Hundreds of thousands of Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jews rallied at the entrance to Jerusalem in a prayer vigil, protesting a proposed law that would cut the number of military draft exemptions for seminary students, police said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked the growing global campaign to sanction his country for West Bank settlements, saying such efforts weaken Palestinian willingness to make compromises for a peace deal.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s suggestion that he is willing to have some West Bank settlers live under Palestinian rule drew swift condemnation from Palestinians and his political allies alike.
Israel and the U.S. have reached an understanding on a proposed 90-day freeze on West Bank settlement construction that would enable the renewal of talks with the Palestinians, Israel’s Army Radio reported, without saying how it obtained the information.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is under pressure on his 10th visit to the Middle East to show tangible progress toward an Israeli-Palestinian settlement after passing the midpoint of a nine-month timetable he set for resolution of core differences.