The US Secretary of State becomes the first senior American official to visit an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
Israeli Defence Forces were stopped from demolishing a Palestinian home. Now they want to pour cement into his room instead.
The latest settlement plans have been submitted to Israel's Civil Administration with Defence Minister Benny Gantz' approval. More than 450,000 Israelis live in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, excluding those in annexed East Jerusalem.
An Israeli court rejected a petition by lawyers to allow the school more time to obtain the appropriate permissions. Around 50 children were already enrolled there.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he has "delayed" annexation plans in line with an agreement with the UAE brokered by the US, that he will "never give up our rights to our land".
Hailed as a breakthrough, the agreement establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries is riddled with loopholes.
The largest formal seizure of land from the Palestinians since the 1947 to 1948 Arab-Israeli war will make a two-state solution along pre-1967 borders impossible.
As Arab and European nations call on Israel to stop its annexation plans, US President Donald Trump has declined to criticise the move.
The main pro-Israel lobby group in Washington allegedly told lawmakers during a Zoom call that they were free to criticise Israel’s plan to annex the occupied West Bank so long as the criticism stopped there.
Implementing such plans "represents a new war crime added to the Israeli record full of brutal crimes against the Palestinian people," the Arab foreign ministers said in a statement.
Israeli military prevents Palestinian products from entering Jordan, occupied West Bank's only direct export route to outside world.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged before April elections to annex settlements in the West Bank, a move sought by the country's far-right.
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