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Palestinian officials: Man killed by Israeli troops in clash

Nov. 11, 2019 2:15 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinians attended the funeral of a man killed during clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank on Monday. The Palestinian Health Ministry said Omar Badawi, 22, was shot in the chest during the confrontation in the Aroub refugee camp, near the city of Hebron,...

Jordan's king visits enclave day after reclaimed from Israel

Nov. 11, 2019 1:28 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king visited one of two small areas of land that — until a day earlier — were leased to Israel as part of their 1994 peace agreement on Monday. King Abdullah II's toured Baqura, a 200-acre enclave along the Jordan River in the country's north, and tweeted that...

Israeli Cabinet OKs hard-liner Bennett as defense minister

Nov. 10, 2019 8:25 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Cabinet has approved hard-line politician Naftali Bennett as defense minister in the country's caretaker government. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Bennet, with whom he has a rocky relationship, last week. Netanyahu appears to be trying to shore up support among...

Netanyahu appoints hard-liner Bennett as defense minister

Nov. 8, 2019 11:43 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday appointed hard-line politician Naftali Bennett as defense minister in his caretaker government. The move appears aimed at shoring up opposition to attempts by Netanyahu's chief rival, Benny Gantz, to form Israel's next government. Ayelet...

Israeli robotics delegation to Dubai marks warming Gulf ties

Nov. 6, 2019 11:51 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted the country's triumphant teen delegation to the unofficial "Robotics Olympics" on Wednesday after its groundbreaking visit to Dubai, giving public expression to the growing, and increasingly open, relations between Israel and the United...

Israeli high court greenlights rights activist's expulsion

Nov. 5, 2019 1:29 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for the expulsion of the local director of Human Rights Watch, rejecting an appeal against a lower court's decision and sparking fierce criticism by rights groups that the ruling would harm freedom of expression and their work in the...

Israeli PM's son, driver strike settlement over leaked tape

Nov. 3, 2019 2:25 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son has reportedly reached a court settlement with a former driver whom he sued for releasing a recording made while he was joyriding with his friends during a drunken night at Tel Aviv strip clubs. Israeli media said Sunday that Roi Rozen has...

Israel's Netanyahu promises covert actions against enemies

Nov. 3, 2019 5:49 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says the military will continue to strike its enemies, including through covert missions, after a weekend flareup of violence in the Gaza Strip. Benjamin Netanyahu spoke his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday, a day after Israel struck a series sites linked to Gaza's...

1 dead as Israel hits Gaza after rockets fired across border

Nov. 1, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli airstrikes on Gaza killed a Palestinian man Saturday as aircraft pounded militant sites in response to barrages of rockets launched toward Israel from the seaside enclave. The exchange of fire shattered a monthlong lull across the volatile frontier. Gaza's Health...

Israeli military strikes Gaza after rocket attack

Oct. 31, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has struck targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a Palestinian rocket attack. The army said that tank and aircraft fire struck two Hamas military posts in northern Gaza. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Earlier Thursday, the army said a single...