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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (Gali Tibbon/Pool via AP)

Netanyahu trial clouds last days of Israel election campaign

Feb. 18, 2020 2:23 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The criminal trial for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will begin March 17, court officials announced Tuesday, shaking up the final stretch of a contentious election campaign and hurting the longtime Israeli leader’s hopes of forming a new government after the vote. The...

Benny Gantz, Blue and White party leader, speaks during an election campaign event of his Blue and White party in Haifa , Israel, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israel's Gantz vows to form government without Netanyahu

Feb. 16, 2020 7:50 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz is vowing to form a government that will include neither the indicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor the predominantly Arab parties in Parliament. In a series of TV interviews two weeks before national elections, Gantz looked to project...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to his supporters during his election campaign speech in Rosh Haain, Israel, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Hebrew on board reads

Saudi foreign minister: No meeting planned with Netanyahu

Feb. 14, 2020 2:30 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said no meeting is planned between the kingdom's crown prince and Israel's prime minister, a statement apparently meant to quash reports circulating in Israeli media this week of an alleged summit between the two. “There is no...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2000 file photo, experts in a speed boat examine the damaged hull of the USS Cole at the Yemeni port of Aden after an al-Qaida attack that killed 17 sailors. Sudan's transitional government said it's reached a settlement with families of the victims of the 2000 attack on USS Cole in Yemen, in a bid to have the African country taken off the U.S. terrorism list. At the time of the bombing, Sudan was accused of providing support to al-Qaida, which claimed responsibility for the attack. Sudan's justice ministry said the settlement was signed with the victims' families Friday. Feb. 7, 20202. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis, File)

Sudan seeks to end terror designation in USS Cole settlement

Feb. 13, 2020 3:33 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's transitional government said Thursday it has reached a settlement with families of the victims of the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, a key step in having the U.S. remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism so it can rejoin the international community after years...

FILE - This Jan. 26, 2020, file photo, shows a view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Mitzpe Yeriho. The United Nations Human Rights Council released a list of more than 100 companies it says are operating in Israel's West Bank settlements. In a report Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, the council said the companies' activities “

UN list targets firms linked to Israeli settlements

Feb. 12, 2020 3:51 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.N. human rights office on Wednesday released a list of more than 100 companies it said are complicit in violating Palestinian human rights by operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank — a first-ever international attempt to name and shame businesses that has...

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, listens while former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Palestinian chief and ex-Israeli PM show 2 sides can talk

Feb. 11, 2020 9:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sat beside former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday and said he is ready to resume negotiations under an international umbrella on the peace deal they made significant progress on in 2008 — not on the Trump administration’s...

Vandals damage dozens of cars in Arab village in Israel

Feb. 11, 2020 7:31 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Vandals slashed the tires of dozens of vehicles in an Arab village in northern Israel and spray painted slogans on buildings warning of Jewish-Arab “assimilation,” Israeli police said Tuesday. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the suspects fled the area and police units...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2016 file photo, Israeli Knesset member, Yair Lapid, gives an interview in his office at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem. Lapid, the co-leader of Israel's opposition Blue and White party said Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, that President Donald Trump's Mideast plan offers a promising blueprint for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had turned it into a campaign “stunt” by pushing for immediate annexation of West Bank settlements. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

Israeli opposition co-leader: PM makes Trump plan a 'stunt'

Feb. 10, 2020 11:18 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A leading Israeli opposition figure said Monday that embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has turned a U.S. initiative for ending conflict with the Palestinians into a campaign “stunt” by pushing for the immediate annexation of West Bank settlements. Co-leader...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019 file photo, Israeli police push a man during a protest outside a hospital in Jerusalem where Samir Arbeed, a Palestinian suspect in a deadly West Bank bombing, is being treated. Israel faces allegations of severely torturing three alleged Palestinian militants rounded up after the rare bombing in the occupied West Bank killed a 17-year-old girl in August. Lawyers and family members say the three top suspects were severely beaten to the point of being hospitalized before being returned to their interrogators. A Supreme Court ruling in 1999 forbids torture, but Israeli and Palestinian rights groups say interrogators routinely exploit a loophole intended for rare, ticking time-bomb scenarios, and act with impunity. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israel accused of torturing Palestinians after fatal bombing

Feb. 10, 2020 8:42 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — One of the men was hospitalized with kidney failure and 11 broken ribs. Another was nearly unrecognizable to his wife when he was wheeled into a courtroom. A third was stitched up after being attacked by a security dog. Then the three Palestinians were returned to their Israeli...

FILE - In this March 26, 2019 file photo, United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks at the 2019 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference, at Washington Convention Center, in Washington. On Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, Friedman cautioned Israel against “unilateral action” in annexing West Bank settlements, warning that such a move could endanger the Trump administration's recently unveiled Mideast plan. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

US ambassador to Israel warns against West Bank annexation

Feb. 9, 2020 2:17 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Israel has cautioned Israel against “unilateral action” in annexing West Bank settlements, warning that such a move could endanger the Trump administration's recently unveiled Mideast plan. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had initially sought...