Even more curious perhaps, is a subtle shift in Reuters rhetoric embedded in one of the few stories about the conflict to appear on its website:
A quick search on the Reuters website yields only one previous reference to the disputed West Bank. By contrast, there are 6,100 references to the "occupied West Bank". For those unfamiliar with the history of the conflict and UNSC resolution 242 which signaled the end of the 1967 war between Israel and the Arab states, the territory sandwiched between Israel and Jordan -- known to Israelis as Judea and Samaria but renamed the "West Bank" by Jordan following its conquest in the earlier 1948 war -- constitutes the last remaining unallocated parcel of Mandatory Palestine.Netanyahu's decision last week to cancel a planned trip to Washington comes at a time when bilateral ties are strained between Israel and the United States over matters such as Israeli construction in Jerusalem and the disputed West Bank.
Both Israel and the Palestinian Arabs claim the land but as it has not been recognized in the modern era as sovereign to either Jew or Arab, it is most accurately described as "disputed" rather than "occupied". As noted above however, Reuters Middle East Bureau consistently refers to the territory as the "occupied West Bank", thus prejudging the outcome of negotiations between the belligerent parties.
The Reuters story we cite which describes the territory as "disputed" comes out of the agency's Washington Bureau; that may explain the anomalous handling.