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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint statement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, Pool)

Pompeo is 1st top US diplomat to visit an Israeli settlement

Nov. 19, 2020 12:46 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday became the first top American diplomat to visit an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank as the State Department in a major policy shift announced that products from the settlements can be labeled “Made in Israel.” The...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks after a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah. A senior Palestinian official said Tuesday, Nov. 17 the Palestinian Authority will restore ties with Israel after it cut all contacts in May over Israel’s planned annexation of up to a third of the occupied West Bank. The move to restore ties likely reflects the Palestinians’ hopes that the election of former Vice President Joe Biden spells the end of the Trump administration’s Mideast policies, which overwhelmingly favored Israel.  (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

Palestinians restore Israel ties as annexation fears fade

Nov. 17, 2020 2:43 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian Authority will restore ties with Israel that it severed in May over Israel's planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, a move that will allow it to receive much-needed tax revenues that Israel collects on its behalf, Palestinian officials said Tuesday. The move...

Israel advances plans in sensitive east Jerusalem settlement

Nov. 15, 2020 9:57 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A settlement watchdog group said Sunday Israel is moving ahead with new construction of hundreds of homes in a strategic east Jerusalem settlement that threatens to cut off parts of the city claimed by Palestinians from the West Bank. The group, Peace Now, said the Israel Land Authority...

A protester wearing a rubber mask representing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a mock rocket during a protest in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Critics accuse Netanyahu of allowing the United Arab Emirates to acquire advanced weapons from the U.S. as part of a recent deal establishing diplomatic ties, an accusation that Netanyahu denies. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israeli settler delegation visits Dubai following UAE accord

Nov. 11, 2020 2:34 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A delegation of Israeli settlers is visiting Dubai, where they met with Emirati business people to discuss commercial opportunities following the United Arab Emirates' establishment of formal ties with Israel earlier this year. The visit angered the Palestinians, who view Israeli...

A Palestinian honor guard carries the body of Saeb Erekat into the cemetery during his funeral in the West Bank town of Jericho, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Erekat, a veteran peace negotiator and prominent international spokesman for the Palestinians for more than three decades, died on Tuesday, weeks after being infected by the coronavirus. He was 65. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Palestinians hold funeral for veteran negotiator Erekat

Nov. 11, 2020 9:45 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians held a funeral Wednesday for Saeb Erekat, a veteran peace negotiator and spokesman for their cause who died after being hospitalized with the coronavirus. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh paid their respects at an official...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2011 file photo, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, speaks during a press conference at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Erekat, a veteran peace negotiator and prominent international spokesman for the Palestinians for more than three decades, has died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. He was 65. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Saeb Erekat, longtime Palestinian spokesman, dies at 65

Nov. 10, 2020 5:08 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Saeb Erekat, a veteran peace negotiator and prominent international spokesman for the Palestinians for more than three decades, died on Tuesday, weeks after being infected by the coronavirus. He was 65. The American-educated Erekat was involved in nearly every round of peace negotiations...

Indonesian Muslims protesters hold posters condemning French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-France rally outside the France embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Indonesian Muslims marched to the heavily guarded France Embassy in Indonesia's capital on Monday to protest France's president and his staunch support of secular laws that deem caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad as protected speech.(AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

French president speaks with Egypt, Palestinian leaders

Nov. 3, 2020 8:32 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to the Egyptian and Palestinian leaders after a week of anti-French protests around the Muslim world and three Islamic extremist attacks on France. Macron is seeking to calm tensions and to straighten out misunderstandings while also defending...

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump for re-election wave an American and an Israeli flag from a car headed for a rally outside of the U.S. Embassy, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

US allows Jerusalem-born citizens to put Israel on passports

Oct. 29, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States will allow Americans born in disputed Jerusalem to list Israel as their place of birth on passports and other documents, according to a new policy announced Thursday. The move came a day after the United States amended science accords signed with Israel to apply to...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second right, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, second left, attend a ceremony to sign amendments to a series of scientific cooperation agreements, at Ariel University, in the West Bank settlement of Ariel, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. The United States and Israel amended the agreements on Wednesday to include Israeli institutions in the West Bank, a step that further blurs the status of settlements widely considered illegal under international law. (Emil Salman/Pool via AP)

US, Israel extend science accords into West Bank settlements

Oct. 28, 2020 8:39 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States and Israel amended a series of scientific cooperation agreements on Wednesday to include Israeli institutions in the West Bank, a step that further blurs the status of settlements widely considered illegal under international law. Until now, three U.S.-Israeli science...

Palestinians push for international conference, US is open

Oct. 26, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinian foreign minister said Monday an international peace conference is the only way to generate momentum to bring Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate a peace agreement. The U.S. ambassador said the Trump administration has “no objection” to meeting...