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O Little Town of Bethlehem, Packed With Tourists

Faithful flock to Church of the Nativity

(Newser) - There wasn't any room at the inns today as thousands of faithful thronged the streets of Bethlehem to worship at Christ's biblical birthplace. Visitors snapped photos at the 50-foot-tall Christmas tree at Manger Square and received blessings from Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, the head of the Catholic Church...

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...

5 Reasons US Should Allow Palestinian State

If Palestinians wait much longer, it will be too late: Reza Aslan

(Newser) - Palestinians plan to push for full statehood in the UN later this month, and the US vows to block them. Reza Aslan offers five reasons in the Los Angeles Times why America should buck Israel ("it is not political suicide") and change its mind:
  • Failed talks: Twenty years

Israel Arming Settlements as Protests Loom

Settlers get tear gas, stun grenades ahead of statehood debate

(Newser) - The Israeli military, expecting widespread confrontations in the West Bank as the United Nations debates recognizing a Palestinian state, is training Jewish settlers to repel protests. Settlement security chiefs are being given tear gas and stun grenades, and the military is mapping out firing zones around settlements, according to leaked...

Who’s Not Happy That bin Laden’s Dead?

Hamas blasts 'killing of an Arab holy warrior'

(Newser) - Reaction to Osama bin Laden's death is pouring in from around the world—and not everybody's cheering, Reuters reports:
  • Hamas: “We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior,” said Ismail Haniyeh, the group’s leader in the Gaza Strip. “We regard

Hamas, Fatah Strike Deal on Palestinian Government

But Israel may not deal with Hamas

(Newser) - Palestinians have reached initial agreement on reuniting their rival governments in the West Bank and Gaza, a step that would remove a main obstacle in the way of peace efforts with Israel. Fatah and Hamas officials said the plan, brokered by Egypt, calls for the formation of a single caretaker...

Palin Ditches Bethlehem Trip at Last Minute

Palin ends 2-day Israel visit, promises longer return trip

(Newser) - Sarah Palin aborted a trip to Bethlehem at the last minute yesterday, according to the Telegraph , which suggests some not-so-wise men among her advisers could be to blame. The city of Christ's birth was meant to be her first stop of the day, according to a leaked copy of her...

US Slaps Israel Settlement Plan

West Bank settlements 'illegitimate,' says embassy

(Newser) - The US Embassy is “deeply concerned” about Israel’s plans to expand its West Bank settlements, a decision the country made following an attack this weekend on a settler family, the AP reports. Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday said: “They murder, we build.” To wit, Israel has approved the...

In Murders' Wake, Israel OKs New Settlements

Tensions escalate

(Newser) - A mere day after an Israeli family of five was massacred while they slept , the AP reports that Israel has approved the construction of hundreds of new homes in West Bank settlements. The homes will be built in a part of the West Bank that Israel expects to hold onto...

Israeli Family of 5 Killed in West Bank

Parents, 3 young children were stabbed while they slept

(Newser) - Israel today hunted for the perpetrators of a grisly murder of a family of five in a remote West Bank settlement, and the Palestinian Authority sent security forces to join the manhunt. The knife attack, which killed two young children, a baby, and their parents as they slept, was the...

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...

Israel Hunts Settlers in Mosque Fire

They allegedly burned prayer rugs, Korans

(Newser) - The Koran-burning furor appears to have arrived in the West Bank. Five Jewish settlers are alleged to have broken into a mosque in the Palestinian town of Beit Fajjar early today and set fire to it, along with prayer rugs and a large number of Korans, witnesses tell al-Jazeera . The...

Construction Begins as Settlement Freeze Expires

But Mahmoud Abbas not leaving peace talks yet

(Newser) - Bulldozers were already working to construct Jewish West Bank settlements this morning, after Israel’s construction freeze expired at midnight, but Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas did not immediately abandon the peace talks as he had threatened. Abbas will instead consult with Arab leaders and allow another week before making a...

Clock Ticking, US Scrambles to Save Mideast Talks

Israelis already celebrating end of settlement slowdown

(Newser) - With Palestinians threatening to walk away from Mideast peace talks, officials in Washington are scrambling to rescue the negotiations just hours before a slowdown on West Bank settlement construction expires. "They are talking. Intense efforts are ongoing," said one anonymous official. PM Benjamin Netanyahu has called for "...

Israel: We're Ready to Make a Deal on Settlements

But 'there cannot be zero construction'

(Newser) - Israel has signaled that it’s ready to make a deal to curb the growth of its West Bank settlements, just two days before the current partial construction moratorium expires. “Israel is prepared to reach a compromise acceptable to all parties,” a senior government official tells the AFP...

Inside Israel's Top Settlements

Who lives there, and why?

(Newser) - Israel's West Bank settlements have become one of the most contentious points in Middle East peace talks. But where are these settlements anyway, and who lives in there? The Christian Science Monitor takes a look at the five biggest, presented in brief in the slideshow above. People flock to these...

Tel Aviv Embassy Standoff Ends

Palestinian shot and wounded, ending 7-hour siege

(Newser) - Security guards shot and wounded a Palestinian man holding hostages inside the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv last night, ending a tense 7-hour standoff. The man, Nadim Injaz of Ramallah, was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. Injaz said he wanted asylum in Turkey and protection from...

Israeli PM: US Easy to Manipulate
 Israeli PM: US Easy 
 to Manipulate 
Caught on tape

Israeli PM: US Easy to Manipulate

Netanyahu talks about undermining Oslo accords in old video

(Newser) - A tape has surfaced in which Benjamin Netanyahu, current prime minister of Israel, brags about how easy the US is to manipulate. In the video, which was shot in 2001, the then-out-of-office Netanyahu speaks bluntly with a group of West Bank settlers about how he had undermined the Palestinian peace...

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 Woman Loses Eye in Israeli Protest

Maryland college student hit by tear gas canister

(Newser) - An American woman lost her eye yesterday during a demonstration in Jerusalem against Israel's naval raid on a Gaza aid flotilla. Maryland college student Emily Henochowicz, 21, was hit in the face by a tear gas canister shot by an Israeli border policeman and underwent surgery in a local hospital,...

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