Tag: West Bank

Israel has announced more West Bank settlement construction. Both the left and right are angry.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli government advanced plans for the construction of more than 1,000 housing units in the West Bank on Wednesday, drawing condemnations from both the political left and the settlement movement itself.

Construction on 382 of the 1,400 units will be able to begin immediately, while the others will require several more approvals before breaking ground. A number of the units are slated to be built in isolated settlements, Haaretz reported.

Settlement expansion is “like sticking a finger in the eye of any possible peace process,” said Tamar Zandberg, chairwoman of the left-wing Meretz party.…

Israeli army chief: Live fire allowed if Palestinians at mass protest breach Gaza border

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel is preparing for a mass Palestinian protest on the border with Gaza for the annual Land Day observance.

The army’s chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, said in interviews Wednesday ahead of the planned protests of an estimated 100,000 Palestinians and another six weeks of protests that soldiers could use live fire if the protesters breach the security barrier between Gaza and Israel and if it is determined that Israeli lives are in danger.

Land Day has been observed by Palestinians around the world since 1976, when six Israeli Arabs were killed and another…

Fathers escorting Israeli teens’ hike that was attacked will not be charged in shooting death of Palestinian

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli prosecutors will not charge two Israeli fathers who shot into a mob of rock-throwing Palestinians, killing one, while escorting a West Bank hike in honor of a boy’s bar mitzvah.

On Monday, the Central District Attorney’s Office determined that the fathers shot their firearms in self-defense and closed the case.

On Nov. 30, at least 30 Palestinian men from the northern West Bank village of Qusra surrounded the children and their parent escorts and started throwing rocks. The two fathers escorting the hike fired into the air to break it up, killing a Palestinian farmer.

Palestinian Authority blames Israel for assassination attempt on prime minister in Gaza

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority and Hamas blamed Israel for an apparent assassination attempt on P.A. Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah shortly after he entered Gaza for the inauguration of a wastewater treatment plant.

The office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas initially announced that it held Hamas responsible for the Tuesday morning attack, which it said “directly serves the interest of the Israeli occupation, the main beneficiary from the division” of the West Bank under P.A. rule and Gaza under Hamas rule.

Later Tuesday, however, Hamdallah spoke with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and agreed that Israel and its collaborators…

Netanyahu says solution may not include ‘full sovereignty’ for Palestinians

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined to say whether he now believes in a two-state solution, saying it was up to the Palestinians to prove that a sovereign state would not threaten Israel.

“I want a solution where they have all the power they need to govern themselves but none of the powers to threaten,” Netanyahu said Wednesday, addressing The Economic Club of Washington. “Does that comport with full sovereignty? I don’t know, but it’s what we need to live.”

Netanyahu’s conditions for a final status deal have not changed: He said as he…