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Israeli airstrikes target Gaza sites, first since cease-fire

Jun. 16, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli airstrikes hit militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, and Palestinians responded by sending a series of fire-carrying balloons back across the border for a second straight day — further testing the fragile cease-fire that ended last month’s war...

Family left in shock by shooting of young Palestinian woman

Jun. 16, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Mai Afaneh appeared to have a happy family life and a fulfilling career. So when she left her West Bank home early on Wednesday, no one thought anything was wrong. But a short while later, her family received the devastating news that she had been shot...

Israel to halt nighttime 'mapping' of Palestinian homes

Jun. 16, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it is reining in a controversial practice of conducting late-night raids of Palestinian homes in the West Bank aimed at gathering information about the houses and their inhabitants. The military has in the past defended the...

Israeli airstrikes target Gaza sites, first since cease-fire

Jun. 15, 2021 21:56 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli aircraft carried out a series of airstrikes at militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, the first such raids since a shaky cease-fire ended the war with Hamas last month. The airstrikes targeted facilities used by Hamas militants for...

New Israel government vows change, but not for Palestinians

Jun. 15, 2021 02:11 AM EDT

BEITA, West Bank (AP) — Israel's fragile new government has shown little interest in addressing the decades-old conflict with the Palestinians, but it may not have a choice. Jewish ultranationalists are already staging provocations aimed at splitting the coalition and...

Israel OKs contentious Jerusalem march, weeks after war

Jun. 14, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new government on Monday approved a contentious parade by Israeli nationalists through Palestinian areas around Jerusalem's Old City, setting the stage for possible renewed confrontations just weeks after an 11-day war with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Hamas...

EXPLAINER: Who is Naftali Bennett, Israel's new leader?

Jun. 14, 2021 01:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Naftali Bennett, who was sworn in Sunday as Israel's new prime minister, embodies many of the contradictions that define the 73-year-old nation. He's a religious Jew who made millions in the mostly secular hi-tech sector; a champion of the settlement...

Israel swears in new coalition, ending Netanyahu's long rule

Jun. 13, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament on Sunday narrowly approved a new coalition government, ending the historic 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sending the polarizing leader into the opposition. Naftali Bennett, a former ally of Netanyahu turned...

The Latest: Bennett says Israel 'at outset of new days'

Jun. 13, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

The latest on Israel’s incoming government (all times local): 10:45 p.m. JERUSALEM — Naftali Bennett, Israel’s first Orthodox Jewish prime minister, has opened the first meeting of his government with a traditional blessing for new beginnings,...

Naftali Bennett sworn in as Israel's new prime minister

Jun. 13, 2021 14:10 PM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Naftali Bennett sworn in as Israel's new prime minister.