Tag: West Bank

US sees joint Israeli-Palestinian border patrols as part of future peace deal

The United States government has prepared a comprehensive defense plan aimed at assuaging Israeli security concerns in the event that Jerusalem agrees to pull back its armed forces from the Jordan Valley as part of a future final-status treaty with the Palestinians.   According to Channel 2, the plan envisages a “war room” that would […]

Benjamin Netanyahu, US envoy trade jabs over ‘two-standards’ of law in West Bank

The Prime Minister’s Office dismissed as “unacceptable and wrong” an uncharacteristically sharp public criticism of Israel’s legal standards leveled Monday by US envoy Dan Shapiro, who said there seems at times to be one standard of law in the West Bank for Israelis, and another for Palestinians.   “As Israel’s devoted friend and its most […]

Agricultural Minister Uri Ariel calls for annexation of West Bank’s Area C

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel called on the government to annex Area C of the West Bank during a tour of Judea and Samaria led by the Knesset Land for Israel Caucus.   As he spoke the Bayit Yehudi member stood on the hilltop of a controversial unbuilt area of the Ma’aleh Adumim settlement known as […]

It’s too late for a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine

Many obstacles stand in the way of a two-state solution to the conflict in Israel and Palestine.   At the moment, negotiations are a nonstarter for all parties.   Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has only a razor-thin majority in one of the most right-wing Knessets in Israeli history. President Barack Obama has tossed the […]

We’ve been in Hebron, Cave of the Patriarchs for 4 millennia, we will not be moved

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent his condolences to the family of Gennady Kaufman, the Israeli who was stabbed by a terrorist in the West Bank near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron earlier this month and who died of his wounds on Wednesday morning.   “Gennady was the gardener at the Cave of the […]

US re-issues travel advisory for Israel, West Bank and Gaza

Citing a “complex” security environment, the US State Department re-issued a travel warning Wednesday night for its citizens planning to travel throughout Israel, Jerusalem in particular. It also urged US citizens and diplomatic personnel to avoid the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and certain areas of Area A in the West Bank.   “The security environment remains […]

Poll: Most Palestinians Oppose Abbas and Oslo, Support Stabbings

Some two-thirds of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip support the use of knives in the current confrontations with Israelis, back the resignation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and advocate abandoning the Oslo accords with Israel, according to the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. The […]

Israel suspends EU role in Palestinian peace process

Israel said Sunday it was suspending contacts with European Union bodies involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians after the bloc started requiring the labeling of exports from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also the foreign minister, ordered the ministry to carry out “a reassessment of the […]

Kerry says current violence between Israelis, Palestinians ‘not sustainable’

UN warns of ‘catastrophe’; two terror attacks in West Bank in an hour; one Israeli woman injured   US Secretary of State John Kerry said the bloodshed between Israelis and Palestinians “is yet another indication of the folly of believing that efforts at permanent peace and reconciliation are somehow not worth pursuing.”   “The current […]

Christians in Bethlehem Endure Through Deadly Persecution

BETHLEHEM—“We are the forgotten people, but we are not forgotten by God.” That’s how Pastor Naim Khoury of First Baptist Church of Bethlehem—the largest evangelical church in the Palestinian-controlled West Bank area of Israel—explained his church’s continuing existence. After all, it’s been bombed 14 times.   The birthplace of Jesus is Bethlehem, the hometown of […]