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In this photo taken on Sunday, June 28, 2020, former Israeli Air Force general and leading critic of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Brig. Gen. Amir Haskel poses for a photo in Tel Aviv, Israel. After 32 years in the Israeli Air Force, retired Brig. Gen. Amir Haskel wasn't looking to politics. But as his prime minister became further enmeshed in corruption, he felt he could no longer stay silent. So, he picked up a sign and took to the streets in an individual act of protest. Now, after his highly-publicized weekend arrest during a peaceful demonstration, he has become the unquestioned leader of the growing grassroots movement demanding that Benjamin Netanyahu step down. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

A quiet Israeli ex-general emerges as new foil to Netanyahu

Jun. 29, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Unlike many of his fellow Israeli generals, Amir Haskel wasn't looking to politics in retirement. After 32 years in the Israeli Air Force, he became a Holocaust researcher and was satisfied with publishing books, leading student delegations to former concentration camps in Poland and...

Protesters against Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wave flags and banners outside his residence in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Hundreds of protesters calling him the

Israeli court releases anti-Netanyahu activist after arrest

Jun. 28, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A court ordered the release of a former Air Force general and leading critic of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from jail on Sunday, a day after hundreds of people protested outside the Israeli leader's residence calling for him to be freed. Retired Brig. Gen. Amir Haskel has been a...

Hamas supporters paint heir faces while mach with their green and national flags during a protest against Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank and  U.S. President Donald Trump's mideast initiative, after Friday prayer at the main road of Khan Younis City, Gaza Strip, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Israeli military says 2 Gaza rockets hit southern Israel

Jun. 26, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military said Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets into southern Israel late Friday, shattering months of near-total calm. In response, Israeli aircraft attacked two military facilities for Hamas, the Islamic group ruling Gaza. There were no...

Syria reports Israeli raids on central, south military posts

Jun. 24, 2020 1:25 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian air defenses responded to Israeli attacks on military posts in a central province early on Wednesday, shortly after similar attacks in the south killed two soldiers, the defense ministry in Damascus said. State media cited a military official as saying the attack targeted...

Detained Lebanese woman accused of dealing with Israel

Jun. 22, 2020 7:35 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese political activist who was detained last week was charged on Monday with collaborating with Israel and referred to a military prosecutor, Lebanon's state-run news agency reported. The National News Agency said Government Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Fadi Akiki charged...

File - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, a Palestinian demonstrator covers his face from tear gas fired by Israeli forces as he holds a poster of -U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest against President Donald Trump's Mideast initiative, in Jordan Valley in the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to annex the valley and all of Israel's far-flung West Bank settlements, in line with President Donald Trump's Middle East plan, which overwhelmingly favors Israel and has been rejected by the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

Palestinians fear displacement from an annexed Jordan Valley

Jun. 19, 2020 2:13 AM EDT

FASAYIL, West Bank (AP) — For generations, the people of Fasayil herded animals on the desert bluffs and palm-shaded lowlands of the Jordan Valley. Today, nearly every man in the Palestinian village works for Jewish settlers in the sprawling modern farms to the north and south. The grazing lands to the...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2018, file photo, mourners carry the body of Palestinian fisherman Nawaf Al-Attar, 20, who was shot and killed by Israeli troops on the beach near the border with Israel, during his funeral in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. An Israeli soldier who shot and killed the Palestinian fisherman near the Gaza frontier in 2018 has been given 45 days of community service after an army investigation concluded he fired without authorization, the military said Thursday, June 18, 2020.(AP Photo/Adel Hana, File)

Israeli soldier gets community service after killing Gazan

Jun. 18, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli soldier who shot and killed a Palestinian fisherman near the Gaza frontier in 2018 has been given 45 days of community service after an army investigation concluded he fired without authorization, the military said Thursday. The military said a group of Palestinians had...

Syria: Israeli warplanes strike targets in central Syria

Jun. 4, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian air defenses responded to an Israeli attack near a central town on Thursday that caused explosions and a large fire in the area, state-run media said. According to the Syrian news agency SANA, the Israeli airstrike occurred near the town of Masyaf in the Hama countryside....

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wears a mask as he looks on during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Saturday, May 31, 2020. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel's Gantz tells army to prep for annexing West Bank

Jun. 1, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister urged the military on Monday to hasten preparations for the country's planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, in apparent anticipation of what could be fierce Palestinian protests against the move. The statement by Benny Gantz came as Israeli media...

Israeli army says it killed suspected Palestinian attacker

May. 29, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian after he attempted to run over them with his vehicle on Friday. No Israelis were wounded in the attack, which took place north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Tensions have soared in recent weeks as Israel has vowed to...