Final Israeli election results boost Netanyahu’s lead
JERUSALEM (AP) — A final count of election ballots on Thursday granted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party an additional seat in parliament, making it the largest faction in the...
Top Israeli minister to Trump: Reveal plan before election
JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Israeli Cabinet minister is calling on President Donald Trump to reveal his much-anticipated "Deal of the Century" for Middle East peace before the upcoming Israeli...
Kushner remarks get cool reception from Israel, Palestinians
JERUSALEM (AP) — Jared Kushner's comments about his planned Mideast peace initiative are receiving a cool reception from Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
Israeli hard-line ministers to form new party ahead of vote
JERUSALEM (AP) — Two senior Israeli Cabinet ministers announced Saturday that they are forming a new party to run in April elections, hoping to present a hard-line alternative to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said they were leaving the Jewish Home party and would instead lead a new list of candidates.
Netanyahu keeps coalition intact, but Hamas emerges stronger
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday survived a political showdown that had threatened to bring down his coalition and trigger early elections.
Netanyahu managed to persuade Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the ultranationalist Jewish Home Party, to drop a threat to bolt the coalition. That left his government with a thin parliamentary majority and appeared to give the prime minister at least a few more months in office.
The Latest: Israeli education minister to stay in government
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the political turmoil in Israel (all times local):
A senior coalition partner in Israel's government says he will not resign, averting early elections for now.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday that his Jewish Home party was giving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu another chance — despite a crisis over the handling of a recent cease-fire with Gaza militants.
Netanyahu’s main coalition partner pushes for early election
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel moved closer to early elections Friday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main coalition partner, the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party, said it wants a vote "as soon as possible," and will press for consultations on a date on Sunday.
Defense chief’s resignation pushes Israel toward election
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister on Wednesday abruptly resigned to protest a new cease-fire with Hamas militants in Gaza, throwing the government into turmoil and pushing the country toward an early election.
Avigdor Lieberman's decision was ostensibly a show of anger over Tuesday's informal truce with Israel's Hamas enemies. But in many ways, it was the opening round of a new political campaign.
Israel defends Trump amid synagogue shooting criticism
JERUSALEM (AP) — With President Donald Trump getting a cool welcome from the Jewish community in Pittsburgh, Israel's envoy to the memorial ceremonies for the synagogue shooting victims has come to his defense, saying it was "unfair and wrong" to link him to the tragedy.
Trump was greeted by hundreds of chanting protesters Tuesday, many accusing the president's fiery rhetoric for contributing to the climate of violence and emboldening extremists to act.
Israeli official criticizes University of Michigan lecture
DETROIT (AP) — A senior Israeli cabinet minister sent a letter Monday to the University of Michigan president over campus incidents that the politician described as showing a "vitriolic hatred against the Jewish state."
Celebrated author David Grossman wins 2018 Israel Prize
JERUSALEM (AP) — Celebrated Israeli author David Grossman has been awarded the country's highest literary accolade, the Israel Prize for Literature, for this year.
Israel's Education Ministry announced on Monday that Grossman, who also won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for his novel "A Horse Walks Into a Bar," was the Israel Prize winner for 2018.
Israeli minister: Poland visit cancelled over Holocaust bill
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's education minister said Monday that Poland cancelled his visit to the country amid uproar over proposed Polish legislation that would outlaw blaming Poland for crimes committed during the Holocaust.
"The blood of Polish Jews cries from the ground, and no law will silence it," Naftali Bennett said in a statement late Monday. "The government of Poland cancelled my visit, because I mentioned the crimes of its people. I am honored."
Israel slams Palestinian leader over anti-Trump speech
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders slammed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Monday for a fiery, invective-filled speech against President Donald Trump, in which he proclaimed the U.S. role as arbiter of the Mideast conflict over, attacked the administration's envoys and described Israel as a colonial conspiracy.
Israel to give $1M in aid to Houston Jewish community
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it will donate $1 million in emergency aid to Houston's Jewish community to aid in post-Harvey recovery efforts.
Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett says in a statement that the funds will be earmarked to help the 60,000-strong community repair and rebuild schools, synagogues and a community center damaged in the storm and floods.
Israel official warns Lebanon over Hezbollah leader’s threat
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's education minister is warning Lebanon following threats by Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
Naftali Bennett, a member of Israel's security cabinet, says any future attack by Hezbollah would be considered a "declaration of war by the Lebanese state" as a whole. He says Israel won't operate "surgically" in the next war with the Shiite militia.
JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Israeli Cabinet minister is expressing some disappointment with the White House, saying the election of Donald Trump has not brought about the boom in West Bank settlement construction many had expected.
JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump got an abrupt Israeli welcome on his arrival in Tel Aviv on Monday, with politicians lobbying him and snapping selfies as they sought to get a piece of the commander in chief's attention.
Israel to give its highest honor to settler leader
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is awarding its highest honor to the founder of a Jewish settler group that the Obama administration had condemned for stoking Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
Israel's pro-settler education minister, Naftali Bennett, announced Thursday that Elad Foundation founder David "David'le" Beeri is being awarded the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement.
The Latest: Pro-settler leader hails ‘new era’ in Mideast
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. President Donald Trump's planned meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (all times local):
The head of Israel's pro-settler Jewish Home Party has welcomed what he is calling a "new era" following the White House press conference with President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israeli minister: Trump election is time to ‘reset’ policies
JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Israeli Cabinet minister on Monday said the election of Donald Trump has helped create an opportunity for Israel to abandon its stated commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Israeli bill to recognize West Bank outposts approved
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli committee on Sunday approved a bill that if adopted would legalize outposts built without government permission in the West Bank, territory Palestinians demand for their future state.
It still needs to pass several stages before it can be adopted. A first reading is expected in parliament on Wednesday.