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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2017 file photo, Israeli police scuffle with ultra-Orthodox Jews as they block a main road during a protest against Israeli army conscription, in Jerusalem. The Israeli military said Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, that it found “serious, systemic failures” in its own reporting that inflated figures on the enlistment of ultra-Orthodox Jews, a hot-button issue in a country where most Jewish men are subject to mandatory conscription. Military draft exemptions for ultra-Orthodox men have long been a source of resentment among Israel’s Jewish secular majority, who are required to serve. The issue is expected to be key in upcoming March 2 elections. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

Israel confirms ultra-Orthodox draft figures were inflated

Feb. 20, 2020 11:38 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Thursday it found “serious, systemic failures” in its own reporting that inflated figures on the enlistment of ultra-Orthodox Jews, a hot-button issue in a country where most Jewish men are subject to mandatory conscription. The military launched an...

An unidentified presidency staff at right adjusts the seat for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani while he arrives for his press conference in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Rouhani said Sunday  that he doesn't believe the U.S. will pursue war with his country, because it will harm President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection bid. Tensions have been escalating steadily since Trump pulled the U.S. out of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, and reimposed crippling sanctions on Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Israeli military to create command to combat Iran threats

Feb. 18, 2020 2:04 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military will set up a special branch in its general staff dedicated to threats from Iran, it said Tuesday. The military said it will appoint a major general to head the command, which is part of a broader restructuring in the general staff. A statement by the military offered few...

Masked Hamas militants wave their green flags during a protest against the Mideast plan announced by U.S. President Donald Trump, after the Friday prayer at the main road in Gaza City, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Arabic on the headband reads

Israeli army: Hamas hackers tried to 'seduce' soldiers

Feb. 16, 2020 5:06 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Sunday said it has thwarted an attempt by the Hamas militant group to hack soldiers' phones by posing as young, attractive women on social media, striking up friendships and persuading them into downloading malware. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told reporters that the...

Masked Hamas militants wave their green flags during a protest against the Mideast plan announced by U.S. President Donald Trump, after the Friday prayer at the main road in Gaza City, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Arabic on the headband reads

Israeli military says 2 rockets fired from Gaza

Feb. 15, 2020 2:48 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said two rockets were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip on Saturday. The rockets set off warning sirens in nearby Israeli communities but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. Palestinian militants in Gaza have fired a number of rockets and...

FILE - In this April 13, 2018 file photo, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, speaks at a briefing in Moscow. Russia’s Defense Ministry says Israeli air forces nearly shot down a passenger jetliner in Syria during a missile strike on the suburbs of Damascus.  In a statement released Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, Konashenkov said the strike was carried around 2 a.m. local time Thursday. Israel did not respond to a request for comment. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Russia says Israeli strike in Syria jeopardized civilian jet

Feb. 10, 2020 7:38 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Defense Ministry said Friday that a passenger jetliner in Syria was endangered by Israeli fighter jets that used it as shield while striking the suburbs of Damascus the previous day. The allegation comes as tensions run high in Syria, where fighting has escalated in the...

Correction: Russia-Syria story

Feb. 10, 2020 5:09 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — In a story published Feb. 7, 2019, about a civilian airliner endangered by military action in Damascus, Syria, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman claimed Israeli military aircraft nearly shot down the airliner during a missile attack on...

Palestinians walk next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. The Palestinians on Friday rejected U.S. Allegations of incitement after a day of clashes and attacks left three Palestinians dead and more than a dozen Israelis wounded. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Israel blocks Palestinian exports in escalating trade crisis

Feb. 9, 2020 6:41 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military blocked Palestinian agricultural exports on Sunday in the latest escalation of a monthslong trade war that comes amid fears of renewed violence as well. Following Defense Minister Naftali Bennett's instruction, the military said it would not allow the Palestinians to...

Palestinians hurl stones towards Israeli soldiers during clashes after the funeral of policeman Tariq Badwan in the West Bank village of Azoun near Qalqilya, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Badwan was shot while standing at the entrance of a police station in Jenin, where Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians while demolishing the home of an alleged militant. He did not appear to have been involved in the clashes. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Palestinians deny US charges of incitement, blame Trump plan

Feb. 7, 2020 1:28 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinians on Friday rejected U.S. allegations of incitement after a day of clashes and attacks left three Palestinians dead, including a member of the security forces, and wounded more than a dozen Israeli soldiers. They instead linked the violence to President Donald Trump's...

Palestinians carry the body of Yazan Abu Tabekh during his funeral in the West Bank city of Jenin, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. The 19-year-old Palestinian was killed in clashes with Israeli troops, according to Palestinian hospital officials. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Mideast violence flares as anger mounts over Trump plan

Feb. 6, 2020 1:14 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in clashes in the occupied West Bank on Thursday and a third in Jerusalem after he opened fire at police, hours after a car-ramming attack elsewhere in the city wounded 12 Israeli soldiers. Tensions have soared following last week's release of...

Israel hits Iran-backed posts in Syria, casualties reported

Feb. 6, 2020 10:22 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Israel carried out airstrikes early Thursday near Damascus, wounding eight soldiers, Syrian state media said, while an opposition war monitoring group said the strikes targeted army positions as well as Iran-backed fighters, killing 23. State news agency SANA said Syrian air defenses shot...