The ministerial committee tasked with selecting the list of Palestinian security prisoners to be released is scheduled to meet on Saturday night to decide on those to be freed late Monday night, in the third out of four such releases.
A released Palestinian prisoner at the Erez crossing between Israel and the northern Gaza Strip. – Photo: REUTERS
Soon after the prisoner release, Israel is expected to announce plans for construction beyond the Green Line. Continue Reading »
Israeli official says the Prime Minister, contrary to EU demands, is likely to announce plans for new settlement construction next week, coinciding with expected release of 3rd group of imprisoned Palestinian terrorists.
Israel likely will announce new plans for construction in Jewish settlements next week, an official said Wednesday, a move that is likely to trigger an international uproar and threaten peace talks with the Palestinians.
Settlements in the Samarian mountains – Photo:Tamar Lavmor Shlomovitz
The timing of the announcement would coincide with the expected release of a group of Palestinian prisoners. The government has announced new settlement construction plans during previous prisoner releases to blunt domestic criticism. Continue Reading »
Central Bureau of Statistics’ report detailing overall construction starts, shows West Bank building at highest level since last year as compared to other regions throughout Israel.
Official Israeli figures show housing starts in West Bank settlements rose significantly in the first three months of 2013 compared to the same period last year – numbers that are likely to cast a shadow on the upcoming visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Settlement construction – Archive photo: Reuters
A document on housing starts released by the Central Bureau of Statistics showed that building in the West Bank jumped from 313 housing starts between January and March last year to 865 the same period this year. Continue Reading »
Hassan Barhoush, 80, severely beaten & left for dead while tending his sheep.
Shocked Avnei Hefetz residents visit him in hospital, seek assailants.
By Itamar Fleishman
Hassan Barhoush, an 80-year-old Palestinian shepherd from Kafr al-Labad in the West Bank, remains hospitalized at the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv after being severely beaten a week-and-a-half ago by two unknown assailants with rods.
Barhoush and his son at the hospital – Photo: Yaron Brener
Both of Barhoush’s hands were broken in the attack, and he was left bleeding on the ground. Police have launched an investigation into the incident.
The elderly man’s son, Husni, told Ynet his father tends his sheep for two or three hours a day and then returns home. Continue Reading »
Day after fighting with Border Police & soldiers, dozens of rightist activists depart quietly from illegal outpost of Oz-Zion
Dozens of rightist activists who camped out at the illegal West Bank outpost of Oz Zion overnight left the area of their own accord on Saturday evening.
The activists grabbed their belongings minutes after the sun had set and continued on to the nearby outpost of Givat Asaf. IDF troops watched over their departure.
Activists on way out of Oz Zion – Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg
Only a day earlier the settlers clashed with the security forces that tried to remove them from the makeshift town. Continue Reading »
UK Foreign Secretary Hague: Europe unlikely to open economic sanctions against Israel
Brazil, Ireland, Australia & Finland join other countries in summoning their Israeli ambassador
US State Department: Palestinian UN vote nor Israel response, brings us closer to 2-state solution.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday that European sanctions against Israel in response to its latest plans to build more settlements on disputed land were not an option, but said further steps would need to be considered if the expansion plans were not rescinded.
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British Foreign Secretary William Hague speaking during a news conference on the continuing situation in Syria at the United Nations headquarters in New York, August 30, 2012.
NYT wrote: Israel gave U.S. only few hrs notice of their decision to pursue housing development that may actually prevent the creation a contiguous Palestinian state.
Former US Ambassador Kurtzer: ‘This is one of the most sensitive areas of territory,’
The Israeli approval of 3,000 new housing units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank came as a shock to the US administration, the New York Times reported Saturday.
US President Barack Obama -Photo: AFP/THE WHITE HOUSE/Pete Souza
The Americans were particularly angry at the decision to pursue “preliminary zoning and planning preparations” for a development on the segment connecting the town of Ma’aleh Adumim to Jerusalem (known as area E1) that would separate Ramallah and Bethlehem from Jerusalem and could prevent the creation of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state. Continue Reading »
Less than 24 hrs after the UN General Assembly recognizes Palestine as non-member state, gov’t’s top 9 ministers respond by approving construction of new housing units in Jerusalem & West Bank.
Canada says they will review its whole relationship with the Palestinian Authority
Israel responds to Palestinian move at UN:Israel decided Thursday to approve the construction of an additional 3,000 housing units in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
In addition, the planning procedures of thousands of additional housing units in Jerusalem and the settlement blocs will be furthered, including in the segment connecting Ma’ale Adumim with Jerusalem, known as the E1 project. Continue Reading »