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Israeli president praises UK rabbi in veiled swipe at Corbyn

Nov. 27, 2019 11:31 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has praised Britain’s chief rabbi and expressed support for an article he wrote this week that offered scathing criticism of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s record on anti-Semitism. Rivlin met with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis in London on...

The Latest: Israeli PM Netanyahu rejects indictment

Nov. 21, 2019 6:37 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli political developments (all times local): 8:55 p.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected his indictment on an array of corruption charges, saying the country is witnessing an “attempted coup” against him. In a defiant statement...

Israel’s Netanyahu indicted on corruption charges

Nov. 21, 2019 3:48 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted Thursday in a series of corruption cases, throwing Israel’s paralyzed political system into further disarray and threatening his 10-year grip on power. He rejected calls to resign, angrily accusing prosecutors of staging “an...

Netanyahu challenger fails to form coalition

Nov. 20, 2019 2:59 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief rival announced Wednesday that he had failed to form a new government, dashing his hopes of toppling the long-time Israeli prime minister and pushing the country closer toward an unprecedented third election in less than a year. The announcement by Benny...

The Latest: Netanyahu challenger fails to form coalition

Nov. 20, 2019 1:04 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli politics (all times local): 8:05 p.m. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s challenger says he has failed to form a governing coalition by a Wednesday deadline. Wednesday’s announcement by Benny Gantz deals a major setback to his hopes of replacing the...

Israel to host largest event ever focused on anti-Semitism

Nov. 20, 2019 6:23 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials announced Wednesday that dozens of world leaders will arrive in Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on combatting anti-Semitism amid a global spike in violence against Jews. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said the fifth World Holocaust Forum in January will...

Israel targets Islamic Jihad leader, sending message to Iran

Nov. 12, 2019 3:22 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday targeted two senior commanders from the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, killing one in the Gaza Strip and missing the second in Syria as it stepped up its battle against Iran and its proxies across the region. The death of Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife as they...

Former top general gets a shot at forming Israeli government

Oct. 23, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's former military chief Benny Gantz was tasked Wednesday with forming the next government, but he has few options after last month's elections left him in a near tie with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu was given the first opportunity to form a government after...

The Latest: Gantz tasked with forming Israeli government

Oct. 23, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli efforts to form a government after last month's elections (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Israel's president has tasked former military chief Benny Gantz with forming the next government after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to assemble a 61-seat majority...

Israel's Netanyahu gives up on forming new coalition

Oct. 21, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that he had failed to form a majority government in parliament, marking a major setback for the embattled Israeli leader that plunges the country into a new period of political uncertainty. In a statement, Netanyahu said he had worked...