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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...

On vote eve, Netanyahu vows total West Bank settlement annex

Sep. 16, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Monday to annex "all the settlements" in the West Bank, including an enclave deep in the heart of the largest Palestinian city, in a last-ditch move that appeared aimed at shoring up nationalist support the day before a do-over election....

Israeli PM convenes Cabinet in West Bank ahead of election

Sep. 15, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his final pre-election Cabinet meeting on Sunday in a part of the West Bank he has vowed to annex if re-elected and laid out a plan to build a new settlement there, amid a last-ditch drive to galvanize his nationalistic base. The meeting, along...

US envoy rejects claim of 'war crime' by key UN Syria panel

Sep. 12, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United States' top envoy for Syria rejected Thursday findings by U.N.-backed investigators that deadly airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition early this year may amount to a war crime. Ambassador James Jeffrey said the coalition takes "extreme care in every military operation we do." His...

Saudis condemn Israeli PM's West Bank annexations plans

Sep. 11, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Wednesday denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pre-election vow to annex parts of the West Bank as a "very dangerous escalation," adding to a chorus of international condemnations and injecting the issue of Palestinian statehood into an election campaign...

A look at the Jordan Valley Israeli PM has vowed to annex

Sep. 11, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

JERICHO, West Bank (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's last-minute vow to annex the Jordan Valley if re-elected next week has sparked Arab condemnation and injected the Palestinians into a political campaign that had almost entirely ignored them. Netanyahu has made similar promises before...

Trapped in Jordan, Syrian refugees see no way home

Sep. 11, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Seven years after fleeing the civil war in his homeland, Zahir Hamshari's life is filled with questions and doubts: How to pay the rent? How to cover the electricity bill? How to afford even basic staples like bread and bottled water? But one thing is crystal clear for him. Like many...

The Latest: Netanyahu pledge dims hope for Palestinian state

Sep. 11, 2019 1:19 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement that he will begin annexing West Bank settlements if he wins national elections next week (all times local): 8:10 a.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pledge to annex the heart of the West Bank if he wins...

Netanyahu vows to begin annexing West Bank settlements

Sep. 10, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Tuesday to annex the heart of the West Bank if he wins re-election next week, a move that could inflame the Middle East and extinguish any remaining Palestinian hope of establishing a separate state. Arab leaders angrily condemned...

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...