Latest Jerusalem News

Hamas reveals weak spot in Netanyahu re-election campaign

Mar. 26, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu locked in a tight race for re-election, the Hamas militant group has suddenly emerged as a major vulnerability for the Israeli leader. This week's outbreak of fighting between Israel and Hamas, sparked by a rocket strike on a home in central Israel,...

Israel, Gaza militants in 2nd day of cross-border fighting

Mar. 26, 2019 12:34 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli aircraft bombed targets across the Gaza Strip and Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel early Tuesday, the second day of cross-border fighting that erupted in the last stretch of a closely contested race for Israeli prime minister between the long-serving incumbent and an...

Jordan king cancels Romania trip over Jerusalem remarks

Mar. 25, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II has canceled a visit Monday to Romania to protest its prime minister's support for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Royal Hashemite Court said the decision came "in solidarity with Jerusalem." Abdullah was scheduled to visit Romania later in the...

Romania, Honduras recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Mar. 24, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The leaders of Romania and Honduras on Sunday announced that they will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, following the lead of President Donald Trump. Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez delivered their announcements at the American...

Legendary Israeli Mossad agent Rafi Eitan dies at 92

Mar. 23, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Rafi Eitan, a legendary Israeli Mossad spy who led the capture of Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann, died Saturday. He was 92. Eitan was one of the founders of Israel's vaunted intelligence community and among its most prominent figures in Israel and abroad. "Rafi was among the heroes of...

Trump, Israeli leader have mutually beneficial relationship

Mar. 23, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was glowing as he stepped up to a podium in the backyard of his Jerusalem home to welcome U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to a holiday dinner. Less than an hour earlier, President Donald Trump had surprised the world by announcing that the U.S....

Islamic State driven from last Syria territory, Trump says

Mar. 22, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Islamic State militants no longer control any territory in Syria, President Donald Trump proudly announced Friday, though the U.S. was still launching airstrikes and sporadic fighting continued on the ground against the group's holdouts. "It's about time," Trump exclaimed on an...

Pompeo at odds with Lebanese officials over Hezbollah

Mar. 22, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday called on the Lebanese people to stand up to Hezbollah's "criminality, terror and threats," and claimed U.S. sanctions on Iran and its Lebanese Shiite ally were working and that more pressure on them was forthcoming. His comments in Beirut were in...

The Latest: Trump tweets abrupt shift on Golan Heights

Mar. 22, 2019 1:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the United States and Israel (all times local): 12:55 a.m. President Donald Trump has abruptly declared the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a...

US abruptly endorses Israel's Golan sovereignty in big shift

Mar. 21, 2019 11:26 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly declared Thursday the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political boost a month before what is expected to be a close election....