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Poll finds nearly 80% of Palestinians want Abbas to resign

Sep. 21, 2021 09:59 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A new poll has found that nearly 80% of Palestinians want President Mahmoud Abbas to resign, reflecting widespread anger over the death of an activist in security forces' custody and a crackdown on protests over the summer. The survey released Tuesday...

Top Israeli, Swedish diplomat chat in effort to mend ties

Sep. 20, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The foreign ministers of Israel and Sweden held their first phone call in seven years on Monday, a move hailed by the top Israeli diplomat as the “relaunching of relations" after protracted tensions between the two countries. Foreign Minister Yair...

AP PHOTOS: Jews redeem firstborn son in ancient ceremony

Sep. 20, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

BEIT SHEMESH, Israel (AP) — Shortly after sundown, Yaakov Tabersky presented his firstborn son on a silver platter to a Jewish priest in a ceremony harking back to the biblical exodus from Egypt. The ceremony, known as “pidyon ha-ben,” or redemption of the...

Israeli army arrests last 2 of 6 Palestinian prison escapees

Sep. 19, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces on Sunday arrested the last two of six Palestinian prisoners who escaped a maximum-security Israeli prison two weeks ago, closing an intense, embarrassing episode that exposed deep security flaws in Israel and turned the fugitives into Palestinian heroes. ...

Israeli military says last 2 of 6 Palestinian prisoners who escaped a maximum-security Israeli prison have been arrested

Sep. 18, 2021 20:38 PM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli military says last 2 of 6 Palestinian prisoners who escaped a maximum-security Israeli prison have been arrested.

US panel backs COVID-19 boosters only for seniors, high-risk

Sep. 17, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dealing the White House a stinging setback, a government advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots across the board, and instead endorsed the extra vaccine dose only for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe...

Grandad defends taking boy from cable car crash to Israel

Sep. 17, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The grandfather of a 6-year-old boy who survived a cable car crash in Italy that killed his immediate family and is now the target of a bitter custody battle on Friday defended his decision to spirit the child off to Israel. Eitan Biran's parents and...

Israeli FM to visit Bahrain in first after diplomatic accord

Sep. 17, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's foreign minister said Friday that he will visit Bahrain later this month, the first such visit by an Israeli minister to the Gulf country following a diplomatic agreement reached last year. Yair Lapid announced the visit in a conference call...

With eye on Iran, Israeli navy steps up Red Sea presence

Sep. 16, 2021 02:17 AM EDT

ATLIT, Israel (AP) — Israel’s navy has stepped up its activities in the Red Sea “exponentially” in the face of growing Iranian threats to Israeli shipping, the country’s just-retired navy commander said in an interview. Vice Adm. Eli Sharvit stopped short of...

Court won't stop protests outside Michigan synagogue

Sep. 15, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Provocative pro-Palestinian protests outside a Jewish synagogue in Michigan are protected by the Constitution's First Amendment, a federal court appeals said Wednesday. The court declined to stop the demonstrations or set restrictions in Ann Arbor. The...