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Qatar opens Gaza artificial limb, rehab center after delays

Apr. 22, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Qatar opened the first prosthetic hospital and a disability rehab center in the Gaza Strip on Monday, overcoming obstacles that delayed the much-needed project in the besieged Palestinian enclave. Rafat Lubad, the local director of the hospital, said the facilities are more...

Israeli election may have dimmed hopes for 2-state solution

Apr. 21, 2019 2:13 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Is the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dead? After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coasted to another victory in this month's Israeli election, it sure seems that way. On the campaign trail, Netanyahu ruled out Palestinian statehood and for the first time, pledged...

Palestinian government sworn in, again, after botched oath

Apr. 14, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority government has been sworn in a second time in as many days after the prime minister and his Cabinet failed to recite part of the oath. Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtayeh, a veteran peace negotiator and harsh critic of Gaza's Hamas rulers, and his 22-member...

Palestinian president swears in new government

Apr. 13, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A new government for the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority was sworn in Saturday, led by a veteran peace negotiator and harsh critic of Gaza's Hamas rulers. President Mahmoud Abbas picked Mohammed Ishtayeh as prime minister, a move that deepens the internal Palestinian divide...

Health officials: Israeli fire kills 15-year-old Palestinian

Apr. 12, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's health ministry says Israeli troops have killed a Palestinian teenager during protests along the perimeter fence dividing Israel and Gaza. Maisara Shalouf, 15, was shot in the belly and died in northern Gaza Strip, at one of the protests along the frontier. The ministry...

Israel's election exposes its deep political divisions

Apr. 10, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's apparent election victory has deepened the divisions in an already-divided country. Bolstered by his base of religious and working-class voters, Netanyahu can be expected to press ahead with a hard-line agenda that will likely eliminate the last hopes of...

The Latest: Gantz's party concedes defeat in Israel election

Apr. 10, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the outcome of Israeli elections (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Israel's Blue and White party leaders are conceding defeat in Israel's election, saying they will work against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the opposition. Yair Lapid, the party's No. 2 figure,...

Netanyahu appears headed toward re-election in Israeli vote

Apr. 10, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared headed toward re-election early Wednesday, as close-to-complete unofficial results showed him pulling ahead of his main competitor in a tight race seen as a referendum on the long-serving leader. With a victory, Netanyahu would capture a...

New poll finds Palestinians deeply distrust their leaders

Apr. 9, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A new public opinion survey shows the overwhelming majority of Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are disillusioned with their leaders and desperate for presidential elections. The poll, conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Center and released Tuesday,...

Israel sentences French driver to 7 years for gun smuggling

Apr. 8, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court has sentenced a French citizen who was working as a driver for his country's consulate in Jerusalem to seven years in prison for smuggling weapons from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank. The Beersheba District Court on Monday handed Romain Franck the prison sentence as part...