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Evacuation of 150 West Bank settlers beginsupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 12:09:00

Israeli security officials on Tuesday started the process of evacuating some 150 Jewish residents from their homes at the West Bank settlement of Beit El.

Palestinian mosque burned in suspected settler attackupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 15:04:00

A Palestinian mosque in the village of Jabaa was vandalized and partially set on fire early Tuesday morning, Israeli and Palestinian officials said, with both sides suspecting Israeli settlers of the attack.

Israel to build housing in West Bankupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 09:12:00

Israel announced it will construct 851 housing units in the West Bank, a move the United States immediately said "undermines peace efforts."

Israel legalizes 3 West Bank settlements, angering Palestiniansupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 06:22:00

The Israeli government said Tuesday that it has decided to legalize the status of three settlement posts that were built in the West Bank during the 1990's.

West Bank mosque torchedupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 19:37:00

A Palestinian mosque in the northern West Bank was torched early Wednesday morning in what police suspect is a nationalistic "price tag" attack.

East Jerusalem construction 'not a punishment,' says Netanyahuupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 15:14:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his government's decision Wednesday to speed up construction in East Jerusalem.

Cheers as Abbas takes stage at U.N.updated: Sun Sep 25 2011 13:36:00

CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney reports on Palestinian reaction to Mahmoud Abbas' remarks to the U.N. on Palestinian statehood.

Abbas returns to hero's welcomeupdated: Sun Sep 25 2011 13:36:00

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stood before a cheering crowd Sunday upon his return from the U.N. General Assembly, where he launched a controversial bid for Palestinian statehood.

Official: Israel to approve housing construction in East Jerusalemupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 10:34:00

Israel's interior minister plans to approve the construction of 2,700 housing units in Jerusalem, including 700 that will be built in a neighborhood annexed during the 1967 Six Day War, an official told CNN Thursday.

3 Israeli settlers arrested over attack on police carupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 03:48:00

Three Israeli settlers from the West Bank were arrested overnight on suspicion of setting fire to a police commander's car, Israel police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told CNN Monday.

Israeli president: Peace deal 'urgent'updated: Sun Jun 19 2011 14:57:00

Israeli President Shimon Peres calls for a peace deal with Palestinians, saying time is running out for an agreement.

Israeli president: Need for peace deal with Palestinians is 'urgent'updated: Sun Jun 19 2011 14:57:00

Israel's president is calling for an "urgent" peace deal with Palestinians, saying time is running out for an agreement.

Israeli man killed near West Bank holy siteupdated: Sun Apr 24 2011 13:45:00

An Israeli man was killed and four others were wounded early Sunday morning near Joseph's Tomb, a Jewish holy site in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, an Israeli military spokesman said.

Man killed near West Bank holy siteupdated: Sun Apr 24 2011 13:45:00

An Israeli man was killed near the site known as Joseph's Tomb. CNN's Phil Black reports.

Arrests made in slaying of Israeli family in West Bankupdated: Sun Apr 17 2011 10:23:00

The Israel Defense Forces arrested two people it identified as responsible for the massacre of an Israeli family in the West Bank settlement of Itamar, officials said Sunday.

Controversial Israeli construction approved as Obama meets with Peresupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 15:51:00

A Jerusalem municipality planning committee approved a plan to build 942 housing units in Gilo, a disputed neighborhood in Jerusalem, just before Israeli President Shimon Peres was to meet with President Barack Obama in Washington.

Israeli president to visit White House next weekupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 22:22:00

As several of Israel's neighbors deal with tumult in the streets, the Jewish state's President Shimon Peres will visit President Barack Obama for the first time in nearly two years, a White House press release said.

Netanyahu's view on Palestineupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 06:43:00

CNN's Piers Morgan reminds his viewers about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's view on Palestine.

3 Palestinians wounded in two West Bank incidentsupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 06:43:00

Three Palestinians were wounded Monday in two separate incidents, including one that Israeli officials described as a "price tag" attack against Palestinians.

Israel approves settlement increase after family killedupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 10:03:00

Israel approved the construction of several hundred housing units in the West Bank, the prime minister's office said early Sunday, a day after five Israelis were killed in their home in the disputed territory.

Obama nominates Middle East adviser to be ambassador to Israelupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 06:42:00

With civil war and unrest unfolding across portions of the Middle East and North Africa, President Barack Obama is seeking to fill an important diplomatic post in the region by nominating Dan Shapiro to be the next U.S. ambassador to Israel.

Israeli official: Netanyahu may seek interim accord with Palestiniansupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 22:03:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering a diplomatic initiative that will seek an interim agreement with the Palestinians rather than one that resolves all core issues, an Israeli government official said Tuesday.

Israeli settlers burn Palestinian home, carsupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 20:10:00

Israeli settlers damaged cars and tried to burn down a house in Palestinian villages in the West Bank Monday night and Tuesday, police told CNN. The actions followed removal of three illegal shacks in a Jewish settlement.

U.S. vetoes U.N. resolution declaring Israeli settlements illegalupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 20:20:00

The United States vetoed Friday a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have declared Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal.

U.S. vetoes U.N. Israeli resolutionupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 20:20:00

The United States vetoes a U.N. Security Council resolution declaring Israeli settlements illegal.

Palestinian officials: Obama policy on settlements 'biased'updated: Fri Feb 18 2011 16:49:00

As the United Nations was preparing Friday to debate a resolution branding Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank as illegal, Palestinian officials called Obama administration efforts to head off the vote as evidence that American policy is "biased" and "seriously wrong."

Report: Israel rejected Palestinian concessions on East Jerusalemupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 05:47:00

Palestinian negotiators agreed to give up large swaths of East Jerusalem to Israel during negotiations dating back to 2008, the Al-Jazeera network said Sunday, suggesting Palestinians have been willing to offer much larger concessions in private than what was previously acknowledged in public.

Militant killed in Israeli airstrikeupdated: Tue Jan 11 2011 11:25:00

A 25-year-old militant riding a motorcycle was killed Tuesday afternoon by an Israeli airstrike in Khan Yunis in the Palestinian territory of Gaza, Palestinian security sources said.

Israel demolishes part of hotel in East Jerusalemupdated: Tue Jan 11 2011 06:57:00

The demolition of a hotel in East Jerusalem that has stoked tensions in the Middle East was a private matter, and the state of Israel was not involved in the decision, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday.

U.S. ends bid for renewed Israeli settlement freezeupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 17:01:00

The United States has abandoned efforts to convince Israel to renew a freeze on settlement construction as a precondition for renewing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, a State Department official said Tuesday.

Palestinian official: New housing units may be 'last nail' in talksupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 11:40:00

A Palestinian official said Thursday that an Israeli plan to build hundreds of new housing units in East Jerusalem could spell the end of the stalled talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

Palestinian leaders: No peace talks without broad settlement freezeupdated: Sun Nov 21 2010 12:18:00

Palestinian leaders said Sunday that they will not proceed with peace talks with Israel unless the Jewish state completely halts settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Netanyahu signals progress on settlement talksupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 18:06:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hopes to wrap up talks soon with the U.S. administration and present to his cabinet a proposed agreement on settlement building "that will reflect the understandings that were achieved with Secretary of State [Hillary] Clinton," his office said in a statement Wednesday.

Clinton nixes unilateral move for Palestinian stateupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 16:01:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday the United States does not support a unilateral move by Palestinians to declare a Palestinian state.

Israelis slam Obama statement on Jerusalemupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 14:24:00

President Barack Obama's disappointment over Israel's plans for new housing in east Jerusalem has drawn criticism from the prime minister's office and the country's settler council.

Israeli plans for more East Jerusalem housing angers Palestiniansupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 15:51:00

The Israeli government said Monday it is proceeding with plans for about 1,000 new housing units in East Jerusalem, a move that the chief Palestinian negotiator said would derail already suspended peace talks.

Israel wants to build more housing on disputed landupdated: Sat Oct 16 2010 11:37:00

In a blow to efforts to keep direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians from faltering, the Israeli government is planning to construct new housing units in East Jerusalem, Israeli and U.S. sources confirmed Friday.

Vandals set fire to West Bank mosqueupdated: Mon Oct 04 2010 13:51:00

Vandals torched a West Bank mosque and sprayed graffiti on its walls early Monday, officials said.

Vandals torch West Bank mosqueupdated: Mon Oct 04 2010 13:51:00

Vandals attack a mosque in the West Bank, spraying graffiti on its walls. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports.

Barak: We will reach an agreementupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 17:19:00

CNN's Hala Gorani talks to Israeli's Ehud Barak about a partitioned Jerusalem and other Mideast peace process issues.

Current Mideast negotiation points similar to past ones, Barak saysupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 17:19:00

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday that if Israel and the Palestinians enter substantial negotiations, a solution could be hammered out within a year.

Talks tackle many stumbling blocksupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 13:50:00

CNN's Ben Wedeman reports on the issues that diplomats will attempt to deal with at the Middle East peace talks.

Peace talks continue amid uptick in Israel-Gaza violenceupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 13:50:00

An uptick of violence along the Israel-Gaza border marred expressed optimism for success in a fresh round of Middle East peace talks that continued Wednesday in Jerusalem.

In Middle East talks, core issues now on the tableupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 15:19:00

The arduous Middle East peace talks continued on Tuesday in Egypt, where officials from Israel and the Palestinian Authority "have begun a serious discussion on core issues," a top U.S. diplomat said.

Israel's PM suggests compromise on settlements possibleupdated: Mon Sep 13 2010 06:00:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has stopped well short of agreeing to a continued freeze on building Israeli settlements in the West Bank, made comments that suggested that he might be willing to compromise on the issue.

Egypt might host second round of Mideast peace talksupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 19:24:00

If this week's Mideast peace talks brokered by the Obama administration go well, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is offering to host a second round of talks later this month in his country, according to two officials close to the talks.

Israel, Palestinians stake positions ahead of talksupdated: Sun Aug 29 2010 20:59:00

Israeli and Palestinian leaders were looking forward to direct talks this week in Washington with both hope and apprehension. The two sides have agreed to hold direct peace talks beginning Thursday, the first such talks since 2008.

Israelis, Palestinians clash in West Bankupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 08:16:00

Just a few hours after Israeli authorities demolished two illegal structures built by Israeli settlers in the West Bank, border police had to break up a battle between settlers and Palestinians in the nearby village of Burin, authorities said.

Mitchell wraps up latest talks with Palestinian leadersupdated: Sat Jul 17 2010 12:32:00

George Mitchell, the U.S. envoy to the Middle East, said he held "candid" and "productive" talks on Saturday with Palestinian leaders in his latest push to advance direct peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

Palestinians outraged at demolition of East Jerusalem homesupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 12:24:00

Jerusalem municipal officials Tuesday defended the demolition of three Palestinian homes -- including one that was inhabited -- in two East Jerusalem neighborhoods, saying they were built without legal permits and the demolitions were court-ordered.

Obama, Netanyahu emphasize strength of U.S.-Israel tiesupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 06:17:00

Stressing the unbreakable ties between their nations, U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Tuesday for direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians while agreeing that the international community is strengthening efforts to isolate Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

Palestinian Authority blocks sale of goods made at Israeli settlementsupdated: Wed May 12 2010 12:57:00

The Palestinian Authority has embarked on a series of measures aimed at ending what one official has called the "cancer" of Palestinian economic dependence on Israel's West Bank settlements.

Ban on Israeli settlement goodsupdated: Wed May 12 2010 12:57:00

The Palestinian Authority hopes a sales block of goods made in Israeli settlements will improve the Palestinian economy.

Fire damages mosque in West Bankupdated: Tue May 04 2010 14:50:00

Palestinian officials blamed Israeli settlers for a fire that damaged a mosque in the northern West Bank Tuesday morning, while Israeli officials suggested the blaze may have been accidental.

Israel responds on settlementsupdated: Tue Mar 23 2010 22:36:00

Israel's deputy prime minister tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that settlements can't be built anytime soon.

Israeli official: Construction in East Jerusalem years awayupdated: Tue Mar 23 2010 22:36:00

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor said Tuesday his government would take two years to implement plans to expand the East Jerusalem settlements in Ramat Shlomo, a plan that set off a diplomatic imbroglio with the United States when it was announced two weeks ago.

Netanyahu: Jerusalem not a settlement but our capitalupdated: Tue Mar 23 2010 17:02:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday sharply defended his government's plan to build new housing on disputed land in East Jerusalem, a decision that has put Israel at odds with its leading ally.

Erakat on settlementsupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 17:13:00

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat says the choice for the Israeli government now is settlements or peace.

U.S. condemns Israel's decision to build in disputed territoryupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 17:13:00

Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the United States condemns Israel's decision to build 1,600 housing units in a Jerusalem neighborhood, calling it "a step that undermines the trust we need right now."

U.S. envoy: Israelis and Palestinians accept indirect talksupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 01:11:00

Israeli and Palestinian leaders have accepted indirect talks, according to George Mitchell, the Obama administration's special envoy for Middle East peace.

Mitchell in Mideast trying to jump-start peace talksupdated: Thu Jan 21 2010 21:16:00

George Mitchell, U.S. President Barack Obama's special envoy to the Middle East, was in the region on Thursday, in a bid to get Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table. He planned to spend three days in Jerusalem and Ramallah, a Palestinian city in the West Bank.

West Bank settlements to receive more funding under planupdated: Sun Dec 13 2009 13:49:00

The Israeli government on Sunday approved a controversial plan that would classify a number of West Bank settlements as "National Priority Zones," meaning they are entitled to millions of shekels in funding.

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