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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at the Knesset on June 13, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Lapid says Biden plan to reopen US Palestinian mission in Jerusalem a ‘bad idea’

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Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday said Israel believes the U.S. plan to reopen its consulate in Jerusalem to service Palestinians is a “bad idea,” while arguing that the consulate could fracture the fragile...
A burning swastika inside a Star of David, erected on Aug. 14, 2021 during riots in the village of Beita in Samaria. Source: Screenshot.

Palestinians erect flaming swastika, Star of David near Evyatar outpost

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Palestinians erected a burning swastika and Star of David on Saturday night during riots in the village of Beita in Samaria, near the evacuated outpost of Evyatar. The riots, which have included burning tires and...
The former U.S. Consulate-General in Jerusalem, July 19, 2009. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

US pressures Israel to open Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem

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U.S. administration officials have worked to delay a bill proposed by Knesset member Nir Barkat (Likud) which, if passed into law, would essentially prevent the reopening of a de facto U.S. embassy to the Palestinians in...
The Barkan Industrial Park in Samaria, which employs Israeli and Palestinian workers Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

IDF increases number of Palestinians eligible to work inside Israel

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The Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Maj. Gen. Ghassan Alian, informed Palestinian Authority senior officials of a rise in the number of Palestinians eligible to work in Israel, the Israel Defense...

Settler colonialism backfires

Of all the catchwords hijacked by the study of the Middle East Conflict, none has turned taboos inside out more than settler colonialism. It is the linguistic warrant for bringing an indictment against Israel...
The former U.S. Consulate-General in Jerusalem, July 19, 2009. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

US reportedly to delay reopening Jerusalem consulate for Palestinians

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The United States is expected to delay reopening the Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem until the new Israeli government passes a budget, likely by November, reported Axios. According to a report, “the decision shows how invested the...
The Eiffel Tower, Paris. Credit: Pixabay.

‘Bonhomie’ from France: Parliamentary delegation visits Israel, meets top leaders

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Thirty-eight members of the French parliament arrived for a three-day visit to Israel earlier this week on a tour sponsored by the European Leadership Network (ELNET), in cooperation with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign...
Former Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat arrives at a Likud Party meeting on May 28, 2019. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Barkat drafts bill to stop reopening of US mission for Palestinians in Jerusalem

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Israel’s opposition, led by Likud Knesset member and former Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, submitted a bill on Wednesday to bar the United States from reopening its diplomatic mission to the Palestinians in eastern Jerusalem. The...
(L-R) Israeli minister of Defense Benny Gantz, minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Minister of Justice Gideon Saar during a discussion on the "family reunification law", during a plenum session in the assembly hall of the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem, on July 6, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

A flood of Palestinians into Israel? Citizenship law fails to pass, despite security issues

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Politics makes strange bedfellows. In the predawn hours of Tuesday morning, the Likud Party celebrated alongside the anti-Zionist Joint Arab List, as the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, meant to bolster Israel’s security...
A plenum session in the Knesset on July 6, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

In a blow to Israel’s coalition, Knesset fails to pass citizenship bill

A bill seeking to extend a law regulating the status and residency of Palestinian spouses of Arab Israelis failed to pass a Knesset vote early Tuesday morning. The “family reunification law,” first passed as a...