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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...

An unidentified presidency staff at right adjusts the seat for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani while he arrives for his press conference in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Rouhani said Sunday  that he doesn't believe the U.S. will pursue war with his country, because it will harm President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection bid. Tensions have been escalating steadily since Trump pulled the U.S. out of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, and reimposed crippling sanctions on Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Israeli military to create command to combat Iran threats

Feb. 18, 2020 2:04 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military will set up a special branch in its general staff dedicated to threats from Iran, it said Tuesday. The military said it will appoint a major general to head the command, which is part of a broader restructuring in the general staff. A statement by the military offered few...

Israeli court says Prime Minister Netanyahu corruption trial to begin March 17, two weeks after national elections

Feb. 18, 2020 9:05 AM EST
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli court says Prime Minister Netanyahu corruption trial to begin March 17, two weeks after national elections.
FILE - In this April 16, 2019 file photo, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh gives an interview with The Associated Press, at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Palestinian prime minister lashed out Sunday at U.S. President Donald Trump's proposal to end the Mideast conflict, saying it would be

Palestinian PM: Trump's Mideast plan 'will be buried'

Feb. 16, 2020 9:55 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The Palestinian prime minister lashed out Sunday at U.S. President Donald Trump's proposal to end the Mideast conflict, saying it would be “buried very soon.” Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Mohammad Shtayyeh said the U.S. plan was “no more than a memo of...

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...

Masked Hamas militants wave their green flags during a protest against the Mideast plan announced by U.S. President Donald Trump, after the Friday prayer at the main road in Gaza City, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Arabic on the headband reads

Israeli army: Hamas hackers tried to 'seduce' soldiers

Feb. 16, 2020 5:06 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Sunday said it has thwarted an attempt by the Hamas militant group to hack soldiers' phones by posing as young, attractive women on social media, striking up friendships and persuading them into downloading malware. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told reporters that the...

Masked Hamas militants wave their green flags during a protest against the Mideast plan announced by U.S. President Donald Trump, after the Friday prayer at the main road in Gaza City, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Arabic on the headband reads

Israeli military says 2 rockets fired from Gaza

Feb. 15, 2020 2:48 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said two rockets were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip on Saturday. The rockets set off warning sirens in nearby Israeli communities but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. Palestinian militants in Gaza have fired a number of rockets and...

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 - 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...