Palestine condemns granting of legal status to illegal settlements in West Bank

Israeli forces raid Jenin arrest 5 Palestinians

19-year-old Palestinian shot dead by Israeli army during West Bank raid

On January 9, Israel ordered a sweeping crackdown in the West Bank after the shooting death of the Israeli rabbi.

Israel says that any assistance to Palestinians in Area C must be coordinated with authorities.

At this point the community will have to start jumping through numerous bureaucratic hoops to move forward, but that most important first official threshold has finally been crossed.

Tamimi, who turned 17 in prison last week, was charged with assault and incitement after she slapped and punched two Israeli soldiers in her West Bank village in December.

However, they did not catch the man considered to have led the attack on Shevach, 22-year-old Ahmed Jarrar.

"We promised and the proposal to normalise Havat Gilad outpost as a regular community will be brought to the cabinet for approval this coming Sunday", Lieberman wrote on Twitter.

On Saturday night, IDF soldiers detained a Palestinian who is suspected of collaborating with the attacker.


Israeli settlements are seen as illegal under worldwide law and a major obstacle to peace as they are built on land the Palestinians see as part of their future state.

His cousin, who has the same name, was killed on January 18 after a ten-hour military operation by the Israeli army, in what Palestinians believe was a case of mistaken identity.

Mr Trump's reversal of decades of USA policy enraged Palestinians, who want to create an independent state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as their capital.

"Yesterday our forces were again in action in an effort to apprehend the last of the assassins and their accomplices in the murder of Rabbi Shevach", Netanyahu told cabinet ministers and media.

Our second policy guideline is to strengthen settlement.

"Anyone who thinks that through the abominable murder of a resident of Havat Gilad, a father of 6, they would break our spirits and weaken us is making a bitter mistake", he said. In a statement, he said the Israeli-issued permits were "nearly impossible to obtain" and that demolitions such as Sunday's, among other Israeli policies, "have created a coercive environment that violates the human rights of residents and generates a risk of forcible transfer".

"We are not bent on war, but we will do whatever is necessary to defend ourselves", said Netanyahu.

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