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Israeli Settlements

West Bank Settlers Unlikely To Fight Israeli Army

nytimes.com | ETHAN BRONNER and ISABEL KERSHNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HAVAT GILAD, West Bank Of the hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers in the West Bank, those who live in unauthorized hilltop outposts like this on...

Freeze the Settlement Freeze

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Israelis understand that the only reality in politics is the reality on the ground. So long as Israeli soldiers control the occupied territories, the idea of a settlement freeze will not take root. I

Israel Pushes Ahead East Jerusalem Building Plans

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given the green light for hundreds of new homes in a Palestinian-claimed area of Jerus...

Sept. 7, 2009, News Update

Richard Valeriani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Valeriani

Israeli government approves construction of hundreds of new homes in occupied West Bank. How do you say, "Up yours, Obama " in Hebrew?

West Bank Settlements: Israel Approving 500 New Apartments

AP | MARK LAVIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel defied U.S. pressure to halt construction in its West Bank settlements Sunday, with key leaders speaking out in support of th...

Settlement Freeze: Been There, Done That

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Israel's ever-expanding network of settlements is viewed by many members of the international community as the most significant obstacle to the creation of a viable, sovereign Palestinian state.

Israeli Settlement Halt: U.S. Hints At Flexibility

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations could possibly resume without a complete freeze in Israeli building of Jewish settlement...

Stopping Construction, Building Peace

Edgar M. Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Edgar M. Bronfman

Peace with its neighbors, not the sensitivities of a small minority of religious settlers, has to be Israel's ultimate objective.

Partial Freeze On Israeli Settlements Reason To Be Cautiously Optimistic

Hagit Ofran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hagit Ofran

President Obama, following his meeting with President Mubarak, said yesterday: "There has been movement in the right direction" referring to the repor...

Huckabee In Israel: A Palestinian State Within Holy Land "Unrealistic"

AP | JEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — The U.S. has taken too harsh a stance against Israel on the issue of settlements, hindering peace negotiations, former Arkansas gove...

President Mahmoud Abbas: No Peace Talks Until Israel Freezes Settlement Construction

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday that peace talks with Israel will not resume until Israel completely freezes construction in the ...

GOP Delegation In Israel Contradicts U.S. Policy

AP | JEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

JERUSALEM — The Obama administration's policy on Israel is misguided, puts too much emphasis on the issue of settlements and ignores the bigger ...

Hamas Chief Outlines Terms For Talks On Arab-Israeli Peace

wsj.com | JAY SOLOMON and JULIEN BARNES | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DAMASCUS -- The chief of Palestinian militant group Hamas said his organization is prepared to cooperate with the U.S. in promoting a peaceful resolut...

Weekly Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

This Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs: Push for Peace in Israel SI Analysis: The Obama administration is making a concerted effort to restart pe...

West Bank Settlers Send Defiant Message To Obama, "That Arab They Call A President"

nytimes.com | ETHAN BRONNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NERIA, West Bank In this land of endless history and ethereal beauty, several thousand Jewish settlers gathered on a dozen West Bank hills with makesh...

VOICES FROM JERUSALEM: The City and the Dogs: A Psychedelic Tour through Jerusalem's More Peculiar Districts

Ir Amim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ir Amim

These murals present a reality that is imaginary, illusory, and utterly alienated from the treachery conducted beneath and atop the very grounds of the holy basin of the Old City.

Yitzhak Rabin's Killers Target Obama (VIDEO)

Max Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Max Blumenthal

Who are the Israeli Prime Minister's real friends? The settlers who cheered Rabin's murder and now inveigh violently against Obama, or the American administration that has pledged to help his country?

Obama's Peace Offensive (Part 1)

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

On a recent trip to the Middle East I had the opportunity to meet with Israelis and Palestinians from all walks of life. What I saw reconfirmed the lack of political cohesiveness within both communities.

Mitchell Presses Israel On Settlements

AP | MATTI FRIEDMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel's prime minister and the top U.S. Mideast envoy said they made progress Tuesday on their dispute over West Bank settlements, ...

Obama's Peace Offensive (Part 2)

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Ending the settlements expansion is one of the most critical elements in changing the dynamic of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Obama Called "Racist" By Israeli Rabbi

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A settler rabbi in Jerusalem has labelled Obama a 'racist' at a rally to protest the United States' call for a total freeze on Israeli settlement cons...

2 Ultra-Orthodox West Bank Settlements Reveal Hope For A Deal

nytimes.com | ETHAN BRONNER and ISABEL KERSHNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MODIIN ILLIT, West Bank Seen from afar, this fast-growing settlement embodies everything that the Obama administration wants to address through its de...

Settlers' Spin

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

The number of Jewish settlers living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, an area that Palestinians regard as the heart of their future state, is swiftly approaching half a million.

Hitler, Palestinian Mufti Photo Circulated By Lieberman To Justify East Jerusalem Construction

Haaretz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has ordered diplomats to use an old photograph of a former Palestinian religious leader meeting Adolf Hitler to cou...

The Obama-Likud Staredown: Who's Going to Blink?

Amjad Atallah | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amjad Atallah

Let's hope that the US does a better job in earning Israel's respect than the Palestinians have in their negotiations thus far.