Latest Israel government News

Netanyahu celebrates US settlement decision in West Bank

Nov. 19, 2019 9:06 AM EST

ALON SHVUT, West Bank (AP) — Israel’s prime minister traveled to the West Bank on Tuesday to celebrate the U.S.’s announcement that it does not consider Israeli settlements to violate international law. Benjamin Netanyahu called the Trump administration’s declaration, which stepped...

Israeli military says 4 rockets fired from Syria intercepted

Nov. 19, 2019 8:18 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it intercepted four incoming rockets from Syria on Tuesday and explosions were heard shortly after that in Damascus, a week after another Israeli strike targeted a top Palestinian militant in the Syrian capital. Israeli air defense systems captured the...

US angers Palestinians with reversal on Israeli settlements

Nov. 19, 2019 2:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday said it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the Palestinians’ effort to gain statehood. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

Microsoft hires ex-AG Holder to audit face-scanning firm

Nov. 16, 2019 10:12 AM EST

Microsoft is hiring former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to review its investment in a facial recognition startup that scans faces at Israeli military checkpoints. Microsoft said in a statement Friday that Holder will lead a team of former federal prosecutors conducting an audit. Its aim is to determine...

Israeli army arrests Lebanese man who jumps border fence

Nov. 16, 2019 9:52 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has arrested a man who crossed its northern border from Lebanon. The army said Saturday the Lebanese national was being held for questioning. Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency said a Lebanese man jumped over the border fence into Israel after...

Israel strikes Hamas targets after 2 rockets fired from Gaza

Nov. 16, 2019 2:20 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel said its aircraft hit military sites for Gaza’s Hamas rulers early Saturday after two rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave. This was Israel’s first strike against Hamas since the start of this week’s cross-border fighting with another Gaza...

Israel says it has completed Gaza strikes after rocket fire

Nov. 15, 2019 1:43 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel said early Friday it has completed a series of airstrikes on targets linked to the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza after overnight rocket fire that rattled a day-old truce. The Palestinian territory’s Hamas rulers, who kept to the sidelines of this...

Amid Gaza fighting, Israel could face questions on tactics

Nov. 15, 2019 12:49 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Residents say the airstrike came without warning: With fighting raging between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants throughout Gaza, two loud blasts shook the night, destroying the Abu Malhous home and killing eight members of the family in a split second. As Israel claims...

The Latest: Israel resumes strikes on Gaza after rocket fire

Nov. 14, 2019 6:34 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the escalation between Gaza’s militant Islamic Jihad group and Israel (all times local): 1:20 a.m. Israel says it has resumed strikes on targets linked to the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza after it fired a number of rockets into Israel. The announcement by the...

Israeli military spokesman says Gaza operation ‘is over,’ confirming cease-fire with Islamic Jihad militants

Nov. 14, 2019 2:23 AM EST
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli military spokesman says Gaza operation ‘is over,’ confirming cease-fire with Islamic Jihad militants.