Latest Jerusalem News

Israel OKs some 3,000 new settler homes, despite U.S. rebuke

Oct. 27, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel approved about 3,000 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, a day after the United States issued its strongest rebuke yet of such construction. It was the biggest announcement of settlement plans during the Biden administration. ...

Kosovo sanctions 7 people, 1 company for links to Hezbollah

Oct. 27, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo on Wednesday sanctioned seven local businessmen and a company for links with Lebanon's military group Hezbollah. The decision was in line with sanctions the U.S. imposed on Hezbollah, a powerful Shiite faction that holds seats in...

Israel poised to welcome foreign tourists back to country

Oct. 21, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders on Thursday recommended reopening the country to fully vaccinated tourists beginning on Nov. 1, a year and a half after closing its borders to most foreign visitors due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The decision, which still...

Palestinians clash with Israeli police in Jerusalem

Oct. 19, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians clashed with Israeli police at a popular gathering place just outside Jerusalem's Old City as thousands celebrated a Muslim holiday, a repeat of violence earlier this year that eventually led to the 11-day Gaza war in May. Israeli police...

Israel gives legal status to 4K in gesture to Palestinians

Oct. 19, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Tuesday it would grant legal residency to 4,000 Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, a gesture to the Palestinian Authority that will allow people who have lived under severe restrictions for years to get official IDs. ...

Swedish FM visits Israel to mend ties after diplomatic rift

Oct. 18, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Sweden's foreign minister visited Israel on Monday in an effort to mend ties after years in which the two countries have been at odds over the conflict with the Palestinians. Sweden's Social Democratic-led government recognized Palestinian statehood in...

Israel quietly advances settlements with little US pushback

Oct. 15, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is quietly advancing controversial settlement projects in and around Jerusalem without making major announcements that could anger the Biden administration. Critics say the latest moves, while incremental, pave the way for rapid growth once the political climate...

Israeli army says troops kill Palestinian firebomb suspect

Oct. 14, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Thursday said that troops shot and killed a Palestinian who was throwing firebombs at cars on a main highway in the occupied West Bank. A military statement said that soldiers opened fire at two suspects spotted throwing...

Talking trash: Jerusalem bin thanks you for not littering

Oct. 14, 2021 07:20 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — If all you ask is for a simple thanks in return for not littering, this is the trash can for you. A bin installed next to a bus stop in Jerusalem this week applauds those who use it. Drop a piece of trash in, and a recording of a child's voice says...

US, Israel say they are exploring a 'Plan B' for Iran

Oct. 13, 2021 22:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Israel said Wednesday they are exploring a “Plan B” for dealing with Iran if the Islamic Republic does not return in good faith to negotiations to salvage the languishing landmark 2015 nuclear deal. Secretary of State Antony...