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Israel-Palestine News January 28th - 3rd February 2017
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Purpose: to provide a varied selection of articles from Arabic, Hebrew and English mainstream media outlets so readers get a flavour of what is being read by the general public about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from different perspectives. The aim is to shine a spotlight for readers on the polarised narratives and constant one-sided messaging that appears in the media of each society, and often also in the international media. Solutions Not Sides makes no attempt to reconcile or support any of these narratives, but we believe it is important to understand each side’s perspective and the way that their society presents events if a negotiated solution is to be reached. 

We do not currently have the capacity to provide translations of actual Hebrew and Arabic media, so bear in mind that news agencies that issue articles in those languages may not produce the same content as the English versions of their outlets provided here (e.g. Aljazeera Arabic and Aljazeera English do not simply produce the same content in both languages). The content and opinions of these articles do not reflect our aims or opinions. Our main educational point about media sources on this issue is that they are almost always biased and should never be trusted in isolation. Please BE RESOURCEFUL and research for yourself a diversity of sources for everything you read or hear about Israel-Palestine. 

Arab News Sources

Al Jazeera: 3000 new settlement homes announced for the occupied West Bank.
Israel has announced the construction of 3,000 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the fourth such announcement in the less than two weeks since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. "Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have decided to authorise the construction of 3,000 new housing units in Judea-Samaria," the defence ministry said in a statement on Tuesday, using the term Israel uses for the West Bank, a Palestinian territory it has occupied since 1967.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/israel-authorises-3000-settler-homes-west-bank-170201051854191.html

Middle East Eye: 'Carte blanche': Israelis hail Trump backing on illegal settlements
Israeli officials welcomed on Friday what they took as US consent to expand existing settlements, after the White House reversed a long-standing policy of condemning building on occupied land. In its first substantive announcement on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Trump administration said it did not see existing settlements hampering peace with the Palestinians, although it recognised that "expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal".
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/carte-blanch-israelis-welcome-trump-backing-illegal-settlements-2052031137


Al-Monitor: Palestinians need own strategy to end occupation
When in January 2016 French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced an international conference in Paris to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinians were hopeful. Fabius had warned that if Israel refused to go along with the plan, France would recognize the state of Palestine. The conference called by Paris was held on Jan. 15, 2016, and attended by 70 foreign ministers from relevant countries, with the exception of those from Israel (which refused to take part) and Palestine (which was not invited after Israel's rejection).
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/01/palestinian-israel-peace-paris-conference-failure.html


Hebrew News Sources

IDF Official: Hamas Has Replenished Its Missile Capability Since 2014 War
An IDF senior military official on Wednesday told Channel 2 that Hamas has fully replenished its military capability it had lost following 2014's Operation Protective Edge.  During an interview with the Israeli broadcaster, the official said that the terror organization had used the proceeding years since the 2014 offensive to work on its tunnels and shore-up its missile programs.
http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/IDF-official-Hamas-has-replenished-its-missile-capability-since-2014-war-480175


Even Trump Can’t Stay Silent as Israel Runs Amok in Settlements
For an entire week the White House mulled how to react to the torrent of announcements from Jerusalem on building thousands of housing units in the settlements. The Trump administration’s statement Thursday night – the team’s first significant comment on the issue – was crafted diplomatically and politely, but the bottom line was perfectly clear. Not only is the Iranian government on warning – so is the Israeli government.
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.769467?=&ts=_1486229036696


Amona violence condemned, MKs pledge to pass outpost bill
Some 60 officers are wounded as right-wing activists clash with police in Samaria outpost. Police chief: "We will exhaust all measures against those who broke the law." Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan denounces violence, calls rioters "hooligans." The eviction of the contested Samaria outpost of Amona concluded Thursday amid violent clashes between police forces and right-wing activists. Thousands of police and Border Police removed over 1,000 people throughout the day.
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=40079

International

Israel president 'sorry for hurt' to Mexico over Netanyahu's border wall tweet
Israel’s president has told his Mexican counterpart that he was “sorry for the hurt” over a tweet in which the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, appeared to praise Donald Trump’s plans to build a wall on the US-Mexican border. In a tweet on Saturday that drew a rebuke from Mexico, the rightwing Netanyahu wrote: “President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea.”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/31/israeli-president-mexio-apology-netanyahu-border-wall-tweet


Israeli Forces and Settlers Brace for the Evacuation of a West Bank Outpost
Israeli forces and West Bank settlers on Wednesday braced for the looming evacuation of an outpost whose slated destruction could rupture Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's narrow coalition, dominated by ultranationalists who support settlements. The military issued eviction orders the day before telling residents to evacuate Amona within 48 hours and blocked roads leading to the outpost. It was unclear when that deadline expires. Thousands of soldiers and police gathered around Amona early Wednesday morning. A few dozen settlers set fire to tires at the entrance to the outpost and threw stones at Israeli forces. Israeli police and military had no immediate comment.
http://time.com/4656234/west-bank-amona-settlers-eviction/


Reuters: PM May, Israel's Netanyahu to meet as diplomatic winds change
Prime Minister Theresa May will raise the issue of Israeli settlements in occupied territory with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in London on Monday but their talks will focus on boosting trade as Britain leaves the European Union. May's spokeswoman said she would also reiterate her support for the Iran nuclear deal, which Prime Minister Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump strongly oppose. Despite the points of difference, May has warmly praised Israel since she took office last year in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-israel-idUKKBN15H16B

Op-eds

The Guardian: Secret aid worker - development in Palestine is hostage to politics
Like many young development fanatics, making a difference on the ground in an exciting foreign country was what drove me into this career, so naturally I couldn’t believe my luck when I landed a job with a big development organisation in Palestine almost straight out of university. It felt like my opportunity to contribute to overcoming one of the world’s most infamous, protracted and long-running conflicts. Yet after a few months on the job I can’t help but feel like I could have made more of a difference if I’d just stayed at home.
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2017/jan/31/secret-aid-worker-development-in-palestine-is-hostage-to-politics


Al Jazeera: Donald Trump is wrong about Israel's 'security' wall
On January 27, as proof of the effectiveness that walls can have in preventing the movement of people between borders, United States President Donald Trump told Sean Hannity of Fox News: "A wall protects. All you have to do is ask Israel. They were having a total disaster coming across and they had a wall. It's 99.9 percent stoppage. One could say, after all, that it's the Palestinians who were "having a total disaster coming across". Since 1967, Israel has built some 250 illegal settlements and outposts on Palestinian land in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, in which more than 600,000 Israelis now live, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/01/donald-trump-wrong-israel-security-wall-170129075510513.html


Ynetnews: Who will be the next leader of Hamas?
There is no target date for the appointment of the Palestinian organization’s secretary-general. While Ismail Haniyeh seems to have the best chance, the Hamas parliament could decide to extend Khaled Mashal’s mandate by another year. Meanwhile, Israel and the Palestinian Authority are working in fascinating cooperation against their joint enemy.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4915643,00.html

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