Israel Captures Last 2 Palestinian Inmates Still Free After Prison Break

Six prisoners had tunneled out of a maximum-security facility on Sept. 6, in an embarrassment for Israel.

#israel, #palestinians, #prison-escapes, #west-bank

Israel Captures 2 of 6 Palestinian Fugitives Who Escaped Prison

The escape on Monday was seen as a rare humiliation of Israel’s security establishment, and celebrated by Palestinians. The other four inmates remain at large.

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Naftali Bennett Backs Hard Line on Iran, Softer Tone With U.S.

In an interview before meeting with President Biden, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he opposed U.S. efforts to restore a nuclear deal with Iran and ruled out peace talks with the Palestinians.

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The World’s Last Samaritans, Straddling the Israeli-Palestinian Divide

Up a mountain in the West Bank, several hundred villagers practice an ancient Israelite religion while maintaining an ambiguous national identity.

#israel, #jews-and-judaism, #likud-party-israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #religion-and-belief, #west-bank

Soccer Team Was Lone Bright Spot in West Bank Village. Virus Took That, Too.

Despite a fan base of just 1,400 people, the Wadi al-Nis club was a perennial West Bank powerhouse. But the team — most of whose players are related — could not defeat the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #palestinians, #soccer, #west-bank

Ben & Jerry’s to Stop Selling Ice Cream in Israeli Occupied Territories

A politically active company just waded into one of the most fraught issues in the world, and the reaction was immediate.

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Israel’s New Leaders Tilt Right With Settler Deal, Hinting at Approach

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s decision about an unauthorized settlement has provided an early idea of how he hopes to manage his unlikely coalition.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #lapid-yair, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #west-bank

Unauthorized Settlement Creates Stress Test for Israel’s New Government

The outpost of Evyatar is illegal under Israeli law. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will anger one wing of his coalition if he evicts the settlers, and another if he lets them stay.

#bennett-naftali, #evictions, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #lapid-yair, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #west-bank

This Is Still Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu is out of office. But his legacy remains.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #west-bank

New Israeli Coalition Survives a Test From a Far-Right March

Israel’s government weathered its first potential crisis after a provocative Jewish procession through Palestinian areas of Jerusalem did not spark major violence.

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Far-Right March Tests New Israeli Coalition, Amid Hamas Threats

Just two days after taking office, Israel’s new government is split about a decision to allow a procession through Palestinian areas of Jerusalem.

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Netanyahu’s Road Through Israel’s History, in Pictures

A photographic journey shows how ‘Bibi’ put his stamp on Israel — through his toughness and the search for security in an unstable region.

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A House Divided: A Palestinian, a Settler and the Struggle for East Jerusalem

Efforts to force Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah set the stage for the recent Gaza war. A similar dynamic looms in a nearby district.

#east-jerusalem, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #palestinians, #west-bank

How Naftali Bennett, Head of a Small Right-Wing Party in Israel, Rose to the Top

The energetic leader of the small, right-wing Yamina party has managed to leverage his modest electoral gain for a shot at the top job.

#bennett-naftali, #elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #shaked-ayelet-1976, #west-bank

Who is Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Would-Be Prime Minister?

A former chief of staff to the prime minister he may replace, he is considered by some to be more right-wing than his old boss.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #netanyahu-benjamin, #west-bank

I’m From Gaza. Hamas Is Irrelevant.

The right to self-defense against Israel’s continued aggression belongs to all Palestinians.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #east-jerusalem, #fatah-al, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #west-bank

Before Rage Flared, a Push to Make Israel’s Mixed Towns More Jewish

An eruption of Arab-Jewish violence inside Israeli cities has focused attention on a movement of religious nationalists seeking to strengthen the Jewish presence in areas with large Arab populations.

#defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gaza-strip, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #lod-israel, #politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank, #zionism

Life Under Occupation: The Misery at the Heart of the Israel-Gaza Conflict

An eviction in East Jerusalem lies at the center of a conflict that led to war between Israel and Hamas. But for millions of Palestinians, the routine indignities of occupation are part of daily life.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #discrimination, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

Palestinian Anger With Israel Is Undimmed, Even With Battle Paused

Unrest broke out in Jerusalem and the West Bank again on Friday, and Palestinians across Israel and the occupied territories expressed the need for common cause against injustice.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #palestinians, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

Jerry Nadler: Democrats Have Not Changed Their Position on Israel

We can criticize Netanyahu and still recognize our allies.

#democratic-party, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #palestine-liberation-organization, #republican-party, #west-bank

A Cease-Fire, and New Ideas in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

The cease-fire between Hamas and Israel didn’t come a second too soon.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #carnegie-endowment-for-international-peace, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #west-bank

New Political Pressures Push U.S. and Europe to Stop Israel-Gaza Conflict

President Biden faces a leftward shift in his party. In Europe, Muslim migration, terrorism fears and populist politics make diplomacy more urgent than ever.

#abdullah-ii-king-of-jordan, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #gaza-strip, #international-relations, #israel, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #tlaib-rashida, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

New Political Pressures Push US, Europe to Stop Israel-Gaza Conflict

President Biden faces a leftward shift in his party. In Europe, Muslim migration, terrorism fears and populist politics make diplomacy more urgent than ever.

#abdullah-ii-king-of-jordan, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #gaza-strip, #international-relations, #israel, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #tlaib-rashida, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

Israeli-Palestinian Strife Widens as Frantic Calls for Calm Go Unheeded

While Israel and Hamas signaled willingness to consider a cease-fire, worries grew about further fracturing in one of the Middle East’s most intractable struggles.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gaza-strip, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #lod-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #west-bank

Bernie Sanders: The Approach the Israel-Palestine Conflict Needs

America has a role to play in bringing peace to both Israelis and Palestinians.

#east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #west-bank

Amid the Shooting, Netanyahu’s Foes See an Opening, and Risks

Israeli politicians often close ranks in a crisis, but this time the prime minister’s enemies, trying to form a government and oust him, are blaming the violence on him.

#bennett-naftali, #gaza-strip, #israel, #lapid-yair, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #west-bank

Why Biden Can’t Look Away From the Israeli-Palestinian Crisis

The escalating conflict comes at a moment of inflection for the United States’ approach to Israel and the Palestinians.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #palestinians, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

Israelis, Palestinians and Their Neighbors Worry: Is This the Big One?

The clashes could quickly blow over, or the unrest could blow up into another Intifada.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gaza-strip, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

Palestinian Vote Delayed, Prolonging Split for West Bank and Gaza

President Mahmoud Abbas said elections could not take place unless Israel allowed voting in East Jerusalem. But privately, he also fears a poor result for his party, officials said.

#abbas-mahmoud, #east-jerusalem, #elections, #fatah-al, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #west-bank

Rights Group Hits Israel With Explosive Charge: Apartheid

Human Rights Watch is the latest watchdog to accuse Israel of perpetuating a version of the racist legal system that once governed South Africa. Israel says the charge is baseless.

#anti-semitism, #apartheid-policy, #btselem, #boycott-divestment-and-sanctions-bds, #boycotts, #east-jerusalem, #human-rights-watch, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #roth-kenneth, #shakir-omar, #south-africa, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #west-bank

Biden Should Watch the Palestinian Short Film ‘The Present’

Children in the West Bank and Gaza grow up feeling that their fate is controlled by people who don’t care about them.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-barriers, #elections, #gaza-strip, #movies, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

The Israel Prize Is Meant to Unify. More Often, It’s Mired in Controversy.

This year’s rumpus involves a scientist who opposes the occupation of the West Bank.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #boycotts, #gallant-yoav, #goldreich-oded-1957, #israel, #israel-prize, #politics-and-government, #west-bank

Palestinian Hamlet Embodies Fight for the West Bank’s Future

Israel suspended a decision to annex a section of the territory last year, but its military still exerts tight control over Palestinians in the area.

#cheese, #defense-and-military-forces, #demolition, #israel, #middle-east, #palestinians, #sheep, #west-bank

A Rundown School for Palestinian Children Awaits U.S. Aid

Residents worry that the Biden administration won’t restore critical funding for the renovation of the West Bank school.

#education-k-12, #foreign-aid, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #united-nations-development-program, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #west-bank

As Palestinians Clamor for Vaccine, Their Leaders Divert Doses to Favored Few

Amid a debate about Israel’s duty to supply vaccines to Palestinians living under occupation, Palestinian leaders are facing criticism for siphoning off some of the few vaccines already delivered to the occupied West Bank.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gaza-strip, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-bank

Palestinians Go Into New Lockdown While Awaiting Vaccines

Covid cases are surging again in the West Bank amid a dispute over Israel’s obligations toward the Palestinians in the occupied territories.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gaza-strip, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #shtayyeh-muhammad, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-bank

Israel Gives Vaccine to Far-Off Allies, as Palestinians Wait

The donations will go to nations like the Czech Republic and Honduras that pledged to move diplomats to Jerusalem. Critics say Israel has an obligation to inoculate Palestinians under its occupation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #czech-republic, #gaza-strip, #guatemala, #honduras, #hungary, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-bank

The New Alliance Shaping the Middle East Is Against a Tiny Bug

Israeli sensors on the Persian Gulf, across the water from Iran, are part of an epic battle in the Middle East. Just not the one we’re used to.

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I.C.C. Rules It Has Jurisdiction to Examine Possible Israel War Crimes

The International Criminal Court on Friday said it has the authority to investigate alleged crimes in the occupied territories, in a ruling condemned by Israel and praised by Palestinians.

#abbas-mahmoud, #bensouda-fatou, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #international-criminal-court, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #state-department, #west-bank

Israel’s Vaccine Success Unleashes a Debate on Palestinian Inequities

Its progress in vaccinating Israeli citizens against Covid-19 has laid bare a fiery debate over its duties in ensuring the health of Palestinians in occupied territory. Most have yet to get a first dose.

#bethlehem-west-bank, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gaza-strip, #israel, #palestinians, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-bank

Biden Will Restore U.S. Relations With Palestinians, Reversing Trump Cutoff

Despite the move, analysts believe the prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement remain distant.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #international-relations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #west-bank

Abbas Announces Palestinian Elections After Years of Paralysis

The decree by President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority was viewed by analysts as a bid to lift his standing with the Biden administration. Skeptics expressed doubt the vote would happen.

#abbas-mahmoud, #elections, #fatah-al, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

Israel Can’t Reach Herd Immunity Without Vaccinating Palestinians

The country can’t reach herd immunity without vaccinating Palestinians.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gaza-strip, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #palestinians, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-bank

Strong Views and ‘Close to the Boss’: How U.S. Envoy Reshaped a Conflict

David Friedman, President Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer-turned-ambassador, leaves his post having radically overhauled policy toward Israel and the Palestinians.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #friedman-david-m-1958, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #kushner-jared, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #pompeo-mike, #tillerson-rex-w, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

After Quick Vaccine Success, Israel Faces New Virus Woes

Israel imposed a tighter lockdown as coronavirus infections soared, the variant spread, vaccines were running out and a debate erupted over the country’s responsibility to the Palestinians.

#astrazeneca-plc, #biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #edelstein-yuli-1958, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #moderna-inc, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #segal-eran, #shutdowns-institutional, #west-bank, #world-health-organization

A Covid Christmas Comes to Bethlehem

Every Christmas, the quiet West Bank town of Bethlehem becomes a bustling hub for pilgrims, tourists and dignitaries. Not this year.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #jesus-christ, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #west-bank

Pompeo Calls B.D.S. Movement Anti-Semitic

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also expected to make precedent-setting visits to a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank and to the Golan Heights.

#anti-semitism, #boycott-divestment-and-sanctions-bds, #boycotts, #golan-heights, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #palestinians, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

Seeking Restart With Biden, Palestinians Eye End to Prisoner Payments

The Palestinian Authority pays stipends to prisoners held by Israel in a system critics call “pay to slay.” The worse the crime, the higher the payment.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #law-and-legislation, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #ramallah-west-bank, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

Israel and Palestinians Resume Security Agreement

The Palestinian Authority had ended security cooperation to protest Israel’s plans to annex large parts of the West Bank. Those plans are now on hold.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-relations, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #presidential-election-of-2020, #west-bank

Saeb Erekat, Longtime Palestinian Chief Negotiator, Dies at 65

A passionate champion of Palestinian statehood, his goal seemed to become less attainable with time.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #erekat-saeb, #international-relations, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #west-bank