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The Latest: EU condemns Gaza rocket fire deep into Israel

Nov. 12, 2019 5:08 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli airstrikes on Tuesday (all times local): 12:05 p.m. The European Union is condemning the barrage of rocket attacks reaching deep into Israel after Israeli airstrikes targeted senior Islamic Jihad commanders in Gaza and Syria. The 28-nation bloc said in a statement...

Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

Nov. 12, 2019 5:03 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A pair of Israeli airstrikes targeted senior Islamic Jihad commanders in Gaza and in Syria early on Tuesday, escalating Israel's confrontation with Iran across the region and threatening to unleash another devastating round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants....

Syrian state-run news agency says Israeli airstrike hit Damascus home of Islamic Jihad commander; no word on his fate

Nov. 12, 2019 1:13 AM EST
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state-run news agency says Israeli airstrike hit Damascus home of Islamic Jihad commander; no word on his fate.

Israeli military says it killed Islamic Jihad commander in airstrike at his home in resumption of pinpointed targeting

Nov. 11, 2019 10:04 PM EST
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli military says it killed Islamic Jihad commander in airstrike at his home in resumption of pinpointed targeting.

Video raises questions about Israeli shooting of Palestinian

Nov. 11, 2019 4:53 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An amateur video taken in the West Bank indicated a Palestinian man killed by Israeli forces Monday was shot at close range, apparently while he was unarmed and posed no threat to soldiers. The army said it was investigating. It was the second video to emerge in the past week...

Jordan's king visits enclave day after reclaimed from Israel

Nov. 11, 2019 1:28 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king visited one of two small areas of land that — until a day earlier — were leased to Israel as part of their 1994 peace agreement on Monday. King Abdullah II's toured Baqura, a 200-acre enclave along the Jordan River in the country's north, and tweeted that...

Israeli Cabinet OKs hard-liner Bennett as defense minister

Nov. 10, 2019 8:25 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Cabinet has approved hard-line politician Naftali Bennett as defense minister in the country's caretaker government. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Bennet, with whom he has a rocky relationship, last week. Netanyahu appears to be trying to shore up support among...

Netanyahu appoints hard-liner Bennett as defense minister

Nov. 8, 2019 11:43 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday appointed hard-line politician Naftali Bennett as defense minister in his caretaker government. The move appears aimed at shoring up opposition to attempts by Netanyahu's chief rival, Benny Gantz, to form Israel's next government. Ayelet...

Israeli robotics delegation to Dubai marks warming Gulf ties

Nov. 6, 2019 11:51 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted the country's triumphant teen delegation to the unofficial "Robotics Olympics" on Wednesday after its groundbreaking visit to Dubai, giving public expression to the growing, and increasingly open, relations between Israel and the United...

Israeli high court greenlights rights activist's expulsion

Nov. 5, 2019 1:29 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for the expulsion of the local director of Human Rights Watch, rejecting an appeal against a lower court's decision and sparking fierce criticism by rights groups that the ruling would harm freedom of expression and their work in the...