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Netanyahu, rightist allies appear to fall short of majority

Sep. 18, 2019 1:39 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fell short of securing a parliamentary majority with his natural religious and nationalist allies in national elections Tuesday, partial results indicated, setting the stage for a period of coalition negotiations that could threaten his political...

Jordan's king: Israel annexing settlements would be disaster

Sep. 17, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II says if Israel goes ahead with the idea of annexing all the settlements in the West Bank it would be a "disaster" for attempts to find any two-state solution with the Palestinians. Speaking after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday, Abdullah said he...

Jordan teachers launch strike, demand pay raise

Sep. 8, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Teachers in Jordan are launching an open-ended strike after negotiations with the government failed to yield a raise. A Jordanian teacher's union announced the strike Sunday, saying the government hasn't implemented a 50% salary increase agreed upon in 2014. Jordan is a staunch...

Jordan halts film that refers to historical Jewish presence

Aug. 14, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A fictional caper about an antiquities heist set in an ancient Jordanian city has stirred widespread outrage over the film's portrayal of historical Jewish ties to Jordan, shining a light on the tenuous peace with neighboring Israel and prompting the government to suspend the...

Israeli army kills Palestinian gunman who crossed Gaza fence

Aug. 1, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops shot and killed an armed Palestinian man who had crossed the Gaza perimeter fence and fired on soldiers, the military said Thursday. Three soldiers were wounded in the overnight shootout with the gunman. In response, a tank "targeted a Hamas military post in Gaza," the...

Israel approves Palestinian construction in West Bank

Jul. 31, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Cabinet unanimously approved a proposal to build over 700 housing units for Palestinians in addition to 6,000 Israeli settlement housing units in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government advanced the proposal late on Tuesday, according to an Israeli...

Jordan king backs Palestinian state ahead of Kushner visit

Jul. 24, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king is standing by a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ahead of a meeting in Amman with White House's Mideast adviser Jared Kushner. King Abdullah II met on Wednesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and restated his position that the creation of...