Latest Isaac Herzog News

Israeli president celebrates Hanukkah at West Bank site

Nov. 28, 2021 12:44 PM EST

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — Israel’s president on Sunday visited one of the most contentious spots in the occupied West Bank to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, sparking scuffles between Israeli security forces and protesters. President Isaac Herzog said he was...

Hamas gunman kills 1 before Israeli police shoot him dead

Nov. 21, 2021 20:01 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Hamas militant on Sunday opened fire in Jerusalem's Old City, killing one Israeli and wounding four others before he was fatally shot by Israeli police. It was not immediately clear whether Hamas, an Islamic militant group sworn to Israel's...

Abramovich hosts Israeli leader, antisemitism action praised

Nov. 21, 2021 16:21 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — On a rare visit to Chelsea, owner Roman Abramovich was praised on Sunday by Israeli President Isaac Herzog for using the Premier League leaders' platform to campaign against antisemitism. The small event, attended by about 50 people, was the first time...

Israeli couple is home after weeklong detention in Turkey

Nov. 18, 2021 13:33 PM EST

MODIIN, Israel (AP) — An Israeli couple held by Turkey on suspicion of espionage returned home on Thursday after they were released from a weeklong detention. Mordi and Natalie Oknin arrived in central Israel where they were greeted by family and a crowd of reporters....

Jordan says King Abdullah met with Israeli Islamist lawmaker

Nov. 09, 2021 11:17 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The head of the Islamist party in Israel's governing coalition met with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman on Tuesday, the latest sign of warming ties between the two countries. The Jordanian Royal Palace said in a statement that Abdullah and United...

Israel's ultra-Orthodox protest women's prayer at holy site

Nov. 05, 2021 04:54 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem to protest against a Jewish women’s group that holds monthly prayers there in a long-running campaign for gender equality at the site. For decades the “Women of the Wall”...

Israeli, Jordanian economic ministers meet, talk trade, ties

Nov. 03, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Jordan's economy ministers met in Jordan on Wednesday, the first meeting of its kind in more than a decade and another sign of warming relations between the neighboring countries in recent months. Israel's Foreign Ministry said in a...

Woman now thought to be Afghanistan's last Jew flees country

Oct. 29, 2021 05:27 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — For years, Zebulon Simentov branded himself as the “last Jew of Afghanistan,” the sole remnant of a centuries-old community. He charged reporters for interviews and held court in Kabul’s only remaining synagogue. He left the country last month for Istanbul after the...

Swedish FM visits Israel to mend ties after diplomatic rift

Oct. 18, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Sweden's foreign minister visited Israel on Monday in an effort to mend ties after years in which the two countries have been at odds over the conflict with the Palestinians. Sweden's Social Democratic-led government recognized Palestinian statehood in...

Holocaust forum looks at social media's role in antisemitism

Oct. 13, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Participants at a Holocaust remembrance conference in Sweden blamed social media Wednesday for contributing to a global rise in antisemitism, while YouTube and Facebook officials pledged to be part of the solution. Government and social media...