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# west-bank - Sunday 26 May, 2013

Kerry set to unveil plan for West Bank economy

The US Secretary of State is tasked with presenting a economic plan to attract tourism and private sector investment into the West Bank.

# west-bank - Saturday 11 May, 2013

Top readers' comments of the week

Here’s our round-up of the best, the most interesting and the most commented-on pieces from the past week. Did you make it in?

# west-bank - Thursday 9 May, 2013

Israel approves 296 West Bank settler homes

The announcement comes just two days after Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a freeze on tenders for new settler homes in a bid to give a chance to US-led efforts to revive peace talks.

# west-bank - Tuesday 7 May, 2013

Israel PM freezes tenders for new West Bank settler homes

Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a freeze on publishing tenders for new West Bank settler homes to avoid hampering US efforts to renew peace talks, according to Israeli army radio reports.

# west-bank - Sunday 28 April, 2013

Column: The EU must do more to help resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict

The EU has considerable leverage in the region, yet is taking a back-seat to the US – which dithers as relations in the region break-down. It’s time for a change, writes Emer Costello MEP.

# west-bank - Wednesday 20 March, 2013

Obama to visit Israel in first foreign trip since re-election

The US President will arrive in Tel Aviv to inspect a rocket-and-mortar defence system produced by Israel with American assistance.

# west-bank - Sunday 13 January, 2013

Photos: Israel evicts Palestinians from West Bank protest site

Dozens of protesters were evicted from the first-of-its-kind protest camp in an area slated for Jewish settlement.

# west-bank - Friday 4 January, 2013

PHOTOS: Hamas allows huge Fatah rally in Gaza - the first since 2007

Hundreds of thousands of supporters of Fatah attended the mass rally – the first since Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007.

# west-bank - Wednesday 2 January, 2013

Financially-strapped Palestine asks Arab nations to stump up cash

Israel has withheld the usual instalments of tax revenue since Palestine successfully won observer status at the UN.

# west-bank - Thursday 6 December, 2012

Column: ‘The US is no longer the key power broker in the Gaza conflict’

While the outbreak of violence in the Middle East is nothing new, Hillary Clinton’s willingness to engage with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood leadership certainly is, writes Dr Vincent Durac.

# west-bank - Friday 30 November, 2012

Israel announces plan for 3,000 new settler homes after UN vote

Construction is expected to be in the highly contentious area of the West Bank known as E1, a corridor that runs between the easternmost edge of annexed east Jerusalem and the Maaleh Adumim settlement.

# west-bank - Sunday 4 November, 2012

Palestinian leader violates taboo on refugees

Mahmoud Abbas has publicly suggested his people may have to relinquish claims to ancestral homes in Israel.

# west-bank - Saturday 20 October, 2012

West Bank Palestinians voting in first election for six years

About 25 per cent of the candidates in the local elections are women. The ballot are being boycotted by Hamas.

# west-bank - Monday 17 September, 2012

Two die in Pakistan as film violence spreads

Protests have taken place across the Arab World against the US-produced ‘Innocence of Muslims’.

# west-bank - Friday 24 August, 2012

Swiss lab to analyse Arafat remains for radioactive poisoning

A nine-month investigation by Al Jazeera found elevated levels of polonium on some of Arafat’s belongings. Was he poisoned?

# west-bank - Tuesday 10 July, 2012

Former Israeli Prime Minister cleared of corruption

However, Ehud Olmert was convicted on the lesser charge of “breach of trust” regarding favours he granted to a colleague.

# west-bank - Wednesday 6 June, 2012

Israel to build 300 new settlement homes in the West Bank

Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are the heart of the current deadlock in efforts to strike a peace deal in the Middle East.

# west-bank - Tuesday 15 May, 2012

Palestinian hunger strikers reach deal with Israel

Israel has agreed to better conditions for Palestinian prisoners in return for a commitment to halt to all terrorist activity inside jails.

# west-bank - Thursday 26 April, 2012

Gilmore condemns Israel for 'legalising' West Bank settlements

The Tánaiste has warned that the building of outposts and settlements will threaten the two-state solution and peace process.

# west-bank - Friday 20 April, 2012

Gaza executions 'unlawful' says UN

Human rights office says death sentences were not approved by the Palestinian president as required.

# west-bank - Tuesday 17 April, 2012

Palestinian PM pulls out planned meeting with Netanyahu

Salam Fayyad was due to hold what would have been the highest-level talks between the sides in two years.

# west-bank - Thursday 5 April, 2012

Israeli forces evict settlers from building in West Bank

Israeli security forces ended a week-long stand-off today, evicting dozens of Jewish settlers from an illegally occupied building in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron.

# west-bank - Wednesday 29 February, 2012

Israeli military raid Palestinian TV stations over communications concerns

Israeli authorities have also issued demolition orders for solar panels and wind turbines which provide power to Palestinian herders.

# west-bank - Sunday 12 February, 2012

Hamas rift emerges over Palestinian reconciliation deal

A Qatar-brokered deal between Hamas’ leader and the Palestinian president has sparked a rift in Hamas.

# west-bank - Tuesday 7 February, 2012

Amnesty calls on Israel to release or charge Palestinian hunger striker

Khader Adnan has been held by Israeli authorities who consider him a threat to the region’s security.

# west-bank - Sunday 5 February, 2012

Rights group calls on Israel to end Palestinian residency restrictions Palestine This post contains videos

Rights group calls on Israel to end Palestinian residency restrictions

In its latest report, Human Rights Watch says that control of the population registry is forcing families apart.

# west-bank - Tuesday 3 January, 2012

Israel and Palestine hold first talks in over a year

Negotiators will meet in Jordan in the hope of setting conditions under which peace talks could be restarted.

# west-bank - Wednesday 21 December, 2011

US criticised over failure to condemn settlement construction in Palestine

Diplomats have condemned the lack of progress toward a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

# west-bank - Friday 9 December, 2011

Palestinian militants fire rockets into Israel after airstrike on Gaza

The latest exchange followed several days of violence in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

# west-bank - Wednesday 30 November, 2011

Icelandic parliament votes to recognise full Palestinian state

The Icelandic parliament passes a motion recognising the state, but its foreign minister will consult with others before declaring so.

# west-bank - Monday 3 October, 2011

Radicals suspected of burning mosque in Israel

The burning of a mosque in an Arab village in northern Israel is suspected to be ‘revenge’ for the death of a Jewish settler in the West Bank last week.

# west-bank - Sunday 4 September, 2011

Poll: Should Ireland support Palestine's bid for full UN membership? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Ireland support Palestine's bid for full UN membership?

Ireland won’t decide how to vote on Palestine’s application until the wording is finalised. How do you think Ireland should vote?

Ireland undecided on Palestinian bid for full UN membership

The government won’t decide on a response to Palestine’s call for statehood until a formal wording is published, a spokesman says.

# west-bank - Wednesday 31 August, 2011

Column: Is a Palestinian unilateral declaration of statehood really a road to peace?

The Israeli Ambassador to Ireland writes that a bid to have an independent Palestinian state recognised by the UN, to live side by side with Israel, cannot be achieved in the present climate of violence.

# west-bank - Tuesday 16 August, 2011

Israel accuses Al Jazeera journalist of Hamas membership

The Palestinian journalist appeared before an Israeli military court today.

# west-bank - Monday 15 August, 2011

Israel approves construction of 277 new homes in West Bank

A further 277 apartments in a Jewish settlement deep inside the West Bank have been approved for construction.

# west-bank - Wednesday 3 August, 2011

Ezra Nawi rape conviction went unreported in Israel: report

The story which has ended the presidential hopes of David Norris has only come to light 14 years later.

# west-bank - Sunday 10 July, 2011

Irish woman held in Israel over 'flytilla' protest

Dee Murphy was “handcuffed and shackled” on arrival at Tel Aviv airport, according to reports.

# west-bank - Friday 1 July, 2011

The week in photos Week In Photos This post contains images

The week in photos

This is the week that was, in pictures.

# west-bank - Sunday 12 June, 2011

Trouble ahead? Hamas rejects Fatah's nominee for Palestinian prime minister, complicating unity deal

Efforts to reconcile the two previously warring factions from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank have been hit once more by this latest setback.