Latest Israel government News

The Latest: 2 rockets land on oil company sites in Iraq

Jun. 19, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Iraqi officials say two rockets have landed on oil company sites in Iraq's southern Basra province, one landing near the facilities of a Turkish company just...

Israel holds large military drill amid US-Iran tensions

Jun. 19, 2019 8:19 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel wrapped up its largest military drill in years on Wednesday, with thousands of troops from the army, navy and air force simulating a future war with the militant Lebanese Hezbollah group amid fears that Iran would draw its Shiite proxy into the recent growing tensions in the Persian...

Israel welcomes Mideast peace workshop although not invited

Jun. 18, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is welcoming next week's Mideast peace conference, even though government officials are not invited. Speaking at a government ceremony Tuesday, Netanyahu praised the U.S. conference in Bahrain as "an attempt by the United States to bring a better...

The Latest: Saudi Arabia say it intercepted 2 Houthi drones

Jun. 17, 2019 11:31 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 7 a.m. A Saudi military spokesman says the kingdom has intercepted two bomb-laden drones launched by Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Col. Turki al-Maliki made...

Israel moves to name Golan settlement after Trump

Jun. 16, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

RAMAT TRUMP, Golan Heights (AP) — The Trump name graces apartment towers, hotels and golf courses. Now it is the namesake of a tiny Israeli settlement in the Israel-controlled Golan Heights. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Cabinet convened in this hamlet Sunday to inaugurate a new settlement...

Israeli PM's wife sentenced for misusing state funds

Jun. 16, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Jerusalem magistrate court on Sunday sentenced Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to pay a fine of more than $15,000 for misusing state funds. The sentencing comes after she agreed to a plea bargain that ended the years-long saga of just one of the...

Gazans protest along volatile frontier with Israel

Jun. 14, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thosusands of Palestinians held protests along the volatile Gaza-Israel frontier Friday, after a night of Israeli airstrikes in retaliation for a rocket that hit a building in southern Israel. The flare-up, which came after Israel this week closed Gaza's offshore waters to...

Israeli warplanes strike in east Gaza after rocket hits town

Jun. 13, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck a militant site in the east Gaza Strip early Friday, Palestinian witnesses said, after a rocket launched from Gaza hit a building in southern Israel, escalating tensions along the border just weeks after a cease-fire. There was no immediate comment from the...

Ford opens Israel tech lab in move toward driverless cars

Jun. 13, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Ford has opened a research center in Israel, joining a legion of major automakers racing to develop new technologies for the world of driverless cars. Chairman William Ford met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday as part of his visit, where he called Israel "ground zero" for...

Correction: Israel-Patriots Owner story

Jun. 13, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — In a story June 12 about New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's upcoming trip to Israel to receive the Genesis Prize, The Associated Press, citing information from organizers, reported erroneously that he would be joined by nearly 60 current or former NFL players. Organizers say that...