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Rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

UN reiterates support for 2-state Israel-Palestine solution

Feb. 24, 2020 6:05 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Monday reiterated its support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in its first statement following the unveiling of the U.S. plan for resolving the decades-old struggle three weeks ago. President Donald Trump ‘s plan sided...

In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 photo, a settler and his son walk during the annual Jordan Valley parade, in the Jordan Valley. Israel's prime minister is eager to court the votes of the country's influential West Bank settlers in critical elections next month. President's Donald Trump's Mideast plan seemed to be the key to ramping up their support. The plan envisions Israel's eventual annexation of its scores of West Bank settlements — a long time settler dream. But in the weeks since it was unveiled, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stumbled over his promises to quickly carry out the annexation, sparking verbal attacks from settler leaders.  (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Netanyahu banks on Trump plan to drive up pro-settler votes

Feb. 24, 2020 12:46 PM EST

ATERET, West Bank (AP) — With Israel's prime minister eager to court the votes of the country's influential West Bank settlers, President Donald Trump's Mideast plan seemed to be the key to ramping up their support ahead of critical elections next week. The plan envisions Israel's eventual annexation of...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands at an overview of the West Bank Israeli settlement of Har Homa where he announced a new neighborhood is to be built, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Debbie Hill/Pool via AP)

Israel leader vows thousands of new homes in east Jerusalem

Feb. 20, 2020 12:45 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday he was pushing ahead with the construction of 5,000 new Jewish homes in key areas of east Jerusalem, where critics say additional building could cut Palestinian residents off from the rest of the West Bank. On a visit to the Har...

Teen killed in clashes between Palestinian forces, gunmen

Feb. 19, 2020 10:29 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A teenager was shot and killed in overnight clashes between Palestinian forces and local gunmen in the West Bank, local media reported Wednesday. Salah Zakarna, 17, was shot in the chest and later died when Palestinian security forces clashed with armed residents in the northern West Bank...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 photo, Palestinian shopkeeper Samer Abu Eisheh walks up stairs in his store, which carries children's clothes imported from China, in the West Bank city Hebron. The local market has long been flooded by low-cost Chinese goods. Traders fear that if the outbreak and quarantine efforts continue they will have to switch to more expensive alternatives, passing higher prices onto consumers who may not be able to bear them. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

China's closed: Palestinian traders fear losing a good deal

Feb. 18, 2020 1:38 AM EST

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — The West Bank city of Hebron is separated from the epicenter of China's virus outbreak by more than 4,000 miles and a ring of Israeli checkpoints. But even here the economic symptoms of the outbreak are starting to appear. Palestinian markets have long been flooded by low-cost...

FILE - In this April 16, 2019 file photo, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh gives an interview with The Associated Press, at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Palestinian prime minister lashed out Sunday at U.S. President Donald Trump's proposal to end the Mideast conflict, saying it would be

Palestinian PM: Trump's Mideast plan 'will be buried'

Feb. 16, 2020 9:55 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The Palestinian prime minister lashed out Sunday at U.S. President Donald Trump's proposal to end the Mideast conflict, saying it would be “buried very soon.” Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Mohammad Shtayyeh said the U.S. plan was “no more than a memo of...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo takes questions from reporters during a flight from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., to Germany, Thursday, February 13, 2020. Pompeo on Thursday said he is “outraged” by the U.N.'s publication of a list of companies accused of violating Palestinian human rights by operating in Israel's West Bank settlements. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Pompeo 'outraged' by UN list of firms with settlement ties

Feb. 13, 2020 12:24 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said he is “outraged” by the U.N.'s publication of a list of companies accused of violating Palestinian human rights by operating in Israel's West Bank settlements. In a statement, Pompeo said the list supports a Palestinian-led...

FILE - This Jan. 26, 2020, file photo, shows a view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Mitzpe Yeriho. The United Nations Human Rights Council released a list of more than 100 companies it says are operating in Israel's West Bank settlements. In a report Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, the council said the companies' activities “

UN list targets firms linked to Israeli settlements

Feb. 12, 2020 3:51 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.N. human rights office on Wednesday released a list of more than 100 companies it said are complicit in violating Palestinian human rights by operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank — a first-ever international attempt to name and shame businesses that has...

UN rights council releases list of companies active in Israel's West Bank settlements

Feb. 12, 2020 8:58 AM EST
JERUSALEM (AP) — UN rights council releases list of companies active in Israel's West Bank settlements.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, listens while former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Palestinian chief and ex-Israeli PM show 2 sides can talk

Feb. 11, 2020 9:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sat beside former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday and said he is ready to resume negotiations under an international umbrella on the peace deal they made significant progress on in 2008 — not on the Trump administration’s...