West Bank

  • Coronavirus resurgence sidelines Israel's annexation planning
    JERUSALEM, July 15 (Reuters): A coronavirus resurgence in Israel and divisions within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government have sidelined its plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, officials said.   Although the conservative Netanyahu and Defence Minister Benny Gantz, his centrist coalition partner, agreed the government could begin moving on annexation as of July 1, there has been "close to zero" cabinet-level discussion on the issue, o
  • Palestinians hope Biden would roll back Trump's embrace of Israel
    RAMALLAH, West Bank, July 9 (Reuters): Palestinian leaders hope Democrat Joe Biden will tone down Washington's pro-Israel policies if he becomes U.S. president, and Palestinian-Americans have been pressing his campaign for a change, sources familiar with the efforts said.   So far, their efforts have had little impact, the sources said.   U.S. President Donald Trump has recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, moved the U.S. Embassy to the city and m
  • UK PM Johnson tells Israel: do not annex parts of the occupied West Bank
    LONDON, July 1 (Reuters): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Israel it should not go ahead with a plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, cautioning that London would not recognise any changes to the 1967 lines.   "Annexation would represent a violation of international law," Johnson said in an opinion piece for Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s top-selling daily. "It would also be a gift to those who want to perpetuate the old stories a
  • Israeli minister signals major West Bank annexation move not imminent
    JERUSALEM, June 30 (Reuters): An Israeli minister played down on Tuesday the likelihood of major moves to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank on July 1, the planned starting point for cabinet debate on the issue.   Zeev Elkin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, said Israel still did not have the green light it seeks from Washington to begin extending its sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, territory Palestinians seek
  • U.N. chief calls on Israel to abandon West Bank annexation plan
    NEW YORK, June 24 (Reuters): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Israel on Wednesday to abandon its plans to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank, warning that it threatened the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.   "If implemented, annexation would constitute a most serious violation of international law, grievously harm the prospect of a two-State solution and undercut the possibilities of a renewal of negotiati
  • Palestinians fear Israeli annexation could further limit Dead Sea access
    DEAD SEA, West Bank, June 21 (Reuters): Palestinians are worried their restricted access to the salty waters of the Dead Sea and its mineral-rich beaches could be cut further if Israel annexes land in the occupied West Bank.   Israel, citing support from U.S. President Donald Trump, has announced plans to extend sovereignty over parts of the West Bank - including the Jordan Valley, which partly borders the Dead Sea. Palestinians have voiced outrage at the proposal.
  • U.N. rights experts condemn Israel's annexation plan and U.S. support
    GENEVA, June 16 (Reuters): U.N. human rights experts said on Tuesday that Israel's plan to annex significant parts of the occupied West Bank would violate international law banning the taking of territory by force, and urged other countries to actively oppose it.   A joint statement, signed by nearly 50 independent experts, voiced dismay at U.S. support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "unlawful" plan to extend sovereignty, de facto annexation of lan
  • Some Israeli settlers hit out at Trump-backed annexation plan
    JERUSALEM, June 4 (Reuters): Israel's intention to annex parts of the occupied West Bank is being challenged by Jewish settlers who might have been expected to cheer the plan promoted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu under a U.S. peace blueprint.   A month before the proposed expansion of Israeli jurisdiction is due to be discussed by Netanyahu's new unity government, some settler leaders have resorted to rhetoric likely to embarrass him at the White House.