Israeli PM says work begun on new West Bank settlement

Israeli PM says work begun on new West Bank settlement

Israeli PM says work begun on new West Bank settlement

Jewish settlements in the West Bank are regarded as illegal under global law and are considered one of the main obstacles to a two-state solution, taking land claimed by Palestinians for a future state.

According to the Times, Palestinians are opposed to the idea, fearing it would normalise ties between Israel and Arab nations before a deal to establish a Palestinian state has been met. "But I think they [Kushner and Greenblatt] have a real opportunity to move quickly to capitalize on the leverage the president has attained", he said.

A senior Palestinian minister close to President Mahmoud Abbas told Al-Monitor that the Palestinian leadership is ready to seriously engage with the Trump administration on moving ahead with plans for a regional deal for Palestinian-Israeli peace.

Amona will be the first Jewish settlement in the West Bank for more than 25 years and will rehouse 40 families it evicted from a wildcat outpost in February 2017.

The expansion of existing settlements on the West Bank - territory which Israel occupied during a conflict in 1967, has been a major point of contention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The resolution marked a striking rupture with past practice by President Barack Obama who had the USA abstain rather than veto the measure as president-elect Donald Trump demanded.

Talks have remained frozen since the collapse of the last peace negotiations in 2014, which were sponsored by former Secretary of State John Kerry.

Jason Greenblatt, Trump's worldwide envoy, arrived on Monday.

Mr Kushner will arrive on Wednesday for meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah. That has caused friction between the prime minister and right-wing elements in the governing coalition and amongst Netanyahu's support base - an issue that could become acute if the president's representatives push for more building limits. Most terror attacks are carried out by "lone wolves", acting without the backing of an organisation, or by small, independent local cells.

In the attack at the Damascus Gate in 2016 that killed an Israeli officer the headline on the initial CBS story was "3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on".

The BBC's original headline and tweet read, "Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem", which omitted the fact that it occurred in response to the fatal stabbing of an Israeli police officer.

Palestinians say it stems from anger over decades of Israeli rule in territory they claim for their state.

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