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Hamas Claims Killing of Israeli Policewoman, Raising Fears Over Its Growing Threat

Hamas Claims Killing of Israeli Policewoman, Raising Fears Over Its Growing Threat

"Today, ground works began, as I promised, for the establishment of the new community for the residents of Amona", Mr Netanyahu announced on Tuesday.

Amichai is just part of the problem, of course, with Israel's continued expansion of settlements across the West Bank leaving less and less land for the Palestinian population to ever end up with its own state in.

The new settlement is the first of its kind to be built since the 1993 Oslo peace accords.

Trump has made it clear that working toward achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians is a top priority for him, a White House official told CNN ahead of Kushner's arrival. After hosting Abbas and Netanyahu separately at the White House and visiting them in the Middle East, Trump has "maximal leverage right now", Shapiro said in a conference call with reporters on Monday.

While Israel has not launched new settlements in recent decades, extensive construction has focussed on expanding existing settlements. He added that "there hasn't been, nor will there be a better government" for the settlement enterprise than that which he now leads.

In a statement, spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said the timing of the announcement "indicates that Israel is not interested in US efforts".

The global community considers all Jewish settlements in the West Bank illegal but Israel draws a distinction between those it sanctions and those it does not - so-called outposts. Yet, highlighting the earth-moving work suggests he believed he had little to fear from US President Donald Trump's administration over settlement building that has drawn Palestinian and global condemnation.




US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner will visit Palestine this week in a stated effort to broker peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Israel decided in March to build Amichai, which means "My People Live", and in recent weeks it has approved plans for more than 3,000 settler homes elsewhere in the West Bank.

It will accommodate some 40 families whose homes were cleared from the unauthorised settler outpost of Amona.

According to officials, Kushner and Greenblatt will continue conversations with Netanyahu and Abbas, following Trump's visit last month to the region.

The Palestinian Authority issued a statement on Saturday condemning the deaths of the three attackers, calling it a "war crime" by Israeli forces.

Kushner will meet Wednesday in Jerusalem with Netanyahu and in Ramallah with Palestinian President Abbas in order to hear from the two how they would like to move forward toward a renewal of the peace process.

The Islamic State initially claimed responsibility for the attack, the first time it has claimed responsibility for a Palestinian terror attack in Israel.


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