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Officials: Palestinian wounds Israeli man in stabbing

Jan. 18, 2020 12:02 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian attacker stabbed and moderately wounded an Israeli man Saturday near the West Bank flashpoint city of Hebron, police said. The 22-year-old Israeli was evacuated to a hospital for treatment, according to the rescue agency Magen David Adom. The Israeli military said it arrested...

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, visit an Israeli army base in the Golan Heights, on the Israeli-Syrian border. Bennett is ordering plans for new settler housing in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron. In a letter sent by his office to defense officials Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, Israel’s new pro-settler defense minister called for “planning processes to be advanced” for new Jewish settler housing. (Atef Safadi/Pool via AP, File)

Right-wing parties in Israel unite, rejecting fringe list

Jan. 16, 2020 2:59 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Religious-nationalist parties in Israel joined forces late Wednesday ahead of the country's unprecedented third straight election in one year. The parties came together after weeks of jockeying and shut out the fringe Jewish Power party which said it would run independently. It did so in...

'Jeopardy!' producers say controversial question was mistake

Jan. 14, 2020 10:40 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Producers of the game show “Jeopardy!” have apologized for a clue that waded into political hot water involving Israeli control of the West Bank, saying an incorrect version of the show was sent to television stations. A game shown last Friday asked contestants to identify the...

Israeli troops take their position during clashes with Palestinian demonstrators during a protest over Israeli settlement activity Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in the West Bank city of Hebron.  (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Israel advances nearly 2,000 settlement homes, watchdog says

Jan. 6, 2020 1:25 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities advanced plans to build nearly 2,000 new homes in West Bank settlements, an anti-settlement watchdog group said Monday. Peace Now said nearly 800 housing units received the final approvals needed for construction to begin. It said initial approvals were given for an...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019 file photo, Israeli border police block the road and disperse Palestinian, Israeli and foreign activists during a rally protesting a newly established settlement near the West Bank village of Kufr Malik, East of Ramallah.   In the occupied West Bank, Israeli troops routinely detain Palestinians who organize or take part in protests. Israel and its international allies have meanwhile passed legislation targeting the Palestinian-led boycott movement. Critics say such measures leave the Palestinians with no choice but to accept permanent military rule or resort to violence.  (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Palestinians face mounting barriers to peaceful protest

Jan. 5, 2020 1:11 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Abdullah Abu Rahma has been arrested by Israeli soldiers eight times in the last 15 years, spending weeks or months in prison and paying tens of thousands of dollars in fines for organizing protests. He's among a growing number of Palestinians who have embraced non-violent means...

Masked Palestinians shoot in the air during a celebration marking the 55th anniversary of the Fatah movement in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Palestinian Fatah marks 55 years with West Bank marches

Dec. 31, 2019 11:13 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinians marched through the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday to mark the 55th anniversary of the Fatah movement led by President Mahmoud Abbas. Established by Yasser Arafat in 1965, Fatah led the armed struggle against Israel for decades as the main...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliverers a statement at the airport city in Lod Israel, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Netanyahu shored up his base with a landslide primary victory announced early Friday, but he will need a big win in national elections in March if he hopes to stay in office and gain immunity from prosecution on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel's Netanyahu shores up base but obstacles remain

Dec. 27, 2019 9:50 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shored up his base with a landslide primary victory announced early Friday, but he will need a big win in national elections in March if he hopes to stay in office and gain immunity from prosecution on corruption charges. Netanyahu handily defeated...

People look at a poster of Israel Prime Minister and governing Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu at a voting center in the northern Israeli city of Hadera, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Israel's governing Likud party was holding primaries on Thursday, in the first serious internal challenge to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his more than a decade in power.  (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel's embattled Netanyahu wins landslide in primary

Dec. 26, 2019 7:32 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday scored a landslide victory in a primary race for leadership of the ruling Likud party, giving the embattled leader an important boost ahead of the country's third election in less than a year. The strong showing by Israel's...

A Palestinian Scout marching band parades during Christmas celebrations outside the Church of the Nativity, built atop the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born, on Christmas Eve, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Thousands mark Christmas in West Bank town of Bethlehem

Dec. 24, 2019 6:07 PM EST

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Thousands of Christian pilgrims on Tuesday flocked to the West Bank town of Bethlehem, celebrating Christmas Eve in the traditional birthplace of Jesus. Visitors converged on the town's large Christmas tree in Manger Square, near the spot believed to mark Jesus' birthplace....

A Palestinian store owner decorates a Santa at his shop in Gaza City, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Israel to grant holiday travel permits to Gaza Christians

Dec. 22, 2019 4:20 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel announced on Sunday that it will allow Christians in the Gaza Strip to travel to Jerusalem and the West Bank for Christmas. Until its notice just two days before the holiday, it was unclear whether Israel would grant permits to members of Gaza's tiny Christian community to leave the...