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Jerusalem Palestinians find voice through prayer protests

Thousands of Palestinian Muslims have been praying in the streets of Jerusalem every evening – creating a new, surprisingly effective form of protest in their long conflict with Israel.


UPDATED: Sun., July 23, 2017, 8:55 p.m.

Israeli security Cabinet meets to review policy at shrine

Israel’s security Cabinet met Sunday to review a decision to install metal detectors at a contested Jerusalem holy site, following a week of escalating tensions with the Muslim world, mass …


UPDATED: Sat., July 22, 2017, 10:45 p.m.

Israeli troops placed on high alert after deadly stabbings

Israel’s military sent more troops to the West Bank and placed forces on high alert Saturday, a day after a Palestinian stabbed to death three members of an Israeli family …


UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017, 3:28 p.m.

Three Palestinians, three Israelis killed in violence over holy site

Escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions over the Holy Land’s most contested shrine boiled over into violence on Friday that killed six people – three Palestinians in street clashes in Jerusalem and three …


UPDATED: Sun., July 16, 2017, 9:53 p.m.

Israel reopens Jerusalem holy site after deadly assault

Hundreds of Muslim worshippers visited a Jerusalem holy site Sunday after Israel reopened the compound following a rare closure in response to a deadly shooting last week that raised concerns …


Kushner kicks off Mideast peace push with first solo visit

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and chief Middle East adviser, Jared Kushner, made his first solo visit to the region Wednesday, holding separate meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders in …


Jared Kushner paves way for accelerated U.S. push on Mideast peace

Jared Kushner’s return to Israel this week ramps up White House efforts to broker a peace deal, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gauges what he needs to give Palestinians to …


UPDATED: Sun., June 18, 2017, 7:03 p.m.

Israel goodwill Ramadan measure cut after Palestinian attack

Israel revoked on Sunday the permits of 200,000 Palestinians to enter Israel that were approved for the holy month of Ramadan following two near simultaneous Palestinian attacks on police that …


UPDATED: Sat., June 17, 2017, 9:01 p.m.

Palestinians dispute IS claim for deadly attack on Israel

Palestinian militants disputed an Islamic State claim Saturday that it was behind a deadly attack against Israel, saying it was their people who killed a female police officer on duty …


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 8:02 p.m.

Trump touts ultimate peace, but same obstacles remain

President Donald Trump showered his Middle Eastern hosts with praise and declared a breakthrough regional peace within reach. No one contradicted him, but behind the pageantry and politesse a wall …


UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 3:50 p.m.

Trump administration wavers on location of Western Wall

As President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the hallowed Western Wall on Monday, it remained unclear whether his administration was changing longstanding U.S. policy by …


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 9:07 p.m.

Next stop for Trump is Israel, in pursuit of `ultimate deal’

President Donald Trump has cast the elusive pursuit of peace between Israelis and Palestinians as the “ultimate deal.” But he will step foot in Israel having offered few indications of …


New Hamas chief tours native Gaza, highlights power shift

The newly elected leader of Hamas paid tribute in Gaza on Monday to Palestinian prisoners being held in Israel, his first appearance in the new role and a sign of …


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 9:33 p.m.

Hamas says Ismail Haniyeh chosen as Islamic group’s leader

The Hamas Islamic militant movement that controls the Gaza Strip announced Saturday it had chosen its former Gaza prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, as the group’s new political chief.


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 8:09 p.m.

‘We will get it done,’ says Trump, hopeful of Mideast peace

Despite bleak prospects for success, President Donald Trump promised on Wednesday “to do whatever is necessary” to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.


At annual US-Israel event, a new warmth but old differences

Israeli leaders hoping President Donald Trump would be a rubber stamp for the Jewish state are hearing plenty of reassuring rhetoric at this week’s annual gathering for the “unbreakable” alliance. …


Settler leader: Population growth is end of 2-state solution

The number of Israeli settlers living in the West Bank has soared by nearly one-quarter over the past five years to over 420,000 people, a prominent settler leader said Sunday, …


With eye toward Trump, Arab leaders to seek consensus

With an eye toward Washington, leaders of a fractured and conflict-ridden Arab world hold their annual summit this week, seeking common positions and possible leverage as President Donald Trump weighs …


More Palestinians in Jerusalem seek Israeli citizenship

More Palestinians in east Jerusalem are applying for Israeli citizenship in hopes of swapping their vulnerable status as mere city residents for the rights and ease of travel that come …


Report: Israel has established ‘apartheid regime’

A report published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia that concludes that Israel has established an “apartheid regime” drew swift criticism from the U.N. and …


UPDATED: Fri., March 10, 2017, 12:52 p.m.

Palestinian leader invited to White House in Trump call

RAMALLAH, West Bank – A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said U.S President Donald Trump has invited him to visit the White House to discuss resuming peace talks in …


Johnson says Britain still backs 2-state solution in Mideast

Britain’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that his country remains “absolutely” committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that obstacles to a deal, including accelerated Israeli settlement …


U.S. warning to Israel signals new backpedaling by Trump

The Trump administration has explicitly warned Israel against annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, saying it would trigger an “immediate crisis” between the two close allies, Israel’s defense minister …


Israeli soldier sentenced to 18 months for shooting disarmed Palestinian attacker

A military tribunal sentenced an Israeli soldier to 18 months in prison on Tuesday in the killing of a disarmed Palestinian attacker, noting the army medic showed no remorse for …


After Trump remarks, Saudi repeats Palestinian state support

Saudia Arabia is reasserting support for a Palestinian state after U.S. President Donald Trump said Mideast peace doesn’t depend on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 3:02 p.m.

Trump charts new Mideast course; maybe no separate Palestine

President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked Israel’s prime minister to “hold off” on building Jewish settlements in land the Palestinians claim for their future state, yet held back from explicitly …


Few good alternatives to Palestinian state

The Trump Administration appears to be easing away from longstanding U.S. support for Palestinian statehood as the preferred outcome of Middle East peace efforts, which may please some allies of …


Seahawks’ Michael Bennett withdraws from Israel trip, citing sympathy for Palestinians

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett has withdrawn at the last minute from a sponsored trip to Israel, saying the government there is using him for a public-relations initiative and …


Israeli groups sue to stop settlement legalization law

In the first concrete attempt to counter the contentious new law legalizing thousands of West Bank settlement homes, two Israeli rights groups on Wednesday asked the country’s Supreme Court to …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

Israel passes law legalizing thousands of settlement homes

Israel’s parliament on Monday passed a contentious law meant to retroactively legalize thousands of West Bank settlement homes built unlawfully on private Palestinian land, a step that is expected to …