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FILE - Sept. 2, 2019, file photo, Spanish UN peacekeepers patrol along the Lebanese-Israeli border, with the Israeli village of Metulla, background, in the village of Kfar Kila, Lebanon. Israel's military said it began construction of an underground defense system Sunday along its northern frontier with Lebanon to protect against cross-border tunnels. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Israel building underground defense system on Lebanon border

Jan. 19, 2020 7:11 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military said it began construction of an underground defense system Sunday along its northern frontier with Lebanon to protect against cross-border tunnels. The infrastructure project will identify underground acoustic and seismic activity indicating tunnel digging, accompanied...

Israel hits Hamas target in Gaza as balloon attacks resume

Jan. 16, 2020 5:06 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said an attack helicopter struck a Hamas target in the northern Gaza Strip late Thursday in response to the launch of incendiary balloons into Israeli territory earlier in the day. Israeli police said the balloons touched down in southern Israel and a bomb squad was...

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, visit an Israeli army base in the Golan Heights, on the Israeli-Syrian border. Bennett is ordering plans for new settler housing in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron. In a letter sent by his office to defense officials Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, Israel’s new pro-settler defense minister called for “planning processes to be advanced” for new Jewish settler housing. (Atef Safadi/Pool via AP, File)

Right-wing parties in Israel unite, rejecting fringe list

Jan. 16, 2020 2:59 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Religious-nationalist parties in Israel joined forces late Wednesday ahead of the country's unprecedented third straight election in one year. The parties came together after weeks of jockeying and shut out the fringe Jewish Power party which said it would run independently. It did so in...

Israel intercepts rockets launched from Gaza Strip

Jan. 15, 2020 2:44 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military said Wednesday that Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired four rockets at southern Israel. Two were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, it said, and there were no reports of injuries or damage. Hours later, Israeli airstrikes targeted several...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, Poo)

Israel's weakened left-wing unites ahead of March election

Jan. 13, 2020 2:41 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's main left-wing parties have announced they will run on a single ticket in the upcoming March 2 election. Both Labor and Meretz had been polling dangerously close to the electoral threshold and were under intense pressure to unite into a single bloc so as not to lose valuable...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, Poo)

Israel's lawmakers deliver setback for Netanyahu immunity

Jan. 13, 2020 2:41 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli lawmakers on Monday approved the formation of a committee to consider Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's request for legal immunity, a major setback for the embattled leader who is seeking to fend off corruption charges. Netanyahu was charged in November with fraud, breach of...

Israeli military: Warplanes damaged in flooding at air base

Jan. 13, 2020 4:01 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military said on Monday that heavy rainfall last week caused extensive flooding at an air force base, resulting in damage to eight warplanes. The military said in a statement that “several planes were damaged, they were fixed and will return to flying in the coming...

The Latest: Int'l group to press Iran for plane crash probe

Jan. 10, 2020 11:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on Iran-related developments (all times local): 8 p.m. Canada's foreign minister has announced the creation of an international working group of countries to press Iran for a thorough investigation into the plane crash that killed 176 people, including 57 Canadians. Foreign...

Druze men carry Sidqi al-Maqt, left, and Amal Abu Saleh as they wave Syrian flags upon their release from Israeli prison in the village of Majdal Shams on the border with Syria Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel frees 2 more Syrians in swap for soldier's remains

Jan. 10, 2020 12:26 PM EST

MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights (AP) — Israel released two more Syrian prisoners back to the occupied Golan Heights on Friday, a second goodwill gesture to Russia for helping find the remains of an Israeli soldier missing for over 35 years. The latest release was part of a swap that began last April. That's...

The Latest: Japan calls for easing of Middle East tensions

Jan. 7, 2020 11:25 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions in the wake of the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all times local): 7:40 a.m. Japan says it will urge governments to do their utmost to help ease tensions following an Iranian missile strike at bases in Iraq used by U.S. forces. The...