Tag Archive for Judea and Samaria

Israeli Def. Minister plans major housing construction push in West Bank

Defense Minister Lieberman announced his plans to seek approval from regional planning board for the immediate construction of 2,500 family units and another 1400 units for a later date, divided out across 30 ‘large & small’ communities throughout Judea and Samaria.

By Yoav Zitun and Reuters

 

In a press statement, Lieberman said a regional planning board would be asked to designate 2,500 of the housing units for immediate construction, and another 1,400 to follow.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman – Screenshot from Facebook video

Lieberman will ask The Higher Planning Council in Judea and Samaria to promote planning procedures in more than 30 communities throughout the West Bank. Continue Reading »

Int’l Criminal Court opens investigating on 2014 Gaza conflict, housing for Jewish families

Israel’s National Security Council warned that the Hague is planning to open an investigation on Israel’s actions during the 2014 Gaza conflict with Hamas and the construction of Jewish homes in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

By David Rosenberg

 

The International Criminal Court in The Hague is planning on investigating Israeli leaders over construction in eastern Jerusalem, the expansion of Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria, as well as the 2014 conflict with Hamas, Operation Protective Edge.

According to a report by Channel 10 Monday evening, the Israeli National Security Council warned Israeli lawmakers in the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the international court is planning on opening an investigation later this year into the 2014 war with Hamas, as well Jewish housing projects in Judea and Samaria. Continue Reading »

Adelsons donate $1 million to supply 5 bulletproof ambulances for Judea & Samaria

With the generous donation by Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson to Magen David Adom, new bulletproof ambulances can now service the needy in Judea and Samaria.
• Dr. Miriam Adelson, ‘How sad that ambulances have to be protected against deadly attacks.’

By Maytal Yasur Beit-Or and Efrat Forsher

 

A $1 million donation from Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson has enabled the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria to acquire five ambulances that have been bulletproofed to protect emergency personnel and patients from shooting attacks.

The Yesha Council welcomed the new vehicles in a ceremony at the Land of Israel Museum in Tel Aviv on Thursday. Continue Reading »

Trump’s Ambassador to Israel calls on US State Department to stop using term ‘occupation’

President Trump’s Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, reportedly calls on the State Department to stop referring to Judea and Samaria [West Bank] as ‘occupied’ territory.

By Gary Willig

 

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman recently asked the State Department to cease using the term ‘occupation’ to describe Israel’s presence in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem, according a report by Kan, the Israel Broadcasting Corporation.

According to the report, the State Department objected to the request, but eventually agreed to discuss the matter.

Ambassador David Friedman – Photo: Arutz Sheva

Ambassador Friedman described Judea and Samaria as being under an “alleged occupation” in an interview with the Jerusalem Post in September. Continue Reading »

Regavim petitions High Court to stop Palestinian smugglers’ road in IDF firing range

 

This new road was made under the IDF’s nose, going straight through a military firing range and is exploited by bandits & car thieves, illegal migrants, drugs & weapons smugglers.

By Efrat Forsher

 

Infiltrating Israel via the South Hebron Hills has never been easier: Under the nose of the Israel Defense Forces, Palestinians in recent months have paved a new road straight through army firing range 918.

The PA smuggling road on Israeli state land. – Photo courtesy- Regavim

WATCH: St Dept Spokeswoman omits superfluous condemnation of planned Jewish construction

 

Breaking away from 50 years of the same ineffectual response to Jewish homes being built in Israel, the current State Department had no condemnation for Jerusalem’s approval of 2,600 new homes planned in Judea and Samaria – effectually ending a redundant White House policy.

By David Rosenberg

 

The Trump administration refrained from condemning Israel’s approval for 2,600 new housing units in Judea and Samaria this week, signaling a significant policy shift in Washington.

While every administration over the past half a century, from Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, has chastised Israel for the construction of civilian housing units in Judea and Samaria, the Trump White House made no comment as the first housing permits issued since the January 20th inauguration were approved. Continue Reading »

Palestinian Land Rights and International Law

 

Attempts by the United Nations and their surrogate NGO’s to politicly present Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria (a.k.a. the West Bank) as illegal, and “colonial” in nature, completely ignores the complexity of the history of the land and disregards the legal precedents of this case.​​

By IDF News

 

Land registries from Ottoman and British Mandate times show that local Arabs in Palestine owned approximately 8% of the land area west of the Jordan River. The vast majority of the land was state land, which was not owned by any individual. The remaining 16% was split more or less evenly between Jewish landowners and groups and absentee Arab landlords who lived outside of Palestine (mostly in Cairo, Beirut, Damascus and Constantinople). Continue Reading »

Jewish Construction in West Bank Rises 40% in 2016

 

Jewish home construction last year in Judea and Samaria reached ‘2nd highest number in 15 years.’

By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Construction on new homes for Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria rose by 40 percent in 2016 compared with the previous year, official figures showed Wednesday.

Ground was broken on 2,630 housing units last year compared with 1,884 in 2015, figures from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics showed.

Radical-leftist NGO Peace Now called it “the second highest number of construction starts in the past 15 years”.

The highest number during that time was 2,874 in 2013.

“On average, since 2001, 1,790 housing units begin to be constructed in West Bank settlements each year,” Peace Now said. Continue Reading »

With Abbas the least popular in the West Bank, Hamas’ no-State Solution wins

 

Since Abbas’ party is deeply fragmented and his leadership undermined with most Fatah members in Gaza defecting to Hamas and the majority of West Bank Palestinians wanting him out of office, there is no functional gov’t to lead an independent Palestinian state regardless of the antisemitic support given by the US (Obama’s gov’t), the UN and the EU.

Hamas’s Fatah and the No-State Solution by Khaled Abu Toameh

 

During a celebration in Ramallah marking the 52nd anniversary of the founding of his Fatah faction, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas declared that 2017 will be the “year of international recognition of the State of Palestine.” Hailing the recent anti-settlement UN Security Council resolution 2334, Abbas said he was prepared to work with the new administration of Donald Trump “to achieve peace in the region.”

For the first time in many years, Hamas permitted thousands of Fatah gunmen to hold a military parade in the Gaza Strip this week. - Image source: YouTube screenshot

For the first time in many years, Hamas permitted thousands of Fatah gunmen to hold a military parade in the Gaza Strip this week.

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VIDEO: PM Netanyahu tells cabinet, contrary to denials, UNSC resolution originated with Obama Administration

 

view videoWATCH: Netanyahu briefs cabinet members with Jerusalem’s initial plan to deal with UN Security Council vote, tells ministers to “behave with discernment, responsibility, and also with composure.”

By Nitzan Keidar

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened this morning’s (Sunday) weekly government meeting with the decision of the UN Security Council regarding the communities of Judea and Samaria.

“I join in the government member’s feelings of anger and frustration at the decision which is imbalanced and hostile to Israel that was improperly taken by the Security Council,” opened Netanyahu.

English follows opening address in Hebrew
(Open English subtitles for Hebrew opening.)

“This obviously stands in open contradiction to traditional American policy that pledged never to try to force conditions for a permanent framework or anything connected to this through the Security Council, and clearly also contradicts an explicit commitment of President Obama in 2011 to refrain from taking such steps,” said Netanyahu. Continue Reading »

Trump Transition Team Advisor: Don’t Believe Media, West Bank Belongs to Israel

 

One of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team’s top official urges international community to stop listening to the lies of mainstream media, and know that Judea and Samaria “is an inseparable part of the State of Israel.”

By Israel Today Staff

 

A senior officials in US President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team visited this week and stated that the so-called “West Bank” clearly belongs to Israel.

Becky Norton Dunlop  was touring the areas known biblically as Judea and Samaria when she told reporters: “Anyone who comes and visits Judea and Samaria sees that it is an inseparable part of the State of Israel.”

Becky Norton Dunlop, deputy to the senior adviser on President-Elect Donald Trump's transition team for policy and personnel, speaking at the Jerusalem Leaders Summit, December 19, 2017. - Photo: Courtesy/TofI

Becky Norton Dunlop, deputy to the senior adviser on President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition team for policy and personnel, speaking at the Jerusalem Leaders Summit, December 19, 2017.

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IDF seals residence used to store illegal weapons, confiscates thousands of shekels

 

After arresting a number of Palestinians, the home used for planning, financing, and weapons distribution for terrorist activities in Shechem was ordered sealed, by the Major General of Central Command.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Last night, the IDF and Border Police arrested 12 Arabs in raids in Judea and Samaria. Five of the arrested are suspected of involvement in terror activity and disturbing the peace.

Terrorist Storage locker being wielded closed in Sh'chem - Photo: IDF Spokesperson's unit

Terrorist Storage locker being wielded closed in Sh’chem – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s unit

During the IDF raid in Kfar Sair, near Hevron, the IDF located and confiscated thousands of shekels that were being used to fund terror activities. Continue Reading »

Presidential error at the UN, politicly motivated in anti-Israel bias

 

President Obama could have said ‘West Bank’, but calling Judea & Samaria “Palestinian lands,” in his UNGA address “prejudges the issue of sovereignty & borders and is not accordance with int’l law” or in accordance with the Oslo Accords, to whom the United States is a signatory.

By Yoel Domb,

 

Despite Barak Obama’s speech last week at the UN being endlessly analyzed, there has been no meaningful reference to the way in which the president referred to Judea and Samaria. The president remarked parenthetically that Judea and Samaria are “Palestinian lands”. Only the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has responded and protested the inaccuracy in Obama’s words. Continue Reading »

2 terrorists neutralized by IDF gunfire during attempted vehicular attack in Judea

 

IDF Spokesperson reports of no injuries except to the male & female Palestinian terrorists who were neutralized, as they attempted to run over Israeli civilians at a bus-stop at the Elias Junction outside of Kiryat Arba.

By Elisha Ben Kimon

 

Two terrorists attempted to carry out a vehicular attack with a pickup truck on Friday afternoon at the Elias Junction, outside the entrance to Kiryat Arba.

Scene of the attack – Ynet

The IDF Spokesperson reported that the terrorists, a man and a woman, were neutralized with gunfire from IDF forces and were critically wounded.

The man died at the scene, but the woman, in her twenties, is being treated for a gunshot to the abdomen. Continue Reading »

Israeli parliamentarians seek to expedite completion of W.Bank security wall

New bill in Israel’s Knesset seeks to designate completion of security wall protecting Judea & Samaria as a “high-priority national project,” to be finished within 18 month saying, ‘Incomplete fence main cause of terrorist infiltrations.’

By Gideon Allon

 

A new bill introduced Thursday strives to facilitate completing the construction of the security fence in Judea and Samaria by 2018. The legislation proposal was presented by Zionist Union MK Omer Bar Lev, with the backing of 20 Zionist Union lawmakers.

A section of the Judea and Samaria security wall [Archive] – Photo: Reuters

Bar Lev explained that over the past few years, and especially during the current wave of terrorism, Palestinian terrorists have been able to infiltrate Israel through the incomplete sections in the security fence. Continue Reading »