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Israeli Settlements

A Movement To End The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.14.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The failure of the opposition to coalesce under a dynamic leadership and create a national movement to stop Netanyahu and demand peace now will put Israel's future in jeopardy.

On Settlements, Israel has Runs Circles Around One US President After Another

Alan Elsner | Posted 07.06.2016 | World
Alan Elsner

Over the weekend, the Israeli Prime Minister's office announced plans to build 1,400 new housing units across the Green Line in response to a wave of ...

Palestinian Teen Kills 13-Year-Old Girl In Israeli Settlement

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.30.2016 | World

JERUSALEM, June 30 (Reuters) - A Palestinian fatally stabbed a 13-year-old Israeli girl in her bedroom in a settlement in the occupied West Bank on Th...

Israel's Settlement Drive Is Becoming Irreversible, Diplomats Fear

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 05.31.2016 | World

In the hills east of Jerusalem, overlooking the Palestinian city of Jericho and the Jordan Valley, stands a religious Jewish settlement whose red-tile...

Putting One's Ear to the Ground: Rumblings of Mounting Discontent

James Dorsey | Posted 05.27.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey (Lecture at MEI Conference: The Middle East Peace Process After the Arab Uprisings) When Jeremy Bowen, the BBC's Middle East edit...

U.S. To Put Israel 'On Notice' As Patience Thins

AP | Andrew Hart | Posted 05.08.2016 | World

The United States will endorse a tougher tone with Israel in an upcoming international report that takes the Jewish state to task over settlements, de...

Trump Says Israel Should "Keep Moving Forward" Building Illegal Settlements

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reversed on his earlier pledge to be a neutral arbiter in the Israeli-Palestini...

We Need Obama as Foreign Policy Educator-in-Chief

Dr. Milton Mankoff | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Dr. Milton Mankoff

Part of the allure of Obama when he first ran for president was the prospect of an intellectual in the White House who would make progressive decisions, but also begin the task of educating huge numbers of low information citizens about how the world works.

'Hero of Israel' Committed Murder

Issa Amro | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Issa Amro

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rhetoric and policies denying Palestinians freedom and equal rights have long buoyed some Israelis' anti-Palestinian hate.

Bipartisan Congressional Efforts to Support Israeli Settlements and Expansionism

Stephen Zunes | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

This summer, Congress passed a trade bill that, for the first time, formally defines "Israel" as including Arab territories that are recognized by the international community as under foreign belligerent occupation.

U.S. Aid Underwrites Bad Israeli Economic and Oppressive Occupation Policies

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

America is practically bankrupt, yet Israel remains a multi-billion dollar dependent. The U.S. can't afford to continue subsidizing well-off nations, no matter how friendly. And Israel, which spends heavily both to expand state regulation and occupy Palestinian lands, doesn't need American support.

The West Bank Village of Wadi Foquin: Trying to Survive

Zeina Azzam | Posted 03.04.2016 | World
Zeina Azzam

The bucolic Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin, nestled in a lush valley on the West Bank, is known for its fruits and vegetables, honey, olive trees, and natural springs. Situated near the green line with Israel, it lies five miles southwest of Bethlehem. Wadi Foquin is also a village fighting for its very existence.

The Truth About Israel's National Security

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Netanyahu government's linking of national security to the so-called "defensive borders" is disingenuous and misleading, designed to provide a cover for his and his cabinet's continued intoxication with seizing Palestinian territories.

Who Are Israel's Friends?

Alan Elsner | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Alan Elsner

An op-ed in the New York Times by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon headlined "Don't Shoot the Messenger, Israel," raises the issue once again of who are our real friends in the world.

Tom Cotton's New Bill Would Label Goods Made In Gaza As 'Made In Israel'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Slamming what he characterized as a global effort to “delegitimize Israel,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) introduced a new bill on Monday...

Israeli Settlements, American Money. What's Next?

Maen Rashid Areikat | Posted 02.01.2016 | World
Maen Rashid Areikat

Despite America's longstanding position considering Israeli settlements illegitimate, successive administrations have done very little to stop the expansion of the settlement enterprise. Israel continues to build these settlements unabatedly, precisely because America's position is void of any substantive action.

Ban Ki-moon: Israeli Settlement Activity Is An Affront To Palestinian People

The New York Times | Jade Walker | Posted 02.01.2016 | World

In Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, 2016 has begun much as 2015 ended — with unacceptable levels of violence and a polarized public ...

Israel's Creeping Annexation of West Bank Speeds Up

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Alan Elsner

As is is well known, many members of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government are strident opponents of a two-state solution and would like to annex at least a major portion of the occupied West Bank.

Israeli Settlements, Palestinians, and You

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 01.28.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Two weeks ago I stood on the Mount of Olives looking out over Jerusalem and I wept. I did not cry just for Jerusalem, but for the whole region of Israel and Palestine. I was there because my Chicago Theological Seminary colleague, Rabbi Rachel Mikva, and I teach a Study Tour about every two years. This year the whole trip was strikingly different.

Israel: 13-Year-Old Palestinian Girl Shot Dead After Stabbing Attempt

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.23.2016 | World

JERUSALEM, Jan 23 (Reuters) - A 13-year-old Palestinian girl was shot dead by an Israeli security guard she tried to stab at a settlement in the Israe...

Palestine-Israel: Europe Drowning in America's Failures

Sam Bahour | Posted 01.18.2016 | World
Sam Bahour

As it discusses next steps, Europe must recognize that "the US leads" approach to resolving the conflict is doomed to never-ending failure: It affords time for the Israeli settlement enterprise to further entrench itself and makes the two-state solution increasingly impossible to achieve.

On Disturbing Trends In Israel

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.06.2016 | World
Alan Elsner

The arrest of a Jewish settler, who has been charged with burning to death three Palestinians, including an 18-month-old infant in the West Bank village of Duma in July 2014, is tremendously disturbing in many ways.

Israeli Embassy Trolls White House By Exclusively Gifting Settlement Goods

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This year’s holiday gifts from the Israeli embassy come with a politically charged message: the occupied Palestinian territories are p...

Settlement 'Solutionism' Is Not the Answer

Lara Friedman | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Lara Friedman

Shifting U.S. policy to green light some settlement activity would mean scrapping the fundamental precept upon which all Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts are based: the acceptance of the 1967 lines as the starting point for negotiations and for future borders.

EU's New 'Differentiation Strategy' Vis-a-Vis Israel Is a Pro-Peace Strategy

Anders Persson | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Anders Persson

Several rounds of failed negotiations between the parties has led observers on all sides in the conflict to argue that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is beginning to move out of the two-state solution paradigm and into an uncertain future.