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Israeli settlement plans anger some in governing coalition

Oct. 25, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's plans to advance the construction of thousands of new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank have angered the Palestinians and drew criticism Monday from a left-wing member of the country's fragile coalition government. Israel on Sunday...

Swedish FM visits Israel to mend ties after diplomatic rift

Oct. 18, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Sweden's foreign minister visited Israel on Monday in an effort to mend ties after years in which the two countries have been at odds over the conflict with the Palestinians. Sweden's Social Democratic-led government recognized Palestinian statehood in...

US, allies step up pressure on Iran to return to nuke talks

Oct. 15, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and its closest partners are stepping up pressure on Iran to return to stalled nuclear negotiations, warning that it will face greater international isolation, new economic penalties and possibly military action if it forges ahead with its atomic program....

Israel quietly advances settlements with little US pushback

Oct. 15, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is quietly advancing controversial settlement projects in and around Jerusalem without making major announcements that could anger the Biden administration. Critics say the latest moves, while incremental, pave the way for rapid growth once the political climate...

US, Israel say they are exploring a 'Plan B' for Iran

Oct. 13, 2021 22:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Israel said Wednesday they are exploring a “Plan B” for dealing with Iran if the Islamic Republic does not return in good faith to negotiations to salvage the languishing landmark 2015 nuclear deal. Secretary of State Antony...

Israel PM urges UN to hold Iran to account for nuclear moves

Oct. 12, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called Tuesday on the United Nations Security Council to take action against Iran over its escalating nuclear program. Bennett spoke at a conference in Jerusalem, where he suggested that Iran’s conduct is...

Israel opens its pavilion with big bash at Dubai's Expo 2020

Oct. 07, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Israel ceremonially opened its gleaming pavilion at the world's fair in Dubai on Thursday, over a year after normalizing ties with the United Arab Emirates and amid a pandemic that has disrupted much of the tourist and cultural exchanges promised by the...

In brazen attack by settlers, Palestinians see larger threat

Oct. 06, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

Al-MUFAGARA, West Bank (AP) — Dozens of Jewish settlers swept down from the dusty hills, hurling rocks at a small Palestinian village in broad daylight, smashing windows, cars and water cisterns as families hid inside their homes and Israeli soldiers looked on. ...

Bahrain, Israel cement year-old accord, open new embassy

Sep. 30, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Bahrain cemented their year-old agreement to establish diplomatic ties on Thursday, with the king of the small Gulf Arab state hosting Israel's foreign minister who for the first time opened an embassy in the capital of Manama. Israeli...

Going Dutch: Look out, German coalition talks could be long

Sep. 28, 2021 04:31 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — As Europe's economic powerhouse Germany embarks on the task of piecing together a new ruling coalition after Sunday's knife-edge election, observers need only look to its neighbors, Belgium and the Netherlands, to see how tricky the process can be. ...