West Bank

Kidnapped Teens’ Families Have ‘Very Emotional’ First Meeting


JERUSALEM — The families of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers met together for the first time.

Thousands Pray At Western Wall


Jerusalem — Thousands gathered at the Western Wall to pray for the safe return of three teens kidnapped in the West Bank.

Thousands gather at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City to pray for the release of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers.

Kerry Calls For Release Of Kidnapped Israelis, Cites Hamas Involvement


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called for the immediate release of three kidnapped Israeli teens and noted the “many indications” pointing to Hamas’ involvement.

Is Fatah-Hamas Marriage On The Rocks?

It appears the marriage between the two leading Palestinian factions may be on the rocks even before it had a chance to be consummated.

Behind the break-up is the Palestinian Authority’s condemnation of the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers, believed to be the work of Hamas, and the cooperation of PA and Israeli security forces in the search for the boys.

Fear Of Status Quo Fueling Talk Of Unilateral Steps

As Netanyahu ponders his next move, pressure from right, and left, to act.

Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid thinks Israel should unilaterally declare a border and evacuate settlements.

The economic minister, Naftali Bennett, thinks Israel should do the opposite and annex parts of the West Bank.

Netanyahu, center, at Sunday’s cabinet meeting. Getty Images

An Alternative To Palestinian Intransigence?

Special To The Jewish Week

On a recent field trip with my students in what some people call the West Bank and others call Samaria, we noticed a roadblock preventing access to a Palestinian Arab town we often pass through. Later on, when the roadblock was lifted, we spoke with Israeli soldiers at the Tapuach checkpoint, where a 25-year-old Arab man with 12 pipe bombs underneath a long coat was apprehended, prompting the earlier roadblock.

Irwin J. Mansdorf

Israel Withholds P.A. Tax Revenue, Restricts Banking


Israel barred Palestinian banks from making shekel deposits in Israeli banks and will run Palestinian electricity at half-strength for an hour each day.

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


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.

Staff Writer

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


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
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