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Israeli media report progress on reaching a temporary truce in Gaza and a hostage-prisoner exchange

Feb. 25, 2024 05:28 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Mediators are making progress on an agreement for a weekslong cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and the release of dozens of hostages held in Gaza as well as Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, Israeli media reported Sunday. Israel's War Cabinet met to...

Israeli officials to meet on a proposed pause in Gaza while the Cabinet is set to OK a Rafah plan

Feb. 24, 2024 15:20 PM EST

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli officials will meet Saturday night on the next steps after the latest talks with the United States, Egypt and Qatar in search of a deal on pausing the fighting in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. But Netanyahu announced...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Feb. 24, 2024 07:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — National security adviser Jake Sullivan; Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. ___ NBC's “Meet the Press” — Sullivan; Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif.; Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla. ___ CBS’ “Face...

Israel plans to build 3,300 new settlement homes. It says it's a response to a Palestinian attack

Feb. 23, 2024 17:39 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel plans to build more than 3,300 new homes in settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank in response to a fatal Palestinian shooting attack, a senior Cabinet minister said. The decision drew an angry response from the U.S. at a time of growing tensions over the course of...

Netanyahu seeks open-ended control over security and civilian affairs in Gaza in new postwar plan

Feb. 23, 2024 17:38 PM EST

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — A long-awaited postwar plan by Israel's prime minister shows that his government seeks open-ended control over security and civilian affairs in the Gaza Strip. That was swiftly rejected Friday by Palestinian leaders and runs counter to Washington’s vision for...

Live updates | Israeli strikes kill 100 Palestinians in 24 hours as officials hold cease-fire talks

Feb. 23, 2024 15:32 PM EST

More than 100 Palestinians were killed in Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip over a 24-hour period, the Health Ministry in the Hamas-run territory said Friday. Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh held talks with Egyptian officials about a possible cease-fire in Gaza and an exchange...

Online fundraisers for violent West Bank settlers raised thousands, despite international sanctions

Feb. 23, 2024 06:30 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — When the Biden administration imposed sanctions this month against Israeli settler Yinon Levi for allegedly assaulting Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank, his supporters quickly sprang into action. Within days, an online fundraiser collected over...

Relatives of hostages in Gaza endure a nightmare, but dream their loved ones will be freed

Feb. 23, 2024 00:26 AM EST

KIBBUTZ BE'ERI, Israel (AP) — Gillian and Pete Brisley are picking up the pieces of their shattered lives. They are cleaning up the house where their daughter and granddaughters were killed by Hamas on Oct. 7 in hopes that their son-in-law — believed to be held captive in Gaza — may have...

Biden ally meets Arab American leaders in Michigan and tries to lower tensions over Israel-Hamas war

Feb. 22, 2024 23:52 PM EST

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — As Thursday dawned in Dearborn, Michigan, Arab American leaders entered a local coffee shop and greeted Rep. Ro Khanna of California before pulling up chairs at a table. Over the next two hours, the leaders spoke about how they were personally affected by...

Live updates | Israeli strikes kill over 70 in Gaza, and West Bank shooters kill an Israeli

Feb. 22, 2024 23:31 PM EST

Israeli strikes have killed at least 71 people in southern and central Gaza in about 24 hours, the territory's health officials said Thursday. Meanwhile, tensions are rising in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where three gunmen opened fire Thursday morning on a road near a...