The UN condemnation of Israel's settlements matters only if you think there’s an 'international community' that really cares | Opinion
But there are doubts among those supporting settlements about the commitment and intentions of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Palestinian chief negotiator says the move, which follows more than a year-long low-key construction freeze, highlights need for UN Security Council resolution condemning settlements.
Ban Ki-moon says settlements are 'affront to Palestinian people' while Israel's UN ambassador uses 'terror dolls' to prove Palestinian incitement.
Haaretz investigation reveals deputy defense minister and a key Netanyahu supporter in the U.S. donated to groups campaigning to impose Israeli sovereignty over Temple Mount.
Funneling monies to settlements is the most successful sustained smuggling operation in Israel's history. The Haaretz probe of tax deductible private U.S. donations is part of a nascent, widening campaign for transparency.
Speaking in southern Israel, the former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. says Obama's worldview informs his unwillingness to use military force.
The decision to begin construction in Jerusalem settlements underscores both Israel's weakness in the international arena and Netanyahu's weakness within his coalition.
Projects in Jerusalem settlement Ramat Shlomo and neighborhood Ramot had long been frozen for fear of international backlash.
Rather than boycotting Israel, the EU’s new 'differentiation strategy' specifically separates out the democratic and internationally recognized Israel within the 1967 borders - with whom it seeks close ties - from the non-democratic and non-recognized settlements.