade and greets Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Jacob Kornbluh

Shots Fired At Hikers, Capping Violent Week In West Bank


Shots were fired at the car of several Israeli hikers in the West Bank Thursday night.

The hikers were near the settlement of Mitzpe Yericho in the Binyamin region next to the Palestinian city of Jericho when the attack occurred. They reportedly ran to their car when they noticed a suspicious man approaching them. Shots were fired at the car as they drove away, according to reports.

The Israeli army was searching for the attacker, which the IDF Spokespersons office said in a tweet was a Palestinian. It is believed to have been a terrorist attack, according to reports. A European tourist was among the hikers.

The attack came around the same time as a mortar was fired from Gaza at southern Israel. There were no reports of damage or injury.  It is the third explosive fired from Gaza at Israel this week

On Tuesday, a Palestinian stabbed to death an Israeli man at a bus stop in the West Bank.

Eviatar Borovsky, 31, a father of five from the Yitzhar settlement, was killed as he waited for a bus at the Tapuach Junction.

Israel Closes West Bank For Passover



The Israeli military imposed a general closure of the West Bank through the end of Passover.

The closure went into effect at midnight Sunday and will remain into effect until the night of April 2, according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces. It was ordered by the minister of defense in accordance with IDF assessments, the statement said.

Those in need of medical attention or humanitarian aid, or in exceptional cases, will be allowed to leave the West Bank with the authorization of the Civil Administration, according to the IDF.

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