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US envoy meets Israel's embattled PM to discuss peace plan

Sep. 20, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. envoy to the Middle East met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, days after elections that left the Israeli leader's political future in doubt. Netanyahu suffered an apparent setback when he and his allies failed to secure enough seats for a narrow, right-wing...

10 Things to Know for Today

Sep. 20, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT FOCUSES ON The Trump administration is in a showdown with Congress over a whistleblower's "urgent" and "serious" complaint, which at least partly involves Ukraine, newspaper...

Israel's election highlights secular-religious divide

Sep. 20, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

KFAR SABA, Israel (AP) — Yamit Dulberg considers herself a traditional Israeli woman with right-wing views who would usually vote for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party. But this week the 37-year-old mother of two cast her ballot for his main rival, in part because she's sick of his...

In Israel, calls for unity reveal deep divisions after vote

Sep. 19, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival, Benny Gantz, on Thursday each called for the formation of a unity government following Israel's inconclusive national election. But with both men demanding to be prime minister, there were no signs they could break the deadlock. The...

The Latest: Israel's president: Coalition talks start Sunday

Sep. 19, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli election (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Israel's president, Reuven Rivlin, says he will begin consultations Sunday with all of the parties elected to parliament. Rivlin's announcement Thursday is the first step toward what officials hope will be the formation of a...

10 Things to Know for Today

Sep. 19, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. IRAN DIPLOMAT ISSUES STARK WARNING Mohammad Javad Zarif warns that any attack on his country over a drone-and-missile strike on Saudi Arabia's oil industry will result in "all-out war." 2. 'IT WAS A DUMB...

The Latest: Defiant Israel PM seeks to lead ruling coalition

Sep. 19, 2019 2:39 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli election (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Israel's prime minister says he will seek to lead a ruling coalition with his religious and nationalist allies, despite falling short of a parliamentary majority in Tuesday's elections. Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday at a...

AP Explains: A look at Judaism's place in Israeli politics

Sep. 18, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Seven decades after Israel's founding, the debate over Judaism's place in public life rages on. Israeli political battle lines often fracture along how the country balances Jewish religion and liberal democracy. These tensions were a central issue in this week's national election, and are...

Israeli vote leaves Netanyahu's political future in doubt

Sep. 18, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — After a decade of mesmerizing world leaders, subduing his rivals and eking out dramatic election victories, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political future is suddenly in doubt. With near-final results from Israel's election on Tuesday, he has been left well short of the parliamentary...

Israel's Arabs poised to gain new voice after tight election

Sep. 18, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Arab coalition appears poised to emerge as the main opposition bloc following Tuesday's election, a historic first that would grant a new platform to a long-marginalized minority. With more than 90% of votes counted Wednesday, the Joint List was expected to win about a dozen seats...