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Netanyahu rival hires anti-Trump Lincoln Project founders

Jan. 17, 2021 3:41 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's top rival to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is getting some American help ahead of March 23 elections. Gideon Saar, a onetime Netanyahu protege, has hired four of the founders of the Lincoln Project, which ran a relentless campaign to help defeat President Donald Trump. The...

FILE - This Nov. 15, 2020 file photo, shows a general view of the Givat Hamatos Israeli settlement in east Jerusalem. Israeli authorities on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, advanced plans to build an additional 780 homes in West Bank settlements, an anti-settlement monitoring group said, in a last-minute surge of approvals before the friendly Trump administration leaves office later this week. Peace Now said that over 90% of the homes lay deep inside the West Bank, which the Palestinians seek as the heartland of a future independent state. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israel OKs hundreds of settlement homes in last-minute push

Jan. 17, 2021 1:34 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities on Sunday advanced plans to build nearly 800 homes in West Bank settlements, in a last-minute surge of approvals before the friendly Trump administration leaves office later this week. COGAT, the Israeli defense body that authorizes settlement construction, confirmed...

A woman dances in a fountain in Paris Square, where protesters gathered outside of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence in Jerusalem, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

In cold weather, anti-Netanyahu protests continue in Israel

Jan. 17, 2021 12:55 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of protesters braved a cold night in Jerusalem on Saturday to press on with their calls for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down over corruption charges against him. Demonstrators gathered at a Jerusalem square near Netanyahu’s official residence. The...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands before the casket of Sheldon Adelson upon arrival to Ben Gurion Airport, near the city of Lod, Israel, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Adelson's family, including his wife, Miriam, at left, are present. Adelson, the billionaire mogul and power broker who built a casino empire spanning from Las Vegas to China and became a singular force in domestic and international politics has died after a long illness, his wife said Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (Ami Shooman, Israel Hayom/ Pool Photo via AP)

Billionaire right-wing patron Adelson buried in Jerusalem

Jan. 15, 2021 2:47 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate who made prolific donations to right-wing politicians and causes in the United States and Israel, was laid to rest in Jerusalem on Friday. Adelson, a key supporter of President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and their...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Pompeo offers burst of actions, attacks before leaving State

Jan. 15, 2021 2:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pompeo isn't quietly fading away. In his final days as secretary of state, he's issuing orders that have caused international consternation and tweeting up a storm on his official and personal accounts to cement his legacy as a prime promoter of President Donald Trump’s...

Israeli politician Gideon Saar speaks at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Saar is promising

AP Interview: Netanyahu challenger pledges change with Biden

Jan. 15, 2021 3:13 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's top challenger in upcoming elections is promising a tough line toward Iran and the Palestinians, yet expressed confidence he has the tools to avoid what appears to be a collision course with the incoming Biden administration. In an...

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 file photo President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, speak to the media before a working breakfast meeting at the Hotel du Palais on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said a lot of nice things about Donald Trump over the years, from expressing admiration for the U.S. president to suggesting he might be worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. But after a mob of Trump supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Johnson has changed his tune.(Erin Schaff, Pool via AP)

Leaders like UK’s Johnson who wooed Trump face tricky reset

Jan. 14, 2021 2:32 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said a lot of nice things about Donald Trump over the years, from expressing admiration for the U.S. president to suggesting he might be worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. But after a mob of Trump supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Johnson...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2016 file photo, U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson speaks during a news conference for the opening of Parisian Macao in Macau.  Adelson, the billionaire mogul and power broker who built a casino empire spanning from Las Vegas to China and became a singular force in domestic and international politics has died after a long illness.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Israel's benefactor Adelson leaves controversial legacy

Jan. 13, 2021 2:53 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is mourned by official Israel as a powerful benefactor with direct access to U.S. presidents. Others on Wednesday saw a legacy tinged with controversy and touched by deadly conflict. Adelson, who died on Tuesday at 87, was a prolific donor to causes...

Intense Israeli strikes in east Syria; region on high alert

Jan. 13, 2021 9:24 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli warplanes carried out intense airstrikes in eastern Syria early Wednesday, apparently targeting positions and arms depots of Iran-backed forces as the region is on high alert. At least 57 fighters were killed and dozens were wounded, according to a Syrian opposition war monitoring...

An Israeli anti-government protester holds a banner as he is enveloped in the smoke from a bonfire outside of the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the day his corruption trial was originally scheduled before it was postponed, in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. In Hebrew, the sign reads:

Israelis hold torch-lit protest accusing PM of corruption

Jan. 13, 2021 2:35 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Dozens of Israeli protesters carrying lit torches, megaphones and flags gathered at dawn Wednesday outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence to highlight his corruption trial, which is set to resume next month. Police said at least seven demonstrators were arrested for...