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As Israel heads back to elections, Lapid stakes out vision

Jun. 30, 2022 11:47 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament voted Thursday to dissolve itself, triggering the country's fifth election in just over three years and thrusting veteran politician Yair Lapid into the role of interim prime minister as he tries to persuade a deeply polarized nation to embrace his centrist...

Israeli PM Bennett won't run in upcoming election

Jun. 29, 2022 14:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who led a broad but fragile coalition government that came unraveled barely a year after taking office, announced Wednesday that he will not run in upcoming elections. His government announced last week that it would dissolve...

Naftali Bennett's office says the Israeli prime minister will not run in upcoming elections

Jun. 29, 2022 12:56 PM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Naftali Bennett's office says the Israeli prime minister will not run in upcoming elections.

UAE drops death sentence for Israeli woman in drug case

Jun. 28, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has canceled a death sentence issued earlier this year to an Israeli woman who was convicted of cocaine possession, her lawyer said Tuesday. The case was a potential test of ties between the two countries, which normalized relations in...

Hamas releases video of captive Israeli in hospital bed

Jun. 28, 2022 11:55 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers on Tuesday released a video of a captive Israeli citizen it has held incommunicado since 2015, showing the man lying in a hospital bed while wearing an oxygen mask. It was the first image of Hisham al-Sayid to be released since he...

Hamas says captive Israeli's condition has deteriorated

Jun. 27, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers on Monday said the condition of one of the Israelis it is holding captive has deteriorated. The announcement marked a rare piece of information about the Israelis in Hamas captivity. The Islamic militant group has given no details on...

Israeli PM convenes Cabinet before parliament is dissolved

Jun. 26, 2022 06:20 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett convened what is likely his last Cabinet meeting as premier on Sunday, with parliament expected to dissolve itself this week, triggering new elections in the fall. Bennett's decision to head to elections puts an end to...

Israeli FM thanks Turkey for foiling attacks on Israelis

Jun. 23, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday thanked Turkish authorities for their cooperation in allegedly foiling attacks against Israeli citizens in Turkey, and warned Israel would not "sit idly by' in the face of threats to its citizens from Iran. Lapid...

EXPLAINER: Why is Israel always holding elections?

Jun. 22, 2022 10:18 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — After barely 12 months in office, the leaders of Israel's broad-based but severely weakened coalition government threw in the towel this week, saying they would dissolve parliament and hold new elections — the fifth in 3 1/2 years. Why does this keep happening? ...

Israel lawmakers take 1st step toward dissolving parliament

Jun. 22, 2022 10:01 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli lawmakers voted in favor of dissolving parliament in a preliminary vote on Wednesday, setting the wheels in motion to send the country to its fifth national election in 3 1/2 years. The development was the first step in a series of votes before the formal...