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    Violence broke out on the West Bank for a second day as Israel and Gaza fired scores of rockets in the worst conflict escalation for more than a year. At least 15 people were killed and 125 injured in the bombardment, including a five-year-old Palestinian girl and a senior commander of an Islamic militant group. Israel said it had arrested 19 members of the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad in a series of raids after militants fired almost 200 rockets on Friday night. Most had been intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome aerial defence system with no Israeli deaths, but 13 people were taken to hospital with minor injuries. The Israeli military has warned that the latest conflict – codenamed Operation Breaking Dawn – could be ‘lengthy’ and last for a week or more.  Rockets are fired by Palestinian militants into Israel on Friday night, amid the worst conflict in the area for more than a year RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Israel airstrike hits Gaza after Palestinians fire rockets... Palestinian militants fire dozens of rockets...
    Jerusalem (CNN)President Joe Biden on Friday will travel to the West Bank and meet with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority before heading to Saudi Arabia for the final leg of his closely watched Middle East trip. The meeting with the Palestinian leader comes as Biden continues to advocate for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, though he says he does not see such an arrangement materializing in the "near term." A senior administration official previewing Biden's schedule said the President would announce several measures aimed at supporting the Palestinian people, including US aid for hospitals and refugees as well as efforts to upgrade Gaza and the West Bank to a 4G network. Biden will deliver remarks at Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem and is expected to announce he is asking Congress to approve up to $100 million for the East Jerusalem Hospital Network. Former US President Donald Trump cut $25 million in planned funding for the East Jerusalem Hospital Network during his time in office.The President is scheduled to visit Abbas at the Muqataa Presidential Compound in Bethlehem,...
    The U.S. does not want to be “surprised” by any Israeli announcements about building Jewish homes in West Bank settlements, President Joe Biden told Prime Minister Yair Lapid in their first meeting together on Thursday. The meeting, which lasted about 50 minutes, took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem. At the end of the meeting, Biden said that the two had an “honest conversation” surrounding the U.S.’ commitments to Israel’s security. During a visit in 2010, then-vice president Biden was outraged after Israel announced the construction of 1,600 housing units in a Jewish neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem. The move, Biden said at the time, “undermines the trust we need right now and runs counter to the constructive discussions that I’ve had here in Israel.”   U.S. President Joe Biden (L) and Israel’s caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid shake hands before signing a security pledge in Jerusalem, on July 14, 2022. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) The construction project was subsequently frozen. In a press briefing following the meeting, the two mentioned that they had discussed baseball. Lapid quipped:...
    A new agreement in Israel will put Ben & Jerry's ice cream back on shelves in annexed east Jerusalem and the West Bank despite the ice cream maker's protest of Israeli policies, according to owners Unilever. Unilever said Wednesday it had sold its business interest in Israel to a local company that would sell Ben & Jerry's ice cream under its Hebrew and Arabic name throughout Israel and the West Bank. Israel hailed the move as a victory in its ongoing campaign against the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. BDS aims to bring economic pressure to bear on Israel over its military occupation of lands the Palestinians want for a future state. Bennett Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the founders of Ben and Jerry's, stopped selling their ice cream in the West Bank in 2021 to support the movement. Israelis visit the Ben & Jerry's ice-cream factory in the Be'er Tuvia Industrial area, July 20, 2021. Ben Cohen (L) and Jerry Greenfield, the founders of Ben and Jerry's ice cream, stand outside the White House during a climate rally...
    A Palestinian-American women graduating from Georgetown University was filmed refusing to shake Secretary of State Antony Blinken's hand in an act of protest over the death of an Al Jazeera journalist in the West Bank on May 11th. In the video posted online, Nooran Al Hamdan, a graduate of the Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service, could be seen walking up to the podium on Saturday holding up a flag representing the Palestinian people. As she passed Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who delivered the commencement address at the ceremony, she shakes her head 'no' and declines to extend her hand. The two appear to exchange words as she continues walking, before shaking the hand of another university official. In tweets following the ceremony, Al Hamdan said the act was part of a protest calling for an independent investigation into the death of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed while reporting during an Israeli raid on the West Bank town of Jenin. Al Hamdan also called for an end to the United States financial aid for Israel. Multiple...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Rights group: Israel approves construction of more than 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The White House on Wednesday condemned the killing of an American journalist during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank, and demanded an investigation into the death of Al Jazeera's Shireen Abu Akleh. Akleh, 51, was a well-known Palestinian television reporter who also had U.S. citizenship. Al Jazeera quickly blamed Israeli security forces for her death during a raid on the West Bank town of Jenin. Qatar, where the TV station is headquartered, claimed Israeli forces 'shot her in the face.' White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre condemned the killing and said prosecuting anyone responsible for attacks on journalists was of 'paramount importance.' 'We strongly condemn the killing of Al Jazeera journalist and American citizen Shireen Abu Akleh in Jenin today and we extend our deepest condolences to her family,' she siad.  'We call for a thorough investigation to determine the circumstances of her death. 'Investigating attacks on independent media and prosecuting those responsible are of paramount importance.' Al Jazeera said Shireen Abu Akleh was shot 'deliberately' and 'in cold blood' by Israeli troops while wearing a press vest and...
    Abu Dhabi, UAE (CNN)Veteran Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was a household name in the Arab world. For two and a half decades, she chronicled the suffering of Palestinians under Israeli occupation for tens of millions of Arab viewers. Abu Akleh, 51, was shot dead in the West Bank on Wednesday as she reported on Israeli military raids in the city of Jenin. Her producer was also shot and is in stable condition. Her employer, Al Jazeera, decried her death as "a blatant murder" by Israeli forces. Three eyewitnesses told CNN that the journalists were shot by Israeli troops and that there were no Palestinian militants immediately near to the journalists. The Israeli military's Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi said it is "not possible" yet to determine which direction she was shot from, promising an investigation. Earlier, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett claimed "there is a significant possibility" that she was shot by Palestinian crossfire.Abu Akleh joined Al Jazeera a year after it was established in 1997, at the age of 26. The channel became pivotal for television journalism in the...
    Al Jazeera reporter shot and killed while reporting in the West Bank
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli military: Palestinian assailants shoot, kill security guard at entrance of Jewish settlement in the West Bank. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed over the weekend that children are being put in cages by Israelis in the West Bank, as she said the media 'censors' Palestinian concerns.     In Austin, Texas to rally support for progressive House candidates Greg Casar and Jessica Cisneros, the New York Democrat was heckled by a pro-Palestinian protester as she was promoting the Green New Deal.  'With media, with all this stuff, Palestine is basically a banned word. It's censored. We don't talk about it. No one knows about it,' she said. 'Thank you for bringing it up, honestly, because we shouldn't have to tiptoe around these things. We should be able to talk about it. And we shouldn't allow people's humanity to be censored.' She pushed back on charges of anti-semitism leveled against some of Israel's biggest critics in the House, such as Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.  'Believing in the basic human dignity and the ability for a person to not be jailed or beaten for who they are, it does not mean that you are bigoted against any other community,' she...
    Alex Wong, Getty Images Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claimed that Palestinians have been mistreated by Israel like the children of undocumented immigrants have been at the U.S. Southern border according to a recent Jewish Insider report. Ocasio-Cortez was in Austin, Texas over the weekend to rally support for progressive congressional candidates Greg Casar and Jessica Cisneros. She also spoke at a Democratic Socialists of America event, and Jewish Insider reports that the congresswoman offered some remarks about Palestine supporters getting suppressed by the media. “With media, with all this stuff, Palestine is basically a banned word. It’s censored. We don’t talk about it. No one knows about it,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “We shouldn’t have to tiptoe around these things. We should be able to talk about it. And we shouldn’t allow people’s humanity to be censored.” Ocasio-Cortez was repeatedly interrupted by hecklers, so she used one of those moments to tell the crowd “I want to be unequivocal, we are here to stand up for the rights of Palestinians and Palestinian children.” The Insider reported that Ocasio-Cortez rejected accusations of antisemitism...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli security agency says 3 suspected Palestinian militants killed in the West Bank city of Nablus. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    European countries, together with the UK, on Thursday joined the U.S. in lambasting Israel for its decision to construct more than 3,000 homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, and called for the plan to be scrapped — despite the fact the Israeli government has also approved a record 1,000 Palestinian homes. France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden issued a joint statement calling on Israel to reverse the move. “We urge the Government of Israel to reverse its decision to advance plans for the construction of around 3,000 settlement units in the West Bank,” the statement said. “We reiterate our strong opposition to its policy of settlement expansion across the Occupied Palestinian Territories, which violates international law and undermines efforts for the two-state solution,” they said. In a separate statement, the UK also called on Israel to cancel the construction, saying said settlements “are illegal under international law and present an obstacle to peace and stability.” A tourist photographs a sign painted on a wall in the West Bank biblical town...
    (CNN)Israel's plan to greenlight thousands of new Israeli housing units in the West Bank is drawing outcry from the US, UK and a dozen European countries.The government of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett earlier this week published immediate tenders for more than 1,300 housing units to be built in the West Bank, where it is also pushing plans for a further 3,000 homes for Jewish settlers there.Under international law, both the West Bank and East Jerusalem are considered occupied territory and settlements there illegal, which Israel disputes.On Thursday, twelve European countries urged Israel to "reverse its decision" in a joint statement. Palestinian laborers build new houses in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Bruchin on Monday, October 25, 2021. "We urge the Government of Israel to reverse its decision to advance plans for the construction of around 3,000 settlement units in the West Bank. We reiterate our strong opposition to its policy of settlement expansion across the Occupied Palestinian Territories, which violates international law and undermines efforts for the two-state solution," read the statement from the foreign ministries of Belgium,...
    Israel is set to move forward with thousands of new homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank this week, a watchdog group said today.  The plan to construct almost 3,000 new residences in the West Bank has already drawn calls for restraint from the US, which on Friday voiced 'concern' over the expected approvals. Hagit Ofran, from the anti-settlement group Peace Now, said a committee is set to meet on Wednesday to approve 2,800 units deep in the West Bank. It would further complicate any efforts to create a Palestinian state and represents the latest development in a long, protracted conflict in the region. Despite much of the international community viewing such settlements as illegal, more than half of the residences are receiving final approval, meaning construction could begin as early as next year.  The West Bank has been occupied by Israel since 1967, but the land is strongly contested by the Palestinians who believe they have a historical right to the region.  This file photo taken on October 5, 2021, shows a view of construction work in the...
    The Jewish co-founders of Ben & Jerry's have penned an op-ed expressing that they 'unequivocally support' the company's decision to stop selling ice cream in the West Bank to boycott Israeli settlements. Bennett Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who co-founded the ice cream chain in 1978 and sold it to the British conglomerate Unilever in 2000, praised the actions of the company they founded in an article on Wednesday for The New York Times. The op-ed comes after Axios reported that the Israeli government formed a special task force to pressure the ice cream chain into reversing its decision. The boycott has also prompted backlash from members of the Jewish community in the U.S. - as franchise owners in Manhattan pledged to donate to Israel and towns on Long Island in New York imposed their own bans on the company. Bennett Cohen and Jerry Greenfield co-founded the ice cream chain in 1978 and sold it to the British conglomerate Unilever in 2000 They praised the actions of the company they founded in an article on Wednesday for The New...
    More On: noise Black woman fined $385 for talking loudly on the phone says race was motive Shock to the heart: Traffic, airplane noise reportedly a ‘silent killer’ ‘Noisy’ frogs to be evicted from ‘historic’ pond, French judge rules COVID-19 lockdown has brought Earth’s vibrations to a halt: study Every week, Chuck Niday makes the rounds in Pocahontas County in search of rogue radio frequencies. This 13,000-square-mile area in West Virginia is home to Green Bank Observatory — and known for being “the quietest town in America.” The observatory boasts the largest steerable radio telescopes in the world, used to measure invisible energy waves raining down on Earth, but in order to do its job, it requires complete electromagnetic silence.  Since it opened in 1958, the observatory has discovered black holes, radiation belts and gravitational waves. Sitting in a valley, the surrounding mountains offer a natural barrier against the outside world’s noise. But cutting off outside noise isn’t enough. When it first was built, the federal government also established the surrounding county as a National Radio Quiet Zone —...
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Ben & Jerry’s, under criticism for selling its ice cream in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, says it will stop. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Satellite image of the Knesset in Jerusalem via Google Earth A search on Google Maps will yield high-resolution images of some of the world’s most secretive, highly-guarded places, including the Pentagon, the headquarters of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, Westminster in London, and even Pyongyang in North Korea. But someone looking for similarly-detailed images from over Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank will find only blurry, low-resolution images – and that’s not by accident. According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, which published an in-depth explainer Thursday, a decades-old amendment to an American defense law has kept high-resolution images of the region from public view. Satellite image of the Pentagon in Washington via Google Earth The restriction can be traced back to 1997, when the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment (KBA) to the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act was enacted. It prevented U.S. companies, including Apple and Google, from providing and distributing high-resolution satellite photos of Israel. “The amendment had been put in place after years of tension between Israel and the U.S. regarding restrictions and regulations of satellite images and technology,” Haaretz said in...
    Colonialism has done immense damage in the world, and its damage is ongoing. Look around the world and consider the problems we face. In almost every case, you will see the hand of colonialism causing the problem or making it worse. Today, we frequently hear progressive voices argue that “settler colonialism” is a helpful frame for understanding the nature of the deadly and intractable conflict in Israel and Palestine. My sense is that few people understand colonialism, let alone settler colonialism. I write here to provide some context. For centuries, nations have crossed borders and claimed the lands of others as their own. With notable exceptions, most of this colonial activity started before the 20th century, but much of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia remained colonized until the mid to late 20th century. In our time, newer forms of international domination have emerged that are more efficient and less cumbersome than taking lands and the people on them. Historians, and other scholars who have studied colonialism, have distinguished between multiple forms of colonialism. All types of colonialism have in common a scheme for the colonizing nation...
    Ramallah — Protests took place across the West Back and in Jerusalem on Tuesday as part of a general strike by Palestinians in response to the ongoing bombardment of Gaza and Israeli policies in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Four protesters were shot and killed and dozens more sustained gunshot wounds after clashes with Israeli forces, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The Israeli military said two Israeli soldiers were injured in their legs and had to be hospitalized. In Ramallah, where protesters said there was the largest demonstration to take place so far since violence broke out between Israel and Hamas over a week ago, around 1,000 people took to the streets. Palestinians protest ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and actions in east Jerusalem, in Ramallah, West Bank, on May 18, 2021. Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Some demonstrators hurled stones at Israeli soldiers perched on a hill about 300 yards away, as well as at the other side of a field. They also burned tires. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and live rounds...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Judges rule the ICC has jurisdiction in West Bank and Gaza, clearing way for potential war crime investigations. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Israel has been accused of racism by the Palestinian prime minister after excluding four million people living in the West Bank and Gaza from its Covid-19 vaccine drive.  During a press conference at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to vaccinate every citizen by the end of March.    Israel's Arab residents and the Palestinians of east Jerusalem will be included in the country's vaccination drive. Palestinians living in the West Bank, and those living in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, will not be given a dose. Officials will however travel into the West Bank to make the vaccine available for Jewish settlers.  Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, who recently accused Israel of 'racism' for its refusal to vaccinate the citizens of the West Bank and Gaza, has not publicly requested vaccines.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pictured being given the vaccine on 9 January, pledged to vaccinate every citizen by the end of March. Palestinians living in the West Bank and annexed East Jerusalem will not be included in the vaccination drive  Israel,...
    The United Nations (UN) experts on human rights called on Israel to guarantee equal access to Vaccine antiCoronavirus for Palestinians living in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. « UN human rights experts call on Israel, the occupying power, to guarantee prompt and equitable access to Vaccines against him Covid-19 for the Palestinian people under occupation, « says the statement posted on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Acnudh). The note indicates that Israel has already provided the Vaccine to Palestinians with East Jerusalem resident status, although it does not guarantee that Palestinians living in Israeli-occupied areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip will receive the Vaccine in the near future. According to the statement, UN experts are concerned about « the deterioration of the health situation in Gaza, which suffers from a 13-year blockade, severe water and electricity shortages, and endemic poverty and unemployment. » The statement also indicates that the supply of Vaccines ordered by the Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, it could be limited for several weeks...
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday the construction of some 800 housing units in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank — just days before U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. According to a statement issued by the prime minister's office, among the units approved would be 100 new homes for the Tal Menashe settlement, where Ester Horgan, a 53-year-old mother of six, was murdered by a Palestinian assailant last month while jogging in a nearby forest. The new plan includes the legalization of an outpost. EX-ISRAELI AMBASSADOR DANON'S BIG IDEA: BIDEN SHOULD MAINTAIN STRONG STANCE ON IRAN, PARTNER WITH ALLIES Israeli media outlet Kann reported that alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz has instructed the Defense Ministry panel to convene next week to green-light construction. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a briefing on coronavirus development in Israel at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Sept. 13 2020. (Alex Kolomiensky/Yedioth Ahronoth via AP, Pool) It was not immediately clear how soon the homes would be built, as such construction usually requires approval from several government bodies and a tendering process. The move...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel advances plans to build 800 new settler homes in the West Bank, a move that could anger President-elect Joe Biden. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Health Ministry said Saturday a youth is suffering from paralysis a day after he was shot in the neck by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. The man, Haron Abu Aram, 24, was left quadriplegic, the ministry said. Witnesses said the incident was triggered when Israeli forces tried to stop Palestinians building a house in a village in southern Hebron and seized an electricity generator belonging to Abu Aram. Israel prevents Palestinians from building houses on areas under its control in the West Bank without hard-to-obtain building permits. The Israeli military said “a violent riot” was instigated when the troops were evacuating “an illegal building” in the At-Tuwani village. The military said Palestinians attacked the forces with “massive amount of rocks.” “We are aware of a report regarding a Palestinian who was injured by live fire during the incident. The incident is being investigated,” the Israeli military told The Associated Press on Saturday. Video showed a group of Palestinians trying to recover the generators from the hands of the soldiers before a...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced new guidelines Thursday that require goods made in Israeli settlements where its military has authority to be labeled as “Made in Israel,” according to a report. Pompeo made the announcement while traveling to Israel to visit its settlement of Psagot in the West Bank, The Hill reported. Pompeo reportedly said the change in policy only applies to Israeli settlements “where Israel exercises the relevant authorities” such as Area C of the West Bank, where Israeli military forces are granted control by the 1993 Oslo Accords. Products in these settlements will now reportedly be labeled “Israel,” “Product of Israel,” or “Made in Israel.” (RELATED: US, Israel Tracked And Assassinated Al-Qaida’s Second-In-Command) “Thank you @SecPompeo for your tremendous friendship and for your invaluable contribution to our alliance and to Israel’s security and to the expansion of the circle of peace,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted. “Thank you friend and we hope to see you next year in Jerusalem.” PM Netanyahu: “Thank you @SecPompeo for your tremendous friendship and for your invaluable contribution to our alliance...
    Jewish organizations in Argentina and around the world launched a public campaign to try to stop Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to annex part of the West Bank, a territory that the country has occupied since 1967, and which, they say, “endangers security and Israel’s democracy. “ The campaign is organized since the beginning of this year by J-Link, a network of progressive Jewish organizations -as she defines herself-, which in recent weeks has brought a message of opposition to unilateral annexation to Israeli diplomats from 18 consulates and embassies around the world, according to Kenneth Bob, president of the American liberal Zionist organization Ameinu. The Israeli plan, which received strong rejections even from some allied countries and was scheduled for July 1, was not announced that day. Israeli authorities, however, insist that “it will certainly happen in July.” In Argentina, a group of activists join J-Amlat, a movement that unites Latin American Jews “concerned about the continuation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its influence on Israeli democracy and Jews outside it”, sent a letter to the Israeli ambassador...
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that his country is “in a state of emergency” as a result of the second wave of new coronavirus infections. “We are in a state of emergency and we cannot delay legislation on the measures to be adopted. We must go forward and stop the spread,” stressed the premier at the opening of the government meeting in Jerusalem. The coronavirus pandemic is spreading these days at a very similar rate both in Israel and among Palestinians in the West Bank, sparking a similar apprehension among the respective health officials. The patients are now 11,189 out of a total of positive cases of 29,958 and the deaths add up to 330, according to official reports. The situation is similar among Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, where, according to the WAFA news agency, the number of post-reported cases rose to 4,250, double that of a week ago, the ANSA news agency reported. Netanyahu decided to convene a cabinet meeting again tomorrow to discuss new restrictions in the...
    By Rinat Harash NEAR JERICHO, West Bank (Reuters) - The Israeli government faces calls from campaigners to declare sovereignty over ancient Jewish ruins on land in the occupied West Bank that Israel does not plan to annex under U.S. President Donald Trump's peace blueprint. The annexation plan, which the government is due to start discussing as of Wednesday, envisages Israel annexing Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley - some 30% of the West Bank. Under Trump's plan, a Palestinian state would be created in the rest of the West Bank, occupied by Israel since a 1967 war. An Israeli advocacy group called "Safeguarding Eternity" is worried about what will happen to Jewish archaeological sites on parts of the West Bank not included in Trump's annexation map. It wants Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to guarantee Israeli control over sites such as the remnants of hilltop Hasmonean and Herodian forts dating back two millennia, and hundreds of ruins from earlier Jewish rule. "This entire plan - its right, its essence - is the connection of the Jewish people to their land...
    More than 100 House Republicans voiced their support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE’s decision to move forward with annexing portions of the West Bank.    A letter signed by 109 GOP lawmakers said they believe “Israel has the right to make sovereign decisions independent of outside pressure” and feel the country's leaders have the right to move forward to protect its national security interests.  The letter was led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOcasio-Cortez builds political army, and a fundraising machine to match Republicans take aim at Google in fight to remove legal shield McCarthy slams Bolton book, says it's a national security risk MORE (R-Calif.), Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOcasio-Cortez builds political army, and a fundraising machine to match House GOP leaders condemn candidate who said black people should be 'proud' of Confederate statues House coronavirus task force launches probe into largest nursing home operators MORE (R-La.), Republican Conference Chair Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyHouse GOP leaders condemn candidate who said black people should be 'proud' of Confederate statues Overnight Defense: Senate confirms US...
    JERUSALEM (AP) - Germany’s foreign minister was holding talks with his counterpart in Israel on Wednesday to convey Europe’s stiff opposition to Israeli plans to begin annexing parts of the West Bank. The visit to Jerusalem, Heiko Maas’ first trip outside of Europe since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, comes just weeks before Israel intends to extend its sovereignty over Jewish West Bank settlements, in line with President Donald Trump’s controversial Mideast plan. It has come under harsh criticism from some of Israel’s closest allies, including Germany, who say that unilaterally redrawing the Mideast map would destroy any lingering hopes for establishing a Palestinian state and reaching a two-state peace agreement. TOP STORIES Riots spurred by death of George Floyd take heavy toll on black lives, communities Many fear that Vietnam could be the next target of a hostile takeover by China Tom Arnold: Liberals should borrow our dads hunting rifles and confront Trumps misfit tools “Many people in Israel - and also in the European Union - are preoccupied with the current developments in the Middle East...
    (CNN)Israel's Defense Minister Benny Gantz has told the army to step up preparations in parts of the West Bank, heightening the sense the government stands ready to make a possible dramatic announcement on annexation in the next few weeks.In a statement Monday afternoon, Gantz said he had instructed the head of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) "to accelerate [its] preparations ahead of political steps on the agenda in the Palestinian arena." That language is widely understood as an instruction to the IDF to prepare for possible widespread violence by Palestinians, as well as other possible regional ramifications, if Israel moves to annex some of the occupied territory.Palestinians say Trumps deal is racist. But their leaders are bereft of ideas on how to fight it Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu campaigned in all three recent elections on a promise to extend the reach of Israeli sovereignty into parts of the West Bank, land captured by Israel in 1967.That pledge was given full US backing in January when President Donald Trump unveiled his administration's plan for the Middle East, which envisages Israel annexing...
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