Israel plans 261 settler homes deep in West Bank: NGO

Israel today moved forward with plans for 261 new homes in two settlements located deep in the occupied West Bank, a watchdog said, drawing strong European condemnation.

Israel to free Palestinians and build more settlements

Two previous rounds of prisoner releases in August and October have been accompanied by Israeli announcements of fresh construction on land the Palestinians want for a future state, provoking Palestinian ire.

Israel evicts Palestinian protesters from West Bank

Israeli Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the outpost of Palestinians could remain there for six days.

Israel to face new condemnation for settlements

The Palestinians said that all of the UN Security Council members except the United States will condemn Israel`s recent announcements of new settlement construction which are making a two-state solution more difficult to achieve.

Israel breaking settlement records, says Peace Now

A govt spokesman said Israel was exercising restraint in settlement building and pointed to a 10-month freeze in 2010.

Israel expands settlement bloc near Bethlehem

Construction is a bid to preserve the land for
the future expansion, suggesting there were plans to
build 2,500 homes.

Israel considering annexing West Bank settlements

Israel has refrained from taking such an explosive step for four decades.

Israel appreciates US veto on "illegal" settlements

Israel "deeply
appreciated" the US stands to veto a UN resolution that would
have condemned the Jewish state`s "illegal" settlement
activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Palestinians say vote on settlements on Friday

The UNSC will vote on Friday on a resolution to condemn Israeli settlements.

Draft on settlements ready for UN: Palestinians

The draft resolution condemns Israel`s West Bank settlement activity.

Israel dismisses global criticism over new settlements

Israel has dismissed worldwide criticisms over its plan to build 1,300 new homes in east Jerusalem.

Palestinians open to US proposal on settlements

The Palestinians said they have accepted a US proposal calling on Israel to extend a West Bank settlement slowdown for two months.

US disappointed in Israel over settlements

US has said it was disappointed by Israel`s refusal to extend a slowdown in settlement construction and dispatched special Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell to the region in an urgent bid to salvage the stalled negotiations.

Israel `ready to compromise` on settlements

Israel raised the possibility of a compromise on settlement construction just ahead of the scheduled ending of curbs that threatened to derail US-backed Middle East peace talks.

Hillary in Jerusalem to tackle settlements deadlock

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Israeli and Palestinian leaders were "serious"
about peace ahead of a meeting expected to address a lingering deadlock over Jewish settlements.

Ban asks Israel to extend freeze on settlements

Welcoming the United States brokered direct peace talks between Israel and Palestine, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday asked Israel to extend a settlement freeze in West Bank to facilitate the negotiations.

Netanyahu offers Palestinians talks on settlements

Israeli PM wants Palestinians to drop preconditions for face-to-face talks.

UN chief says Israeli settlements `undermine trust`

Israeli settlement building in the
Occupied Territories is undermining trust in the peace
process, United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said in a letter
made public on Thursday.

Palestinian govt plans USD 50mn settlement fund

The Palestinian govt plans to establish a USD 50mn fund to help thousands of Palestinians quit work in Israeli settlements by the end of the year.

Israel vows to build settlements in Jerusalem

Israel`s hawkish Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday vowed to build settlements across
Jerusalem in defiance of a key demand from its close ally US
to freeze constructions in the eastern part of the city.