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Israel calls on Russia to ease tourist's drug sentence

Oct. 11, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Friday it has asked Russia to show leniency to an Israeli tourist arrested on drug charges and has rejected an apparent swap involving a detained Russian national subject to extradition to the U.S. Naama Issachar, 26, was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison Friday...

With little to show, Gazans question mass border protests

Oct. 11, 2019 5:36 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Ahmed Abu Artima was one of the founders of the "Great March of Return," the weekly protests along Gaza's frontier with Israel meant to draw attention to the plight of the territory's 2 million people. But these days, he mostly avoids the demonstrations. He is among a growing...

The Latest: Trump doubts public wants US involved in Syria

Oct. 10, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments on the Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria (all times local): 12:05 a.m. As Turkey's military incursion into Syria continues, President Donald Trump is telling reporters the U.S. has only two choices: Hit Ankara hard with financial...

As Trump abandons Kurds, Israel worries how dependable he is

Oct. 10, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — For the past three years, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has bet heavily on President Donald Trump and been rewarded with major diplomatic gains in exchange for his warm embrace of the U.S. leader. But the U.S. pullback from northeastern Syria, essentially abandoning its Kurdish...

Israel's Likud party passes Netanyahu confidence vote

Oct. 10, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Likud party has passed a motion in support of Benjamin Netanyahu as its sole candidate for prime minister, but only a small fraction of the party's members turned out for the vote. The Likud party's Central Committee convened Thursday to vote on a resolution asserting that it...

Crime wave in Israel's Arab towns exposes rift with police

Oct. 10, 2019 1:50 AM EDT

MAJD AL-KRUM, Israel (AP) — In the week since three men were killed in a midday shootout in an Arab town in northern Israel, the country has seen mass protests, complaints of police negligence and a public debate about violence in Arab communities that has veered into racist generalizations. A recent spike...

Israel's Gideon Saar challenges lengthy Netanyahu Likud rule

Oct. 8, 2019 2:19 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — With a simple tweet, Gideon Saar did what no Israeli politician from the ruling conservative party has done in more than a decade — openly challenge its chief, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The brazen move against the long-serving Israeli leader has solidly positioned the...

Israeli officials wrap up Netanyahu's pre-indictment hearing

Oct. 7, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's state prosecutors and Benjamin Netanyahu's lawyers concluded the pre-indictment hearing over a slew of corruption allegations against the prime minister on Monday. Netanyahu's lawyers arrived at the Justice Ministry in Jerusalem for the fourth and final day of the proceedings...

A look at the corruption scandals facing Israel's Netanyahu

Oct. 2, 2019 5:36 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's attorneys met Wednesday with Israel's attorney general and other top law enforcement officials in Netanyahu's long-awaited pre-indictment hearing on a series of corruption scandals. The hearing is the last step before formal charges are pressed and has...

Israel begins Netanyahu's pre-indictment corruption hearing

Oct. 2, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's long-awaited pre-indictment hearing on corruption charges began Wednesday in Jerusalem, as a jittery political world eagerly sought clarity on his legal standing amid the stalemate that followed the country's second inconclusive election of the...