West Bank Settlements

Netanyahu: U.S. Pressure Behind West Bank Planning Freeze

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he suspended construction in West Bank settlements because of American pressure, an Israeli news site reported.

New Crackdown Against Settlers In Outpost Fueling Tensions

Unprecedented closing of West Bank yeshiva in Yitzhar follows attack on IDF.

Israel Correspondent
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Yitzhar, West Bank — Motorists headed to this West Bank settlement notorious as a hotbed for radicalism were greeted last Friday afternoon by a police checkpoint at the highway turnoff. Checking for ID, one officer explained that non-residents were being turned back.

Hillel Malachi stands alongside a mobile home demolished by the army in the Yitzhar outpost of Shaked Farm. Joshua Mitnick/JW

Amid West Bank Building, Netanyahu Nixes E1 Plans

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JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a tender for 1,200 housing units in the E1 corridor connecting Jerusalem to the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim.

New UN Settlements Fight Rages; J Street Rapped

As dovish groups urge no U.S. veto, Rep. Ackerman severs ties with J Street.

Washington Correspondent

A United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlement building in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem as illegal is putting the Obama administration in an awkward squeeze — and thrusting two major pro-peace process groups into the tumultuous epicenter of the Middle East debate.

The Obama administration, which is expected to veto the resolution, nevertheless is caught between its own longstanding stance on settlements and political realities at home.

Queens Rep. Ackerman says UN resolution puts blame for Mideast impasse on Israel.

Construction Without Consensus

Post-moratorium, building resumes on West Bank
communities not considered vital for Israel’s borders.

Jewish Week Correspondent

KRYAT ARBA, The West Bank – The trip from Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station to Kiryat Arba, a settlement next to Hebron, in the southern West Bank, takes just under an hour, including a couple of detours to other outlying settlements, via a public bus with bullet-proof windows.

Tzvi Katsover, the former mayor of Kiryat Arba.
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