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UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 18, 2019

US softens position on Israeli West Bank settlements

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the U.S. is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, the latest in a series of Trump administration …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019

Israel’s Arabs poised to gain new voice after tight election

Israel’s Arab coalition appears poised to emerge as the main opposition bloc following Tuesday’s election, a historic first that would grant a new platform to a long-marginalized minority.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019

Israel’s Netanyahu appears to suffer setback in exit polls

In an apparent setback for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, exit polls showed the longtime Israeli leader falling short of securing a parliamentary majority with his hard-line allies in Tuesday’s election.


Israeli PM vows to annex ‘all the settlements’ in West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Monday to annex “all the settlements” in the West Bank, including an enclave deep in the heart of the largest Palestinian city, in a …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019

Netanyahu vows to begin annexing West Bank settlements

Israel’s prime minister on Tuesday vowed to annex the strategic heartland of the West Bank if he wins national elections next week, offering a vision that would likely end any …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

Tlaib declines to visit West Bank, citing Israeli conditions

Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib says she will not visit her relatives in the occupied West Bank despite being granted an Israeli permit on humanitarian grounds, saying Israel’s “oppressive” conditions aimed …


Israel approves Palestinian construction in West Bank

The Israeli Cabinet unanimously approved a proposal to build over 700 housing units for Palestinians in addition to 6,000 Israeli settlement housing units in the West Bank.


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019

Kushner tries to sell Mideast plan to skeptical audience

Kushner seeks support from absent and protesting Palestinians for $50 billion economic support plan.


2 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in separate events

Israeli police shot and killed a 16-year-old Palestinian near the West Bank separation barrier on Friday, Palestinian health officials said, while in Jerusalem’s Old City, an alleged Palestinian attacker was …


Palestinians mark anniversary of mass displacement

Palestinians on Wednesday marked the 71st anniversary of their mass displacement during the 1948 war around Israel’s creation with protests across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 11, 2018

Israeli soldier, 7 Palestinians killed in new Gaza fighting

A fresh wave of fighting erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, leaving at least six militants dead just as Israel and Hamas had …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 26, 2018

Israeli forces kill 4 Palestinians in Gaza, 1 in West Bank

Israeli forces shot dead five Palestinian youths Friday, four in Gaza protests and one in the West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018

U.S. cuts aid to Palestinians by more than $200 million

Congressional aides say the Trump administration has decided to cut more than $200 million in bilateral assistance to the Palestinians, following a review of the funding for the West Bank …


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018

Troops sent to West Bank after Israeli killed in attack

Israel’s military on Friday searched the West Bank village of a Palestinian teenager who broke into a settlement home and stabbed three Israelis, including one who later died from his …


Palestinians protest Balfour Declaration on centenary

Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in protest across the West Bank on Thursday marking a century since the Balfour Declaration, Britain’s promise to Zionists to create a Jewish …


Israel approves plans for thousands of new settlement units in the West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved building plans for 3,736 new units in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, in what activists say is part of a …


Palestinian kills 3 Israelis outside West Bank settlement

A Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis and critically wounded a fourth outside a West Bank settlement before he was shot dead Tuesday, dealing a new blow to the efforts by …


Hamas says it accepts reconciliation demands

The Hamas militant group on Sunday said it has accepted key conditions demanded by its rival, President Mahmoud Abbas, including nationwide elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, to …


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017

Muslim prayers end peacefully at Jerusalem mosque

Prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque ended peacefully on Friday amid two weeks of unrest over security at a major holy site in Jerusalem, Israeli police said, but violence flared in …


UPDATED: Sat., July 22, 2017

Israeli troops placed on high alert after deadly stabbings

Israel’s military sent more troops to the West Bank and placed forces on high alert Saturday, a day after a Palestinian stabbed to death three members of an Israeli family …


Israeli Cabinet approves new settlement, first in two decades

Israel’s government approved the first West Bank settlement in two decades Thursday, creating the first serious test for U.S. President Donald Trump’s new foray into Middle East peacemaking.


After Trump remarks, Saudi repeats Palestinian state support

Saudia Arabia is reasserting support for a Palestinian state after U.S. President Donald Trump said Mideast peace doesn’t depend on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017

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 …


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017

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 …


Israeli leader vows new settlement as outpost is dismantled

Israel’s prime minister on Thursday vowed to establish the first new West Bank settlement in over two decades “as soon as possible,” promising to make up for the court-ordered demolition …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017

Israel evacuates West Bank outpost amid new settlement binge

Israeli forces began an operation to evacuate settlers from a West Bank outpost on Wednesday whose long-delayed destruction threatens to rupture Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s narrow coalition, dominated by ultranationalists …


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 …


Trudy Rubin: The reality behind the U.N. vote

Obama has been more protective of Israel at the U.N. than any other U.S. president in the last half century, vetoing any Security Council resolution critical of Israel until this …