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Israeli Arab lawmaker rejoins coalition days after quitting

May. 22, 2022 11:43 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Arab Israeli lawmaker who quit the ruling coalition said Sunday that she was returning to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's 60-member alliance, ending a crisis that lasted just a few days. Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi said Thursday that she was quitting Bennett's...

Prominent Israeli peace negotiator Uri Savir dies at 69

May. 15, 2022 03:02 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Uri Savir, a prominent Israeli peace negotiator and dogged believer in the need for a settlement with the Palestinians, has died, according to Israeli media reports. He was 69. The reports said he died Friday. No cause of death was given. As...

Cyprus pitches regional firefighting hub to Israel, Greece

May. 09, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ foreign minister pitched to his Greek and Israeli counterparts on Monday the creation of an east Mediterranean firefighting hub aimed at quickly addressing huge summer wildfires that could overwhelm any single country. Cypriot Foreign Minister...

Embattled Israeli leader vows to keep government afloat

May. 09, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's embattled prime minister on Monday vowed to continue to lead the country as his shaky government limped into the opening of parliament's summer session on the verge of collapse. Less than a year after taking office, Naftali Bennett has lost his...

Israel searches for attackers who killed 3 in mass stabbing

May. 06, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli security forces took part in a massive manhunt Friday for two Palestinians suspected of carrying out a stabbing rampage near Tel Aviv that left three Israelis dead. The stabbing on Thursday, Israel's Independence Day, was the latest in a series of deadly...

Israel says Putin apologized over his FM's Holocaust remarks

May. 05, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he accepted an apology from Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday for controversial remarks about the Holocaust made by Moscow's top diplomat. The two leaders talked over the phone, after which an Israeli statement...

Israel lashes out at Russia over Lavrov's Nazism remarks

May. 02, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Monday lashed out at Russia over “unforgivable” comments by its foreign minister about Nazism and antisemitism — including claims that Adolf Hitler was Jewish. Israel, which summoned the Russian ambassador in response, said the remarks blamed Jews for their...

Israeli FM accuses Hamas of orchestrating Jerusalem violence

Apr. 24, 2022 14:15 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s foreign minister on Sunday accused the Hamas militant group of orchestrating recent unrest at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, responding to criticism that Israeli police used heavy-handed tactics to quell the violence. Yair Lapid made the...

Gaza violence intensifies as Jerusalem clashes resume

Apr. 21, 2022 08:01 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel’s air force and Palestinian militants traded fire across the Gaza frontier early Thursday as clashes erupted again at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, worsening an escalation that has been eerily similar to the lead-up to last year’s Israel-Gaza war. ...

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

Apr. 05, 2022 22:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden approved a $100 million transfer of Javelin anti-armor missiles to Ukraine on Tuesday, according to an administration official. The transfer brings the total of U.S. military assistance for Ukraine to $2.4 billion since Biden took office last...