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Israel’s Netanyahu gives up on forming new coalition

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that he had failed to form a majority government in parliament, marking a major setback for the embattled Israeli leader that plunges the country …


As Trump abandons Kurds, Israel worries how dependable he is

For the past three years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has bet heavily on President Donald Trump and been rewarded with major diplomatic gains in exchange for his warm embrace of …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019, 9:02 p.m.

Unearthed Gandhi WWII letter wishes Jews ‘era of peace’

On the same day World War II broke out in Europe, Mahatma Gandhi wrote a short Jewish New Year greeting to a local Indian Jewish official, offering ominous good wishes …


In Israel, calls for unity reveal deep divisions after vote

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival, Benny Gantz, on Thursday each called for the formation of a unity government following Israel’s inconclusive national election. But with both men …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 1:48 p.m.

Israel’s Arabs poised to gain new voice after tight election

Israel’s Arab coalition appears poised to emerge as the main opposition bloc following Tuesday’s election, a historic first that would grant a new platform to a long-marginalized minority.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Israel’s Netanyahu appears to suffer setback in exit polls

In an apparent setback for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, exit polls showed the longtime Israeli leader falling short of securing a parliamentary majority with his hard-line allies in Tuesday’s election.


Israeli PM vows to annex ‘all the settlements’ in West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Monday to annex “all the settlements” in the West Bank, including an enclave deep in the heart of the largest Palestinian city, in a …


New data shows Israeli settlement surge in east Jerusalem

Jewish settlement construction in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem has spiked since President Donald Trump took office in 2017, according to official data obtained by The Associated Press.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019, 5:37 p.m.

Netanyahu vows to begin annexing West Bank settlements

Israel’s prime minister on Tuesday vowed to annex the strategic heartland of the West Bank if he wins national elections next week, offering a vision that would likely end any …


Israel: Iran, Hezbollah intensifying missile efforts

Israel on Thursday accused Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah of stepping up attempts to build missile-production facilities in Lebanon, warning that these efforts are putting Lebanon and its civilian …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 4:43 p.m.

‘Tel Aviv on Fire’ review: A movie about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that’s lighthearted and entertaining? Yes

In offering a comedic take on not just the hostility between Israelis and Palestinians, but also the shared history and culture that bind them, “Tel Aviv on Fire” is an …


Israel’s shadow war with Iran bursts into the open

The long shadow war between Israel and Iran has burst into the open in recent days, with Israel allegedly striking Iran-linked targets as far away as Iraq and crash-landing two …


Lebanon: Israeli air force hits Palestinian base in Lebanon

Israeli drones bombed a Palestinian base in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria early Monday amid rising tensions in the Middle East, the Lebanese state-run National News Agency and …


Hezbollah leader: Israeli drones over Lebanon will be downed

The leader of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah says his group will confront and shoot down any Israeli drones that enter Lebanese airspace from now on, raising the potential for conflict amid …


As Trump questions loyalty of US Jews, Israeli PM is quiet

Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday steered clear of Donald Trump’s comments questioning the loyalty of American Jews who support the Democratic Party, in sharp contrast to the tide of condemnation …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 8:14 p.m.

Tlaib declines to visit West Bank, citing Israeli conditions

Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib says she will not visit her relatives in the occupied West Bank despite being granted an Israeli permit on humanitarian grounds, saying Israel’s “oppressive” conditions aimed …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 11:06 a.m.

Israel bars entry to outspoken US congresswomen

Israel said Thursday that it will bar two Democratic congresswomen from entering the country ahead of a planned visit over their support for a Palestinian-led boycott movement, a decision announced …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019, 8:07 p.m.

Former Gonzaga standout Johnathan Williams signs with pro team in Israel

Former Gonzaga Bulldog Johnathan Williams is heading overseas to continue his professional basketball career. Williams signed recently with Maccabi Rishon in Israel.


Israel approves Palestinian construction in West Bank

The Israeli Cabinet unanimously approved a proposal to build over 700 housing units for Palestinians in addition to 6,000 Israeli settlement housing units in the West Bank.


White House unveils $50 billion Palestinian economic plan

The White House has unveiled the economic portion of its much-anticipated “deal of the century” peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians


Israel moves to name Golan settlement after Trump

RAMAT TRUMP, Golan Heights – The Trump name graces apartment towers, hotels and golf courses. Now it is the namesake of a tiny Israeli settlement in the Israel-controlled Golan Heights. …


Israel’s ‘do-over’ election brings new threats to Netanyahu

After narrowly failing to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in April elections, the long-time Israeli leader’s opponents now have a rare chance for a “do-over” in a snap vote in …


2 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in separate events

Israeli police shot and killed a 16-year-old Palestinian near the West Bank separation barrier on Friday, Palestinian health officials said, while in Jerusalem’s Old City, an alleged Palestinian attacker was …


Protesters in Iran, Iraq burn Israel, US flags on ‘Quds Day’

Iranians in the capital Tehran set fire to effigies of President Donald Trump, while in the Iraqi capital, Iran-backed militiamen marched over a large Israeli flag as part of rallies …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 4:05 p.m.

Israel’s parliament has voted to dissolve itself, sending the country to an unprecedented second snap election this year

Israel’s parliament voted to dissolve itself early Thursday, sending the country to an unprecedented second snap election this year as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 4:28 p.m.

Jordan stands by 2-state Israel-Palestinian solution

Jordan on Wednesday stood by a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, exposing a rift with the United States as the Trump administration tries to rally Arab support for a …


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 3:46 p.m.

Trump team faces tough audiences as it sells Mideast plan

President Donald Trump’s top Mideast advisers face skeptical audiences as they start a tour of the region to rally support for their ‘economy-first’ plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace


Israel faces possible second election amid coalition crisis

Israel’s parliament on Monday passed a preliminary motion to dissolve itself. The move further pushed the country toward an unprecedented political impasse, less than two months after elections seemed to …


Israeli scientists brew beer with revived ancient yeasts

Israeli researchers raised a glass Wednesday to celebrate a long-brewing project of making beer and mead using yeasts extracted from ancient clay vessels –some over 5,000 years old.


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 3:59 p.m.

Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections

Facebook says it has banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation.