Search underway for suspects after fatal West Bank shooting of Israeli rabbi

United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, said on Thursday that Israeli settlement construction in the occupied West Bank is illegal and a major obstacle to peace. "Look no further (as) to why there is no peace..."

The last round of talks between Israelis and Palestinians collapsed in 2014.

David Friedman tweeted Wednesday morning, as the Israeli military expanded its search for the killer or killers, including setting up roadblocks and checkpoints and entering Arab villages in the area.

"Dear Ambassador Friedman, we deeply appreciate your solidarity with Israel", said Hotovely, adding that "We value your partnership in the fight against terror and your understanding that the Palestinian Authority's support of terrorists lies at the root of the problem".

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlements activities in the north of the West Bank told WAFA that Israeli soldiers blocked off the junction connecting Tell and Iraq Burin, south of Nablus.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral, which included cries for "revenge" from youths in the crowd during a speech by Education Minister Naftali Bennett from the far-right Jewish Home party.

Hamas issued a statement late Tuesday night praising the attack.

On Tuesday, an Israeli settler residing in the Israeli settlement outpost of Havat Gilad, near Nablus, was shot in a drive-by shooting.

Worldwide law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as "occupied territories" and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity on the land as illegal.

Meanwhile, the ministry issued another statement accusing the U.S. envoy to Israel David Friedman of adopting the policies of Israeli occupation through his attack on the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).

Speaking to the Voice of Palestine Radio, Maliki said that the new settlement units was "one outcome of US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital".

The Peace Now group said a meeting on Wednesday by a planning committee of Israel's military-run Civil Administration for the West Bank also moved plans for 770 other settler homes to more advanced stages.

But for Palestinians, such payments are a key source of income for families who have in many cases lost their main breadwinner.

Israel's defence ministry claimed the Palestinian Authority had paid out 1.2 billion shekels (USD 350 million), or seven per cent of the PA's annual budget, in 2017 as part of the policy. If the terrorist is sentenced to 20 years or more, meaning he has probably killed Israelis, his lifetime monthly allowance is five times that.

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