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MIDEAST FLASHPOINT
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Settler leader: Population growth is end of 2-state solution

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The number of Israeli settlers living in the West Bank has soared by nearly one-quarter over the past five years to over 420,000 people, a prominent settler leader said Sunday, presenting new population figures that he said put to rest the internationally backed idea of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians....

With eye toward Trump, Arab leaders to seek consensus

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DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) -- With an eye toward Washington, leaders of a fractured and conflict-ridden Arab world hold their annual summit this week, seeking common positions and possible leverage as President Donald Trump weighs his approach toward the region....

Hamas closes Gaza crossing with Israel after shadowy killing

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza's Hamas rulers shut down the territory's main border crossing with Israel Sunday in a rare measure following the mysterious killing of a senior militant....

Trump son-in-law's ties to Israel raise questions of bias

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has deep business and personal ties to Israel that could raise questions about his ability to serve as an honest broker as he oversees the White House's Mideast peace efforts....

UN: Israel didn't comply with UN call to stop settlements
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Israel took no steps to comply with a Security Council call to stop all settlement activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and instead authorized "a high rate" of settlement expansions in violation of international law, the United Nations said Friday....

Appeals court won't allow suit against Palestinian Authority
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court says the families of Jewish worshippers who were killed or wounded during a 2011 attack in the West Bank can't sue the Palestinian Authority for damages in U.S. courts....

Merkel affirms German backing for two-state solution

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BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel is reiterating Germany's long-held support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and its rejection of Israeli settlements....

Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centers

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- A 19-year-old American-Israeli Jew was arrested Thursday as the prime suspect in a wave of bomb threats against U.S. Jewish community centers, a startling turn in a case that had stoked fears of rising anti-Semitism in the United States....

Activist who didn't divulge Israel bombings will leave US
DETROIT (AP) -- A Chicago Palestinian activist who didn't disclose her time in an Israeli prison when she got U.S. citizenship has agreed to plead guilty and leave the country....

Senate confirms Trump's choice for US ambassador to Israel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-led Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to be U.S. ambassador to Israel, ignoring objections from Democrats that David Friedman lacked the temperament for such an important diplomatic post....