Although, PM Netanyahu is under pressure from the Trump administration to constrain settlement activity, Israeli officials say the government intends to advance 3,736 new homes, as a White House official related, “The administration recognizes that past demands for a settlement freeze have not helped advance peace talks.”
By TOVAH LAZAROFF, MICHAEL WILNER
Demands to freeze settlement activity have not helped the peace process, a White House official said on Tuesday, in response to reports that Israel could advance plans for thousands of new settler homes next week.
Building Jewish homes in jerusalem – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
“President Trump has publicly and privately expressed his concerns regarding settlements, and the administration has made clear that unrestrained settlement activity does not advance the prospect for peace,” a White House official told The Jerusalem Post. Continue Reading »
With tension as they are between Obama & Netanyahu, Israel fears the POTUS will not veto the Palestinian’s resolution calling for settlement construction in Judea, Samaria & Jerusalem to stop while also condemning “settler violence.”
By Jessica Satin
The Palestinian Authority this week began distributing a draft UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli construction of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and demanding that it be ended, Israeli daily Haaretz reported Thursday.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas seeks to bring the resolution to a vote when he visits UN headquarters in about two weeks, according to Haaretz. Continue Reading »
Catherine Ashton focuses pressure on Netanyahu to make further concessions to restart ailing peace talks by freezing construction for Jews homes in Judea & Samaria.
EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton called on Israel to reverse recent announcements regarding construction in Judea and Samaria in order to advance peace talks.
Catherine Ashton – Reuters
Ashton said she viewed with “great concern” an Israeli decision to declare an area near the Gush Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem as state land and the recognition of Jewish rights to the disputed Peace House in the Judean city of Hevron, a statement from her office said Friday. Continue Reading »
Chief negotiator for the PA again blames Israel for the lack of progress in peace talks, says negotiations don’t need to be extended.
By Elad Benari
The chief Palestinian Authority (PA) negotiator, Saeb Erekat, on Monday once again blamed Israel for the lack of progress in peace talks, saying that the Israelis must choose between “settlements” and peace.
Speaking with reporters following PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Erekat accused Israel of having built more than 10,000 homes in Judea and Samaria since the negotiations began last July.
“Is this progress?” Erekat said, according to The Associated Press (AP). Continue Reading »
Mahmoud Abbas threatens to end peace talks and turn to int’l institutions unless Netanyahu freezes construction in Judea & Samaria.
Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is threatening to end the negotiations with Israel unless it freezes construction in Judea and Samaria.
Abbas’s threats came during his meeting on Monday with Meretz Chairwoman MK Zehava Galon. “I will put the keys on the table and turn to international organizations,” he declared during that meeting.
“The only way we will agree to extend the talks is if Netanyahu announces a settlement freeze and the release of other prisoners beyond the next scheduled release,” Abbas told Galon. Continue Reading »
US negotiation team is set to force Israel to stop selling housing to Jews outside the recognized large settlement blocs, according to IDF Radio.
By Gil Ronen
The US team in the negotiations for peace between Israel and the “Palestinians” has demanded that Israel agree to an “informal” freeze of settlement activity outside the large settlement blocs, according to IDF Radio. The freeze will go into effect immediately after the signing of a framework agreement.
Israel will have to commit not to approve plans for housing, or market housing units, outside the large Jewish population concentrations in Judea and Samaria. Continue Reading »
IDF military academy plans approved in 2012, but Netanyahu delays program – probably due to fears of an unpleasant US reaction.
By Tova Dvorin
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has delayed plans to move the IDF’s military training academy to Mount Scopus, probably due to international pressures, Maariv reported Tuesday. Sources say the IDF has begun looking for other sites for its military program as a result.
The District Planning and Building Committee of Jerusalem has prevented the program from advancing for over a year, despite its importance. The move is part of a greater initiative to strengthen Jerusalem’s position as the symbolic and practical capital of Israel. Continue Reading »