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Biden calls Sanders' pitch to leverage Israel aid 'bizarre'

Dec. 7, 2019 4:11 PM EST

OELWEIN, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden said Saturday that it is “bizarre” for Bernie Sanders to propose withholding U.S. military aid from Israel if the government there doesn’t moderate its treatment of Palestinians. The remarks highlight a nuanced but significant distinction between the...

Israel says 3 rockets fired into the country from Gaza

Dec. 7, 2019 2:43 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says three rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel. The military said Saturday air defenses intercepted two of the missiles. There have been no reports of injuries and no Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the rocket fire....

PM: Israel has ‘full right’ to annex strategic Jordan Valley

Dec. 5, 2019 3:26 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel has the “full right” to annex the Jordan Valley if it chose to, even as the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court warned the country against taking the bold step. Netanyahu said his...

Close associates of Israeli PM to be indicted in graft case

Dec. 5, 2019 2:54 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s state prosecutor said Thursday he intends to indict seven men, including close associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a sweeping graft case related to a possible conflict of interest involving a $2 billion purchase of German submarines. State prosecutor Shai...

Israel: Hezbollah undeterred after recent setbacks

Dec. 5, 2019 2:46 PM EST

SHTULA, Israel (AP) — A year after uncovering a network of cross-border Hezbollah tunnels, the Israeli military says the Lebanese militant group has beefed up its presence along the volatile frontier. Military officials say that neither the destruction of the tunnels, nor Hezbollah’s recent domestic...

Israeli foreign minister says he hopes Corbyn isn’t elected

Dec. 5, 2019 6:20 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s foreign minister says he hopes the leader of Britain’s Labour Party doesn’t get elected in the country’s upcoming vote. Israel Katz told Israeli Army Radio on Thursday that he hopes Jeremy Corbyn isn’t brought to power on Dec. 12. Katz said:...

Israeli PM, meeting Pompeo, calls for more pressure on Iran

Dec. 4, 2019 2:19 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday praised the tough U.S. sanctions on Iran, saying the financial pressure has sparked protests against Tehran’s influence across the region and urging even stronger action. Speaking alongside U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before...

Case against Netanyahu includes billionaire witnesses

Dec. 2, 2019 2:09 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s attorney general on Monday officially submitted his indictment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges, laying out a sweeping case in which over 300 people, including a number of well-known billionaires, could be called to testify. But in a break for...

Israeli leader censures Europe for pursuing trade with Iran

Dec. 1, 2019 1:06 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister is lashing out at European countries for joining a body that would allow some trading with Iran despite U.S. sanctions. Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday in a video statement that European countries “should be ashamed of themselves” for seeking to...

Israel plans new settler homes in flashpoint West Bank city

Dec. 1, 2019 11:56 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s new defense minister has ordered plans for new settler housing in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron. In a letter sent to defense officials Sunday, pro-settler Defense Minister Naftali Bennett called for “planning processes to be advanced” for new Jewish...