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Israeli foreign minister to make first visit to UAE

Jun. 21, 2021 06:08 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s new foreign minister will head to the United Arab Emirates next week for the first known visit by a top Israeli diplomat to the Gulf Arab country, the ministry said Monday. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid’s trip comes after the two countries...

Israeli PM: World powers must 'wake up' on Iran nuclear deal

Jun. 20, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett opened his first Cabinet meeting on Sunday by slamming Iran's newly-elected president and calling on world powers to “wake up” to the perils of returning to a nuclear agreement with Tehran. Later in the...

Netanyahu's moving out, but not soon enough for critics

Jun. 20, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu says he and his family will move out of Israel's official prime minister's residence by July 10, nearly a month after he was ousted from office following a record 12-year reign. That's not nearly soon enough for critics who have long...

Israel launches official probe into deadly festival stampede

Jun. 20, 2021 08:33 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s government approved Sunday the establishment of an independent state commission of inquiry into a deadly disaster at a Jewish holy site in April that left 45 people dead. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the commission would investigate...

Palestinians clash with Israel police at Jerusalem holy site

Jun. 18, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians protested after Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem and briefly clashed with Israeli police, leaving three demonstrators wounded. A series of far more violent clashes at the site in April and May helped ignite last...

New Israel government vows change, but not for Palestinians

Jun. 15, 2021 02:11 AM EDT

BEITA, West Bank (AP) — Israel's fragile new government has shown little interest in addressing the decades-old conflict with the Palestinians, but it may not have a choice. Jewish ultranationalists are already staging provocations aimed at splitting the coalition and...

Israel OKs contentious Jerusalem march, weeks after war

Jun. 14, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new government on Monday approved a contentious parade by Israeli nationalists through Palestinian areas around Jerusalem's Old City, setting the stage for possible renewed confrontations just weeks after an 11-day war with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Hamas...

EXPLAINER: Who is Naftali Bennett, Israel's new leader?

Jun. 14, 2021 01:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Naftali Bennett, who was sworn in Sunday as Israel's new prime minister, embodies many of the contradictions that define the 73-year-old nation. He's a religious Jew who made millions in the mostly secular hi-tech sector; a champion of the settlement...

Israel swears in new coalition, ending Netanyahu's long rule

Jun. 13, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament on Sunday narrowly approved a new coalition government, ending the historic 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sending the polarizing leader into the opposition. Naftali Bennett, a former ally of Netanyahu turned...

The Latest: Bennett says Israel 'at outset of new days'

Jun. 13, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

The latest on Israel’s incoming government (all times local): 10:45 p.m. JERUSALEM — Naftali Bennett, Israel’s first Orthodox Jewish prime minister, has opened the first meeting of his government with a traditional blessing for new beginnings,...