Israel Fyle


  • The Israeli government is upset with the US after a diplomat pointed out that the Western Wall is in territory occupied by Israel. [Link]


  • Israel’s leader is pushing a new bill that will make Israel a Jewish state. Critics of the bill warn that it will make Palestinians second-class citizens. [Link]


  • Israel withholds $1 million from the UN after a UN organization votes that Israel’s claim to Jerusalem is null and void. [Link]


  • Israel plans to build 15,000 new settlement homes in East Jerusalem. [Link]


  • Israel is adopting a policy of unconstrained settlement growth in Palestinian territory. [Link]


  • Israel rejects the US request for a freeze in building some settlements. [Link]


  • The Israeli Defense Minister threatens to destroy Syrian government anti-aircraft weapons. [Link]


  • A senior UN official resigned after the UN pulled a report labeling Israel as an apartheid regime. The UN official said the UN was pressured to pull the report by powerful UN members. [Link]


  • A new Isreali law bars supporters of the BDS movement from entering Israel. [Link]


  • Israel carried out five airstrikes on Gaza after Hamas reportedly fired some rockets into Israel. Four people in Gaza were reported to be injured by the Israeli airstrikes. Isreal also carried out airstrikes in Syria against the Syrian army. The Syrian army troops that were targeted were moving weapons to Hezbollah. [Link]


  • An Israeli court sentenced an Israeli soldier to 18 months in prison. The soldier executed an unarmed and wounded Palenstienin man who was lying in the street. [Link]
  • The Israeli government has plans to build a road in East Jerusalem that will require the destruction of 57 Palestinian homes. The road will connect Israeli settlements. Only Israeli settlers will be able to use the road. [Link]


  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pulling back on some settlement expansion after meeting with Trump. [Link]


  • US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says that the US is committed to a two-state solution for Israel. [Link]


  • In a joint press conference with the Israeli Prime Minister, Trump said he was perfectly fine with a one state solution in Israel. Trump also suggested that Israel hold back on settlement expansion. [Link]


  • Israel withdrew its Ambassador to Egypt at the end of last year. The move was done quietly and was not reported. Isreal reports the move was made out of safety concerns. [Link]


  • Hamas has named Yehiya Sinwar to be the leader in Gaza. Sinwar was a top military commander for Hamas and was imprisoned in Israel until a 2011 prisoner swap freed him. Sinwar is seen as a hardliner. [Link]


  • The Israeli bill that retroactively legalized 4,000 settlement homes that were built on privately owned Palestinian land, will also allow the Israeli government to seize Palestinian land in the future and give it to Isreali settlers. [Link]


  • A 16-year-old Palensitenian girl has been sentenced to six months in prison after Israeli authorities found a knife in her bag. They accused the girl of wanting to carry out resistance actions. The girl has already spent 14 months in prison waiting for trial. [Link]
  • Israel passed a law legalizing 4,000 settlers homes built on privately owned Palensitenian land. [Link]


  • Israel announces another 3,000 home settlement to be built in the Westbank. [Link]


  • Israel approves a new 2,500 home settlement in the West Bank. [Link]


  • Palestinians in the Gaza Strip only have power for four hours each day. Some people are starting to protest the Hamas government to turn the power back on. Part of the problem is that nearly 70% of consumers do not pay their electric bill. [Link]


  • Obama publically criticizes Israel for settlement building in the West Bank. Obama says the settlements are making a two-state solution impossible. [Link]


  • An Israeli soldier who killed a dying man in the street was convicted of manslaughter. The man had attacked Israeli soldiers but was wounded, unarmed, and laying on the ground at the time he was executed by the soldier. [Link]
  • After the conviction of the Israeli soldier was announced, protests broke out in Israel. The protesters were upset the soldier was convicted. [Link]


  • John Kerry gives a speech criticizing Israeli settlements. Kerry explains that settlements threaten the possibility of a two-state solution. [Link] Israeli’s Prime Minister Netanyahu condemns Kerry’s speech saying it is biased against Israel.


  • In response to the UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements in Palestine, Israel has cut all civilian and diplomatic ties with Palestinian Authority. Palestine did not get to vote on the UN resolution. [Link]


  • The UN Security Council votes 14-0 to condemn the Israeli settlements built in the occupied territories. The US abstained from the vote. [Link]


  • Israel is moving forward with a bill that will legalize illegal settlements in the West Bank. The settlements are illegal because they were built on privately owned Palestinian land. [Link]


  • Israel is ordering another 17 F-35s. This will bring their total number of  F-35s to over 50. [Link]


  • A bill in the Israel parliament aimed to silence the Muslim call to prayer is back on the table after it was amended to exclude the  Jewish Shabbat siren. The bill had been blocked by an Orthodox Jewish party when they feared the bill would also force them to silence their Jewish Shabbat siren. [Link]


  • People in Jerusalem are protesting the proposed ban on using loudspeakers for the call to prayer. To protest, people are going on rooftops and reciting the call to prayer. Churches in Nazareth are showing solidarity by broadcasting the night call to prayer. [Link]


  • A bill to create a law that would have banned Masques using loudspeakers for calls to prayer has likely been blocked. Members of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party appealed the bill. [Link]


  • Israel moves closer to passing legislation that would ban the use of loudspeakers at places of worship. The law is believed to target mosques who have predawn calls to prayer. [Link]
  • Israel is one step closer to passing a bill that would retroactively legalize Jewish settlements on seized privately owned Palestinian land. [Link]


  • Facebook agrees to work with Israel on censoring content. [Link]
  • Israel’s defense minister said that in the next war against Gaza militants “we will completely destroy them.”


  • Israel has quadrupled its construction of settlements in the West bank in the past year. The growth of settlements will make a two state solution more difficult. [Link]


  • The Obama Administration condemns Israeli plans to build a new settlement in the West Bank. [Link]


  • Israel will not allow election in the Gaza Strip. [Link]


  • Israeli forces have denied a Palenstein women with breast cancer the right to travel. The women needs to travel through checkpoints to receive cancer treatment. [Link]


  • Trump meets with Israeli President Netanyahu. The big story to come out of the meeting is Trump would support Jerusalem as being the unified capital of Israel. This is a shift in US policy on Israel. [Link]


  • An unarmed 13 year old Palestinian girl is shot by an Israeli guard after she did not stop at a checkpoint. After being shot and wounded the girl reported she wanted to die. [Link]


  • Israel trades rocket fire with Hamas. No casualties have been reported. [Link]


  • The Israeli Government is working with Facebook on determining what to censor in Israel. The Israeli Government is working on legislation to support the censorship. The censorship will likely be directed at Palestinians who believe that social media posts have incited a wave of violence. [Link]
  • US and Israel agree to a record aid deal. The US will send Israel $38 Billion over the next 10 years. Israel agreed to not persuit another aid deal during this deal, unless Israel is at war. [Link]