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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wears a mask as he looks on during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Saturday, May 31, 2020. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel's Gantz tells army to prep for annexing West Bank

Jun. 1, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister urged the military on Monday to hasten preparations for the country's planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, in apparent anticipation of what could be fierce Palestinian protests against the move. The statement by Benny Gantz came as Israeli media...

Israeli army says it killed suspected Palestinian attacker

May. 29, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian after he attempted to run over them with his vehicle on Friday. No Israelis were wounded in the attack, which took place north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Tensions have soared in recent weeks as Israel has vowed to...

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the rubble of a house that according to the Syrian authorities was attacked by an Israeli airstrike, in the Damascus suburbs of Hajira, Syria, Monday, April 27, 2020. The Syrian military and state media said Monday that Israeli warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus, killing three civilians. An opposition war monitor says four Iran-backed fighters were also killed. The military says Syrian air defenses shot some of the missiles down. The reports said the attack happened around dawn on Monday. (SANA via AP)

Israeli military says Iran is slowly pulling out of Syria

May. 21, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Iran is slowly pulling out of Syria in response to Israeli strikes, as well as growing domestic discontent linked to the economy and its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the Israeli military said Thursday. Israel and Iran have for years been engaged in a shadow war that has recently...

A car drives along the Israeli village of Metulla, as seen from the Lebanese-Israeli border, in the village of Kfar Kila, in southeast Lebanon, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Twenty years after Hezbollah guerrillas pushed Israel's last troops from southern Lebanon, both sides are gearing up for a possible war that neither seems to want. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

20 years after withdrawal, Israel, Hezbollah brace for war

May. 20, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

KFAR CHOUBA, Lebanon (AP) — Twenty years after Hezbollah guerrillas pushed Israel’s last troops from southern Lebanon, both sides are gearing up for a possible war that neither seems to want. Israeli troops are striking Hezbollah targets in neighboring Syria and drilling for what could be an...

Israel military: Troops thwart weapons smuggling from Jordan

May. 20, 2020 6:26 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it thwarted an attempt on Wednesday to smuggle weapons into the country from neighboring Jordan, firing upon and arresting one of the smugglers. The military said that together with Israeli police, it identified two suspects who crossed the border. Shots were...

Israeli troops wound man who crossed frontier from Lebanon

May. 17, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli soldiers on Sunday shot and wounded a man who crossed from Lebanon into Israeli-held territory, the military said. The Israeli military said the man was taken to an Israeli hospital. His identity and condition were not immediately known, and the army said it was investigating. A...

Palestinians burn a cutout of the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during a protest against his visit to Israel and U.S. President Donald Trump's Mideast initiative, in the West Bank city of Nablus, Thursday, May 23, 2020.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Israeli troops kill Palestinian driver who hit soldier

May. 14, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man who allegedly rammed his car into a soldier in the southern West Bank on Thursday, the army said, the latest in a string of violence in recent days. The military said the Palestinian driver struck an Israeli soldier near the West Bank...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks about the coronavirus during news conference at the State Department in Washington on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)

Despite virus, Pompeo talks West Bank annexation in Israel

May. 13, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the country's plans to annex parts of the West Bank, as Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian teen in a clash with stone-throwers in the occupied territory. Pompeo's brief...

Palestinians run away from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes after a soldier was killed when a rock thrown off a rooftop struck him in the head g during an arrest raid, in the village of Yabad near the West Bank city of Jenin, Tuesday, May. 12, 2020. Tuesday's raid was aimed at arresting four Palestinians wanted for stone-throwing at Israeli vehicles and other recent attacks. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Israeli army: Soldier killed by rock during West Bank raid

May. 12, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli soldier was killed early Tuesday during a West Bank arrest raid when a rock thrown off a rooftop struck him in the head, the military said. The military often carries out predawn raids in search of wanted militants in the West Bank, occasionally encountering resistance, but the...

Israel demolishes home of alleged Palestinian attacker

May. 11, 2020 3:43 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Monday said its forces demolished the home of a Palestinian accused of being behind a deadly blast in the West Bank last year. Israel says 22-year-old Qassem Barghouti carried out the attack in August, which killed 17-year-old Israeli Rina Shnerb and wounded her...