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FILE - In this March 25, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump welcomes visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in Washington. A blueprint the White House is rolling out to resolve the decades-long conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is as much about politics as it is about peace. President Donald Trump said he would likely release his long-awaited Mideast peace plan a little before he meets Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main political rival Benny Gantz. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Trump peace plan could boost embattled Israeli leader

Jan. 26, 2020 8:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington Sunday night vowing to “make history” at a planned meeting with President Donald Trump for the unveiling of the U.S. administration's much-anticipated plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But the...

FILE - In this March 25, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump welcomes visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in Washington. A blueprint the White House is rolling out to resolve the decades-long conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is as much about politics as it is about peace. President Donald Trump said he would likely release his long-awaited Mideast peace plan a little before he meets Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main political rival Benny Gantz. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Politics weigh heavily in Trump's Mideast peace plan

Jan. 25, 2020 6:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A blueprint the White House is rolling out to resolve the decades-long conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is as much about politics as it is about peace. President Donald Trump said he would likely release his long-awaited Mideast peace plan a little before he meets Tuesday...

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.   Pence, Russian President Vladimir Putin,  French President Emmanuel Macron, Britain’s Prince Charles, and the presidents of Germany, Italy and Austria were among the more than 40 dignitaries attending the World Holocaust Forum, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.  (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

Trump: Mideast peace plan likely rolled out in days

Jan. 23, 2020 7:15 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he'll likely release his long-awaited Mideast peace plan before his meeting early next week at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main political rival Benny Gantz. “It’s a great plan. It’s a...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Gil Cohen-Magen, Pool)

Netanyahu renews West Bank annexation vow ahead of elections

Jan. 21, 2020 3:54 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed a vow to annex Israeli settlements in the West Bank as the embattled leader kicked off a third election campaign in under a year Tuesday. Addressing Likud Party supporters at a campaign launch event in Jerusalem, Netanyahu promised to...

In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 photo, made available by the Oman News Agency, Oman's new Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, right, receives Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, after his arrival to attend an official mourning ceremony for the late Sultan Qaboos, in Muscat, Oman. A flurry of diplomatic visits and meetings crisscrossing the Persian Gulf are driving urgent efforts to defuse the possibility of all-out war after the U.S. killed Iran's top military commander. Global leaders and top diplomats are repeating in recent days the mantra of “de-escalation” and “dialogue,” yet none have publicly laid out a path to achieving either. (Oman News Agency via AP)

Japan's Abe among visitors to Oman to meet new sultan

Jan. 14, 2020 8:09 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dignitaries and leaders from around the world traveled to Oman on Tuesday for the third straight day to pay respects and shake hands with the country's new ruler, after the death of the country's longtime leader. The range of diplomats and leaders visiting Oman in recent...

A Palestinian carries a picture of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, during a rally marking the 55th anniversary of the Fatah movement founding, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Fatah is a secular Palestinian party and former guerrilla movement founded by Arafat, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Hamas allows rival Fatah to mark anniversary in Gaza rally

Jan. 1, 2020 10:47 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Tens of thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in Gaza on Wednesday to mark the 55th anniversary of President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement. The territory’s Hamas rulers permitted the event for the first time in years. The militant Islamic group Hamas,...

Masked Palestinians shoot in the air during a celebration marking the 55th anniversary of the Fatah movement in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Palestinian Fatah marks 55 years with West Bank marches

Dec. 31, 2019 11:13 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinians marched through the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday to mark the 55th anniversary of the Fatah movement led by President Mahmoud Abbas. Established by Yasser Arafat in 1965, Fatah led the armed struggle against Israel for decades as the main...

A Palestinian Scout marching band parades during Christmas celebrations outside the Church of the Nativity, built atop the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born, on Christmas Eve, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Thousands mark Christmas in West Bank town of Bethlehem

Dec. 24, 2019 6:07 PM EST

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Thousands of Christian pilgrims on Tuesday flocked to the West Bank town of Bethlehem, celebrating Christmas Eve in the traditional birthplace of Jesus. Visitors converged on the town's large Christmas tree in Manger Square, near the spot believed to mark Jesus' birthplace....

Palestinians outraged over ICC report into war crimes

Dec. 5, 2019 4:01 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian officials expressed “great concern” Thursday over a report by the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor that includes a warning that Palestinian stipends to attackers and their families could constitute a war crime. Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister...

Christian clergymen, carry a wooden relic believed to be from Jesus' manger outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. A tiny wooden relic believed to have been part of Jesus' manger has returned to its permanent home in the biblical city of Bethlehem 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Relic thought to be from Jesus’ manger arrives in Bethlehem

Dec. 1, 2019 12:30 AM EST

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A tiny wooden relic that some Christians believe to be part of Jesus' manger arrived Saturday in its permanent home in the biblical city of Bethlehem 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope. Cheerful crowds greeted the ornately encased relic with much fanfare...