(Written by David M. Halbfinger) As Israelis get ready to go to the polls Tuesday, a stark, fateful and long-deferred choice has suddenly reappeared to confront them after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s unexpected promise to begin extending sovereignty over the West Bank if he is re-elected. Do voters want to make permanent their country’s control […]
Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 war. The Palestinians have limited autonomy in 40 per cent of the area, with Israel in full control over the remaining 60 per cent. Palestinians demand the West Bank as part of a future state. The international community views settlements there as illegal.
West Bank attack: The incident was unusual in that the 37-year-old man had been issued an Israeli work permit - a process that entails security vetting - unlike most of the Palestinians involved in a wave of street attacks that began two years ago.