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In Israel election, the future of the West Bank is now on the ballot

(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 plans 2,500 new settler homes in West Bank - defence minister

Some 500,000 Israelis live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas that are also home to more than 2.6 million Palestinians.

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Area around Jesus Christ's baptism site being cleared of land mines

The project's organizers had to navigate a virtual minefield of often quarreling church denominations, as well as Israeli and Palestinian officials.

US Ambassador: Israel occupies just two per cent of West Bank

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: Three Israeli guards killed by Palestinian gunman

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.

Israeli military takes over contested West Bank complex

The military said troops took over the under-construction complex inside the Beit El settlement overnight to remove protesters that had holed themselves up inside.

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Jewish settlers blamed in Palestinian house fire

Mohammed Abdelkarim, whose mother and sisters were inside the house when it was set alight, says Hebrew slogans were scrawled on the house.

After Gaza war, poll finds support for Hamas rises

The poll indicates that 61 pc of Palestinians would choose the Islamic militant group's leader, Ismail Haniyeh, for president.

Israel appropriates West Bank land for possible settlement use

Some 400 hectares in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared "state land, on the instructions of the political echelon.

Hamas leader Meshaal demands end to Gaza, West Bank occupation by Israel

"Unfortunately the world doesn't blame the Israelis," said Meshaal.

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