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EXPLAINER: Who is Naftali Bennett, Israel's new leader?

Jun. 13, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Naftali Bennett, who was sworn in Sunday as Israel's new prime minister, embodies many of the contradictions that define the 73-year-old nation. He's a religious Jew who made millions in the mostly secular hi-tech sector; a champion of the settlement...

The Latest: Bennett says Israel 'at outset of new days'

Jun. 13, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

The latest on Israel’s incoming government (all times local): 10:45 p.m. JERUSALEM — Naftali Bennett, Israel’s first Orthodox Jewish prime minister, has opened the first meeting of his government with a traditional blessing for new beginnings,...

Israeli police say woman with knife shot dead in West Bank

Jun. 12, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said a Palestinian woman carrying a knife ran toward an Israeli military checkpoint on Saturday and was shot dead by a private security guard. The shooting took place at the Qalandiya checkpoint near Jerusalem, one of the largest in the...

EXPLAINER: What will change under Israel's new government?

Jun. 12, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — If all goes according to plan, Israel will swear in a new government on Sunday, ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's record 12-year rule and a political crisis that inflicted four elections on the country in less than two years. The next...

Israeli fire kills Palestinian teen in West Bank protest

Jun. 11, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian teenager was killed by Israeli fire on Friday during clashes between protesters and Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian authorities said. The Health Ministry identified the slain youth as Mohammed Hamayel, 15,...

Israel's Netanyahu lashes out as end of his era draws near

Jun. 11, 2021 01:40 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — In what appear to be the final days of his historic 12-year rule, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not leaving the political stage quietly. The longtime leader is accusing his opponents of betraying their voters, and some have needed special...

Palestinians say Israeli forces kill 3 in West Bank raid

Jun. 10, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

JENIN, West Bank (AP) — Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinians, including two security officers, in a shootout that erupted in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin during what appeared to be an Israeli arrest raid overnight, Palestinian officials said Thursday. ...

Biden embraces a Trump policy in backing Arab-Israeli deals

Jun. 10, 2021 00:30 AM EDT

The Biden administration is laying the groundwork for a renewed push to encourage more Arab countries to sign accords with Israel and working to strengthen existing deals after last month's devastating war in the Gaza Strip interrupted those diplomatic efforts. The...

Biden embraces a Trump policy in backing Arab-Israeli deals

Jun. 09, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

The Biden administration is laying the groundwork for a renewed push to encourage more Arab countries to sign accords with Israel and working to strengthen existing deals after last month's devastating war in the Gaza Strip interrupted those diplomatic efforts. The...

Israel approves ultranationalist march if police agree

Jun. 08, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's security Cabinet on Tuesday approved a controversial ultranationalist parade in Jerusalem if police approve the route. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office announced the agreement with Defense Minister Benny Gantz. Under it, the event...