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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters.  Abbas has announced that the first presidential and parliamentary elections since 2006 will be held later in 2021. The voting is seen as a key step in mending a rift between Abbas’ Fatah party that rules the West Bank and the Islamic militant group Hamas that controls the Gaza Strip. ( (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Palestinian president briefs Egypt, Jordan on election plan

Jan. 17, 2021 12:36 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday hosted the Egyptian and Jordanian intelligence chiefs to brief them on plans to hold the first Palestinian elections in 14 years. Abbas issued a decree on Friday announcing plans for parliamentary elections in May and a presidential...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters.  Abbas has announced that the first presidential and parliamentary elections since 2006 will be held later in 2021. The voting is seen as a key step in mending a rift between Abbas’ Fatah party that rules the West Bank and the Islamic militant group Hamas that controls the Gaza Strip. ( (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Explainer: Road to Palestinian vote full of obstacles

Jan. 16, 2021 12:02 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that the first presidential and parliamentary elections since 2006 will be held later this year. But the road to the vote — key to advancing Palestinian statehood and mending a rift between Abbas' Fatah party and the...

FILE - In this May 19, 2020 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas heads a leadership meeting at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.  Abbas has issued a decree setting parliamentary and presidential elections for later this year, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. It would be the first vote of its kind since 2006, when the Islamic militant group Hamas won a landslide victory. (Alaa Badarneh/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Abbas decrees first Palestinian elections in 15 years

Jan. 15, 2021 3:15 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday decreed parliamentary and presidential elections for later this year in what would be the first vote of its kind since 2006, when the Islamic militant group Hamas won a landslide victory. Elections would pose a major risk for Abbas'...

A Palestinian man cuts wood using a chainsaw in a traditional charcoal production site in the town of Jabaliya, Northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Sparse trees, little work for woodcutters in squeezed Gaza

Jan. 15, 2021 1:10 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — With a chainsaw in his car, Ahmed Abdelal tours the Gaza Strip, asking around for people wanting to cut down trees, regrow orchards or make way for construction. One of the few remaining woodcutters in the Palestinian territory, Abdelal, who learned woodcutting from his father,...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2016 file photo, U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson speaks during a news conference for the opening of Parisian Macao in Macau.  Adelson, the billionaire mogul and power broker who built a casino empire spanning from Las Vegas to China and became a singular force in domestic and international politics has died after a long illness.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Israel's benefactor Adelson leaves controversial legacy

Jan. 13, 2021 2:53 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is mourned by official Israel as a powerful benefactor with direct access to U.S. presidents. Others on Wednesday saw a legacy tinged with controversy and touched by deadly conflict. Adelson, who died on Tuesday at 87, was a prolific donor to causes...

Gaza's Hamas rulers bar patients from US charity's hospital

Jan. 13, 2021 1:40 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers said Wednesday they would bar patients from the Palestinian territory from going to a field hospital opened by a U.S. charity in protest of what they say are insufficient services. The hospital, located on no-man's land along the Israeli border, is meant to...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 30, 2020, file photo, a view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ma'ale Efrayim in the Jordan Valley. Israel's premier human rights group has begun describing both Israel and its control of the Palestinian territories as a single

Leading human rights group calls Israel an 'apartheid' state

Jan. 12, 2021 1:09 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A leading Israeli human rights group has begun describing both Israel and its control of the Palestinian territories as a single "apartheid" regime, using an explosive term that the country's leaders and their supporters vehemently reject. In a report released Tuesday, B’Tselem says...

From left to right, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, takes a photo with his mobile of journalists, during a meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, ahead of a press conference at Tahrir Palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egypt, Germany, France, Jordan meet to revive Mideast talks

Jan. 11, 2021 1:33 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Monday hosted the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Jordan to discuss ways to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a week before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. In a joint statement, the ministers called for practical steps to launch “credible...

FILE - In this August 26, 2012 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, speaks to then Israeli Education Minister Gideon Saar as they arrive to the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. For years, Saar had been one of Netanyahu’s most loyal and vocal supporters, serving as Cabinet secretary and government minister. Now the telegenic Saar, armed with near unrivaled political savvy and a searing grudge against his former boss, could prove to be Netanyahu’s greatest challenge. (AP Photo/Uriel Sinai/Getty Images, Pool, File)

Saar, longtime Netanyahu ally, emerges as his top challenger

Jan. 11, 2021 1:36 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — For years, Gideon Saar was one of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s most loyal and vocal supporters, serving as Cabinet secretary and government minister. Now, the telegenic Saar, armed with extraordinary political savvy and a searing grudge against his former...

Palestinian militants watch a rocket fired during a military drill organized by military factions outside Gaza City, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a salvo of rockets into the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday as part of a self-styled military drill aimed at preparing for a possible war with Israel. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Gaza militants fire rockets out to sea in military drill

Dec. 29, 2020 6:59 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a salvo of rockets into the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday as part of a self-styled military drill aimed at preparing for a possible war with Israel. The Islamic militant group Hamas has ruled Gaza since seizing power from rival...