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Analysis: Israeli PM's Gaza gamble seems to have paid off

Aug. 08, 2022 05:25 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel’s caretaker prime minister took a gamble with his preemptive strike against Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza, less than three months before he is to compete in general elections to retain his job. Yair Lapid had counted on Gaza’s militant Hamas...

Eavesdropping probe finds Israeli police exceeded authority

Aug. 01, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli government investigation into the use of powerful eavesdropping technology by the police found that they only used it after securing a judicial warrant but that the flood of information exceeded the limits of their authority. The probe was launched after...

Israel aims to stop Russian move against Jewish nonprofit

Jul. 21, 2022 14:18 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister on Thursday said he would send a delegation to Moscow in hopes of halting a Russian order to shutter the operations of a major nonprofit organization that promotes Jewish immigration to Israel. Yair Lapid’s decision came after a...

Biden delivers tough talk on Iran as he opens Mideast visit

Jul. 15, 2022 14:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday opened his first visit to the Mideast since taking office by offering anxious Israeli leaders strong reassurances of his determination to stop Iran’s growing nuclear program, saying he’d be willing to use force as a "last resort." ...

Israeli ministers to run as partners in upcoming elections

Jul. 10, 2022 14:49 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The leaders of two parties in Israel's outgoing government coalition announced Sunday that they would run as political partners in the upcoming parliamentary elections. The announcement by Gideon Saar and Benny Gantz was the first shift in Israel's political...

In Mideast, Biden struggling to shift policy after Trump

Jul. 10, 2022 11:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden took office looking to reshape U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, putting a premium on promoting democracy and human rights. In reality, he has struggled on several fronts to meaningfully separate his approach from former President Donald Trump's. ...

Israel's caretaker PM Lapid holds first Cabinet meeting

Jul. 03, 2022 06:07 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid held his first Cabinet meeting on Sunday since taking over as leader, promising a functional government despite the political instability that is sending Israel to its fifth elections in less than four years. ...

As Israel heads back to elections, Lapid stakes out vision

Jun. 30, 2022 11:47 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament voted Thursday to dissolve itself, triggering the country's fifth election in just over three years and thrusting veteran politician Yair Lapid into the role of interim prime minister as he tries to persuade a deeply polarized nation to embrace his centrist...

Israeli PM Bennett won't run in upcoming election

Jun. 29, 2022 14:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who led a broad but fragile coalition government that came unraveled barely a year after taking office, announced Wednesday that he will not run in upcoming elections. His government announced last week that it would dissolve...

Naftali Bennett's office says the Israeli prime minister will not run in upcoming elections

Jun. 29, 2022 12:56 PM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Naftali Bennett's office says the Israeli prime minister will not run in upcoming elections.