Israel’s Netanyahu gives up on forming new coalition
JERUSALEM (AP) — 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...
Former Israeli chief justice Meir Shamgar dies at 94
JERUSALEM (AP) — Meir Shamgar, a long-serving former chief justice of the Israeli Supreme Court, has died. He was 94.
Israel's highest court announced his passing Friday. Shamgar served as...
Netanyahu asks Russia to free imprisoned Israeli woman
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon a young Israeli woman imprisoned on drug charges in Russia.
Israeli president asks Putin to pardon imprisoned tourist
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president has asked Russian leader Vladimir Putin to pardon a young Israeli woman imprisoned on drug charges in Russia.
Israeli politics remain in chaos after deadlocked election
JERUSALEM (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu has been tasked by Israel's president to form a new government for the sixth time in his lengthy political career. This time it's no mere formality, but rather...
Israel’s Netanyahu given chance to form new government
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a new government, giving the longtime leader the difficult task of breaking a post-election...
The Latest: Netanyahu tapped to form new government
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Israel's repeat election (all times local):
The office of Israel's president says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has...
Israel’s main parties begin talks on coalition government
JERUSALEM (AP) — Negotiators for Israel's two largest parties met Tuesday to discuss the possibility of forming a unity government, part of a long-shot effort to break the political deadlock...
Israeli election rivals meet as deadlock still looms
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president summoned the leaders of the country's two largest political parties to his official residence late Monday, hoping to break a political deadlock that threatens...
Arab lawmakers in Israel endorse Gantz for prime minister
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Arab bloc in Israel's parliament abandoned its usual hands-off stance Sunday and endorsed former military chief Benny Gantz for prime minister, potentially giving him the edge...
The Latest: Arab lawmakers in Israel endorse Gantz for PM
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli elections (all times local):
The Arab bloc in Israel's parliament has endorsed Blue and White party chairman Benny Gantz for prime...
The Latest: Israel’s president: Coalition talks start Sunday
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli election (all times local):
Israel's president, Reuven Rivlin, says he will begin consultations Sunday with all of the parties...
Israeli teen dies of wounds in West Bank attack, 2 wounded
JERUSALEM (AP) — An explosion Friday near a West Bank settlement that Israel said was a Palestinian attack killed a 17-year-old Israeli girl and wounded her brother and father, Israeli authorities...
JERUSALEM (AP) — Nechama Rivlin, the wife of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, has died. She was 73.
The president's office announced Tuesday she had passed away of lung failure, three months...
BERLIN (AP) — Israel's president said Sunday he is shocked by a German official's comment that he wouldn't advise Jews to wear skullcaps in parts of the country, which is drawing mixed reactions...
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president has granted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a two-week extension to form a government, as negotiations continued among various political...
Israel swears in new parliament amid call for unity
JERUSALEM (AP) — Members of Israel's parliament, the Knesset, were sworn in on Tuesday, three weeks after a tumultuous national election.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin delivered a message...
Israeli leaders mourn death of Holocaust survivor rabbi
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders are mourning the death of a prominent Hassidic rabbi who survived Auschwitz and championed Holocaust remembrance among ultra-Orthodox Jews.
Israel’s president formally nominates Netanyahu as PM
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president on Wednesday formally nominated Benjamin Netanyahu for a fourth consecutive term as prime minister, officially launching a process that is expected to result in...
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has begun consultations with representatives of the new parliament's factions ahead of tapping the country's next prime minister.
Second Israeli dies of wounds from West Bank shooting attack
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military expanded its massive manhunt for a Palestinian assailant on Monday as authorities announced that a second Israeli died of wounds sustained in a West Bank...
Israel: ‘Much safer’ Mediterranean with Cyprus teamwork
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Israel's president on Tuesday hailed his country's flourishing ties with Cyprus, saying that cooperation between the two neighbors on intelligence, security and terror prevention has made the eastern Mediterranean "much, much safer."
"Security ties between our two countries have never been better," Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said after talks with Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades during a visit to the island nation.
Netanyahu hails Italy’s Salvini as ‘great friend of Israel’
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hailing Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini as a "great friend of Israel," despite the Italian Jewish community's outcry over his far-right policies and anti-migration views.
Salvini met with Netanyahu on Wednesday in Jerusalem before visiting Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, as part of his two-day trip to Israel.
Chinese VP Wang meets Israeli, Palestinian officials
JERUSALEM (AP) — China's vice president has met with Israeli and Palestinian officials as part of a three-day trip to the region.
Wang Qishan visited the West Bank on Tuesday, where he met Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, laid a wreath on the grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and toured Bethlehem's Nativity Church.
Later, he met Israel's largely ceremonial president, Reuven Rivlin, in Jerusalem. Rivlin said relations between the two countries were "excellent."
Denmark, Israel mark rescue of Danish Jews from Holocaust
HELSINKI (AP) — Israeli and Danish dignitaries on Thursday marked the 75th anniversary of the daring rescue of more than 7,000 Jews from Denmark by boat to neighboring Sweden during World War II.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen paid tribute to the events in 1943 in ceremonies at the small fishing town of Gilleleje, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Copenhagen.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Israel's president has praised Serbia for passing a law that allows for the restitution to the Jewish community of heirless and unclaimed Jewish property seized during the Holocaust.
Reuven Rivlin said Thursday after talks with Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic that the 2016 bill should serve as a model for other countries.
Thousands of Serbian Jews perished during Nazi occupation of the Balkan country during World War II.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Prince William's visit to Israel (all times local):
Prince William says he hopes to learn more about the Middle East during his visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
In a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday, William said he is looking forward "to really absorbing and understanding the different issues, the different cultures, the different religions."
Israel: 9 teenagers die in flash floods; 1 still missing
JERUSALEM (AP) — Flash floods killed nine Israeli teenagers who were hiking south of the Dead Sea on Thursday, Israel's rescue service said.
The casualties were all 18 years old. Israeli media said eight of the fatalities were female and one was male. Police said another hiker is still missing.
Earlier, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 25 students in a pre-army course were "caught off guard" and some were "washed away" by heavy rains while they were hiking in the area.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish nationalist group asked prosecutors Tuesday to investigate whether Israel's president broke a law that criminalizes falsely blaming Poland for the Holocaust crimes of Nazi Germany.
The National Movement said it thinks Israeli President Reuven Rivlin might have violated the new Holocaust speech law during a visit to Auschwitz last week.
Israeli, Polish presidents join Holocaust remembrance march
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The presidents of Israel and Poland joined thousands of others Thursday for a Holocaust remembrance event at the former Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau, hoping to put recent tensions behind them.
Presidents Reuven Rivlin of Israel and Andrzej Duda of Poland lit candles, bowed their heads and pressed their hands on the Death Wall, a site at Auschwitz where inmates, chiefly Polish resistance fighters, were executed by Nazi German forces during World War II.
Reports: Gouri, Israeli poet of founding generation, dies
JERUSALEM (AP) — Haim Gouri, a leading Israeli poet of the state's founding generation, died Wednesday, according to media reports. He was 94.
President Reuven Rivlin in a statement mourned his passing as "the national poet of our time" and a "life teacher."
Gouri was born in Tel Aviv and fought in the Palmach, the elite force of the pre-state militia later serving in Israel's army, reports said.
Israel president attends Holocaust museum ceremony in Greece
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Israel's president and Greece's prime minister attended a foundation ceremony on Tuesday for a Holocaust memorial museum in the Greek city of Thessaloniki, which lost 97 percent of its Jewish community in German World War II death camps.
Reuven Rivlin and Alexis Tsipras symbolically planted two olive trees on the plot.
Israeli president to attend Greek holocaust museum ceremony
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Israel's president has met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during a visit to Athens that will include a foundation stone-laying ceremony for a Holocaust museum.
Reuven Rivlin also met with his Greek counterpart, Procopis Pavlopoulos, in the capital on Monday.
On Tuesday, Rivlin and Tsipras will travel to the northern city of Thessaloniki for the museum ceremony.
Pence Visits Jerusalem’s Western Wall
Israel denies pardon for soldier who killed wounded attacker
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president has denied a request for pardon by an imprisoned soldier who was convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian attacker.
A statement from President Reuven Rivlin's office Sunday says he rejected the request by Elor Azaria because it would harm the "resilience" of Israel's military. Rivlin said a chief value of the military was the "purity of arms," or the use of weapons with only necessary force.
After speech, Israeli president termed ‘Nazi’ in graffiti
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they are investigating graffiti found in central Israel containing hate speech against the country's president.
Overnight on Wednesday, vandals sprayed graffiti against President Reuven Rivlin in the mostly ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak calling him an "apostate and a Nazi."
Israeli president attacks government assault on state bodies
JERUSALEM (AP) — In an unusually blunt address to parliament, Israel's president accused the government Monday of delegitimizing vital democratic institutions as part of a campaign of stifling opposition.
President Reuven Rivlin opened the winter session of parliament with a scathing critique of his former political home — the Likud Party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. To them, he said, "everything is political."
Germany opens memorial to Israelis killed at 1972 Olympics
BERLIN (AP) — The presidents of Germany and Israel on Wednesday inaugurated a memorial to 11 Israeli athletes and coaches and a West German police officer killed 45 years ago during an attack by a Palestinian militant group at the Munich Olympics.
Presidents Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Reuven Rivlin were joined at the new memorial in the city's Olympic Park by relatives of the victims.
"We've come here today to close a circle, a circle that can never really be closed," Rivlin told a somber crowd.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president has condemned Israeli security precautions at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site saying the Islamic world would not remain silent.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed reporters Sunday in Istanbul before departing on a visit to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.
He says: "No one can expect the Islamic world to remain unresponsive after the humiliation Muslims suffered with the restrictions at the Noble Sanctuary."