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Israel minister denies police used NSO spyware on protesters

Jan. 19, 2022 05:48 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli Cabinet minister on Wednesday dismissed claims that police used controversial spyware to surveil protesters, a day after a newspaper investigation prompted outraged lawmakers to seek a formal inquiry. On Tuesday, a Hebrew-language business paper...

COVID-19 health emergency could be over this year, WHO says

Jan. 18, 2022 15:03 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The worst of the coronavirus pandemic — deaths, hospitalizations and lockdowns — could be over this year if huge inequities in vaccinations and medicines are addressed quickly, the head of emergencies at the World Health Organization said Tuesday. Dr. Michael...

Israel lawmakers outraged over claim police used NSO spyware

Jan. 18, 2022 10:26 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli lawmakers on Tuesday called for a parliamentary inquiry into the police’s alleged use of sophisticated spyware on Israeli citizens, including protesters opposed to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following a newspaper report on the surveillance. ...

Israel says it successfully tests long-range missile defense

Jan. 18, 2022 09:49 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Tuesday it has successfully tested a system designed to intercept ballistic missiles outside the earth's atmosphere. The Arrow Weapon System is part of an array of missile defenses Israel has developed in recent years to protect itself in any future...

Palestinian family protests east Jerusalem home eviction

Jan. 17, 2022 14:57 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian residents of a flashpoint east Jerusalem neighborhood were locked in a tense standoff with Israeli authorities on Monday as police came to evict them from a disputed property. Several residents of a home in Sheikh Jarrah climbed onto the roof of the...

Indonesian officials make rare visit to Israel on COVID-19

Jan. 17, 2022 08:02 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A delegation of Indonesian officials made a rare visit to Israel recently to discuss coronavirus strategies, despite the countries not having diplomatic relations, Israel's Army Radio reported Monday. The Indonesian health officials aimed “to learn how to deal...

Trailblazing Arab lawmaker shakes up Israeli politics

Jan. 17, 2022 01:46 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Mansour Abbas broke a longstanding taboo when he led his Arab party into Israel's governing coalition last year. The bold move appears to be paying dividends. Abbas, a once obscure politician, is the linchpin of the shaky union, securing hefty budgets and...

Netanyahu negotiating plea deal in corruption trial

Jan. 16, 2022 06:05 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is negotiating a plea deal in his corruption case, a person involved in the talks said Sunday. The deal, which could be signed as early as this week, could usher Netanyahu off the Israeli political stage for...

Israel says 500K have received 4th vaccine dose

Jan. 14, 2022 10:17 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has administered a 4th vaccine dose to more than 500,000 people, the Health Ministry said Friday. Israel began administering second boosters to the most vulnerable late last month and later began offering them to everyone over 60. Authorities...

Israeli nationalists protest against settlement evacuation

Jan. 13, 2022 14:59 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Israeli nationalists staged a protest Thursday outside the parliament building in Jerusalem, urging the government not to demolish a West Bank settlement outpost. The demonstration came a month after a Palestinian gunman fired on a car filled with...