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# west-bank - Sunday 5 June, 2011

Fourteen people now dead as Israel opens fire on Syrian protesters along border

Local doctors confirmed the death toll as Israeli soldiers opened fire on protesters who stormed the border into the Golan Heights which Israeli seized from Syria in 1967.

# west-bank - Wednesday 1 June, 2011

Israel approves housing settlement on road joining Palestine, names it 'Obama' - report

The Israeli government approves a plan to rename a housing settlement planned for a road joining Gaza and the West Bank.

# west-bank - Saturday 21 May, 2011

Little hope of Middle East resolution as Netanyahu rejects Obama's 'unrealistic' view of region

Having begun the week looking at ways in which to move things forward in the Middle East, Barack Obama appears to have done little to appease either Israel or Palestine.

# west-bank - Tuesday 17 May, 2011

Palestinians postpone local elections until October

President Mahmoud Abbas says elections won’t be held in July to allow reconciliation between the Fatah movement and the Hamas group, who are working on forming a unity government.

Palestinians postpone local elections

The decision is part of a reconciliation process between the Fatah movement and Islamic militant group Hamas.

# west-bank - Tuesday 10 May, 2011

Palestinians issue first bonds

In a milestone move towards an independent state, the biggest company in the Palestinian territories has issued its first set of five-year corporate bonds.

# west-bank - Wednesday 4 May, 2011

Fatah and Hamas proclaim landmark reconciliation pact

The pact aims to end the bitter four-year rift between the rival Palestinian factions – however, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has said that the agreement is a “tremendous blow for peace”.

# west-bank - Thursday 28 April, 2011

Rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah reach unity agreement

The agreement comes four years after Hamas seized control of the Gaza strip in a violent takeover. Israel and the US appeared to reject the deal given Hamas’ stated goal of destroying the Jewish state.

# west-bank - Sunday 24 April, 2011

One Israeli killed and four injured after West Bank shooting

The group of Israelis had come to pray at a Jewish holy site in the West Bank but without authorisation and a man – alleged to be a Palestinain policeman – opened fire, according to the Israeli military.

# west-bank - Tuesday 8 March, 2011

Israel might offer Palestinians a temporary border

Israel has been told to make a significant gesture to overcome the deadlocked peace negotiations – however Palestine has rejected previous offers of temporary borders.

# west-bank - Wednesday 2 March, 2011

Israel approves housing expansion in east Jerusalem

Newly approved Jewish settlement expansion in bitterly contested east Jerusalem has raised further fears for the deadlocked peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

# west-bank - Saturday 19 February, 2011

US vetoes UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements UN

US vetoes UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements

The US ambassador to the United Nations said that the decision “should not be misunderstood to mean we support settlement activity.”

# west-bank - Monday 14 February, 2011

Palestinian cabinet quits ahead of anticipated reshuffle

Mahmoud Abbas accepts the resignation of Salam Fayyad’s cabinet – possibly prompted by the unrest in the region.

# west-bank - Tuesday 14 December, 2010

EU shelves recognition of Palestinian state

EU foreign ministers have said they will recognise Palestine when it is “appropriate”.

# west-bank - Wednesday 8 December, 2010

US abandons demand for Israeli settlement freeze

The United States says it will no longer attempt to convince Israel to ban construction in the West Bank.

# west-bank - Sunday 14 November, 2010

Israel to debate US settlement deal

The US has offered a package of incentives to Israel in exchange for a 90-day settlement freeze.

# west-bank - Tuesday 5 October, 2010

West Bank mosque torched by arsonists

Extremist Jewish settlers are being blamed for the attack.

# west-bank - Monday 27 September, 2010

Abbas defers decision on Mid-East peace talks

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will consult with the Arab League over Israel’s decision to resume settlements.

# west-bank - Wednesday 1 September, 2010

Isreali deaths overshadow peace talks

First direct talks between Israel and Palestine in over 18 months open in Washington.

# west-bank - Tuesday 31 August, 2010

A GUNMAN HAS SHOT four Israelis dead in a drive-by shooting outside a Jewish settlement town in the West Bank. The Israeli Defence Forces says that two men and two women, one of whom was pregnant, were killed in “one of the worst terror attacks” in many years. Israeli officials said Palestinian gunmen were responsible. Direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials are due to re-commence tomorrow in Washington.

# west-bank - Sunday 29 August, 2010

Israeli actors boycott West Bank settlement

57 Israeli actors and playwrights have refused to perform on the contested land of the West Bank.