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As Trump takes office, Israel pushes ahead with settlements
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Jerusalem municipality said Sunday it is pushing forward with 566 new housing units for Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem, swiftly moving into action as the seemingly favorable President Donald Trump takes office....

Israeli leader to Iran: "We are your friend, not your enemy"
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's leader has recorded a conciliatory message to the people of Iran, saying, "we are your friend, not your enemy."...

Mideast expects big changes under Trump

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CAIRO (AP) -- Donald Trump's all-but-dismissal of human rights as a foreign policy principle could hit like an earthquake across a Middle East landscape beset by warring factions and beleaguered governments, with some players eyeing the prospect of once unimaginable new alliances....

Invitations in hand, West Bank settlers head to inauguration

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- For nearly 50 years, Israel's settler movement has been criticized, condemned and ostracized by the international community. But on Friday, they say they will be greeted with open arms as invited guests to President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration....

Israel's national library acquires famed Judaica collection

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The National Library of Israel said Thursday it has acquired what is considered the world's greatest private collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts....

OIC indirectly condemns Trump plan to move Israel embassy
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Foreign ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Thursday indirectly condemned plans by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem....

Israel opts to extend military chief of staff's term
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's defense minister has decided to extend the term of Israel's military chief of staff by a year....

Israeli Arab, policeman killed amid clashes over demolitions

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli Arab rammed his vehicle into a group of police officers on Wednesday, killing one of them before he was shot dead during clashes in southern Israel, police said. Local residents, however, accused the police of using excessive force and said the man lost control of his vehicle after he was shot....

Israel expands missile defense system with new interceptor
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel says it has expanded a missile defense system with the addition of longer range, more precise interception capabilities....

UN envoy warns any Israeli annexations risk peace prospects

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Any attempt by Israel to annex part or all of the West Bank risks destroying prospects for peace with the Palestinians, the U.N. envoy trying to promote Middle East peace warned Tuesday....


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