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The fate of the latest cease-fire proposal hinges on Netanyahu and Hamas’ leader in Gaza

Jun. 20, 2024 00:19 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The fate of the proposed cease-fire deal for Gaza hinges in many ways on two men: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas’ leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar. Each leader faces significant political and personal pressures that may be influencing...

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group warns archenemy Israel against wider war

Jun. 20, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s Hezbollah has new weapons and intelligence capabilities that could help it target more critical positions deeper inside Israel in case of an all-out war, the militant group's leader warned on Wednesday. Hassan Nasrallah’s comments came as the monthslong...

The Latest | Hezbollah says Israeli strikes kill 3 fighters as US envoy tries to calm tensions

Jun. 19, 2024 20:13 PM EDT

Israeli strikes in southern Lebanon killed three Hezbollah fighters on Wednesday, the militant group said, as a U.S. envoy tasked with avoiding a devastating regional war returned to Israel after meeting officials in Lebanon. Lebanese state media reported multiple Israeli strikes...

Rifts seem to appear between Israel's political and military leadership over conduct of the Gaza war

Jun. 19, 2024 17:35 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army’s chief spokesman on Wednesday appeared to question the stated goal of destroying the Hamas militant group in Gaza in a rare public rift between the country’s political and military leadership. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted...

The Latest | Netanyahu accuses Biden of delaying weapons, but US insists arms are flowing

Jun. 18, 2024 18:21 PM EDT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is claiming the United States is withholding weapons needed for the war in Gaza. In a video released Tuesday, Netanyahu implied the holdup was slowing Israel’s offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. President Joe Biden has delayed...

Israel's Netanyahu blames Biden for withholding weapons. US officials say that's not the whole story

Jun. 18, 2024 15:28 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday claimed the United States is withholding weapons and implied this was slowing Israel's offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, where fighting has exacerbated the already dire humanitarian situation for Palestinians. ...

Kosovo and Israel agree to allow each other's citizens visa-free entry

Jun. 18, 2024 10:52 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Citizens of Kosovo and Israel will be able to visit the other nation without a visa following an agreement between the two governments signed Tuesday, the Kosovar Foreign Ministry said. The visa waiver agreement was signed in the Kosovar capital, Pristina,...

Netanyahu dissolved his war Cabinet. How will that affect cease-fire efforts?

Jun. 18, 2024 07:49 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disbanded his war Cabinet Monday, a move that consolidates his influence over the Israel-Hamas war and likely diminishes the odds of a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip anytime soon. Netanyahu announced the step days after his...

Netanyahu dissolves influential war Cabinet after key partner bolted from government

Jun. 17, 2024 22:18 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved the influential war Cabinet that has overseen the fighting in Gaza, a government spokesperson said Monday, days after a key member of the body bolted from the government over frustration with the Israeli leader's handling...

The Latest | Netanyahu dissolves war Cabinet that directed Gaza conflict, Israeli officials say

Jun. 17, 2024 16:52 PM EDT

Israeli officials say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dissolved the influential war Cabinet that was tasked with steering the war in Gaza. The three-person war Cabinet was dissolved a week after Benny Gantz, a popular opposition lawmaker and former military chief, quit...