Latest West Bank News

US envoy meets Israel's embattled PM to discuss peace plan

Sep. 20, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. envoy to the Middle East met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, days after elections that left the Israeli leader's political future in doubt. Netanyahu suffered an apparent setback when he and his allies failed to secure enough seats for a narrow, right-wing...

Israel defends checkpoint shooting as video raises concern

Sep. 19, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said Thursday that security guards at a checkpoint near Jerusalem were in "immediate danger" when they shot and killed a Palestinian woman carrying a knife, after a widely circulated video of the shooting raised concerns about excessive force. The video of the shooting early...

Israeli vote leaves Netanyahu's political future in doubt

Sep. 18, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — After a decade of mesmerizing world leaders, subduing his rivals and eking out dramatic election victories, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political future is suddenly in doubt. With near-final results from Israel's election on Tuesday, he has been left well short of the parliamentary...

Israeli police: Knife-wielding Palestinian woman shot dead

Sep. 18, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli police say private security guards at a checkpoint near Jerusalem shot and killed a Palestinian woman after she pulled out a knife at the crossing. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the woman was taken to a hospital where she died of her wounds, adding that...

Jordan's king: Israel annexing settlements would be disaster

Sep. 17, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II says if Israel goes ahead with the idea of annexing all the settlements in the West Bank it would be a "disaster" for attempts to find any two-state solution with the Palestinians. Speaking after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday, Abdullah said he...

On vote eve, Netanyahu vows total West Bank settlement annex

Sep. 16, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Monday to annex "all the settlements" in the West Bank, including an enclave deep in the heart of the largest Palestinian city, in a last-ditch move that appeared aimed at shoring up nationalist support the day before a do-over election....

Israeli PM convenes Cabinet in West Bank ahead of election

Sep. 15, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his final pre-election Cabinet meeting on Sunday in a part of the West Bank he has vowed to annex if re-elected and laid out a plan to build a new settlement there, amid a last-ditch drive to galvanize his nationalistic base. The meeting, along...

AP PHOTOS: Ex-army chief hoping to be Israel's next premier

Sep. 15, 2019 2:38 AM EDT

ROSH HAAYIN, Israel (AP) — As former army chief of staff Benny Gantz campaigns to be Israel's next leader, he is relying less on policy specifics than on the archetypal image of a military man who can rise above the political fray and defend a country that feels perpetually under siege. With piercing blue...

Unable to vote, Palestinians shrug off Israel's elections

Sep. 13, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

MAS'HA, West Bank (AP) — Barhoum Saleh's town is surrounded by Jewish settlements, the sign above his roadside mechanic shop is in Hebrew, most of his customers are Israeli and he needs an Israeli permit to visit the beach a half hour's drive away. But unlike his Jewish neighbors, he can't vote in next...

New data shows Israeli settlement surge in east Jerusalem

Sep. 12, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jewish settlement construction in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem has spiked since President Donald Trump took office in 2017, according to official data obtained by The Associated Press. The data also showed strong evidence of decades of systematic discrimination, illustrated by a huge gap...