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  • Israel freezing construction in East Jerusalem neighborhood [Netanyahu]

    03/25/2015 7:44:20 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 13 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | Wednesday, March 24, 2015 | Roi Yanovsky, itamar Eichner
    EXCLUSIVE: Some 1,500 new housing units Har Homa on hold due to political sensitivity, Netanyahu's office presses pause on discussions. Israel is freezing construction of 1,500 new housing units in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa, beyond the Green Line, despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election eve declaration that building in Jerusalem would continue regardless of international pressure. The massive construction plan in Har Homa has been suspended "for neither planning nor professional reasons," Ynet has learned. The Ministry for Construction and Housing and Jerusalem municipality confirmed that two critical planning discussions set for the coming week on advancing...
  • Greenfield: The Deadly Israeli House Strikes Again

    09/01/2014 2:19:16 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 13 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Monday, September 01, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Monday, September 01, 2014 The Deadly Israeli House Strikes Again Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog There are few weapons as deadly as the Israeli house. When its brick and mortar are combined together, the house, whether it is one of those modest one story hilltop affairs or a five floor apartment building complete with hot and cold running water, becomes far more dangerous than anything green and glowing that comes out of the Iranian centrifuges. Forget the cluster bomb and the mine, the poison gas shell and even tailored viruses. Iran can keep its nuclear...
  • US Wants Israel to Reverse Land Decision

    09/04/2014 9:24:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    inn ^ | 9/4/14 | Gil Ronen
    The United States' UN Ambassador, Samantha Power, said Wednesday that Washington is “deeply concerned” by Israel's decision to turn 4,000 dunams of land in the Etzion Bloc region into state land. The US “position on settlement activity is very well known,” she told reporters. “We have long made clear our opposition to settlement activity. We’re deeply concerned by the reports of expanded settlement activity over the last few days, and we call on the Government of Israel to reverse its decision. I think that these actions are contrary to Israel’s stated goal of achieving permanent status agreement with the Palestinians.”
  • US speaks out against Israel´s decision to expand state land in West Bank

    08/31/2014 6:19:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 8/31/14 | staff
    The United States responded on Monday to news that Israel was planning to expand its state land and launch a new building project in the West Bank. The IDF on Sunday conferred the status of state land on 4,000 dunams in the Gush Etzion region, thus ending the civil administration’s investigation into the possibility that parcels were private Palestinian property. [Snip] "We have long made clear our opposition to continued settlement activity," a State Department official said. "This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes, planning step they approve and construction tender they issue, is counterproductive to Israel´s stated
  • Israel said willing to give up 90% of West Bank

    02/06/2014 9:22:17 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 39 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 2/6/2014 | GAVRIEL FISKE
    The closed-door negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority over the future contours of a Palestinian state, and how much land and settlements Israel will retain, have reportedly come down to a matter of a few percentage points, with both sides agreeing in principle that the majority of Jewish West Bank settlements would be transferred to Israeli sovereignty in a final status deal. Citing anonymous Israeli, Palestinian and American sources close to the negotiations, Walla News reported on Thursday that Israel is seeking to annex about 10 percent of the West Bank’s land area in a final deal. Meanwhile, the...
  • European Banks Boycott Israeli Banks Because of ‘Settlements’

    02/01/2014 6:13:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 2/2/2014, 2:26 AM | Elad Benari
    Two of the largest banks in northern Europe have announced they will boycott Israeli banks because they operate in “occupied territories”, the Walla! Hebrew-language news website reported on Saturday. The two banks in question are the Swedish Nordea Bank, which is the largest bank in Scandinavia, and the Norwegian Danske Bank, which is the largest bank in Denmark. […] The Walla! report comes on the same day that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry threatened Israel that a failure in the peace talks would lead to global boycotts and delegitimization of the Jewish state. …
  • State Dept.: Israeli Settlements Are ‘Illegitimate'

    11/15/2013 8:35:22 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/15/2013 | Patrick Goodnough
    <p>Asserting that the United States views Jewish settlements as “illegitimate” does not amount to prejudging the outcome of negotiations aimed at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday. The U.S. has not recognized the legitimacy of settlements in the disputed territories “for decades,” she told a press briefing.</p>
  • Israeli PM orders rethink on settlement construction plans

    11/13/2013 7:36:18 AM PST · by haffast · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 November 2013 Last updated at 07:15 ET | BBC
    Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his housing minister to reconsider construction plans for more than 20,000 homes in the West Bank. He said the plans, announced by Housing Minister Uri Ariel earlier on Tuesday, would create unnecessary friction with the international community. The US had earlier said it was "deeply concerned" over the Israeli plans. The Palestinians had said they would appeal to the UN, warning that Israel's move would kill off peace talks. In a statement, Mr Netanyahu said he had asked Housing Minister Uri Ariel "to reconsider" plans for potential construction of new homes for Jewish settlers...
  • Putin, Netanyahu to meet in Moscow this month [11/20/13]

    11/09/2013 8:55:28 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 5, 2013 | staff
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on November 20 during a brief visit to Russia, the Kremlin announced Tuesday. In September, Russia raised a brief alarm in the Middle East after apparently detecting a joint Israel and US missile launch test in the Mediterranean. Israel’s Defense Ministry confirmed that it carried out a successful trial involving a new type of Sparrow target missile, which was meant to test Israel’s missile tracking capabilities. Russia had reported that two ballistic objects had been fired from the central Mediterranean to the eastern coast of the sea...
  • Kerry’s Slander of ‘Illegitimate’ Israeli Settlements

    11/08/2013 5:24:57 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 8, 2013 | P. David Hornik
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Kerry’s Slander of ‘Illegitimate’ Israeli SettlementsPosted By P. David Hornik On November 8, 2013 @ 12:51 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments The Israeli-Palestinian “peace talks” have reportedly hit a rough patch. The talks on Tuesday were said to have “ended in a row, with raised voices and the exchange of verbal insults.”It started last week when Israel released the second batch of Palestinian security prisoners, all of whom were serving time for murder or attempted murder. They were welcomed as heroes in Ramallah. Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas shook each freed prisoner’s...
  • Kerry: US considers Israeli settlements to be 'illegitimate'

    11/06/2013 11:57:50 AM PST · by cll · 37 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/06/2013 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    BETHLEHEM - US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Israel on Wednesday to limit settlement building, an issue that is weighing on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Friction over the talks has risen this past week on the back of Israeli plans, announced in tandem with its release of 26 Palestinian prisoners, for some 3,500 new homes for settlers in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. "Let me emphasize at this point the position of the United States of America on the settlements is that we consider them... to be illegitimate," Kerry said after discussions with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
  • Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu suspends housing settlements ahead of Obama’s visit

    03/01/2013 9:45:21 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 1, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suspended all housing construction in contested areas of east Jerusalem and the West Bank as a diplomatic nod at President Obama’s upcoming visit. Mr. Netanyahu said the ban on the issuance of housing permits would last the full month...
  • Israeli settlement produce label

    05/19/2012 8:54:45 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal is calling for a produce labelling system for all produce emanating from Israeli settlements which are, as he says ‘illegal under international law’. “This is a move that will clearly show consumers that this produce has been produced under conditions that not only the Danish government, but also the European governments have rejected. Then it is up to consumers whether they are prepared to buy the produce,” Søvndal says. In practice, the labelling system will be an option for supermarkets that will be able to choose whether to introduce it or not – rather like the...
  • MK Ben-Ari: Demolition 'A Lit Match in a Barrel of Oil'

    12/15/2011 12:16:56 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/12/11 | David Lev
    Large numbers of Border Police mobilized early Thursday morning and moved on the new community (known as an outpost in the general media) of Mitzpe Yitzhar, demolishing two buildings at the site. Residents reported that the military forces sneaked into the community by coming in through a side road, via the Arab village of Innabus, instead of via the main road into the area. Mitzpe Yitzhar is located adjacent to the central Samaria community of Yitzhar. The forces demolished a caravan used as living space, and a building for agricultural use. Security forces are spread out around the area and...
  • Gov't Forces to Destroy Ramat Gilad, 4 Others Overnight

    12/15/2011 12:34:01 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/12/11
    Government forces set out after dark Monday night to destroy five budding Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Residents of the central Samaria outpost of Ramat Gilad received a message late in the evening that Israel Police officers and IDF soldiers were "on the way" to their location first. The residents told Arutz Sheva they believed "the army will attempt to throw us out of our homes and demolish them." Residents of nearby Karnei Shomron and other towns in the area were alerted to the situation and reportedly began to make their way towards the site. Michal Shoham of Ramat...