Latest Yair Lapid News

Israel hits Hamas targets as Gaza militants fire rockets

Sep. 13, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli aircraft struck a series of targets in the Gaza Strip early Monday while Palestinian militants launched rockets into Israel in the third consecutive night of fighting between the sides. The violence took place shortly before Israel's prime...

Israeli foreign minister promises closer look at NSO

Sep. 01, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s foreign minister on Wednesday played down criticism of the country's regulation of the cyberespionage firm NSO Group but vowed to step up efforts to ensure the company's controversial spyware doesn't fall into the wrong hands. Speaking to...

Algeria breaks off diplomatic ties with neighboring Morocco

Aug. 24, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria formally broke off diplomatic relations with neighboring Morocco on Tuesday, with the foreign minister citing a series of alleged hostile acts. The move culminates a period of growing tension between the North African countries which are...

Tensions high, Biden invites Israel's new PM to Washington

Aug. 18, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — President Joe Biden has invited Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to Washington next week to discuss Iran as well as Israel's relationship with the Palestinians, the White House said Wednesday. The long-expected visit with Israel's new prime...

Israel asks allies for help as wildfires rage near Jerusalem

Aug. 16, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders on Monday appealed to its international allies as firefighters battled wildfires near Jerusalem for a second day after the blaze forced hundreds of residents from their homes. Israel Fire and Rescue service said that 75 firefighting...

Poland keeps ambassador at home amid dispute with Israel

Aug. 16, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government said Monday that its ambassador to Israel will remain in Poland until further notice after Israel downgraded diplomatic ties with Warsaw and strongly criticized a new Polish law that restricts the rights of Holocaust survivors to reclaim property...

Israel condemns Poland restitution law, recalls top diplomat

Aug. 15, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Israel on Saturday condemned Poland’s approval of a law that restricts the rights of Holocaust survivors or their descendants to reclaim property seized by the country’s former communist regime and announced it was recalling its top diplomat in protest. ...

Media, Holocaust bills test Poland's ties with US, Israel

Aug. 12, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland is looking at a more difficult relationship with two allies, the United States and Israel, after lawmakers approved separate bills — on foreign ownership of media and affecting the property rights of Holocaust survivors' families — which the Polish...

Israel's envoy inaugurates diplomatic mission in Morocco

Aug. 12, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Israel’s foreign minister on Thursday inaugurated the country’s diplomatic representation in Morocco, a symbol of the normalization of the relations between the two nations. Yair Lapid’s two-day visit is the first to the country by an...

Poland passes law that would cut off property claims

Aug. 11, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's parliament passed a law on Wednesday that would prevent former Polish property owners, including Holocaust survivors and their descendants, from regaining property expropriated by the country's communist regime. Israel condemned the...