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Israeli officials to meet on proposed pause in Gaza while Cabinet is set to approve plan for Rafah

Feb. 24, 2024 14:30 PM EST

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli officials will meet Saturday night on the next steps after the latest talks with the United States, Egypt and Qatar in search of a deal on pausing the fighting in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. But Netanyahu announced...

Palestinians cling to life in Rafah, a town likely to be Israel's next focus in the war on Hamas

Feb. 24, 2024 00:35 AM EST

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — In the narrow crevices between the tents that crowd nearly every inch of the southern Gaza town of Rafah, Palestinians cling to life amid the grinding war with Israel. A barefoot boy wears a pot on his head and beams a smile. A child lugs a jerry can half...

Israel plans to build 3,300 new settlement homes. It says it's a response to a Palestinian attack

Feb. 23, 2024 17:39 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel plans to build more than 3,300 new homes in settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank in response to a fatal Palestinian shooting attack, a senior Cabinet minister said. The decision drew an angry response from the U.S. at a time of growing tensions over the course of...

Netanyahu seeks open-ended control over security and civilian affairs in Gaza in new postwar plan

Feb. 23, 2024 17:38 PM EST

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — A long-awaited postwar plan by Israel's prime minister shows that his government seeks open-ended control over security and civilian affairs in the Gaza Strip. That was swiftly rejected Friday by Palestinian leaders and runs counter to Washington’s vision for...

Biden administration restores Trump-rescinded policy on illegitimacy of Israeli settlements

Feb. 23, 2024 15:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday restored a U.S. legal finding dating back nearly 50 years that Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are “illegitimate” under international law. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. believes...

Live updates | Israeli strikes kill 100 Palestinians in 24 hours as officials hold cease-fire talks

Feb. 23, 2024 15:32 PM EST

More than 100 Palestinians were killed in Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip over a 24-hour period, the Health Ministry in the Hamas-run territory said Friday. Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh held talks with Egyptian officials about a possible cease-fire in Gaza and an exchange...

Online fundraisers for violent West Bank settlers raised thousands, despite international sanctions

Feb. 23, 2024 06:30 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — When the Biden administration imposed sanctions this month against Israeli settler Yinon Levi for allegedly assaulting Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank, his supporters quickly sprang into action. Within days, an online fundraiser collected over...

Relatives of hostages in Gaza endure a nightmare, but dream their loved ones will be freed

Feb. 23, 2024 00:26 AM EST

KIBBUTZ BE'ERI, Israel (AP) — Gillian and Pete Brisley are picking up the pieces of their shattered lives. They are cleaning up the house where their daughter and granddaughters were killed by Hamas on Oct. 7 in hopes that their son-in-law — believed to be held captive in Gaza — may have...

Live updates | Israeli strikes kill over 70 in Gaza, and West Bank shooters kill an Israeli

Feb. 22, 2024 23:31 PM EST

Israeli strikes have killed at least 71 people in southern and central Gaza in about 24 hours, the territory's health officials said Thursday. Meanwhile, tensions are rising in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where three gunmen opened fire Thursday morning on a road near a...

Mideast cease-fire efforts gain steam as US envoy visits. Mediators report 'encouraging' signs

Feb. 22, 2024 18:57 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — International efforts to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas appeared to gain new momentum Thursday as the White House said a visit by a senior envoy with Israeli leaders was “going well” and other mediators reported encouraging signs from the warring parties. ...