The US platform says it made the decision because the settlements in the West Bank are at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. Palestinian authorities and some human rights groups have welcomed the move. But Israel has called it "shameful."
The US envoy to the UN believes the responsibility to deal with Palestinian refugees should be handed over to host countries. Washington cut funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees last year.
Orthodox rabbis and pro-Palestine activists are fiercely critical of the Eurovision Song Contest this year in Israel. But most people just want to enjoy the music and have fun. Bernd Riegert reports from Tel Aviv.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that if reelected to a fourth term, he will "ensure" that Israel has control of the area west of the Jordan River. The move could hinder peace talks with the Palestinians.
The new government slashes hopes of reconciliation between the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority and Gaza's Hamas rulers. Hamas said the new Cabinet had "no national legitimacy."
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