(ABC News.com, Elizabeth McLaughlin, 12/17/16): International law, the United Nations and the United States consider Jewish settlements illegal and an obstacle to peace.
(12/19/16): Editors note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the United States considers Israeli settlements illegal. The United States believes settlements are an impediment to a two-state solution, but has only rejected some as illegal under Israeli law, according to the U.S. State Department.
(ABC News online, AP, 11/16/16): Avigdor Lieberman's comments came as Israeli lawmakers are trying to gauge how Trump will address the issue of Israel's West Bank settlement construction, which the U.S. and much of the international community view as illegal and an obstacle to peace.
(11/21/16): In a story Nov. 16 about Israel's settlement policy, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the United States considers Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank to be illegal. While the United States opposes settlement construction, it does not take a position on its legality. Instead, it says that settlements are "illegitimate," ''corrosive to the cause of peace" and "raise serious questions about Israel's ultimate commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement with the Palestinians." Most of the international community views the settlements as illegal.
(ABC News Web site, Abby D. Phillip, 10/22/12): Obama's relationship with Netanyahu has been rocked by several public strains in the past four years, including disagreements about Israel's expansion of settlements in the Gaza Strip.
(Posted as of 11/4/12): Obama's relationship with Netanyahu has been rocked by several public strains in the past four years, including disagreements about Israel's expansion of settlements in the West Bank.
(Abcnews.com, permanent Interactive item): There have been allegations that Hamas also raises funds in the United States, Canada and Western Europe.
(As of 1/21/05): Charities in the United States, Canada and Western Europe have funded Hamas-linked social service groups. In addition, several individuals in the United States have been charged with providing material support to the group.
(Abcnews.com, permanent Interactive item): The official Hamas rhetoric is opposed to the very existence of the Israeli state, but in reality, the group has altered its position to oppose Israelís occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.
(As of 1/21/05): The official Hamas rhetoric is opposed to the very existence of the Israeli state.
(ABC World News Tonight, Peter Jennings, 4/24/03): In the Israeli- occupied Palestinian territories today, a Palestinian suicide bomber killed an Israeli security guard and injured 14 other people. He blew himself up at a train station during the morning rush hour. This is the first suicide attack in nearly a month.
(4/25/03): Speaking of the violence, we made a mistake last night on our broadcast. Yesterday's suicide attack by a Palestinian on Israelis took place in Israel itself, very near but not in the occupied territories, as we said.
(ABC World News Tonight, Peter Jennings, 7/11/01): The Israeli Army says it will investigate the deaths of two Palestinians who died after being held up at army checkpoints. One of the cases involved a woman in labor who was turned back on her way to the hospital. Her newborn baby died.
(Correction 7/24/01): And one other note from the Middle East: A Palestinian family has confirmed to us that reports of a new-born baby who died because the mother was held up at an Israeli army checkpoint are not correct. The baby apparently suffered respiratory failure on route to the hospital.