Latest West Bank News

Biden calls Sanders' pitch to leverage Israel aid 'bizarre'

Dec. 7, 2019 9:02 PM EST

OELWEIN, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden said Saturday that it is “bizarre” for Bernie Sanders to propose withholding U.S. military aid from Israel if the government there doesn’t moderate its treatment of Palestinians. The remarks highlight a nuanced but significant distinction between the...

PM: Israel has ‘full right’ to annex strategic Jordan Valley

Dec. 5, 2019 3:26 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel has the “full right” to annex the Jordan Valley if it chose to, even as the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court warned the country against taking the bold step. Netanyahu said his...

Israeli PM, meeting Pompeo, calls for more pressure on Iran

Dec. 4, 2019 2:19 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday praised the tough U.S. sanctions on Iran, saying the financial pressure has sparked protests against Tehran’s influence across the region and urging even stronger action. Speaking alongside U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before...

Israel to UN: Uprooted Jews should be seen as refugees

Dec. 3, 2019 6:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel wants the United Nations to recognize as refugees hundreds of thousands of Jews who fled Arab and Muslim countries in the last century, its U.N. envoy said Tuesday. Ambassador Danny Danon told the U.N. General Assembly that he plans to propose a resolution about what he called...

Israel plans new settler homes in flashpoint West Bank city

Dec. 1, 2019 11:56 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s new defense minister has ordered plans for new settler housing in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron. In a letter sent to defense officials Sunday, pro-settler Defense Minister Naftali Bennett called for “planning processes to be advanced” for new Jewish...

Relic thought to be from Jesus’ manger arrives in Bethlehem

Dec. 1, 2019 12:30 AM EST

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A tiny wooden relic that some Christians believe to be part of Jesus' manger arrived Saturday in its permanent home in the biblical city of Bethlehem 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope. Cheerful crowds greeted the ornately encased relic with much fanfare...

Israeli army kills alleged Palestinian teen attacker

Nov. 30, 2019 4:23 PM EST

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Health Ministry says Israeli troops have shot and killed a teenager near the West Bank city of Hebron. The ministry on Saturday identified the youth as Badawi Masalmeh, 18, adding that Israeli soldiers took his body. The Israeli military said its forces spotted...

Israel demolishes homes of 4 suspected Palestinian attackers

Nov. 28, 2019 3:17 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has demolished the homes of four Palestinians suspected of killing an Israeli soldier. Israeli forces tore down the homes in the West Bank village of Beit Kahil, northwest of Hebron. Israel says the four are suspected of being involved in the fatal stabbing...

Palestinians protest US settlement decision in ‘day of rage’

Nov. 26, 2019 7:05 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Thousands of Palestinian protesters took part in a “day of rage” across the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, with some groups clashing with Israeli forces to protest the U.S. announcement that it no longer believes Israeli settlements violate international law. Around...

Israel charges extremist Jewish leader with incitement

Nov. 26, 2019 10:01 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli prosecutors have charged the leader of a Jewish extremist group with incitement to violence and terrorism for inflammatory remarks about Palestinians. Israel’s Justice Ministry said Tuesday that Bentzi Gopstein had made public “calls for committing acts of...