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Gazans protest along volatile frontier with Israel

Jun. 14, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thosusands of Palestinians held protests along the volatile Gaza-Israel frontier Friday, after a night of Israeli airstrikes in retaliation for a rocket that hit a building in southern Israel. The flare-up, which came after Israel this week closed Gaza's offshore waters to...

Israeli warplanes strike in east Gaza after rocket hits town

Jun. 13, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck a militant site in the east Gaza Strip early Friday, Palestinian witnesses said, after a rocket launched from Gaza hit a building in southern Israel, escalating tensions along the border just weeks after a cease-fire. There was no immediate comment from the...

Ford opens Israel tech lab in move toward driverless cars

Jun. 13, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Ford has opened a research center in Israel, joining a legion of major automakers racing to develop new technologies for the world of driverless cars. Chairman William Ford met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday as part of his visit, where he called Israel "ground zero" for...

Correction: Israel-Patriots Owner story

Jun. 13, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — In a story June 12 about New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's upcoming trip to Israel to receive the Genesis Prize, The Associated Press, citing information from organizers, reported erroneously that he would be joined by nearly 60 current or former NFL players. Organizers say that...

Israel closes Gaza's waters to Palestinian fishermen

Jun. 12, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military took the rare step of closing the Gaza Strip's offshore waters to Palestinian fishermen Wednesday until further notice in response to incendiaries launched into Israel in recent days. Soon afterward, Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern Israel from Gaza...

Clarification: Obit-John Gunther Dean story

Jun. 12, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a June 11 obituary for U.S. diplomat John Gunther Dean, The Associated Press reported that Dean had been forced out of the State Department due to policy differences over Israel. Dean's granddaughter, Laura Dean, says he was forced out over differences about whether to investigate that...

Israeli PM's wife accepts plea deal in case of catered meals

Jun. 12, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Sara Netanyahu, wife of the Israeli prime minister, struck a guilty plea bargain Wednesday settling allegations that she overspent some $100,000 of state money on lavish meals, state prosecutors said. Mrs. Netanyahu will pay around $15,000 in fines to quietly close the case, which accused...

Syria says Israel hit military position in country's south

Jun. 12, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's state-run news agency said Wednesday that Israel attacked a military position in southern Syria, causing material damage. SANA said Syrian air defenses were able to shoot down some of the Israeli missiles before they reached their target during the early morning attack on al-Harra...

Israel upgrades its air-raid warning system

Jun. 12, 2019 9:04 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has overhauled its air-raid warning system in order to minimize disruptions to the general population. The army said on Wednesday that it is has divided the country into 1,700 alarm zones, up from the current 255 zones. Ariel Blitz, head of public preparedness...

Israel says drone penetrates its airspace from Lebanon

Jun. 12, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has observed a drone entering Israeli airspace from Lebanon. In a brief announcement, the military said on Wednesday that the aircraft returned to Lebanon. It gave no further details. On several occasions, Israel has accused Iran of flying drones into Israeli...