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Sudan says it will discuss trade, migration with Israel

Oct. 25, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese and Israeli officials will meet in the coming weeks to discuss a package of cooperation deals to “achieve the mutual interests of the two peoples,” Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday. The ministry statement came three days after President Donald Trump announced...

Israel's national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat, left, bumps elbows with Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani after signing an agreement in Manama, Bahrain, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. Israel and Bahrain signed an agreement establishing formal diplomatic relations, making the Gulf country the fourth Arab state to normalize ties with Israel. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli government approves Bahrain normalization deal

Oct. 25, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Cabinet approved the normalization deal with the Arab Gulf state of Bahrain on Sunday, a week after the two countries agreed to establish formal diplomatic ties. The deal next requires ratification by the Knesset, Israel’s 120-seat parliament. A date for that vote has...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2020 file photo, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces full diplomatic ties will be established with the United Arab Emirates, during a news conference in Jerusalem.  Israel says, Friday, Oct. 23,  it will not oppose the U.S. sale of “certain weapon systems” to the United Arab Emirates following an agreement with Washington to upgrade its own capabilities in order to preserve its military edge in the Middle East.  (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli leader confirms consent to US arms sales to UAE

Oct. 24, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday appeared to confirm that Israel has given its consent for the United States to sell F35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates following a recent agreement establishing diplomatic relations between the Mideast countries. The expected...

Israelis press ahead with weekly anti-Netanyahu protests

Oct. 24, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Israelis demonstrated Saturday night outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding the Israeli leader’s resignation. Weekly protests have been taking place for the past four months, with crowds calling on Netanyahu to resign over...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020 file photo, former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi, left, leader of the Umma political party speaks during a news conference in Khartoum, Sudan.  Al-Mahdi has slammed an announcement by President Donald Trump that Sudan would start normalizing ties with Israel. Al-Mahdi said Saturday, Oct. 24,  the announcement “contributes to the elimination of the peace project in the Middle East and to preparing for the ignition of a new war.” (AP Photo/Marwan Ali, File)

Head of Sudan’s largest party slams Trump and Israel deal

Oct. 24, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi on Saturday slammed an announcement by President Donald Trump that Sudan would start normalizing ties with Israel. Al-Mahdi, who is the country's last democratically elected premier and heads the country's largest political party, said he...

President Donald Trump reacts after hanging up a phone call with the leaders of Sudan and Israel, as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, second from left, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, and others applaud in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump: Sudan to join UAE, Bahrain in recognizing Israel

Oct. 23, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Friday that Sudan will start to normalize ties with Israel, making it the third Arab state to do so as part of U.S.-brokered deals in the run-up to Election Day. The announcement came after the North African nation agreed to put $335 million in an escrow...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2020 file photo, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces full diplomatic ties will be established with the United Arab Emirates, during a news conference in Jerusalem.  Israel says, Friday, Oct. 23,  it will not oppose the U.S. sale of “certain weapon systems” to the United Arab Emirates following an agreement with Washington to upgrade its own capabilities in order to preserve its military edge in the Middle East.  (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel drops objection to US sale of 'certain' arms to UAE

Oct. 23, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Friday it will not oppose the U.S. sale of “certain weapon systems” to the United Arab Emirates following an agreement with Washington to upgrade its own capabilities in order to preserve its military edge in the Middle East. The statement released by Prime...

Israel strikes Gaza after Palestinian militants fire rockets

Oct. 23, 2020 1:28 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Friday it launched overnight airstrikes in the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants fired two rockets, with no reports of casualties or major damage on either side. The military said fighter jets and other aircraft struck a weapons manufacturing site and...

Israeli military: Gaza militants fire 2 rockets into Israel

Oct. 22, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a pair of rockets into southern Israel on Thursday night, the Israeli military announced, saying that its air-defense system intercepted one of the projectiles while the second fell in an open area. It was the second rocket attack this week...

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stands with Sudanese Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, the head of the ruling sovereign council, in Khartoum, Sudan. Officials in Sudan confirmed that a senior U.S.-Israeli delegation flew to Sudan on a private jet Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, and met with Burhan and others to wrap up a deal that would make Sudan the third Arab country to normalize ties with Israel this year. (Sudanese Cabinet via AP, File)

Sudanese officials: Diplomatic deal with Israel is near

Oct. 22, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Sudanese officials confirmed on Thursday that a senior U.S.-Israeli delegation flew to Sudan on a private jet this week to wrap up a deal that would make Sudan the third Arab country to normalize ties with Israel this year. Such a deal would deepen Sudan’s engagement with the West...