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Palestinians outraged over ICC report into war crimes

Dec. 5, 2019 4:01 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian officials expressed “great concern” Thursday over a report by the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor that includes a warning that Palestinian stipends to attackers and their families could constitute a war crime. Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister...

PM: Israel has ‘full right’ to annex strategic Jordan Valley

Dec. 5, 2019 3:26 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel has the “full right” to annex the Jordan Valley if it chose to, even as the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court warned the country against taking the bold step. Netanyahu said his...

Israeli PM, meeting Pompeo, calls for more pressure on Iran

Dec. 4, 2019 2:19 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday praised the tough U.S. sanctions on Iran, saying the financial pressure has sparked protests against Tehran’s influence across the region and urging even stronger action. Speaking alongside U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before...

Israel to UN: Uprooted Jews should be seen as refugees

Dec. 3, 2019 6:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel wants the United Nations to recognize as refugees hundreds of thousands of Jews who fled Arab and Muslim countries in the last century, its U.N. envoy said Tuesday. Ambassador Danny Danon told the U.N. General Assembly that he plans to propose a resolution about what he called...

Hamas leader travels to Egypt, first time since February

Dec. 2, 2019 2:25 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Palestinian militant group Hamas says its leader is visiting Egypt for the first time since February, in a potential sign of stepped-up efforts to shore up a Gaza cease-fire. The Islamic militant group ruling Gaza said on Monday that its politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh would...

Israel plans new settler homes in flashpoint West Bank city

Dec. 1, 2019 11:56 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s new defense minister has ordered plans for new settler housing in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron. In a letter sent to defense officials Sunday, pro-settler Defense Minister Naftali Bennett called for “planning processes to be advanced” for new Jewish...

Relic thought to be from Jesus’ manger arrives in Bethlehem

Dec. 1, 2019 12:30 AM EST

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A tiny wooden relic that some Christians believe to be part of Jesus' manger arrived Saturday in its permanent home in the biblical city of Bethlehem 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope. Cheerful crowds greeted the ornately encased relic with much fanfare...

Israeli army kills alleged Palestinian teen attacker

Nov. 30, 2019 4:23 PM EST

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Health Ministry says Israeli troops have shot and killed a teenager near the West Bank city of Hebron. The ministry on Saturday identified the youth as Badawi Masalmeh, 18, adding that Israeli soldiers took his body. The Israeli military said its forces spotted...

Israeli army kills Gaza teen, militants respond with rocket

Nov. 29, 2019 3:12 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teen Friday near the Gaza-Israel frontier and Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern Israel in the evening, apparently in response to the fatal shooting. The Israeli military said a projectile had been fired from Gaza but there...

Bolivia to renew Israel ties after rupture under Morales

Nov. 28, 2019 2:33 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia said Thursday it will restore diplomatic ties with Israel, a decade after then-President Evo Morales severed relations because of an Israeli military offensive in Gaza. The renewal of ties with Israel was announced by interim Foreign Minister Karen Longaric as part of an...