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Israel vows to target Lebanon's Hezbollah even if temporary pause reached with Hamas in Gaza

Feb. 25, 2024 17:16 PM EST

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (AP) — Israel’s defense minister vowed Sunday to step up attacks on Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group even if a cease-fire is reached with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Hezbollah, which has been exchanging fire with Israel throughout the war in Gaza, has said it...

Netanyahu says a cease-fire deal would only delay 'somewhat' an Israeli military offensive in Rafah

Feb. 25, 2024 14:42 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An Israeli military offensive in Gaza's southernmost city of Rafah could be “delayed somewhat” if a deal is reached for a weekslong cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, and claimed that total victory in the territory would...

Michigan primary: What to watch as 2024 campaign shifts to the first big swing state

Feb. 25, 2024 07:34 AM EST

Michigan's presidential primary on Tuesday will offer a serious test of President Joe Biden's ability to navigate dissent within the Democratic Party over his response to Israel's war with Hamas. The leading Republican in the White House race, former President Donald Trump, is looking for another...

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Biden administration restores Trump-rescinded policy on illegitimacy of Israeli settlements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

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...

Biden ally meets Arab American leaders in Michigan and tries to lower tensions over Israel-Hamas war

Feb. 22, 2024 23:52 PM EST

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — As Thursday dawned in Dearborn, Michigan, Arab American leaders entered a local coffee shop and greeted Rep. Ro Khanna of California before pulling up chairs at a table. Over the next two hours, the leaders spoke about how they were personally affected by...

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. ...