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Israeli settler leader says settlements grew rapidly in 2017

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel's overall population last year, a settler leader said Monday, predicting that settlement growth would surge even more in the coming years thanks in part to the Trump presidency....

Scandals highlight Israeli leader's media obsession
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Benjamin Netanyahu came to prominence as a star of the media age, an upgrade from older Israeli politicians in his telegenic poise, mastery of message and gift for the sound bite in English and Hebrew. But those skills may have morphed into a darker obsession with controlling the media that now accounts for much of the scandal threatening his rule....

Israeli gas company announces $15B export deal with Egypt
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli energy company on Monday announced a $15 billion deal to supply natural gas to Egypt, in the largest export agreement to date for Israel's nascent natural gas industry....

Qatari envoy says both Israel and Gaza militants want calm

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Qatari envoy said Monday that both Israel and Gaza militants want to contain cross-border violence that has flared in recent days, as he detailed a new emergency fund to aid the blockaded territory....

Israel successfully tests advanced missile defense system
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel says it has successfully tested the country's advanced missile defense system capable of defending against ballistic missile threats outside the atmosphere....

Polish PM seeks dialogue with Israel on 'difficult history'

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's prime minister said Sunday that dialogue with Israel about the Holocaust is necessary and would serve as a warning to prevent such "exceptionally terrifying" crimes from happening again....

Israeli police arrest telecom officials in graft case
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police said Sunday they arrested senior officials from the country's national telephone company as part of an investigation into alleged corruption offenses. Israeli media said among those arrested were close associates of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is fighting for his political life after being accused of taking bribes from billionaire supporters....

After questions about travel, EPA head nixes trip to Israel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt is postponing a planned trip to Israel....

Israel slams Polish PM for WWII 'Jewish perpetrators' remark

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli politicians accused Poland's prime minister of anti-Semitism Saturday for equating the Polish perpetrators in the Holocaust to its supposed "Jewish perpetrators," setting off a new chapter in an angry dispute over Poland's new bill criminalizing the mention of Polish complicity in the Nazi-led genocide....

3 men accused of trying to export drone parts to Hezbollah
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A federal grand jury in Minnesota indicted three people on charges that they conspired to export drone parts and technology from the U.S. to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon, authorities announced Friday....