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Palestinian, 13, Opens Fire
Palestinian, 13, Opens Fire

Palestinian, 13, Opens Fire

Attack that wounded two follows slayings of seven outside east Jerusalem synagogue

(Newser) - A 13-year-old Palestinian opened fire in east Jerusalem on Saturday, wounding two Israelis, officials said, a day after another attacker killed seven outside a synagogue in the deadliest attack in the city since 2008. The shooting in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem, near the historic Old City,...

Israel Frees Palestinians— Then Announces Construction

Jerusalem move sparks anger after prisoner release

(Newser) - Israel announced new construction in east Jerusalem—an area the Palestinians demand for their future state—just hours after it freed a group of Palestinian prisoners as part of a deal to set in motion peace talks. The building is seen as an attempt by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to...

Israel OKs 1,100 More Homes in East Jerusalem

Palestine condemns move

(Newser) - In a move sure to ratchet up Israeli-Palestinian tension even further, Israel gave the OK today to construct 1,100 new housing units in east Jerusalem. Israel’s Interior Ministry says construction can begin after 60 days, a period that is mandatory for comments from the public but largely a...

Israel to OK 4.3K More Homes in East Jerusalem

Palestine not happy with latest announcement

(Newser) - Israel's interior minister gave final authorization to build 1,600 apartments in disputed east Jerusalem and will approve 2,700 more in days, officials say, detailing a plan that could complicate diplomatic efforts to dissuade Palestinians from declaring statehood at the United Nations. The announcement drew immediate criticism from...

Netanyahu Will Push for Settlement Freeze

Official gives details of proposed deal

(Newser) - Despite the angry-sounding words recently exchanged between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over planned Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, Netanyahu has reportedly agreed to push for a new settlement freeze. Under the proposed deal, Netanyahu will ask his cabinet to freeze construction for just 90 more days...

Israel Considers Leasing East Jerusalem

Israel would keep land for 40 to 99 years

(Newser) - Israel and the Unites States are secretly discussing a deal in which Israel would lease lands in East Jerusalem from a new Palestinian state for a period of 40 to 99 years, according to a report from Asharq al-Awsat, an Arabic language London paper, summarized in Haaretz . In exchange, Palestine...

US Nonprofits Fund Israeli Settlements in West Bank

Obama administration simultaneously fights construction

(Newser) - When President Obama meets with Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House today, he’ll probably pressure the Israeli PM to stop illegal construction in the West Bank. But even as the administration fights those settlements, the US government is giving millions in tax breaks to groups that help build them,...

US-Israel Clash Marks Limits of American Clout

But shifting sands unnerve Israel supporters

(Newser) - The clash between the US and Israel over East Jerusalem settlements is underscoring the shifting sands of the nations' relationship and highlighting the limits of America's clout with Israel. It's also raising concerns among Israel's supporters because US leaders appear to be linking Israeli positions to imperiling American lives. Gen....

Israelis Still Love Obama: Poll

Most still see him as fair, friendly despite diplomatic row

(Newser) - The recent diplomatic kerfluffle over East Jerusalem hasn’t hurt President Obama at all with Israelis; in a new Haaretz-Dialog poll , a “sweeping majority” say they still believe he is “fair and friendly” to Israel. Most don’t believe politicians who try to paint Obama as anti-Semitic, anti-Israel,...

Obama Created US-Israel Crisis
 Obama Created 
 US-Israel Crisis 

Obama Created US-Israel Crisis

Administration 'turned gaffe into showdown'

(Newser) - Israel's announcement of settlement expansion in Jerusalem during Joe Biden's visit was lousy timing, but President Obama has turned this "gaffe" into a crisis, writes Charles Krauthammer. The Israelis did their best to smooth it over but the administration used the incident to tell Israel it had to show...

US Envoy Cancels Trip Amid US-Israel Feud

Row fuels tension in volatile East Jerusalem

(Newser) - An American envoy today postponed a trip to Israel, deepening the diplomatic crisis that erupted during Joe Biden's visit last week. The feud is fueling tensions in east Jerusalem, where Israel plans to build 1,600 apartment for Jews. Early this morning, masked Palestinians hurled rocks at Israeli police and...

Israel, US in Worst Crisis in 35 Years

White House presses Netanyahu to stop construction

(Newser) - The US is pressuring Israel to scrap its plans to build 1,600 new apartments in East Jerusalem, in what Israel’s ambassador to the US called “ the most serious crisis since 1975” in US-Israeli relations. The US wants the project killed, according to Israeli officials, both because East...

EU to Call for Divided Jerusalem

Israel outraged, Livni says move 'not helpful and wrong'

(Newser) - European Union foreign ministers will call for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with East Jerusalem serving as the capital of Palestine, when they meet in Brussels next week. A Swedish draft of the resolution obtained by Haaretz implies that the EU would recognize a Palestinian declaration of statehood....

Israel to US: We Won't Halt Housing in Jerusalem

(Newser) - Amid intense US-Israeli negotiations over settlements, Israel today brushed off Washington’s request to stop an American millionaire's housing project in East Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Post reports. Palestinians have complained that it would change demographics in the Arab-dominated area. But Obama "had crossed a red line" in asking...

UN to Israel: Stop Demolition of E. Jerusalem Homes

City planning crisis means thousands of illegally built Palestinian houses

(Newser) - In East Jerusalem, overcrowding and strict rules about where Palestinians can build houses have led to the illegal construction of thousands of homes. Nearly a third of all Palestinian homes in the sector, occupied by some 60,000 people, were  built without permits. In response, the city government has issued...

Jerusalem Bulldozer Attack Ends With Palestinian Dead

(Newser) - A Palestinian driver rammed a construction vehicle into a bus and police car on an Israeli highway today, wounding two officers before he was shot dead. It was the third bulldozer attack in Jerusalem in the past eight months. Witnesses described a yellow front-loader speeding along Begin Highway, dragging the...

Arabs, Jews United Against Jerusalem Tram

Streetcar none desire creates common foe for city's eternally feuding people

(Newser) - Jerusalem's bitterly divided residents have finally found something they can agree on, the Wall Street Journal reports. From ultra-orthodox rabbis to the PLO, just about everybody has found cause to dislike the new tram system currently under construction. Even the city's secular mayor has questioned the wisdom of continuing the...

Jerusalem Elects First Secular Mayor in 5 Years

Win ends years of ultra-Orthodox rule in Israel's capital

(Newser) - A secular, hardline millionaire has won a decisive victory for mayor of Jerusalem, ending 5 years of ultra-Orthodox rule, the Los Angeles Times reports. Nir Barkat has promised to transform the impoverished capital city by boosting tourism and tech ventures. He has also demanded more homes for Jews in East...

Olmert: Israel Must Leave West Bank

Nation must relinquish land for lasting peace, says exiting PM

(Newser) - Israel must give up nearly all the land it seized in 1967 to forge peace with the Palestinians, said outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The nation must relinquish most of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights—or compensate the Palestinians and Syrians with Israeli territory, said...

In Blow to Bush, Olmert Rules Out Deal in 2008

Israeli PM calls timeline for Palestinian pact 'unrealistic'

(Newser) - Ehud Olmert said today it is "unrealistic" to expect a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement by the end of the year. The Israeli PM and Palestian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas pledged last year to make a deal by the end of 2008, and their inability to do so is a...

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