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Iran blames Israel for drone attack, threatens retaliation

Feb. 02, 2023 08:23 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Thursday blamed Israel for a drone attack that targeted a military workshop in its central city of Isfahan over the weekend, warning that it “reserves its legitimate and inherent right” to retaliate. Iran's mission to the United...

House GOP preparing to oust Democrat from committee

Feb. 02, 2023 08:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are preparing to oust Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee for her past comments critical of Israel, an escalation of tensions after Democrats last session booted far-right GOP lawmakers from committees over their incendiary,...

Israeli AG: Netanyahu cannot be involved in legal overhaul

Feb. 02, 2023 07:54 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's attorney general has told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he must not be involved in an overhaul to the country's judicial system proposed by his government, saying in a letter made public Thursday that he risks a conflict of interest in his ongoing...

Israeli settler population in West Bank surpasses 500K

Feb. 02, 2023 07:37 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's West Bank settler population now makes up more than half a million people, a pro-settler group said Thursday, crossing a major threshold. Settler leaders predicted even faster population growth under Israel's new ultranationalist government. The report, by...

Israel, Gaza militants exchange fire amid soaring tensions

Feb. 02, 2023 04:03 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel struck targets in the Gaza Strip early Thursday hours after Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Israel, the military said, the latest in an uptick of violence in the region. Israeli aircraft struck a rocket production workshop in the Gaza Strip as...

Israeli jets strike what army says is Gaza rocket workshop

Feb. 01, 2023 23:57 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli aircraft struck a rocket production workshop in the Gaza Strip early Thursday, the Israeli military said, hours after Palestinian militants fired a rocket toward Israel. The exchange further raised tensions during a particularly violent period in the...

Republicans set to oust Rep. Omar from Foreign Affairs panel

Feb. 01, 2023 18:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly empowered House Republicans are preparing to oust Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Somali-born Muslim lawmaker, from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over her past comments critical of Israel — and as payback after Democrats booted far-right GOP lawmakers from committees...

African state Chad to open embassy in Israel

Feb. 01, 2023 10:26 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Chad will open an embassy in Israel, four years after the countries restored diplomatic relations, Israel's Prime Minister's Office said Wednesday. Benjamin Netanyahu's office said the embassy would be inaugurated on Thursday as part of Chadian President Mahamat...

Palestinians face removal as far-right Israel vows expansion

Feb. 01, 2023 09:40 AM EST

KHAN AL-AHMAR, West Bank (AP) — Protesters streaming up the windswept hills east of Jerusalem interrupted Maha Ali’s breakfast. Palestinian chants of support for her West Bank Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, at risk of demolition by the Israeli army since it lost its legal...

Israeli forces kill 2 Palestinians during new violence

Feb. 01, 2023 09:20 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian who allegedly tried to stab a soldier in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, while a Palestinian teenager was shot dead after brandishing what Israeli police said was a fake pistol during an operation in east Jerusalem, according to...