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As France reels from alleged rape of a Jewish girl, antisemitism comes to fore in election campaign

Jun. 21, 2024 07:53 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The alleged rape of a 12-year-old Jewish girl in a suspected antisemitic attack has sent shockwaves throughout France and thrust concerns about antisemitism to the forefront of campaigning for the country’s legislative elections. The anti-immigration National Rally...

Israel's pledge to guard an aid route into Gaza falls flat as lawlessness blocks distribution

Jun. 20, 2024 21:24 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Sunday that it was establishing a new safe corridor to deliver aid into southern Gaza. But days later, this self-declared “tactical pause” has brought little relief to desperate Palestinians. The United Nations and international aid...

The Latest | US-built pier in Gaza unloads aid again after weather setback, official says

Jun. 20, 2024 18:10 PM EDT

The U.S.-built pier in Gaza was unloading humanitarian aid again Thursday after being removed for a second time last week because of rough seas, the U.S. military said. The floating pier was anchored back on Gaza’s shoreline Wednesday after facing a number of setbacks. Aid groups...

Lebanese officials work to maintain friendly relations with Cyprus following Hezbollah threats

Jun. 20, 2024 12:34 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese government officials worked Thursday to maintain friendly relations with Cyprus a day after the militant Hezbollah group threatened to attack the Mediterranean island if it allows Israel to use its territories to attack Lebanon. Lebanon's state news agency...

The fate of the latest cease-fire proposal hinges on Netanyahu and Hamas’ leader in Gaza

Jun. 20, 2024 11:31 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The fate of the proposed cease-fire deal for Gaza hinges in many ways on two men: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas’ leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar. Each leader faces significant political and personal pressures that may be influencing...

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group warns archenemy Israel against wider war

Jun. 20, 2024 03:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s Hezbollah has new weapons and intelligence capabilities that could help it target more critical positions deeper inside Israel in case of an all-out war, the militant group's leader warned on Wednesday. Hassan Nasrallah’s comments came as the monthslong...

The Latest | Hezbollah says Israeli strikes kill 3 fighters as US envoy tries to calm tensions

Jun. 19, 2024 20:13 PM EDT

Israeli strikes in southern Lebanon killed three Hezbollah fighters on Wednesday, the militant group said, as a U.S. envoy tasked with avoiding a devastating regional war returned to Israel after meeting officials in Lebanon. Lebanese state media reported multiple Israeli strikes...

Rifts seem to appear between Israel's political and military leadership over conduct of the Gaza war

Jun. 19, 2024 17:35 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army’s chief spokesman on Wednesday appeared to question the stated goal of destroying the Hamas militant group in Gaza in a rare public rift between the country’s political and military leadership. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted...

The Latest | Netanyahu accuses Biden of delaying weapons, but US insists arms are flowing

Jun. 18, 2024 18:21 PM EDT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is claiming the United States is withholding weapons needed for the war in Gaza. In a video released Tuesday, Netanyahu implied the holdup was slowing Israel’s offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. President Joe Biden has delayed...

Israel's Netanyahu blames Biden for withholding weapons. US officials say that's not the whole story

Jun. 18, 2024 15:28 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday claimed the United States is withholding weapons and implied this was slowing Israel's offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, where fighting has exacerbated the already dire humanitarian situation for Palestinians. ...