The West Bank is a landlocked territory now under Israeli or joint Israeli-Palestinian Authority control. It shares boundaries with Israel and Jordan.
The West Bank was occupied by Israel in 1967. It has an estimated population of just under three million Palestinians, and approximately 370,000 Israeli settlers. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, illegal under international law. Israel disputes this Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to the West Bank.
Tensions in the West Bank have flared enormously with deaths on both sides of the conflict. Israel has now appeared to offer some concessions over contentious security precautions that led to bloody violence.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently approved a new cyber crime law. There are concerns over the ways it could interfere with the working conditions of journalists. Authorities are just required to cite general security concerns as the only reason to legally prosecute journalists. Local journalists fear an increasing erosion of press freedom in the West Bank.
There are more than 130 Jewish settlements in the West Bank alone. Most of the international community, say the Israeli settlements are illegal. But the Israelis living in settlements dont believe they are on occupied territory. Rotem and Efrat live in the settlement Lechem. (Report: Thorsten Teichmann)
Donald Trump has told Israelis that "Palestinians are ready to reach for peace." The comments followed a meeting earlier in the day with his counterpart in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.