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Israeli soldiers fire a gun salute during a Memorial Day ceremony to commemorate the country's fallen soldiers, at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (Ammar Awad/Pool photo via AP)

Israel to Ease Gun Regulations

TEL AVIV – Israel is set to significantly ease its regulations for gun licenses, a move that would see around 40,000 more Israelis acquire a firearm according to Public Security Ministry estimates. 

The Israeli flag flutters as settlers one in a prayer shawls or Talit bunker down on the roof of one of the nine houses marked for destruction in the Amona settlement in the West Bank, northeast of the town of Ramallah, 31 January 2006.

Israeli Lawmakers Approve First New West Bank Settlement in Decades

Senior lawmakers voted unanimously Thursday to establish a new West Bank settlement for families evicted from the razed Amona outpost, the first new Jewish town in the territory since the 1993 Oslo Accords, amid intense negotiations with the US over settlement building.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30, 2014: at the National Commemoration of the Days of Remembrance The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum honoring the victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C., April 30, 2014. The event, titled "Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses," included Holocaust …

Israeli Envoys Meet Trump Officials To Negotiate Settlements

TEL AVIV – A senior delegation arrived in Washington Sunday to meet with officials from the Trump administration to discuss settlement activity and reportedly receive approval for construction in east Jerusalem.

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Netanyahu: Still In Talks With Trump Team Over Settlements

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday evening that talks with US President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace envoy, Jason Greenblatt, did not yield an agreement for a coordinated US-Israeli position on West Bank settlements, but described the meeting as “good” and “honest.”

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UN Council Members Meeting to Decide on Push to End Settlements

Four U.N. Security Council members met on Friday to decide whether to vote on a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements after Egypt withdrew the measure under pressure from Israel and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

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Palestinians Stage UN Showdown Over Israeli Settlements

TEL AVIV — At the behest of the Palestinian Authority, Egypt on Thursday introduced a UN Security Council resolution demanding that Israel halt all settlement activity, meaning Jewish construction in eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank.

In this handout photo provided by the Palestinian Press Office, President Mahmoud Abbas meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry November 24, 2015 in Ramallah, West Bank. (Photo by Osama Falah/PPO via Getty Images)

Palestinians Demand UN Recognition of State After Knesset Approves Outpost Bill

The Palestinian Authority Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called on the US administration to officially recognize the state of Palestine and support a UN resolution against Israeli settlements in the West Bank, in response to Israel’s preliminary approval Monday night of a bill that would legalize outposts.

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PA Continues To Advance UNSC Resolution Against Israel

The Jerusalem Post reports: The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday denied that it has postponed its effort to seek a UN Security Council resolution calling for an end to construction in the settlements. The PA said that it was going ahead

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Peace Now Battles Netanyahu Over New West Bank Building Statistics

The Jerusalem Post reports: Peace Now went head-to-head with the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday in a public dispute about statistics for the advancement of plans for new homes in West Bank settlements. In a rare move, the PMO published a

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EU Denounces Israel’s West Bank Land Appropriation

The Times of Israel reports: The European Union (EU) on Thursday blasted Israel’s land appropriation this week of 580 acres near the West Bank city of Jericho, saying it raises questions about Jerusalem’s commitment to the two-state solution. The United

Israeli settler youth gesture to the camera in an attempt to block the view as security forces gather at the site where a Palestinian woman tried to stab an Israeli soldier before being shot dead, in the Israeli occupied West Bank city of Hebron, on February 13, 2016.

Settlers: Close West Bank Roads To Palestinians After Terror Attacks

The Jerusalem Post reports: The government must close West Bank roads to Palestinians after terrorist attacks, settlers said on Tuesday as they marched along Route 60 for two hours from the Karmei Tzur settlement to the Gush Etzion junction. If this

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Gaza Audiences Enjoy First Night At The Movies In 20 Years

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are enjoying their first night out at the movies since political tensions led to the torching of cinemas in the enclave 20 years ago. Hollywood blockbusters have yet to return and Hamas Islamists, who now

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Israeli Military Braces For Battle Over Beards

Israel’s long-running struggle to balance modern standards with Jewish tradition has come to a head in the military, where new orders curtailing beards among soldiers have met protests from some rabbis. Many Orthodox Jewish men go unshaven, a religious observance

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Bill Penalizing Businesses That Don’t Deliver To West Bank Clears Hurdle

The Jerusalem Post reports: The Knesset approved legislation seeking to fight location-based discrimination in a preliminary reading Wednesday. The bill, proposed by MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (Bayit Yehudi) states that customers who face location-based discrimination could sue businesses for up to NIS

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Abbas: Israeli Policies Will Lead Islamic State Into The Heart Of Israel

Tel Aviv – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the UN Security Council to provide the Palestinians with international protection from Israel amid fears that the Israeli government’s policies “would lead to the entry of Daesh [the Islamic State] into

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UN Chief Ban Ban Ki-moon Calls Israeli Settlements ‘Provocative Acts’

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday slammed Israel’s settlement activities as “provocative acts” that raise questions about the nation’s commitment to a two-state solution. The Palestinians want an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, areas Israel

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Israel Has Plans For West Bank Farmland: Army Radio

Israel plans to move into a large tract of agricultural land in the West Bank, Israel’s Army Radio said on Wednesday, a move that has angered Palestinians. The report said the land, covering 154 hectares (380 acres), was in the fertile