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Israel's Netanyahu makes 'last effort' to save government

Nov. 18, 2018 6:17 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he was heading into a meeting with his top coalition partner in a "last effort" to prevent the collapse of his government, which has been rocked by the resignation of its defense minister over a cease-fire agreement with Gaza militants....

The Latest: Hamas abides by cease-fire, restrains protests

Nov. 16, 2018 12:53 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the political developments in Israel (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Gaza's Hamas rulers are sticking to cease-fire with Israel by keeping border protests widely restrained. Thousands of Palestinians participated Friday in a Hamas-organized rally along the perimeter fence...

Netanyahu's main coalition partner pushes for early election

Nov. 16, 2018 11:25 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel moved closer to early elections Friday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main coalition partner, the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party, said it wants a vote "as soon as possible," and will press for consultations on a date on Sunday. The call for early elections came after...

Days after cease-fire, Gaza border demonstrations to resume

Nov. 15, 2018 1:09 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian organizers of the weekly demonstrations in the Gaza Strip along the Israeli border said they will hold another protest on Friday — in a key test of this week's cease-fire between Israel and Gaza militant groups. Tuesday's cease-fire ended the heaviest...

Defense chief's resignation pushes Israel toward election

Nov. 14, 2018 3:11 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister on Wednesday abruptly resigned to protest a new cease-fire with Hamas militants in Gaza, throwing the government into turmoil and pushing the country toward an early election. Avigdor Lieberman's decision was ostensibly a show of anger over Tuesday's informal...

The Latest: Group says strikes damaged dozens of Gaza homes

Nov. 14, 2018 1:38 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers (all times local): 8:35 p.m. A prominent Palestinian human rights group says dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed in Israel's two-day offensive in the Gaza Strip this week. The Israeli military says it hit 160...

The Latest: UN Security Council takes no action on Gaza

Nov. 13, 2018 9:06 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest on the outbreak of violence between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers (all times local): 4 a.m. The U.N. Security Council has failed to agree on any action on the fighting between Israel and the Hamas militant group in Gaza. Kuwaiti Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi told reporters after...

Cease-fire takes hold between Israel and Hamas

Nov. 13, 2018 3:33 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas and other militant groups said Tuesday they had accepted an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire to end two days of intense fighting with Israel that had pushed the sworn enemies to the brink of a new war. The sudden announcement brought relief to a region that had been paralyzed...

Underlying issues keep Israel, Hamas locked in violent loop

Nov. 13, 2018 3:07 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A slew of grievances and major underlying issues have Israel and Hamas locked in a spiral of violence that has caused three wars in the last decade and repeated rounds of deadly fighting. With an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, a riven Palestinian leadership and a militant Hamas, Gaza's...

Civilians in Israel, Gaza feel helpless amid new fighting

Nov. 13, 2018 2:39 PM EST

ASHKELON, Israel (AP) — Loren Amar was watching TV with her father around midnight when an air-raid siren warning of incoming rocket fire blared through their working-class neighborhood in southern Israel. Their old apartment had no in-house shelter, so they huddled in the stairway just before a rocket...