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Poland a step closer to adopting controversial property law

Jul. 23, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Senate on Friday approved with some amendments much-disputed changes to property restitution rules, moving them a step closer to adoption. The draft regulations have drawn strong criticism from Israel and from Jewish organizations who say...

Israeli foreign minister to visit Morocco next month

Jul. 19, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's foreign minister announced Monday he will soon visit Morocco on a trip aimed at cementing the budding diplomatic ties between the two countries. The trip by Yair Lapid, expected in mid-August, will mark the first visit to Morocco by an Israeli...

UAE inaugurates embassy in Israel in downtown Tel Aviv

Jul. 14, 2021 03:20 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The United Arab Emirates formally opened its embassy in Israel on Wednesday, inaugurating its diplomatic offices in Tel Aviv less than a year after the two countries announced they would establish open relations. Speaking at the ceremony, Israeli...

Israeli president, Turkey's Erdogan talk in sign of thaw

Jul. 12, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s newly inaugurated president spoke Monday with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a sign of a possible thaw after years of frosty relations between the two former allies. President Isaac Herzog’s office said in a statement...

Israeli, Jordanian leaders meet amid push to improve ties

Jul. 08, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Israel's new prime minister met secretly with the Jordanian king last week, an Israeli official confirmed Thursday, as the two countries announced new agreements on water and trade. The agreements, concluded during a meeting between their foreign...

Herzog pledges to 'calm things' as Israel's 11th president

Jul. 07, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Isaac Herzog pledged to heal deep divisions in Israeli society Wednesday as he took the oath of office to become Israel's 11th president. With one hand on a Bible before the Knesset — Israel's parliament — Herzog, 60, assumed the largely ceremonial...

Close Netanyahu ally, Likud lawmaker indicted for corruption

Jul. 06, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A close political ally of former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted Tuesday on a raft of corruption offenses allegedly committed while serving as a Likud party lawmaker in parliament. The attorney general approved the indictment of...

Iran accuses Israel of June attack on civilian nuclear site

Jul. 06, 2021 08:14 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran accused Israel on Tuesday of mounting a sabotage attack on a nuclear facility near Tehran last month, the country's state-run news agency reported as authorities acknowledged for the first time that the mysterious assault had caused structural damage...

Israel's Bennett, Russia's Putin speak, agree to meet

Jul. 05, 2021 07:54 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel’s new prime minister spoke for the first time with his Russian counterpart on Monday and the two have agreed to meet soon, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's office tweeted. Bennett’s office said he thanked Vladimir Putin for Russia's...

In UAE visit, Israeli minister builds ties after Gaza war

Jun. 30, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Israeli's foreign minister acknowledged Wednesday during his first state visit to the United Arab Emirates that when tensions flare in Jerusalem, it reverberates across the region. “Nobody is denying the fact that tensions in...