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Trailblazing Arab lawmaker shakes up Israeli politics

Jan. 17, 2022 01:46 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Mansour Abbas broke a longstanding taboo when he led his Arab party into Israel's governing coalition last year. The bold move appears to be paying dividends. Abbas, a once obscure politician, is the linchpin of the shaky union, securing hefty budgets and...

Netanyahu negotiating plea deal in corruption trial

Jan. 16, 2022 06:05 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is negotiating a plea deal in his corruption case, a person involved in the talks said Sunday. The deal, which could be signed as early as this week, could usher Netanyahu off the Israeli political stage for...

Israeli PM: Omicron unstoppable but no need for 'hysteria'

Jan. 11, 2022 14:07 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday tried to calm Israelis anxious about the rapid spread of the omicron variant, insisting the government is managing the crisis better than most and ruling out a national shutdown. Bennett said during an evening press...

In Israel, omicron, confusion drive 'real panic' for tests

Jan. 10, 2022 16:29 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Aviran Yael fetched rapid antigen kits from a pharmacy in Tel Aviv's busy center, placed them in the light blue bag strapped to the back of his motorbike and headed off to deliver them. With that, Yael on Monday joined a growing army of couriers toting Wolt...

Former Israeli PMs face off in court in defamation lawsuit

Jan. 10, 2022 08:12 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday repeated his assertion that his successor and former rival, Benjamin Netanyahu, exhibited “crazy behavior” as a high-profile defamation lawsuit between the two political heavyweights got underway. The two...

Israeli ministry urges nixing travel ban amid omicron surge

Jan. 06, 2022 13:04 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Travelers from the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries should be cleared for landing in Israel, the Health Ministry recommended on Thursday. The ministry said all countries should be removed from Israel’s “red” no-travel list,...

Israel lawmaker under fire for remarks on West Bank settlers

Jan. 06, 2022 11:00 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An Israeli deputy minister was under fire Thursday for calling residents of an unauthorized West Bank settlement outpost “subhuman,” sparking an outcry that underscored the fragility of Israel's ideologically diverse coalition. Yair Golan, a former...

Israeli military: Forces kill Palestinian gunman in raid

Jan. 06, 2022 09:07 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian who had opened fire on them during an arrest raid in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus early Thursday, the Israeli military said. The military said it was carrying out an operation to arrest a suspect when...

Israeli defense chief meets Jordanian king in reset of ties

Jan. 05, 2022 08:24 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's defense minister met with the Jordanian king on Wednesday, both sides said, part of a reset of ties between the two countries. According to Benny Gantz' office, the two discussed “security and policy topics.” Gantz “welcomed the expansion of...

Israel issues first sentence in mob attack on Arab driver

Jan. 05, 2022 08:16 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An Israeli court on Wednesday sentenced a man to one year in prison for his involvement in a mob attack on an Arab motorist during a spasm of communal violence last year. Lahav Nagauker, who was 20 at the time, was convicted of incitement to violence and...