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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...

Israeli volunteer Sharon Yaron, left, brings a cake to 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Sara Weinsten during a visit to her house in Yavne, Israel, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. For thousands of older Israelis like Weinsten, being housebound alone during Israel's second nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic is difficult and depressing. But each week ahead of the Jewish Sabbath, which starts on Friday at sundown, a home-baked cake is delivered by one of thousands of volunteers bringing pastries to home-bound older Israelis. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

With cakes, solitary Sabbaths sweetened for older Israelis

Oct. 21, 2020 1:55 AM EDT

YAVNE, Israel (AP) — For thousands of older Israelis like Sara Weinsten, being housebound alone during the country's second nationwide lockdown is difficult and depressing. “Loneliness brings back the past, and it's hard,” said Weinsten, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor who lives in the...

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, file photo, an official stands at the door of an Israeli El Al airliner after it landed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The first commercial passenger flight to Israel by a carrier from the United Arab Emirates landed near Tel Aviv on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, further cementing a normalization deal between the two countries. (Nir Elias/Pool Photo via AP, File)

First commercial passenger flight from UAE lands in Israel

Oct. 19, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The first commercial passenger flight to Israel by a carrier from the United Arab Emirates landed near Tel Aviv on Monday, further cementing a normalization deal between the two countries. Etihad Airways Flight No. 9607 landed at Israel's Ben-Gurion international airport just after...

The national flags of Bahrain, Israel and America, flutter in near the Israeli flag carrier El Al plane that will fly an Israeli delegation, accompanied by U.S. aides, to Bahrain to formalise relations and broaden Gulf cooperation, at Ben Gurion airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel, Bahrain sign deal establishing formal ties

Oct. 18, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to establish formal diplomatic relations, making the small Gulf country the fourth Arab state to normalize ties with Israel. The U.S.-brokered agreement capped a one-day visit by a high-level delegation of American and Israeli officials to Bahrain....

Israel's AG says he won't probe Netanyahu, cousin share deal

Oct. 15, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's attorney general announced Thursday he was not launching a criminal investigation into a murky company share deal between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cousin that netted the Israeli leader an exorbitant return on investments. In a statement, Attorney General...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, arrives at the Israeli Knesset, or Parliament in Jerusalem ahead of the discussion of the peace treaty with the United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Alex Kolomoisky/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel eases some lockdown measures as virus cases decline

Oct. 15, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel decided on Thursday to relax some of the restrictions imposed during a monthlong nationwide lockdown that was meant to drive down a raging coronavirus outbreak. The country's coronavirus Cabinet voted to resume daycare and pre-school for children up to six years old, allow...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2017 file photo, Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem. Israeli authorities have advanced plans to build over 2,100 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank. Wednesday's development indicates they are pressing ahead with a building boom that has gained steam during the presidency of Donald Trump.  (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Israel OKs more than 3,000 West Bank settlement homes

Oct. 15, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Thursday pressed forward on plans for more than 3,000 West Bank settlement homes, making 2020 one of the most prolific years for settlement building, according to a settlement watchdog group. Thursday's approvals, along with more than 2,000 new homes approved a day...

Israeli protesters march on the street during a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israeli protests against Netanyahu draw tens of thousands

Oct. 10, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Tens of thousands of Israelis calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign demonstrated across the country Saturday evening, saying he is unfit to rule while on trial for corruption charges and accusing him of mismanaging the nation’s coronavirus crisis. Protesters...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 1995, file, photo, Eitan Haber, center, announces outside the death of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was gunned down by a Jewish extremist following a rally in Tel Aviv. Haber, a former journalist and adviser to Rabin,  died on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. He was 80. (AP Photo/Eyal Warshavsky, File)

Eitan Haber, trusted aide to Yitzhak Rabin, dies at 80

Oct. 7, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Eitan Haber, a former journalist and adviser to Yitzhak Rabin who tearfully announced the death of the assassinated Israeli prime minister in 1995, died Wednesday. He was 80. Yediot Ahronot, the Israeli newspaper where Haber spent much of his career, said he died from cancer. Haber...

Large numbers of ultra-Orthodox Jews gather for the funeral for Rabbi Mordechai Leifer, in the port city of Ashdod, Israel, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. After a revered ultra-Orthodox rabbi died this week, Israeli police thought they had worked out an arrangement with his followers to allow a small but dignified funeral that would conform with public health guidelines under the current coronavirus lockdown. The repeated violations by segments of the ultra-Orthodox population have confounded public health experts and tested Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's longstanding political alliance with religious leaders. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Amid rising infections, Israeli ultra-Orthodox defy lockdown

Oct. 6, 2020 7:21 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — After a revered ultra-Orthodox rabbi died this week from COVID-19, Israeli police thought they had worked out an arrangement with his followers to allow a small, dignified funeral that would conform with public health guidelines under the current coronavirus lockdown. But when it...