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Report: Israel has established ‘apartheid regime’

A report published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia that concludes that Israel has established an “apartheid regime” drew swift criticism from the U.N. and Israeli officials on Wednesday.

Palestinian leader invited to White House in Trump call

RAMALLAH, West Bank – A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said U.S President Donald Trump has invited him to visit the White House to discuss resuming peace talks in a telephone call Friday, the first contact between the two leaders since Trump took office in January. Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh said Abbas received “a very important call” from Trump in which he was invited to the White House, and that he would attend “very soon.”

Johnson says Britain still backs 2-state solution in Mideast

Britain’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that his country remains “absolutely” committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that obstacles to a deal, including accelerated Israeli settlement building, must be removed.

U.S. warning to Israel signals new backpedaling by Trump

The Trump administration has explicitly warned Israel against annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, saying it would trigger an “immediate crisis” between the two close allies, Israel’s defense minister said Monday.

Trump charts new Mideast course; maybe no separate Palestine

President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked Israel’s prime minister to “hold off” on building Jewish settlements in land the Palestinians claim for their future state, yet held back from explicitly endorsing support for a future independent Palestine.

Few good alternatives to Palestinian state

The Trump Administration appears to be easing away from longstanding U.S. support for Palestinian statehood as the preferred outcome of Middle East peace efforts, which may please some allies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel. But the alternatives are few, and each comes with daunting and combustible complications, including for Israel itself.

Israeli groups sue to stop settlement legalization law

In the first concrete attempt to counter the contentious new law legalizing thousands of West Bank settlement homes, two Israeli rights groups on Wednesday asked the country’s Supreme Court to overturn the measure.

Israel passes law legalizing thousands of settlement homes

Israel’s parliament on Monday passed a contentious law meant to retroactively legalize thousands of West Bank settlement homes built unlawfully on private Palestinian land, a step that is expected to trigger international outrage and a flurry of lawsuits against the measure.

Israel approves 2,500 West Bank settlement homes

Israel said Tuesday it approved 2,500 new settler homes in the West Bank, signaling a major ramp-up of construction just days after the swearing-in of U.S. President Donald Trump, whose election has emboldened the settlement movement.

Pope and Palestinian leader meet, inaugurate embassy

The Vatican stressed the sacred nature of Jerusalem on Saturday as the Palestinian leader warned that prospects for peace could suffer if the incoming Trump administration goes ahead with plans to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

UNESCO adopts controversial Jerusalem resolution

UNESCO’s executive board on Tuesday approved a resolution that Israel says denies the deep historic Jewish connection to holy sites in Jerusalem – and that has angered Israel’s government and many Jews around the world.