Netanyahu vows Israel's "forever" control of Golan Heights

The Jewish people and the state of Israel would eagerly make peace with its Arab/Muslim neighbors, if only they could accept the right of the Jewish people to self-determination in the their own homeland, and prepare their people for peace.

Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem al-Quds, the Gaza Strip and part of the Golan Heights during the offensive.

Israel says the payments are a reward and encouragement for the prisoners' actions against it but the Palestinians say they are welfare payments to support them and their families.

The war and Israel's ensuing land seizure displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and Syrians.

Guterres recalled that Israel was founded on 14 May 1948 and the world still awaits the advent of an independent Palestinian state.

"The occupation has been continuing for fifty years now, and this is a very bad thing".

Sixty-two percent of Jewish Israelis object to the term "occupation" to describe Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria, a Jerusalem think-tank said Monday.

Fifty years into the perversion that the occupation is, we at APN are as determined as we've ever been to not let the extremists win, to bolster and embolden the constituency for peace - both among Israelis and among their brethren in the U.S. - and to help bring about a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the only solution that would ensure Israel's future as a state that is both Jewish and a democracy. Israel was crowned a regional power. However, Israel has been building more and more settlements on those territories, making it hard to establish the state of Palestine.

He said such remarks constitute a challenge to the UN Security Council's latest resolution on settlements, voted by all the world's nations, including the United States which did not veto the resolution.

Palestinians are prepared to accept Israeli major settlement blocs built in East Jerusalem and the West Bank but demand territorial compensation.

In another development on Monday, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a private security guard had shot dead an Arab protester during clashes in the city of Kafr Qasim.

Issawi Frej, another lawmaker, called for an immediate investigation of the "murder".

An Israeli committee in charge of settlement building in the West Bank is set to discuss plans for settlement expansion in the occupied territory.

  • Leroy Wright