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Ultra-Orthodox Jews wait to cross a closed road to go to their homes as they wear protective face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in Ashdod, Israel, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Coronavirus restrictions have gone into effect in Israel after the number of new cases there hit a record high the previous day, while the West Bank prepares to go into lockdown. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel, Palestinians face new restrictions amid virus surge

Jul. 5, 2020 7:45 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel ordered thousands of people into quarantine after a contentious phone surveillance program resumed while Palestinians in the West Bank returned to life under lockdown amid a surge in coronavirus cases in both areas. A statement Sunday from Israel’s Health Ministry said...

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2020, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second from left, and son Yair, left, pose for a photo in Tel Aviv, Israel, ahead of the World Holocaust Forum. As the scandal-plagued prime minister stands trial for corruption, his 28-year-old son has emerged as a driving force in a counterattack against critics and the state institutions prosecuting the longtime Israeli leader. A favorite of the prime minister’s nationalistic base and far right leaders around the world, Yair Netanyahu has become a fixture in the news. (Aleksey Nikolskyi/Sputnik Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Israeli leader's son takes center stage in corruption sagas

Jul. 5, 2020 1:35 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — As scandal-plagued Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands trial for corruption, his 28-year-old son has emerged as a driving force in a counterattack against critics and the state institutions prosecuting the longtime Israeli leader. A favorite of the prime minister’s...

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks volunteer Alejandro Ortiz closes the gate after allowing an overnight camper access to the parking lot at Francis Beach at Half Moon Bay State Park in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Friday, July 3, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the parking lots of state beaches to close for the Fourth of July weekend to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Half Moon Bay added to the closure by restricting visitors access to the beach. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)

The Latest: Calif gov warns local officials on enforcement

Jul. 3, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning local elected officials that they risk losing state funding if they don’t enforce health orders as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Newsom has rolled back or limited some businesses reopening in Los Angeles and 20 other counties, now including...

Palestinian demonstrators hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest Israel's plan to annex parts Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank and Trump's mideast initiative, in the West Bank village of Kufr Qaddumm near Nablus, Friday, July 3, 2020.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Former world leaders warn against Israel annexation plan

Jul. 3, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A group of former world leaders urged European leaders on Friday to keep pressuring Israel against annexation of parts of the West Bank, warning against complacency after Israel made no move to take over the territory on July 1. The Elders, founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, said in...

A lifeguard stand is decorated with a large mask to remind people to wear masks as precaution against the new coronavirus at a beach in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israeli lawmakers approve phone tracking of virus cases

Jul. 1, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's parliament approved a law Wednesday granting the country's internal security agency limited authority to use phone surveillance to track coronavirus cases as the country struggles to contain a second outbreak. The Israeli government had authorized the Shin Bet to use the...

A Palestinian woman flashes the victory sign as she demonstrates against Israeli plans for the annexation of parts of the West Bank, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Netanyahu ally confirms delays in West Bank annexation plan

Jul. 1, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that the Israeli leader's plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank would not start on Wednesday, the original target date, as the British prime minister made an extraordinary appeal to Israel to call off the plan. The...

Palestinians laborers line up to cross a checkpoint at the entrance to the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to carry out his pledge to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, possibly as soon as Wednesday. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Netanyahu signals delay in West Bank annexation plan

Jun. 30, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that discussions with the U.S. on his plan to annex occupied West Bank territory would continue “in the coming days,” indicating he would miss a July 1 target date for beginning the controversial process. Netanyahu made the...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wears a face mask during a media statement with US special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Tuesday June 30, 2020. (Abir Sultan/Pool via AP)

Israeli AG rejects Netanyahu request for financial legal aid

Jun. 30, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's attorney general said Tuesday he opposed a request from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to have a wealthy American supporter finance his legal defense against corruption charges. Netanyahu had asked an Israeli oversight committee to allow a 10 million shekel ($2.9 million)...

Palestinians laborers line up to cross a checkpoint at the entrance to the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to carry out his pledge to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, possibly as soon as Wednesday. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israel undeterred by international opposition to annexation

Jun. 30, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to carry out his pledge to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, possibly as soon as Wednesday. His vision of redrawing the map of the Holy Land, in line with President Donald Trump’s Mideast plan, has been...

FILE - This Feb. 18, 2020 file photo, shows a view of the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Efraim on the hills of the Jordan Valley. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to annex the valley and all of Israel's far-flung West Bank settlements, in line with President Donald Trump's Middle East plan, which overwhelmingly favors Israel and has been rejected by the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

Israeli leaders at odds over West Bank annexation plan

Jun. 29, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's top two leaders appeared to feud Monday about the timing of the country's planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, complicating the task of American officials who were in Jerusalem trying to finalize a plan. The comments by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his...