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First private Israel lunar mission to be launched this week

Feb. 18, 2019 10:22 AM EST

RAMAT GAN, Israel (AP) — A nonprofit Israeli consortium said Monday that it hopes to make history this week by launching the first private aircraft to land on the moon. SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries told a news conference that the landing craft — dubbed "Beresheet," or Genesis...

Israel-Central Europe summit canceled after Polish pullout

Feb. 18, 2019 9:31 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland on Monday pulled out of a summit in Jerusalem, triggering the collapse of the entire meeting, after the acting Israeli foreign minister said that Poles "collaborated with the Nazis" and "sucked anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk. The developments mark a new low in a bitter...

The Latest: US Jewish group asks Poland, Israel to stay calm

Feb. 18, 2019 9:20 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the dispute between Poland and Israel (all times local): 3:00 p.m. The American Jewish Committee says it hopes years of reconciliation work between Poland and Israel will not be undone by a new dispute over the Holocaust. American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris said...

Former Israeli FM Tzipi Livni retires from politics

Feb. 18, 2019 8:06 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Monday announced her retirement from politics, ending a 20-year career of a politician who was once a rising star, contender for prime minister and celebrity in international diplomatic circles. Livni, whose political star has faded in recent...

Israeli leaders' Nazi remarks scuttle summit with Europeans

Feb. 18, 2019 7:39 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's off-hand comment in Warsaw about Poland and the Holocaust set in motion a diplomatic crisis that on Monday scuttled this week's summit of central European leaders in Israel. Poland's abrupt decision to cancel its participation in the planned Visegrad...

Poland cancels participation in meeting in Jerusalem, denouncing 'racist' remark by Israeli official

Feb. 18, 2019 5:29 AM EST
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland cancels participation in meeting in Jerusalem, denouncing 'racist' remark by Israeli official.

Polish PM cancels Israel visit amid new Holocaust tensions

Feb. 17, 2019 3:21 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki canceled his plans to attend a meeting of central European leaders in Israel starting Monday amid new tensions over how Polish behavior during the Holocaust is remembered and characterized. Morawiecki informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

Israel to withhold $138 million in Palestinian funds

Feb. 17, 2019 2:39 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Sunday it will withhold over $138 million from the Palestinian Authority for payments given to families of Palestinians who carried out attacks against Israelis. The government's security Cabinet said it is implementing a law passed last year allowing Israel to withhold funds...

The Latest: Qatari minister warns of remaining IS threat

Feb. 17, 2019 9:13 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the Munich Security Conference (all times local): 2:55 p.m. Qatar's foreign minister is cautioning that the Islamic State group will continue to be a threat even after its last pocket of resistance in Syria is shut down. IS once controlled territory in large parts of Syria and...

Israel PM appoints interim foreign minister

Feb. 17, 2019 8:47 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister has appointed an interim foreign minister after holding the post himself for the last four years. Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday that Transportation Minister Israel Katz would serve as foreign minister until the formation of a new government after April...