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Benny Gantz, Blue and White party leader, speaks during an election campaign event of his Blue and White party in Haifa , Israel, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Netanyahu challenger's failed company faces criminal probe

Feb. 20, 2020 1:34 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli prosecutors say they are opening a criminal investigation into the failed start-up of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's challenger, shaking up what has already been a tumultuous election campaign. In a statement released Thursday night, Israel's Justice Ministry said Israeli...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands at an overview of the West Bank Israeli settlement of Har Homa where he announced a new neighborhood is to be built, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Debbie Hill/Pool via AP)

Israel leader vows thousands of new homes in east Jerusalem

Feb. 20, 2020 12:45 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday he was pushing ahead with the construction of 5,000 new Jewish homes in key areas of east Jerusalem, where critics say additional building could cut Palestinian residents off from the rest of the West Bank. On a visit to the Har...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (Gali Tibbon/Pool via AP)

Netanyahu trial clouds last days of Israel election campaign

Feb. 18, 2020 2:23 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The criminal trial for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will begin March 17, court officials announced Tuesday, shaking up the final stretch of a contentious election campaign and hurting the longtime Israeli leader’s hopes of forming a new government after the vote. The...

Benny Gantz, Blue and White party leader, speaks during an election campaign event of his Blue and White party in Haifa , Israel, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israel's Gantz vows to form government without Netanyahu

Feb. 16, 2020 7:50 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz is vowing to form a government that will include neither the indicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor the predominantly Arab parties in Parliament. In a series of TV interviews two weeks before national elections, Gantz looked to project...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to his supporters during his election campaign speech in Rosh Haain, Israel, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Hebrew on board reads

Saudi foreign minister: No meeting planned with Netanyahu

Feb. 14, 2020 2:30 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said no meeting is planned between the kingdom's crown prince and Israel's prime minister, a statement apparently meant to quash reports circulating in Israeli media this week of an alleged summit between the two. “There is no...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2000 file photo, experts in a speed boat examine the damaged hull of the USS Cole at the Yemeni port of Aden after an al-Qaida attack that killed 17 sailors. Sudan's transitional government said it's reached a settlement with families of the victims of the 2000 attack on USS Cole in Yemen, in a bid to have the African country taken off the U.S. terrorism list. At the time of the bombing, Sudan was accused of providing support to al-Qaida, which claimed responsibility for the attack. Sudan's justice ministry said the settlement was signed with the victims' families Friday. Feb. 7, 20202. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis, File)

Sudan seeks to end terror designation in USS Cole settlement

Feb. 13, 2020 3:33 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's transitional government said Thursday it has reached a settlement with families of the victims of the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, a key step in having the U.S. remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism so it can rejoin the international community after years...

FILE - This Jan. 26, 2020, file photo, shows a view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Mitzpe Yeriho. The United Nations Human Rights Council released a list of more than 100 companies it says are operating in Israel's West Bank settlements. In a report Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, the council said the companies' activities “

UN list targets firms linked to Israeli settlements

Feb. 12, 2020 3:51 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.N. human rights office on Wednesday released a list of more than 100 companies it said are complicit in violating Palestinian human rights by operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank — a first-ever international attempt to name and shame businesses that has...

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, listens while former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Palestinian chief and ex-Israeli PM show 2 sides can talk

Feb. 11, 2020 9:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sat beside former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday and said he is ready to resume negotiations under an international umbrella on the peace deal they made significant progress on in 2008 — not on the Trump administration’s...

Vandals damage dozens of cars in Arab village in Israel

Feb. 11, 2020 7:31 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Vandals slashed the tires of dozens of vehicles in an Arab village in northern Israel and spray painted slogans on buildings warning of Jewish-Arab “assimilation,” Israeli police said Tuesday. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the suspects fled the area and police units...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2016 file photo, Israeli Knesset member, Yair Lapid, gives an interview in his office at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem. Lapid, the co-leader of Israel's opposition Blue and White party said Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, that President Donald Trump's Mideast plan offers a promising blueprint for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had turned it into a campaign “stunt” by pushing for immediate annexation of West Bank settlements. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

Israeli opposition co-leader: PM makes Trump plan a 'stunt'

Feb. 10, 2020 11:18 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A leading Israeli opposition figure said Monday that embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has turned a U.S. initiative for ending conflict with the Palestinians into a campaign “stunt” by pushing for the immediate annexation of West Bank settlements. Co-leader...