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Israelis march in east Jerusalem in test for new government

Jun. 15, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Israeli ultranationalists paraded through east Jerusalem on Tuesday in a show of force that threatened to spark renewed violence just weeks after a war with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Palestinians in Gaza responded by launching incendiary balloons that...

Poll finds dramatic rise in Palestinian support for Hamas

Jun. 15, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A new poll released Tuesday finds a dramatic surge in Palestinian support for Hamas following last month's Gaza war, with around three quarters viewing the Islamic militants as victors in a battle against Israel to defend Jerusalem and its holy sites. ...

The Latest: Blood sample study: Virus in US by December 2019

Jun. 15, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK — A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken in early 2020 is the latest and largest study to suggest the coronavirus arrived in the U.S. in December 2019. That’s weeks before cases were first recognized by health officials. The analysis is...

New Israel government vows change, but not for Palestinians

Jun. 15, 2021 02:11 AM EDT

BEITA, West Bank (AP) — Israel's fragile new government has shown little interest in addressing the decades-old conflict with the Palestinians, but it may not have a choice. Jewish ultranationalists are already staging provocations aimed at splitting the coalition and...

Fla. governor signs bill requiring moment for school prayer

Jun. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited a South Florida Jewish temple to denounce anti-Semitism and stand with Israel, as the Republican governor cloaked himself in religion Monday while signing a bill into law that would require public schools in his state to set aside...

Israel OKs contentious Jerusalem march, weeks after war

Jun. 14, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new government on Monday approved a contentious parade by Israeli nationalists through Palestinian areas around Jerusalem's Old City, setting the stage for possible renewed confrontations just weeks after an 11-day war with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Hamas...

AP Interview: ICC prosecutor sees 'reset' under Biden

Jun. 14, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday that the global tribunal’s relationship with the United States — plunged into the deep freeze by former President Donald Trump — is undergoing a “reset” under his successor, Joe Biden. ...

EXPLAINER: Who is Naftali Bennett, Israel's new leader?

Jun. 14, 2021 01:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Naftali Bennett, who was sworn in Sunday as Israel's new prime minister, embodies many of the contradictions that define the 73-year-old nation. He's a religious Jew who made millions in the mostly secular hi-tech sector; a champion of the settlement...

Israel swears in new coalition, ending Netanyahu's long rule

Jun. 13, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament on Sunday narrowly approved a new coalition government, ending the historic 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sending the polarizing leader into the opposition. Naftali Bennett, a former ally of Netanyahu turned...

The Latest: Bennett says Israel 'at outset of new days'

Jun. 13, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

The latest on Israel’s incoming government (all times local): 10:45 p.m. JERUSALEM — Naftali Bennett, Israel’s first Orthodox Jewish prime minister, has opened the first meeting of his government with a traditional blessing for new beginnings,...