The New York Times has demanded US President Barack Obama use his last months in office to hit Israel hard diplomatically. Apparently, this is in response to the fact that the Israeli government “approved the construction of a new Jewish settlement in the West Bank,” which is simply “another step in the steady march under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to build on land needed to create a Palestinian state.”

Last week, the Israeli government approved a plan allowing Amona residents to move to the neighboring town of Shilo, where they would be housed in a new neighborhood on government land planned specially for them. Shilo is a town in in the Biblical “hills of Ephraim,” and is now under the jurisdiction of the Binyamin Regional Council. READ MORE