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House GOP votes to oust Democrat Omar from major committee

Feb. 02, 2023 16:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House voted after raucous debate Thursday to oust Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from the chamber's Foreign Affairs Committee, citing her anti-Israel comments, in a dramatic response to Democrats last session booting far-right GOP lawmakers over incendiary...

Extremist Israeli group halts fund-raising effort in US

Feb. 02, 2023 16:35 PM EST

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — An Israeli group that assists Jewish prisoners convicted in some of the country’s most notorious hate crimes has halted its fund-raising efforts through a U.S.-based Jewish charity following an investigation by The Associated Press and the Israeli nonprofit news...

Israel FM: Fully normalized ties with Sudan later this year

Feb. 02, 2023 15:58 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel expects to fully normalize ties with Sudan sometime later this year, Israel's foreign minister said Thursday, after returning from a lightning diplomatic mission to the Sudanese capital. Eli Cohen spoke to reporters after a one-day trip to Khartoum that...

Israeli AG: Netanyahu cannot be involved in legal overhaul

Feb. 02, 2023 11:51 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's attorney general has told Benjamin Netanyahu that he must not be involved in an overhaul to the country's judicial system proposed by his government because it would amount to a conflict of interest over the prime minister's corruption trial, according to a letter...

Israeli police: American arrested for vandalizing church

Feb. 02, 2023 09:39 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Thursday arrested an American tourist after he allegedly knocked down and broke a statue of Jesus in a church in Jerusalem's Old City. Images on social media showed the statue laying horizontally on the floor after apparently being pulled down...

Iran blames Israel for drone attack, threatens retaliation

Feb. 02, 2023 08:23 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Thursday blamed Israel for a drone attack that targeted a military workshop in its central city of Isfahan over the weekend, warning that it “reserves its legitimate and inherent right” to retaliate. Iran's mission to the United...

Israeli settler population in West Bank surpasses 500K

Feb. 02, 2023 07:37 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's West Bank settler population now makes up more than half a million people, a pro-settler group said Thursday, crossing a major threshold. Settler leaders predicted even faster population growth under Israel's new ultranationalist government. The report, by...

Israel, Gaza militants exchange fire amid soaring tensions

Feb. 02, 2023 04:03 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel struck targets in the Gaza Strip early Thursday hours after Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Israel, the military said, the latest in an uptick of violence in the region. Israeli aircraft struck a rocket production workshop in the Gaza Strip as...

Israeli jets strike what army says is Gaza rocket workshop

Feb. 01, 2023 23:57 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli aircraft struck a rocket production workshop in the Gaza Strip early Thursday, the Israeli military said, hours after Palestinian militants fired a rocket toward Israel. The exchange further raised tensions during a particularly violent period in the...

Republicans set to oust Rep. Omar from Foreign Affairs panel

Feb. 01, 2023 18:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly empowered House Republicans are preparing to oust Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Somali-born Muslim lawmaker, from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over her past comments critical of Israel — and as payback after Democrats booted far-right GOP lawmakers from committees...