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Israeli PM convenes Cabinet in West Bank ahead of election

Sep. 15, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his final pre-election Cabinet meeting on Sunday in a part of the West Bank he has vowed to annex if re-elected and laid out a plan to build a new settlement there, amid a last-ditch drive to galvanize his nationalistic base. The meeting, along...

Embattled Israeli PM fights for survival in do-over election

Sep. 15, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A visibly frantic Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the fight of his political life as the country heads to national elections for the second time this year. With Netanyahu locked in a razor tight race and facing the likelihood of criminal corruption charges, a decisive victory in...

AP PHOTOS: Ex-army chief hoping to be Israel's next premier

Sep. 15, 2019 2:38 AM EDT

ROSH HAAYIN, Israel (AP) — As former army chief of staff Benny Gantz campaigns to be Israel's next leader, he is relying less on policy specifics than on the archetypal image of a military man who can rise above the political fray and defend a country that feels perpetually under siege. With piercing blue...

Trump backs a Netanyahu priority ahead of Israeli election

Sep. 14, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gave a boost Saturday to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu days before he faces his fiercest political test in more than a decade. Trump publicly expressed support in a tweet for moving forward with discussions on a U.S.-Israel mutual defense treaty,...

Unable to vote, Palestinians shrug off Israel's elections

Sep. 13, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

MAS'HA, West Bank (AP) — Barhoum Saleh's town is surrounded by Jewish settlements, the sign above his roadside mechanic shop is in Hebrew, most of his customers are Israeli and he needs an Israeli permit to visit the beach a half hour's drive away. But unlike his Jewish neighbors, he can't vote in next...

New data shows Israeli settlement surge in east Jerusalem

Sep. 12, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jewish settlement construction in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem has spiked since President Donald Trump took office in 2017, according to official data obtained by The Associated Press. The data also showed strong evidence of decades of systematic discrimination, illustrated by a huge gap...

Putin, Netanyahu meet before Israeli parliamentary election

Sep. 12, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Ahead of Israel's early parliamentary election next week, Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Kremlin has an interest in who wins power. Putin spoke Thursday at the opening of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the southern Russian city of Sochi. Putin says...

Israeli PM: Rocket attacks make new war in Gaza inevitable

Sep. 12, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that continued rocket fire from Gaza is making another war against Palestinian militants in the coastal strip inevitable, his latest headline-grabbing announcement just days before he seeks re-election. Netanyahu said advanced plans...

Facebook sanctions Netanyahu page over hate speech violation

Sep. 12, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Facebook says it has sanctioned the page of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of a violation of the company's hate speech policy. Facebook said on Thursday that the social network had suspended for 24 hours the page's bot, or automated chat function. The page had called on...

Saudis condemn Israeli PM's West Bank annexations plans

Sep. 11, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Wednesday denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pre-election vow to annex parts of the West Bank as a "very dangerous escalation," adding to a chorus of international condemnations and injecting the issue of Palestinian statehood into an election campaign...