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Settlements

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Amos Elon’s Warning on Israel’s Settlements Robert Mackey - New York Times 30/5/2009
PA: Settlers can become Palestinian citizens Akiva Eldar - Haaretz -Condoleezza Rice told me she understood our position about Ariel but that Ma`aleh Adumim was a different matter. I told her, and Livni, that those residents of Ma`aleh Adumim or Ariel who would rather stay in their homes could live under Palestinian rule and law, just like the Israeli Arabs who live among you. They could hold Palestinian and Israeli nationalities. If they want it - welcome.28/5/2009
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Will Netanyahu Give Up Settlements to Gain Support Against Iran?Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler - antiwar.com - The very day of the North Korean challenge, the Israeli leader faced stormy opposition within his own Likud Party over his promise to U.S. President Barack Obama to evacuate mini-settlement outposts and to refrain from building new settlements in the West Bank. Netanyahu told them bluntly: "Coordination with the U.S. over the Iranian threat is more important than keeping illegal outposts." 28/5/2009
Israeli Settlement Growth Must Stop, Clinton Says MARK LANDLER and ISABEL KERSHNER - The New York Times - Mr. Mitchell has been negotiating reciprocal measures with Israel’s Arab neighbors, in which they would take steps, like granting visas to Israeli citizens or allowing Israel to open trade offices in their capitals, in return for Israel’s action on settlements. But administration officials say the onus is on Israel to show progress. Almost 300,000 Israelis now live in settlements in the West Bank, excluding East Jerusalem, among a Palestinian population of some 2.5 million. Much of the world considers the 120 or so settlements a violation of international law. 28/5/2009
Israel takes down two more settler outpostsHaaretz - Netanyahu has resolved to move against the outposts in a bid to stave off pressure from the Obama administration27/5/2009
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Abu Ala : settlers can stay on under Palestinian sovereignty and lawsHaaretz/ANSAmed - Abu Ala reiterated that negotiations with Israel will not be resumed without without a complete stop to the settlements including the so-called "natural growth". In his view, a Palestinian national unity government including Fatah and Hamas is a preliminary condition for peace with Israel, and acording to him much progress was already made towards forming such a government.26/5/2009
Israel wants US approval to settlement construction and expansionSaed Bannoura/Gil Hoffman - IMEMC/Jerusalem Post - Israeli officials stated that Israel would dismantle 26 illegal settlement outposts within a number of weeks in exchange for allowing Israel to expand its settlements under the pretext of natural growth. This so-called new Israeli offer was reached during a Monday night meeting between Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Prime Minster, Benjamin Netanyahu. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Lieberman strikes a discordant note, calling the proposal "nonsense". 26/5/2009
Labor rebels` bill would pay settlers who leave West BankYuval Azoulay - Haaretz - "The so-called Labor Party rebels are outflanking their party chairman, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, from the left and proposing a Knesset bill that would compensate West Bank settlers who voluntarily leave their homes"25/5/2009
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Obama demands that Israel stop settlements. How feasible is that?Joshua Mitnick - Christian Science Monitor - "The US and Israel agreed this week to establish a joint committee on how to implement a freeze outlined in the 2003 road map."23/5/2009
IDF evacuates illegal outpost, only to see it rise from the ashes by afternoon Avi Issacharoff, Barak Ravid and Nadav Shragai - Haaretz23/5/2009
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Birth of a settlement Joseph Dana and Mairav Zonszein - Haaretz - "The settler movement is not as strong as it is portrayed in the Israeli and international media. Without the active and passive support of both the government and the armed forces, the settlers` efforts would be rendered useless. Without it being possible to freely document and expose these matters, Israel`s government will continue to use the image of the settlers as a cover for its own overt policy of support for settlement creation and maintenance in the West Bank"22/5/2009
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God is stronger than Obama, say Israeli settlers defying bulldozersJames Hider - The Times - "In Maoz Esther, no one from the outpost was arrested when security forces moved in with a digger to destroy the half dozen jerry-built homes and a shrine on a hillside. Standing among washing machines, furniture and holy books that the settlers removed before the bulldozers moved in, the MP Michael Ben Ari of the National Union party helped to rebuild one of the destroyed wooden homes"22/5/2009
Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, approves right-wing Israeli demonstration in HebronAhmad Jaradat - The Alternative Information Center - On 18 May 2009, between 10:00 and 12:00, all the shops and organizations in Hebron were closed. This general strike was announced by the Palestinian political parties and the local NGOs, with all involved participating in a popular demonstration in Babi Sauia, the border region that divides the city into the H2 area, under Israeli jurisdiction, and the H1 area, under control of the Palestinian Authority. This popular mobilization was a reaction to the decision of Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, to allow a large presence of extremist Israelis in Hebron.20/5/2009
Jordan Valley settlement expanded Efrat Weiss - YNET - Contractors tour Maskiot as Netanyahu lands in Washington; council chairman says timing `coincidental`, but Peace Now head claims planned expansion `clear message to US` 18/5/2009
Presidential demagoguery: Natural growth a foolish excuse used by Peres to justify settlement constructionB. Michael - YNET16/5/2009
Israeli settler children screaming “Death to Arabs” get Israeli military to close Palestinian landSaed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "As the children stood on the hillside chanting `Death to all Arabs`, the Israeli soldiers showed the farmers and human rights observers a military order declaring their farmland to be a `closed military zone`, and forced them off their land at gunpoint"11/5/2009
Hill 26Across the border line - An Israeli peace activist reports on a joint Israeli-Palestinian action against an illegal Israeli settlement near Hebron. Photos and videos.10/5/2009
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PCHR Strongly Condemns Israeli Plans to Confiscate 12,000 Donums of Palestinian LandPCHR - Press Release - "These decisions fundamentally undermine the viability of any future Palestinian State." 6/5/2009
IPCRI Panel on Settlement Expansion: If Current Settlement Trends Continue, They Will Devastate Two-State Solution — But Analysts Remain “Cautiously Optimistic”Isabel Nicholson - AIC - "The rise of the ultra-orthodox settlements is a new trend in recent years […]. Given that the ultra-orthodox are traditionally very poor and prefer to live in enclosed areas among themselves, settlements in the West Bank are ideal, as the cost of living is dramatically cheaper, and they are secluded from the surrounding population. As for political gains, support for ultra-religious settlements was helpful for Prime Minister Olmert because along with it came support from the religious party Shas, who threatened to leave the last coalition if Olmert did not support the growth of their settlements"4/5/2009
Israeli settlement homes sold to foreign buyers - 30 Apr 09Link to youtube - Al Jazeera`s Jacky Rowland investigates.2/5/2009
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Ministers to Homesh evacuees: You`ll return to settlementEfrat Weiss - Ynet - ""Your courage and determination are commendable. I am certain that we will succeed in rebuilding (Homesh)."" 13/5/2009
End Palestinian demolitions in Jerusalem, UN tells IsraelRory McCarthy - The Guardian - Report increases pressure over displaced families but mayor says planning policy even-handed4/5/2009
Israeli settler bulldozes Palestinian orchards near BethlehemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "In this case, the settler appeared to be acting alone – in most cases, settlers carry out their destruction of Palestinian land and harassment of Palestinian farmers under the protection of Israeli soldiers. He destroyed hundreds of almond trees and grapevines in his action, but the Palestinian families which own the land have no means of redress or compensation for the damage that the settler caused. While they did file a formal complaint with the Israeli military authorities based in the settlement of Gush Etzion, the Israeli military says they are under no obligation whatsoever to investigate or pursue the complaint"4/5/2009
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