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  • Dozens Of Suspected Palestinian Terror Tunnels, Weapons Labs Discovered In West Bank

    06/23/2014 9:10:46 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 23, 2014 | Abe Katsman
    The Israeli military has discovered dozens of suspected terror tunnels and weapons laboratories in the Hebron area during Operation Brother's Keeper, the operation to find three teen boys kidnapped by Hamas, reports Israeli news site Ynet.
  • A look at the dual justice system in the West Bank

    04/20/2014 3:18:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2013 3:09 PM EDT
    Israeli and Palestinian minors accused of crimes in the West Bank are subject to two different sets of laws. Israeli settlers are prosecuted under Israeli civilian law, while Palestinians are thrust into the military justice system. Critics complain that the conviction rate in the military system is higher and the penalties stiffer. …
  • Hamas praises deadly West Bank shooting

    04/15/2014 2:24:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 5:20 PM EDT | Ian Deitch
    The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Seder, the traditional Passover meal that starts the week-long Jewish holiday. Speaking in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh said the attack outside the city of Hebron “brought back life to the path of resistance” against Israel and warned of more attacks in the territory. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest incident to threaten peace talks with the Palestinians. […] “We tell the...
  • "There Has Never Been a Palestinian State - That's a Lie"

    04/10/2014 7:20:44 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 17 replies
    Economics Minister and Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett has continued his calls to annex parts of Judea and Samaria, in response to the repeated failure of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. Following a letter yesterday to Prime Minister Netanyahu, in which he urged the PM implement his "Plan B" alternative to a "two-state solution" with the PA, Bennett took his message to the international media last night, in an interview with CNN. Dismissing suggestions that Israel was responsible for the collapse of peace talks by building homes in Jerusalem, Bennett pointed out that the talks had already ground...
  • Palestinians set new conditions for peace talks to continue

    04/03/2014 11:15:41 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 20 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/30/2014 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    The Palestinian Authority has set new conditions for agreeing to extend the peace talks with Israel after April, PA officials in Ramallah said Thursday. The new Palestinian conditions include Israeli recognition of the pre-1967 lines as the future borders of a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital and the release of 1,200 Palestinian prisoners, the officials said. The Palestinians are now demanding that Israel release three senior prisoners: Marwan Barghouti, Ahmed Sa’adat and Fuad Shobaki. The new conditions also include a complete cessation of settlement construction, PA sovereignty over Area C in the West Bank, a halt of...
  • Chris Christie calls Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria 'occupied territories'

    03/30/2014 9:45:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 3/30/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Christie apologized for the gaffe. Not long after his speech, Christie met with Adelson privately in the casino mogul’s office in the Venetian hotel and casino, which hosted the RJC meeting. The source told POLITICO that Christie “clarified in the strongest terms possible that his remarks today were not meant to be a statement of policy.” Instead, the source said, Christie made clear “that he misspoke when he referred to the ‘occupied territories.’ And he conveyed that he is an unwavering friend and committed supporter of Israel, and was sorry for any confusion that came across as a result of...
  • Does Israel need a Palestinian terror state more than the PLO?

    02/26/2014 7:23:25 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 2/26/2014 | Caroline B. Glick
    In its annual survey of American Jewry published last October, the American Jewish Committee found that 75 percent of American Jews agree with the statement, "The goal of the Arabs is not a peaceful two-state agreement with Israel, but rather the destruction of Israel." And yet, American Jews supported the establishment of a Palestinian state 50% to 47%. Next week over 10,000 predominantly Jewish American supporters of Israel will gather in Washington at AIPAC's annual policy conference. Given their high commitment to Israel, probably most of those gathered belong to the 47% of American Jews who opposed Palestinian statehood. Yet...
  • 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...
  • US issues travel warning on Israel, West Bank, Gaza

    02/04/2014 1:22:49 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 2/3/14 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    The US State Department issued a travel warning Monday on Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, strongly warning US citizens against travel to the Gaza Strip. The advisory was updated due to what the State Department said was the complex security environment in the region.
  • The Naive Newsman

    02/04/2014 6:25:37 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 2 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 2/4/2014 | Dry Bones
  • Netanyahu Floats Idea: "Settlers" to Live under PA Rule

    01/26/2014 2:40:53 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 26 replies
    A source in the Prime Minister's Office told reporters Sunday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu believes that if a Palestinian state is established in Judea and Samaria, Jews who wish to remain in that state should be allowed to do so. The source said that Netanyahu believes that there is no reason for the Palestinian state, netanyahu says settlers may want to remain under pa rule if it is created, to be "mono-ethnic." The source explained that the idea is a continuation of Netanyahu's statement in his speech at Davos, Switzerland, on Friday, in which he made clear that he...
  • Israeli troops manhandle EU envoys in West Bank

    09/21/2013 1:33:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    France 24 ^ | 21/09/2013 | (AFP/News Wires)
    Israeli troops used force to halt EU diplomats accompanying aid workers to the Bedouin village of Makhul on Friday, with French diplomat Marion Fesneau-Castaing dragged out of an aid truck that was later confiscated, diplomatic sources said. … The source, who declined to be named, said diplomats from France, Britain, Greece, Ireland, Spain and Sweden had accompanied aid workers to Makhul to help hand out tents to the Bedouins. … The UN's humanitarian coordinator James Rawley expressed “deep concern” over Friday’s incident and the demolitions that evicted Palestinians from their property. …
  • Israeli labor bill for settlers sparks uproar

    09/08/2013 1:52:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 8, 2013 12:36 PM EDT | Tia Goldenberg and Aron Heller
    At first glance, a proposed new bill asking Israel’s parliament to extend Israeli labor law to the West Bank and protect women against unlawful dismissal seems innocuous enough. But critics say that under the guise of woman’s rights, the bill’s true intent is to further entrench Israeli control over occupied territory the Palestinians seek for their future state. The debate sheds light on the complex and distinct legal system Israel has cultivated during its 46-year control of the West Bank. Since Israel has never annexed the territory, it technically remains under military rule, creating a bewildering legal reality. …
  • Obama Funding $313 Million In Mortgages For Palestinians On West Bank?

    08/27/2013 2:06:03 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 20 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 27,2012 | Mara Zebest
    CNSNews reports the following: The U.S. government will fund $313 million in home mortgages for Palestinians living on the West Bank, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Monday. The U.S. will also guarantee $110 million in loans to small- and medium-sized businesses located on the West Bank. The mortgage and business-loan activities will be conducted by the federal Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). “OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution,” says OPIC’s website. “OPIC provides financial products, such as loans and guaranties; political risk insurance; and support for investment funds, all of which help American businesses expand...
  • U.S. gives Palestinians $300 million in contracts

    08/18/2013 5:57:04 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    WND ^ | Aug. 18, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Allegations of corruption, praise for terrorists not obstaclesThe U.S. government recently awarded a batch of contracts worth up to $300 million to Palestinian construction companies, including a firm targeted in a Palestinian Authority corruption probe. PA Prosecutor-General Ahmed al-Mughni, likewise, survived the investigation, having escaped a car-bomb assassination attempt related to his probe of Tarifi Contracting & Reconstruction Co., other companies and PA officials, the Jerusalem Post reported at the time. The chairman of Tarifi Contracting is H. E. Jamil Al Tarifi, the former PA civil affairs minister. At the time of the investigation, he reportedly co-owned the firm with...
  • Israel expands subsidies to settlements

    08/04/2013 2:02:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 4, 2013 11:27 AM EDT | Aron Heller
    The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday expanded its list of West Bank settlements eligible for government subsidies, a decision that came just days after the resumption of long-frozen peace talks and drew quick Palestinian condemnation. The Cabinet approved a range of housing subsidies and loans for more than 600 Israeli communities deemed “national priority areas,” expanding an earlier list. The list includes poor towns in Israel’s outlying areas, but also dozens of settlements. The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem—lands Israel captured in 1967—and renewed talks are to draw Israel’s borders with such...
  • Obama Signs Executive Order, Sends $500 million to Terrorists

    07/27/2013 7:16:58 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 229 replies
    Citing “national security interests,” President Obama effectively sidestepped Congress by signing an executive order which enables him to send $500 million to fund Muslim terrorists in the West Bank. The executive order, addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry, was quietly signed Friday afternoon, as the media’s full attention was focused upon a royal birth. In the order, President Obama writes, “I hereby certify that it is important to the national security interests of the United States to waive the provisions of section 7040(a) of the Act as carried forward by the CR, in order to provide funds appropriated to...
  • EU's Ashton Adds to 'Settlement' Discrimination EU foreign policy chief pushes introduction

    07/23/2013 4:19:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 7/23/13 | Rina Tzvi
    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is pushing for comprehensive guidelines to introduce separate labeling for products made by Jews in Judea and Samaria, Israeli-daily Haaretz reported on Tuesday. According to the report. Ashton sent a letter to European commissioners urging them to draft the guidelines by the end of 2013. The EU last week published guidelines that forbid the 28 members of the bloc from funding or dealing with Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, alleging that the areas are “illegally occupied.”
  • Micky D's and the Palestinians

    06/29/2013 9:41:45 AM PDT · by Meadow Muffin · 22 replies
    I called Micky D's HQ yesterday to tell them I was no longer going to buy their wonderful products. When I asked them about the refusal to build in the West Bank, they told me "The owner of the franchise said it was not in his business plan" So that is two clowns that I don't support...Micky D and the other one in the White House
  • Israeli Wall in 'World War Z' Sparks Questions

    06/25/2013 7:55:58 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 25, 2013 | JAKE COYLE
    Israeli wall in 'World War Z' sparks questions NEW YORK — Brad Pitt's "World War Z" imagines a world overrun by a zombie pandemic, leading to an unlikely new global power structure. Two of the few countries that have kept the zombies at bay are Israel, which shelters Israelis and Palestinians behind a wall, and North Korea, which has removed the teeth of its citizens to prevent zombie biting. It's a curious portrait of geopolitics that's left some moviegoers scratching their heads. Is a wall of unity for both Jews and Muslims in Jerusalem an ironic commentary on the West...
  • 'Netanyahu will not freeze West Bank settlements'

    05/26/2013 12:00:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Jpost..com ^ | 5/25/13 | Yuval Bagno
    s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu nearing his second declaration in four years on a building freeze in the West Bank in order to facilitate the renewal of peace talks with the Palestinians? The answer is probably no. An official source in Jerusalem told The Israel Post that "Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] received this opportunity once. This will not happen again." "If the Palestinians want to talk they know we are waiting for them at the table," the source said. After four years rounds of talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah in the last two months in an effort...
  • Steep-Trajectory munitions expected to attack Israel from West Bank

    04/02/2013 4:54:56 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies
    IMRA ^ | 4-1-13
    ...in my view, the most significant aspect, which we have not yet experienced out of the West Bank, will involve the capability to launch steep-trajectory munitions at Israeli towns in the Judea and Samaria sector as well as at Israeli cities in the inner plain, the coastal plane and northern Samaria. Tamas (Steep-Trajectory) instead of Hamas During the anticipated confrontation in the West Bank, Palestinian steep-trajectory fire will replace suicide bombers as the preferred method for attacking Israel's homefront. Col. (Res.) Atai Shelach addresses the challenges facing the IDF in this particular theater Atai Shelach IsraelDefense 30/3/2013 http://www.israeldefense.com/?CategoryID=483&ArticleID=2038 Tamas (Steep-Trajectory)...
  • ‘Palestinian violence in West Bank has increased’

    03/26/2013 11:37:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/27/2013 01:38 | Tovah Lazaroff
    Palestinian violence in the West Bank has increased, OC Central Command Maj.-Gen Nitzan Alon told Channel 2 in an interview that was aired Tuesday night. He did not speak of a third intifada, but he said, “for months we have identified trends of a potential escalation.” On Tuesday, the IDF stopped a Palestinian in the Jordan Valley who carried four improvised explosives. Near Bethlehem, Palestinians threw stones at soldiers, lightly wounding one. They also threw stones at soldiers near Ramallah. Separately, in a raid on a Palestinian home in Hebron, the IDF found a cache of weapons, including bullets and...
  • Report: Obama Wants Timetable for Israeli Pullout!

    03/04/2013 5:03:03 AM PST · by wesagain · 58 replies
    IsraeliNationalNews ^ | Mar 3, 2013 | Gil Ronen
    "Unconfirmed report in World Tribune says Obama wants a detailed Israeli withdrawal plan from Netanyahu"U.S. President Barack Obama has demanded a timetable for an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria, according to an unconfirmed report by World Tribune. The report quotes anonymous "Israeli sources." According to the report, Obama, who is scheduled to arrive in Israel on March 20, wants Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to present him with a detailed Israeli withdrawal plan during his visit to Israel. The sources said the Israeli plan "would be considered in what could be an imminent U.S. initiative to establish a Palestinian state...
  • Hagel’s $160 Billion 'West Bank' US Troops Deathtrap (U.S. Troops to West Bank & Gaza)

    02/24/2013 5:44:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    INN ^ | 2/24/13 | Staff
    Hagel, at Obama's bidding, plans to send troops to Judea andSamaria (the "West Bank") where they would soon be victims of Hamas terror. It's in writing. An investigative report. There is only one reason that Chuck Hagel was picked by President Obama to be US Defense Secretary, and why Obama will go nuclear to get him confirmed: Hagel is the only person alive now dumb enough to deploy US “peacekeeping” troops to what is surely a "West Bank" deathtrap. Don’t believe me??! Well, in early 2009, two years after Hamas violently took over Gaza, Hagel along with a ragged has-been...
  • Jewish Home and Yesh Atid form united front

    02/17/2013 7:13:44 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 5 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 2/17/2013 | GABE FISHER
    The Jewish Home and Yesh Atid parties have entered into a strategic alliance and notified Likud-Beytenu coalition negotiators that the two parties will either enter the government together or retire to the opposition. Both parties are intent on legislating the conscription of ultra-Orthodox Israelis into military or national service, a move rejected by the ultra-Orthodox parties, making coalition talks extremely challenging for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In response to the alliance, reported by the Hebrew media Sunday, a senior Likud source involved in the coalition negotiations accused the national-religious Jewish Home party of “voter fraud,” for forming an agreement with...
  • Smuggled Sperm Impregnates Palestinian Prisoners' Wives

    02/07/2013 5:07:39 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 24 replies
    Four Palestinian women who had the sperm of their husbands smuggled out of Israeli jails reportedly are pregnant. Dr. Salim Abu Khaizaran, a fertlity doctor at the Razan Medical Center in the West Bank city of Nablus, said Thursday that other insemination attempts had failed, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported. "We don't intervene and ask how they smuggled sperm from prison and get it to Nablus," Khaizaran said at a news conference, according to Ma'an. "There are many failed attempts because the sperm die and so prisoners have to keep trying until it works."
  • Israel must remove all Jewish settlers from occupied West Bank

    01/31/2013 6:35:10 AM PST · by haffast · 27 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 1-31-2013 | Anne Sewell
    A report emanating from a UN human rights inquiry has called on Israel to remove all Jewish settlers from the West Bank and to immediately cease expansion. According to the report, the settlements violate international law and are merely an attempt to drive out Palestinians through intimidation. The report comes from an inquiry led by French judge Christine Chanet and was based on interviews with 50 Palestinians, describing land grabs, violence, and damages to livelihood, and reads, "Israel must, in compliance with article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions.” The report further states that...
  • Netanyahu: West Bank Could Go Way of Egypt, Syria

    01/02/2013 7:23:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    cbn news ^ | 1/2/13 | Julie Stahl
    JERUSALEM, Israel - Areas of Biblical Judea and Samaria (West Bank) under the Palestinian Authority rule could end up with a regime change like that in Egypt or a shaking like what is going on in Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Speaking at the start of a Bible study at his home, Netanyahu likened the current situation in the Middle East to the beginning of the portion of the Jewish Bible (Torah -- first five books of the Bible) being studied this week. "Now there arose a new king over Egypt," Netanyahu said, quoting the passage from Exodus...
  • Israel reportedly fears Hamas making move for control of West Bank

    12/24/2012 3:45:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 23, 2012, 6:14 am | (Times of Israel Staff)
    Senior officials in Jerusalem reportedly believe a Gaza-style takeover of the West Bank by Hamas may be in the offing, citing intelligence estimates that show the Iran-backed terror group making a move for control of the Palestinian-ruled territory. Military Intelligence and the Shin Bet security service both have information that Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal has ordered his supporters to prepare for a battle for control of the West Bank, the Sunday Times reported on Sunday. … Jerusalem fears that a Hamas takeover of the West Bank would give Iran, which is allied with the group, a foothold on the...
  • UK, France Summon Israeli Envoys in Wake of Housing Approvals

    12/03/2012 8:06:57 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 10 replies
    Britain and France have summoned their Israeli ambassadors to protest Israel's decision to authorize housing construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. The ambassadors were summoned Monday amid reports that the two countries would recall their envoys in Israel for consultations. Sweden also has summoned its Israel ambassador, according to reports. "We deplore the recent Israeli government decision to build 3,000 new housing units and unfreeze development in the E1 block," the British Foreign Office said in a statement, threatening a "strong reaction" if construction goes ahead. "This threatens the viability of the two-state solution." The E1 corridor, which...
  • Israel West Bank Settlement Construction Approved By Government

    12/01/2012 10:55:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Baltimore Jewish Life ^ | 12/1/12 | Aron Heller and Karin Laub
    JERUSALEM — Israel responded swiftly Friday to U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, revealing it will build 3,000 more homes for Jews on Israeli-occupied lands that the world body overwhelmingly said belong to the Palestinians. The plans also include future construction in a strategic area of the West Bank where critics have long warned that Jewish settlements would kill hopes for a viable Palestinian state. Israel's moves served as a harsh reminder to Palestinians – euphoric over the U.N. upgrade – that while they now have a state on paper, most of it remains very much under Israeli control. "This...
  • PA Official Suspected Of Selling Land To Jews Falls To His Death

    07/16/2012 4:24:11 PM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 7-16-12
    According to the Associated Press, a senior PA official has been pronounced dead after falling from a third floor kitchen window in a Palestinian security compound in the West Bank, where he was being interrogated. Although the PA and security video footage confirm that Osama Akel Hassan Mansour had jumped, members of Mansour’s family including his wife told Ma’an News agency that they believe he was killed. Mansour was a special investigator who supposedly tracked Palestinians’ selling of land to Israelis, which is considered a crime to the PA. According to Abdel Latif al-Aidi, an official involved in the investigation...
  • Settlements are not just legal, but necessary

    07/11/2012 6:59:54 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 8 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/11/2012 | STEVEN PLAUT
    A fascinating development this week in Israel was the release of the report of a governmental commission whose assignment had been to define the legal status of the “occupied territories” for purposes of government policy. The commission was headed by Edmond Levy, an interesting former Supreme Court justice and one of the only ones who is not a judicial activist leftist. The Obama people are upset with the report (an indication of how good it is) and Israel’s moonbat Left is positively wetting itself in anguish. Basically the report says that the West Bank – Judea and Samaria – are...
  • Op-Ed: Unsettling "Settlement" Lies

    07/01/2012 2:21:55 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/6/12 | Salomon Benzimra
    Naomi Chazan was deputy speaker of the Knesset and the dean of the School of Government and Society at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo. Given her credentials, one would have thought that she would have a good grasp of politics and law. But in a recent article published in The Forward, she stated that “Israel’s settlement enterprise...violate[s] international law” because “colonizing occupied land is illegal [based on] the Geneva Conventions,” notwithstanding the contrary opinion expressed in “the contortions of a few right-wing legal scholars.” Well, I am no legal scholar but I’d rather be on the side of those...
  • BBC, again chews ugly Pallywood terminology

    05/30/2012 2:52:19 AM PDT · by PRePublic
    Pro-Arab racism biased BBC, again “repeats” infamous bombastic pseudo fake Pallywood terminology. Though Israel dismantles ALL Illegal buildings. The BBC is only showing the “grievances” of Arabs (who keep illegally constructing without licenses) and the Pallywood terminology of (fake) “ethnic cleansing.” On that same twisted note / logic, is the BBC now believing that the Zionist regime is ethnic cleansing Jews as it razes its outposts? And why is “impartial” BBC not showing the removal by force of Jewish constructions, because it proves its anti-Israel bigoted propaganda wrong?------- Here are three examples (from: 2009; 2011; 2012)AFP: Israel dismantles West Bank settlement...
  • Netanyahu's 'centrist' coalition is already proving it's anything but

    05/17/2012 6:36:26 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 1 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/17/2012 | Joshua Mitnick
    When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined forces last week with the centrist Kadima party to form one of Israel's largest-ever coalition governments, it appeared to give him maneuvering room to pursue Palestinian peace talks over the objections of his hardline political base. But twin efforts by coalition lawmakers last weekend to strengthen the legal status of Jewish settlements suggest that the political fulcrum of Mr. Netanyahu's government in fact may not have shifted all that dramatically away from stalwarts in his Likud party who oppose ceding land to the Palestinians on both ideological and theological grounds. "The prime minister doesn't...
  • West Bank Jewish Communities in Existence for Two Decades Now Legal

    04/25/2012 6:43:02 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 15 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 10/25/2012 | Edmund Sanders
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that his Cabinet has decided to retroactively legalize three West Bank outposts that previous governments had conceded were built without permission, marking the first step toward what critics fear will become Israel's first official new settlements since 1990. Government officials said it was inaccurate to characterize the legalization process as establishing new settlements, noting that the three outposts were founded in the 1990s, reportedly with the government's blessing. Officials said the outposts only lack certain technical authorizations and planning permits, which now will be given. "This decision does not change the reality on...
  • Arab church that backs Israel shuttered by Palestinian Authority

    03/31/2012 7:51:27 PM PDT · by Milagros · 3 replies
    whyisrael ^ | 19 March 2012
    By Ryan Jones.. The First Baptist Church in Bethlehem was ordered closed by the Palestinian Authority on Saturday, according to Rabbi Russell Resnik of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations. Resnik reported the incident after meeting with Pastor Steven Khoury, the son of First Baptist’s head pastor, Naim Khoury.
  • Migron settlers, PMO seek compromise on demolition

    01/23/2012 4:39:43 PM PST · by Former Fetus
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/24/2012 | Tovah Lazaroff
    Talks continued Monday between Migron settlers and the prime minister's office on a compromise solution to prevent the demolition of the West Bank outpost which is home to 50 families. The High Court of Justice has ordered the state to remove the outpost by the end of March because it was built without the proper permits and the land on which it is situated is classified by the state as private Palestinian property. The outpost is located just outside of Jerusalem in the Binyamin region of the West Bank. On Sunday Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu urged Migron residents to accept...
  • USAID Contracts Start Flowing in $750 Million Palestinian Infrastructure Project

    01/14/2012 10:01:50 AM PST · by Steve Peacock · 11 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Jan. 14, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    The first round of Palestinian infrastucture contracts worth upwards of $750 million were awarded this week by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Infrastructure Needs Project Phase II (Solicitation #RFP294-2010-108), as the USAID endeavor is known, will help the Palestinians build or improve public works initially in the West Bank and, "if conditions permit, in Gaza" at a later time. Task orders could be awarded under this indefinite quantity contract (IQC) for initiatives including: • Transportation networks such as primary and secondary roads, bridges and/or other transportation infrastructure; • Water systems including the supply, storage, treatment, transmission and/or...
  • Israel to speed up settlement building in West Bank

    11/01/2011 8:36:02 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/1/2011
    The Israeli government called for the accelerated construction of 2000 settlement homes in the West Bank and Jerusalem on Tuesday. The statement came a day after UNESCO granted the Palestinians full membership of the U.N. cultural agency. Israel decided on Tuesday to accelerate Jewish settlement building and withhold Palestinian Authority funds, moves likely to further hold up international efforts to revive peace talks. Israel’s move came a day after UNESCO awarded the Palestinians full membership of the U.N. cultural agency, a diplomatic victory for the Palestinian Authority in its push for recognition as a state at the United Nations. Israel...
  • "We Muslims can mass-murder each other - But don't dare defend yourself by eliminating some of us!"

    08/26/2011 12:56:03 PM PDT · by Milagros · 12 replies
    Where's the so-called "angry Arab street?"When will the hypocritic Arab-Muslim world start giving a 'dime' about its own people. Arab-Muslim on Arab-Muslim crimes against humanity - routine. The "moderate" voice of Islamic-Arabs: "We can kill each other by the thousands!"(Syria, Hamah massacre - 1982, Daraa, Jisr al-Shughour and Hama massacres, mass torture of kids - 2011), Black September [Jordanians vs "Palestinians"] 1970 , Iraqis vs Iraqis since 2003, "Palestinians" VS each other (Hamas/Fatah 2007), "Palestinians" & Hezbollah using civilians (routine), Libyans (2011 massacres), Bahrainians [Shiite Apartheid VS Sunni], Algerians (100,000 dead in the 1970s') Yemen (2011), Tunisia (2011), Egypt (2011),...
  • Israeli Government Video Irks Palestinians

    08/17/2011 6:09:44 AM PDT · by a_note · 5 replies
    HR ^ | July 28, 2011 | Simon Plosker
    Israeli Government Video Irks PalestiniansJuly 28, 2011 13:56 by Simon Plosker Congratulations to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon for taking the initiative in the vital battleground of social media.Ayalon’s YouTube video “The Truth About the West Bank” is evidently considered to be such a threat to the distorted Palestinian historical narrative that Saeb Erekat (who still appears to be the chief Palestinian negotiator despite resigning from the position in February 2011) has responded by publicly condemning the video in no uncertain terms.Here’s your chance to help Israel online.It’s really simple – click...
  • Israel's only two options

    07/19/2011 6:40:46 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 6 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7/19/2011 | Caroline B. Glick
    Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas is in Europe this week seeking to convince the Spanish and Norwegian governments to support the Palestinian bid to sidestep negotiations with Israel and have the UN General Assembly recognize Palestinian sovereignty over Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem in addition to Gaza. The Palestinians know that without US support, their initiative will fail to gain Security Council support and therefore have no legal weight. But they believe that if they push hard enough, Israel's control over these areas will eventually unravel and they will gain control over them without ever accepting Israel's right to exist. Fatah's UN...
  • Painful Honesty About the Holy Land, and a New Path to Peace

    05/25/2011 8:29:35 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 9 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 25, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    On Wednesday, May 19, 2011 A.D., President Barack Obama, the head of state of one of Israel’s greatest allies, called for a massive shrinkage in the geographical size of her tiny friend. He will spend the rest of his life trying to explain away this attempted sellout. The United States is a huge country. Running from the Pacific to the Atlantic, from the Rio Grande north to Canada, it contains some 3.8 million square miles. By contrast, Israel is measured in the thousands of square miles, well under ten, in fact. Even that gives little indication to the true size...
  • Disappearance, then discovery leads to 'honor killing' outrage

    05/20/2011 11:24:02 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 21 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | May 20, 2011 | Enas Muthaffar and Dan Morgan
    When Ayah Baradiyya stepped out of the door of the large house she shared with her parents and 12 siblings more than a year ago, her parents could not have known this would be the last time they would see their daughter alive. On her final visit, Ayah returns lifeless, wrapped in a blanket in the back of an ambulance, to be buried in the village cemetery. Thousands of people follow the procession to the cemetery or watch from the streets and rooftops. Friends and relatives try to console Ayah's mother, who cries out in grief. Fears that have plagued...
  • IDF nabs terrorist butchers of Jewish family

    04/17/2011 7:44:02 AM PDT · by AnyStreetFL · 133 replies
    Israel Today ^ | 04/17/2011 | Ryan Jones
    The Israeli army on Sunday confirmed the recent arrest of two young Palestinian Arabs for the March 11 slaughter of the Fogel family in the northern Samaria Jewish community of Itamar. An army spokesman told Israel Radio that 18-year-old Hakem Awwad and 19-year-old Amjad Awwad confessed to the murders of Udi and Ruth Fogel and three of their young children, and that they showed absolutely no remorse for their crime. Reenacting the murder, the young suspects told security officials that they infiltrated Itamar at around 9 PM armed with knives. They proceeded to enter a home that was empty and...
  • Media Coverage Distorts Issues in "Settler" Murders

    03/16/2011 7:03:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2011 | Michael Medved
    Distorted media coverage of the recent terrorist assault on the Israeli community of Itamar compounded the pain of an unspeakably brutal crime. On Friday night shortly after 10 PM, just hours after the commencement of the Jewish Sabbath, two knife-wielding intruders broke into the modest one story home of the Fogel family, murdering the mother and father in their bed along with their three month old baby girl. They then stormed one of the children’s rooms, slashing to death two boys, ages three and eleven. Two other sleeping children – aged two and eight – managed to survive when the...
  • West Bank field trip for Israeli kids stirs anger

    02/17/2011 3:45:38 AM PST · by varialectio · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 2/17/11 | Amy Teibel
    JERUSALEM – At a time when peace talks with the Palestinians are stalled over Jewish settlements, the Israeli government plans to send schoolchildren on field trips to a disputed holy site in one of the West Bank's most volatile flash points. Education Minister Gideon Saar says the visits to Hebron, burial site of the biblical patriarch Abraham and home to some of Israel's most radical settlers, are part of a plan to acquaint Israeli youngsters with their heritage. "It is a place of emotional, religious and historical power," Saar, a leading member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party, told...