Eight years in comma before death. Terrible. Ariel Sharon has been politically dead since 2006. Now he’s been praised by some as a man of peace and a pragmatic. But his years as a Prime Minister were ones of great violence.

The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees today condemned Israel’s latest demolitions in the West Bank which have displaced 68 people, including 32 children, in the depths of winter, saying it is violating international law and calling on it to abide by its obligations, the UN news services informs.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday in Bethlehem that US considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank “illegitimate”. He said nothing about it in his remarks with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

Warning that time is running out, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the United Nations to end Israeli settlement building on Palestinian land and thus giving a last chance for renewed peace talks to resolve the Middle East conflict within the allotted nine-month timeframe.

In the Jordan valley, the inhuman-yet-human bulldozers came at dawn – A visit to the West Bank village of Khirbet Makhoul, which was demolished on the grounds that the houses were built without permits | Haaretz.

The Israel Defense Forces‘ detention of a five-year-old Palestinian boy in Hebron earlier this month was a legitimate step in order to “thwart the threat posed by the activities of a minor,” the IDF’s legal adviser in the West Bank has ruled, informs Haaretz. The advisor said though that detaining the boy’s father was not […]

Kerry Achieves Deal to Revive Mideast Talks – NYTimes.com.