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Israel targets Islamic Jihad leader, sending message to Iran

Nov. 12, 2019 3:22 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday targeted two senior commanders from the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, killing one in the Gaza Strip and missing the second in Syria as it stepped up its battle against Iran and its proxies across the region. The death of Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife as they...

Former top general gets a shot at forming Israeli government

Oct. 23, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's former military chief Benny Gantz was tasked Wednesday with forming the next government, but he has few options after last month's elections left him in a near tie with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu was given the first opportunity to form a government after...

The Latest: Gantz tasked with forming Israeli government

Oct. 23, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli efforts to form a government after last month's elections (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Israel's president has tasked former military chief Benny Gantz with forming the next government after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to assemble a 61-seat majority...

Israel's Netanyahu gives up on forming new coalition

Oct. 21, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that he had failed to form a majority government in parliament, marking a major setback for the embattled Israeli leader that plunges the country into a new period of political uncertainty. In a statement, Netanyahu said he had worked...

Former Israeli chief justice Meir Shamgar dies at 94

Oct. 18, 2019 5:56 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Meir Shamgar, a long-serving former chief justice of the Israeli Supreme Court, has died. He was 94. Israel's highest court announced his passing Friday. Shamgar served as chief justice between 1983 and 1995. As the military's chief legal officer, Shamgar laid the groundwork for the legal...

Netanyahu asks Russia to free imprisoned Israeli woman

Oct. 15, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon a young Israeli woman imprisoned on drug charges in Russia. Russia last week sentenced Naama Issachar, 26, to seven and a half years in prison, months after she was stopped in Moscow's international airport...

Israeli president asks Putin to pardon imprisoned tourist

Oct. 13, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president has asked Russian leader Vladimir Putin to pardon a young Israeli woman imprisoned on drug charges in Russia. Naama Issachar, 26, was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison last week after being arrested at Moscow's international airport in April reportedly with...

Israel's Gideon Saar challenges lengthy Netanyahu Likud rule

Oct. 8, 2019 2:19 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — With a simple tweet, Gideon Saar did what no Israeli politician from the ruling conservative party has done in more than a decade — openly challenge its chief, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The brazen move against the long-serving Israeli leader has solidly positioned the...

Israel begins Netanyahu's pre-indictment corruption hearing

Oct. 2, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's long-awaited pre-indictment hearing on corruption charges began Wednesday in Jerusalem, as a jittery political world eagerly sought clarity on his legal standing amid the stalemate that followed the country's second inconclusive election of the...

Israel PM's rival rejects conditions for forming government

Sep. 27, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's centrist Blue and White party, which won the most seats in elections earlier this month, on Friday rejected what it said were demands from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a unity government under his leadership with his right-wing and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies. After...