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Israel's ex-PM Ehud Olmert granted early release from prison
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The parole board of Israel's Prison Service on Thursday granted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert early release from his 27-month corruption sentence, in perhaps the final chapter of a stunning fall from grace that forced him from office amid the last serious round of peace talks with the Palestinians....

Israeli troops kill Palestinian who shot at them, army says
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says its forces have shot and killed a Palestinian who opened fire on them in the West Bank....

Hamas to create buffer zone with Egypt to improve ties

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RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas has begun work on a buffer zone along Gaza's border with Egypt, the Islamic militant group said Wednesday, as part of an effort to assure Cairo that it's serious about preventing the cross-border flow of weapons and militants....

Mossad launches fund to invest in firms developing spy tech
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Mossad is launching an investment fund for start-ups developing "groundbreaking" technologies that could be used by the spy agency....

Israel security chief: Agency strikes back at online hackers
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's security chief says his agency, the Shin Bet, has gone on the offensive against hackers trying to carry out cyberattacks against Israel on the internet....

Ultra-Orthodox lawmaker: Reform Jews don't believe in Temple

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- A senior ultra-Orthodox Israeli lawmaker on Tuesday dismissed the protestations of liberal Jews over alternative access to Jerusalem's Western Wall as provocations, saying they don't even believe in the sanctity of the site....

Israel strikes Gaza militant sites after projectile fired
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The Israeli military says it has struck a pair of Hamas militant sites in Gaza after a projectile fired from the seaside territory landed in southern Israel....

Israel strikes targets in Syria for 2nd day
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military on Sunday said it attacked a series of targets belonging to the Syrian military, after several projectiles from neighboring Syria landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights for a second day....

AP Analysis: Could Trump push a partial Mideast deal?
Donald Trump may be uniquely suited to push for Middle East peace: the Israelis as well as key Arab players, each for their own reasons, are all looking like admirers who seek to please. But out-of-the-box thinking will be needed nonetheless....

Day becomes 1st Israeli driver to race at NASCAR's top level
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- Alon Day will become the first driver from Israel to compete in NASCAR's top Cup series this weekend at Sonoma Raceway....