Israel has sanctioned thousands of settlement housing units since U.S. president Donald Trump’s inauguration — and Trump’s pick for Israel envoy David Friedman is poised to help build some of them.
As Israeli leaders are sounding the drumbeat for West Bank annexation, a majority of Israelis say “not so fast,” according to a new poll.
WASHINGTON (JTA) — In the wake of the U.N. anti-settlements resolution, the governor of Illinois warned the European Union that companies complying with boycotts of Israel or of its West Bank settlements face divestment by the governments of Illinois and other states. Gov. Bruce Rauner, in his Jan. 31 letter to Donald Tusk, the president…
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Settlement expansion “may not be helpful” in achieving peace, the Trump administration said, its first pronouncement on an issue that has for decades confounded U.S.-Israel relations.
Israeli police neared the end on Thursday of a days-long operation to evacuate Amona, an illegally-built outpost on the West Bank. Sitting on private Palestinian land, Amona has figured in numerous legal battles since its construction two decades ago. Israel had tried to broker a deal in which the settlers would be moved off their current plot to a neighboring stretch of land, but the country’s Supreme Court overruled that decision, ordering the government to remove the settlers last year. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to build a new settlement on state land for the evacuees, and has announced an expanded settlement-building program since the election of President Donald Trump. Here are some photos from the Amona operation.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman have approved plans for another 3,000 new homes in the West Bank. The approvals were announced on Tuesday, ahead of the evacuation of the Amona outpost, and is seen as an effort to placate the government’s harder right wing and settlers angry…
The Israeli company that built Israel’s border fence is making a play this week to construct Trump’s wall with Mexico.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — A controversial bill that would legalize West Bank outposts built on Palestinian land will be brought back to the Knesset for final votes.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian driver who drove his vehicle into a West Bank bus stop in an alleged car-ramming attack was shot and killed by Israeli troops stationed there. The incident occurred Wednesday evening near the Kochav Yaakov settlement, located southeast of Ramallah. No Israelis were reported injured in the incident. The driver reportedly swerved…
Israel’s Defence Ministry announced plans on Tuesday to build 2,500 more settlement homes in the West Bank, the second announcement of new construction in the occupied territory since President Donald Trump took office.