Israel Reduces Gaza's Power Supply Further After the Palestinian Authority Cuts Payment


Construction of the new West Bank settlement began on Tuesday for the first time in 25 years with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin calling it an "honour" to make good on the promised outpost.

Jason Greenblatt, the USA special representative for global negotiations, arrived in Israel on Monday for preliminary discussions in Jerusalem and Ramallah, and will remain for follow-up talks after Kushner has left, Reuters reported.

A knife-wielding Palestinian was shot dead Tuesday after attempting to stab Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, the Israel Defense Forces said.

US President Donald Trump is seeking to restart peace negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians - stalled since talks collapsed in 2014.

Abu Rudeineh called on the USA administration to immediately intervene to preserve the atmosphere created by Trump during his meeting last month with President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington.

Since the 1993 peace agreement between Israel and Palestine, the number of settlement homes has increased more than threefold, threatening the viability of a two-state solution.

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

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Those talks in large part collapsed after Israel ignored United States pressure and announced the building of thousands of new homes in existing settlement blocs.

When Trump visited Jerusalem on May 22-23, he studiously avoided any mention of settlements, at least in public.

Greenblatt, an Orthodox Jew who was Trump's real-estate adviser, is soft on settlements and was even an armed guard at a West Bank yeshiva he studied at in the 1980s.

The Amichai settlement is every bit as illegal under global law as Amona, but the fact that it is being established formally by the government makes it different under Israeli law.

This month marked the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War in which Israel captured the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

"The ambassador was also apprised of developments regarding the investigation, which began with the arrest of the [east Jerusalem man] who drove the terrorists to the site of the attack, as well as the arrest of one of the terrorist's mother [for helping them]". Israel disputes that, citing biblical, historical and political links to the West Bank, as well as security interests.