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Pro-Hamas activists launch incendiary balloons into Israel

Jul. 25, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck a target in the southern Gaza Strip, the Israeli military announced early Monday, saying it was responding to the launches of incendiary balloons that caused at least three blazes in southern Israel. The military said it had...

PM urges Israelis to get vaccinated as delta variant spreads

Jul. 22, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister on Thursday called upon hundreds of thousands of citizens who have not yet been vaccinated against the coronavirus to get the shot. His appeal came as new infections climbed precipitously in recent weeks. Naftali Bennett's...

Unilever chief says company 'fully committed' to Israel

Jul. 22, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The chief executive of Unilever on Thursday said the global consumer goods giant remains “fully committed” to doing business in Israel, distancing himself from this week’s announcement by the company’s Ben & Jerry’s ice cream brand to stop serving Israeli...

Politics foil replacing hazardous bridge to Jerusalem site

Jul. 22, 2021 02:14 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A rickety bridge allowing access to Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site is at risk of collapse, according to experts. But the flashpoint shrine's delicate position at ground-zero of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has prevented its repair for more than a decade. ...

Israel vows to 'act aggressively' against Ben & Jerry's

Jul. 20, 2021 19:09 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister vowed Tuesday to “act aggressively” against the decision by Ben & Jerry’s to stop selling its ice cream in Israeli-occupied territories, as the country’s ambassador to the U.S. urged dozens of state governors to punish the company under...

Israel shells Lebanon after rockets fired over border

Jul. 20, 2021 06:26 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said its artillery shelled southern Lebanon early Tuesday after two rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory. Israel's army said in a statement that aerial defenses intercepted one of the rockets, and the second fell...

Ben & Jerry's to stop sales in West Bank, east Jerusalem

Jul. 19, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Ben & Jerry’s said Monday it was going to stop selling its ice cream in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and contested east Jerusalem, saying the sales in the territories sought by the Palestinians are “inconsistent with our values.” The...

Israeli PM: No change to ban on Jewish prayer at mosque

Jul. 19, 2021 05:22 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is not changing the norms at a contested site in Jerusalem to allow Jewish prayer there, his office said Monday, walking back comments that sparked angry reactions a day earlier. Bennett, Israel's new premier, had...

Hundreds of Jews visit contested holy site in Jerusalem

Jul. 18, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Jewish pilgrims visited a contested Jerusalem holy site under heavy police guard on Sunday, shortly after Muslim worshippers briefly clashed with Israeli security forces at the flashpoint shrine. No injuries were reported, but the incident...

Bennett: Israel could beat COVID-19 variant without lockdown

Jul. 14, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Wednesday that the country can beat a concerning rise in new coronavirus cases without a nationwide shutdown, but that depends in part on people wearing masks indoors to suppress the spread of the highly contagious delta variant....