Israeli troops shoot, kill Palestinian who tried to stab them - army

Jewish settlements in the West Bank, including Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, are illegal under worldwide law and are considered one of the main obstacles to peace. Tuesday's ground-clearing work for the settlement to be called Amichai was in preparation for the installation of mobile homes to house about 300 settlers evicted from Amona.

Palestinians vociferously object to the establishment of a new West Bank settlement, saying all such settlement-building activity hurts the prospects for a two-state solution.

On Monday the White House announced that Kushner as well as Jason Greenblatt, a top United States national security aide, would meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders this week.

Settlement watchdog Peace Now said the settlement boom coincided with a 2.5 percent drop in construction starts inside Israel. The two arrived in the region amidst the White House's efforts to revive the long-stalled peace talks.

The Amichai settlement will be the first new government-sanctioned Jewish settlement in the Palestinian territories in some 25 years.

"After decades, I have the privilege to be the prime minister to build a new community", he said. Jason Greenblatt, a top US national security aide met with Netanyahu on Tuesday, a few hours after his announcement about work starting at the site of the new settlement.

In the past, Israel has not announced or started major construction projects in the West Bank while senior USA officials were visiting.

Greenblatt is to be joined by Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday.

The Palestinians and the worldwide community consider the settlements obstacles to Palestinian statehood.

Israel blames the violence on incitement by the Palestinian leadership, while the Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank, says desperation over Israeli occupation of land sought by Palestinians for a state is the cause.

The three attackers were identified by the Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency, "as Adel Ankush, 18, from the West Bank village of Deir Abu-Mash'al near Ramallah, Bra'a Salah, 19, from the same village, and Asama Ahmed, 19, from the nearby village of Tsatfa Ata", The Times of Israel reported.

  • Joanne Flowers