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Turkey calls for Israeli 'sensitivity' toward Palestinians

Dec. 08, 2021 06:46 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he is open to improved relations with Israel, but the country must first display “more sensitive” policies toward Palestinians. Erdogan told a group of journalists in Qatar late Tuesday that better ties with...

Israel announces completion of security barrier around Gaza

Dec. 07, 2021 10:31 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday announced the completion of an enhanced security barrier around the Gaza Strip designed to prevent militants from sneaking into the country. The 65-kilometer (40-mile) barrier includes radar systems, maritime sensors and a network of underground...

Dutch court upholds Gantz immunity in Israeli airstrike case

Dec. 07, 2021 09:11 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision to throw out a civil case against Israel's defense minister and another former senior military officer over their roles in a deadly 2014 airstrike. The Hague District Court ruled in...

Syria says Israeli warplanes hit Latakia port containers

Dec. 07, 2021 07:00 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli warplanes fired missiles that struck the port of Latakia early on Tuesday, hitting containers and igniting a huge fire, Syrian state media said. It was a rare attack on the city's port, a vital facility where much of Syria's imports are brought into...

Fearing misuse, Israel tightens supervision of cyber exports

Dec. 06, 2021 12:21 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Defense Ministry on Monday announced that it was tightening supervision over cyber exports — a move that follows a series of scandals involving Israeli spyware company NSO Group. The ministry said the countries purchasing Israeli cyber technology would...

Israel: Palestinian car-rammer wounds guard, is shot dead

Dec. 06, 2021 01:46 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A 16-year-old Palestinian rammed a vehicle into an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank overnight, wounding a security guard before being shot and “neutralized” at the scene, the Israeli Defense Ministry said Monday. Israeli media reported that the...

As Iran nuclear talks hit snags, Israel seeks harder US line

Dec. 05, 2021 13:09 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The long-delayed resumption of nuclear talks with Iran has gotten off to a rough start — with Iran digging in and its negotiating partners openly voicing frustration and pessimism. After five days of talks in Vienna ended last week, the United States...

Israel confirms 7 cases of omicron, 27 others suspected

Dec. 03, 2021 13:28 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Health Ministry said Friday it has confirmed seven cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus, stoking fears of a pending surge in infections. Four of the confirmed cases are unvaccinated individuals who had recently returned from South Africa. ...

Omicron and delta spell return of unpopular restrictions

Dec. 02, 2021 18:28 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Greeks over 60 who refuse coronavirus vaccinations could be hit with monthly fines of more than one-quarter of their minimum pensions — a get-tough policy that the country's politicians say will cost votes but save lives. Weekly protests in the...

Israel halts controversial tech to track omicron variant

Dec. 02, 2021 12:50 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Thursday it was halting the use of a controversial phone tracking technology to trace possible cases of the new coronavirus variant, days after it was authorized as an emergency measure. Earlier this week, the government announced a package...