Latest Israel News

The Latest: Pompeo optimistic cease-fire in Syria will hold

Oct. 18, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 10:55 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he's optimistic that the cease-fire between the Turkish army and Kurdish forces in northern Syria will hold in coming days, despite some breaches. After briefing...

Israel: Palestinian wielding knife shot dead in West Bank

Oct. 18, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities say security personnel have shot and killed a knife-wielding Palestinian at a West Bank checkpoint. In a statement Friday, the Defense Ministry said the attacker neglected calls to stop and a security officer fired at him. The incident took place at Te'enim checkpoint...

Pompeo seeks to reassure Israel amid Syria turmoil

Oct. 18, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Israel's prime minister on Friday to reaffirm the countries' close ties at a time when many in Israel fear the Trump administration intends to cut and run from the Middle East. The meeting came a day after a U.S. delegation led by Vice President...

Former Israeli chief justice Meir Shamgar dies at 94

Oct. 18, 2019 5:56 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Meir Shamgar, a long-serving former chief justice of the Israeli Supreme Court, has died. He was 94. Israel's highest court announced his passing Friday. Shamgar served as chief justice between 1983 and 1995. As the military's chief legal officer, Shamgar laid the groundwork for the legal...

White House official: Kushner to visit Israel this month

Oct. 17, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's top Mideast adviser, Jared Kushner, will visit Saudi Arabia and Israel at the end of the month, a senior U.S. official said Thursday. Kushner, who also is Trump's son in law, will join Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at an economic conference in Saudi Arabia...

Pence's mission to Turkey could be his most significant yet

Oct. 16, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence departs for Turkey to undertake arguably his most significant mission yet, seeking to halt a weeklong assault on Syrian Kurds begun after President Donald Trump withdrew U.S. forces from northern Syria. Pence was scheduled to leave Wednesday evening, just hours...

Jordan calls on Israel to release woman on hunger strike

Oct. 16, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is calling on Israel to release a Jordanian woman detained for over a month without trial on security charges. Heba al-Labadi's attorney said Wednesday that she was arrested Aug. 20 at the Allenby Bridge crossing between Jordan and the Israeli-occupied West Bank and has been on...

Palestinians, Saudis play to draw in historic match

Oct. 15, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

AL-RAM, West Bank (AP) — A historic soccer match between the Palestinian and Saudi national teams has ended in a 0-0 draw. Tuesday's World Cup qualifier marked the first time the Saudi side has played in the West Bank. Previously, the teams have played in third countries, with the Saudis wary of being seen...

Netanyahu asks Russia to free imprisoned Israeli woman

Oct. 15, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon a young Israeli woman imprisoned on drug charges in Russia. Russia last week sentenced Naama Issachar, 26, to seven and a half years in prison, months after she was stopped in Moscow's international airport...

Israeli president asks Putin to pardon imprisoned tourist

Oct. 13, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president has asked Russian leader Vladimir Putin to pardon a young Israeli woman imprisoned on drug charges in Russia. Naama Issachar, 26, was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison last week after being arrested at Moscow's international airport in April reportedly with...