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Israelis contend with reality of third straight election

Dec. 12, 2019 3:06 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis were grappling on Thursday with the confounding reality of unprecedented third national elections in less than a year, after Parliament was dissolved and the date for the next vote was set — further extending months of political paralysis that has gripped the country....

Trump signs order targeting college anti-Semitism

Dec. 11, 2019 9:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday targeting what his administration describes as a growing problem with anti-Semitic harassment on college campuses. Trump has sought to closely align himself with Israel, a move that appeals to many evangelical voters, too. He said...

Israel to hold 3rd straight election, prolonging stalemate

Dec. 11, 2019 6:46 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s deadlocked parliament on Wednesday failed to meet a midnight deadline to form a coalition government, triggering an unprecedented third election in a 12-month period while giving scandal-plagued Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a welcome break as he fights to save his...

Trump to sign order targeting anti-Semitism at colleges

Dec. 10, 2019 7:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Wednesday targeting antisemitism on college campuses, the White House said. The order, which is likely to draw criticism from free speech advocates, will broaden the federal government's definition of antisemitism and instruct it to...

Israeli lawmakers submit bill to dissolve parliament

Dec. 10, 2019 2:01 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli legislators submitted a bill Tuesday that would dissolve parliament and trigger unprecedented third national elections in less than a year. Israel has been mired in political deadlock for months. With the two largest parties, Likud and Blue and White, unable to form a...

Israel says defense officials caught in major bribery case

Dec. 10, 2019 11:22 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Justice Ministry said Tuesday it plans to prosecute suspects involved in a “serious corruption affair” in one of the country's defense bodies. Most details of the case, including the names of the suspects, were unavailable because of a gag order. But a statement by...

Vandals damage cars in Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem

Dec. 9, 2019 10:30 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Vandals slashed the tires of over 160 vehicles and sprayed slogans such as “Arabs=enemies” in a Palestinian neighborhood of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, Israeli police said Monday. Elsewhere, Palestinian residents of the volatile West Bank city of Hebron staged a general...

Lebanese-born donor of Hitler items welcomed in Israel

Dec. 8, 2019 12:56 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday welcomed a Lebanese-born Swiss real estate mogul who purchased Nazi memorabilia at a German auction and is donating the items to Israel. Rivlin called Abdallah Chatla's gesture an “act of grace.” Chatila, a Lebanese Christian who has...

Israeli aircraft strike Hamas sites in Gaza after 3 rockets

Dec. 8, 2019 6:56 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli aircraft bombed several militants’ sites in Gaza early Sunday, hours after three rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave toward southern Israel. The military said in a statement the airstrikes targeted military camps and a naval base for Hamas, the Islamic militant...

Biden calls Sanders' pitch to leverage Israel aid 'bizarre'

Dec. 7, 2019 9:02 PM EST

OELWEIN, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden said Saturday that it is “bizarre” for Bernie Sanders to propose withholding U.S. military aid from Israel if the government there doesn’t moderate its treatment of Palestinians. The remarks highlight a nuanced but significant distinction between the...