Israel’s election exposes its deep political divisions
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's apparent election victory has deepened the divisions in an already-divided country.
Bolstered by his base of religious and working-class...
JERUSALEM (AP) — A popular Arab rapper released a fiery new song ahead of Tuesday's Israeli elections, encouraging fellow Arab citizens to push back against their community's calls for a ballot...
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli prime minister warmly received far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday, touting newfound amity between the two countries.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro was leaving Saturday on an official visit to Israel, where he was expected to decide whether he will move the Brazilian Embassy from Tel...
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...
JERUSALEM (AP) — Cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas group appeared to be winding down Friday, amid reports of an Egyptian-brokered truce and Israeli media saying a...
The Latest: Israel says Gaza rockets fired by mistake
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel-Gaza (all times local):
Israeli defense officials said after a preliminary investigation that the Gaza rockets that hit the Tel Aviv...
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel-Gaza (all times local):
The Israeli military has concluded that the militant Hamas group of Gaza fired two rockets toward the Israeli...
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes attacked militant targets in the southern Gaza Strip early Friday in response to a rare rocket attack on the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, as the sides appeared to...
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Air raid sirens wailed late Thursday throughout Tel Aviv, Israel's densely populated commercial capital, after an apparent rocket attack from the Gaza Strip.
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Tel Aviv has taken a small step toward protecting the lives of "smartphone zombies."
The municipality has installed special LED sidewalk lights at a busy crosswalk to...
Hezbollah leader appears on Israeli recycling ad
JERUSALEM (AP) — Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has invaded the Israeli city of Tel Aviv — as the face of an eye-catching, satirical new recycling campaign.
A gigantic poster featuring the Lebanese militant leader overlooking Tel Aviv's Ayalon highway went up Thursday and encourages Israelis to recycle plastic bottles.
Above Nasrallah's head reads the caption: "I don't recycle bottles." Beneath him, the poster says: "Nasrallah has been stuck in a bunker for 12 years. What is your excuse?"
Canadian author, Reporters Without Borders get Israeli prize
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prestigious Dan David Prize was awarded Thursday to Canadian author Michael Ignatieff and Reporters Without Borders for their work in promoting democracy amid an authoritarian wave to crack down on academic and journalistic freedom.
First wave of new Ethiopian immigrants arrives in Israel
LOD, Israel (AP) — Nearly 100 Ethiopian Jews landed in Israel on Monday in the first wave of new immigration since the government said last year that it would let some of the 8,000 remaining community members join relatives in Israel.
Local Ethiopian community members welcomed the newcomers after years of delays. Israel recognizes the community's Jewish roots but does not consider them fully Jewish, so they require special approval to immigrate that has not always been forthcoming.
Israel Eurovision hero releases song on newfound fame
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli pop star Netta Barzilai, winner of last year's Eurovision song contest, released a new single Friday which she says reflects the highs and lows in the year since her shock victory shook up her life.
Barzilai, 26, spoke to The Associated Press ahead of the release of her new song "Bassa Sababa." She says the song, Hebrew/Arabic slang for "Bummer, that's cool," speaks to the thrills and challenges of her past year.
Ethiopian Israelis rally in Tel Aviv against police violence
JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Ethiopian-Israelis are protesting in Tel Aviv against alleged police brutality after an officer killed an Ethiopian man two weeks ago.
Demonstrators blocked a major highway in Tel Aviv on Wednesday and paraded through major avenues of the city protesting what they consider to be systemic police mistreatment of the minority group. They carried signs saying "police are killing Beita Yisrael," a Hebrew term for the Ethiopian Jewish community.
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Israeli ex-army chief launches campaign to replace Netanyahu
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Retired Israeli military chief Benny Gantz on Tuesday launched his campaign to be prime minister, presenting himself as a moderate alternative to Benjamin Netanyahu with a message of unity at home, a search for peace and a tough line against the country's many enemies.
The Latest: Israeli ex-army chief launches campaign to be PM
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The Latest on the lead-up to Israel's April elections (all times local):
Former Israeli military chief Benny Gantz has launched his long-awaited run to replace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Speaking to an ecstatic crowd of supporters in Tel Aviv, Gantz accused Netanyahu's government of dividing the country. Positioning himself as a centrist, he pledged to unite all Israelis.
Roseanne Barr says show canceled over her support for Israel
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Comedian and divisive former television star Roseanne Barr says her sitcom was canceled last year because of backlash against her support for Israel.
Barr spoke Monday at an event in Tel Aviv and said she had been "BDS-ed" by television network ABC. BDS refers to a Palestinian-led movement calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel.
Hezbollah leader warns Israel over attacks in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the militant Hezbollah group in Lebanon warned Israel late Saturday over its continued attacks in Syria, saying a miscalculation could drag the region into a war.
Hassan Nasrallah made the comment during a wide-ranging interview that lasted more than three hours with the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV station.
Nasrallah said Iran, Syria and Hezbollah could "at any moment" decide to deal differently with Israel's actions in Syria and hinted that Tel Aviv might be a target.
New Israeli military chief pledges to lead ‘innovative’ army
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new military chief took office Tuesday, pledging to lead a "lethal, efficient and innovative army" into the future as it faces grave challenges along its borders.
Trump aide trying to allay Israeli concerns on Syria pullout
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The White House has sent national security adviser John Bolton on a mission to allay Israel's concerns about President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.
The pullout announced before Christmas was initially expected to be completed within weeks, but the timetable has slowed as the president acceded to requests from aides, allies and members of Congress for a more orderly drawdown.
Israel bids farewell to author and peace advocate Amos Oz
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's embattled peace movement bid a final farewell Monday to one of its most prominent figures, the renowned author Amos Oz, at a memorial service that tried to restore hope in a political climate that is rapidly shifting rightward.
Oz was revered by Israel's dovish left as an eloquent and outspoken advocate of peace with the Palestinians and a just society within Israel.
Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move its embassy until there's a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday.
Morrison said in a speech that Australia would recognize east Jerusalem as Palestine's capital only after a settlement has been reached on a two-state solution. The Australian Embassy won't be moved from Tel Aviv until such a time, he said.
Israelis hold mass protests over violence against women
JERUSALEM (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Tel Aviv on Tuesday against what they see as the Israeli government's inadequate response to violence against women.
Red-capped demonstrators called for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to "wake up" and carried signs reading "Women's blood is not cheap" and "We are killed and the government is silent."
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Diamond smuggling scandal spotlights shadowy Israeli tycoon
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A shadowy Israeli billionaire who made his fortune in the insular world of diamonds has suddenly found his empire in jeopardy after close associates were busted in a massive smuggling ring and an employee mysteriously plummeted to her death from his high-rise Tel Aviv office building.
Israeli who threatened US Jewish centers gets 10 years
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court has sentenced the man behind a string of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States to 10 years in prison.
The Tel Aviv district court announced its verdict Thursday against the dual citizen hacker whose name is barred for release since the crimes were committed while he was still a minor.
Australian PM accuses Muslim leaders of denying threat
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister accused senior Muslim community leaders on Wednesday of "continuing down a path of denial" after they refused an invitation to a meeting to discuss the threat posed by Islamic extremists.
Netanyahu takes on defense post amid call for early polls
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he would take on the defense minister portfolio, rejecting calls to dissolve his government even as early elections appeared increasingly likely.
Netanyahu said heading to elections now, amid repeated violent confrontations with Gaza militants, was "irresponsible" of his coalition partners, who have been pushing for early polls since the resignation last week of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman over a Gaza cease-fire.
Israeli artist mocks culture minister with life-size statue
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An Israeli artist has placed a statue mocking Israel's controversial culture minister in one of Tel Aviv's major squares.
Itay Zalait set up his depiction of Miri Regev wearing a white gown and gazing into a full-length mirror early Thursday.
It comes as Regev, one of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's closest allies, is pushing for legislation mandating "loyalty" in cultural works. Artists have lashed out at her practices as an attempt to censor artistic expression.
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President-elect says Brazil to move embassy to Jerusalem
SAO PAULO (AP) — President-elect Jair Bolsonaro reiterated Thursday that he plans to move Brazil's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, joining the United States and Guatemala.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly welcomed the plan.
In a tweet Thursday, Bolsonaro said: "As previously stated during our campaign, we intend to transfer the Brazilian Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel is a sovereign state and we shall duly respect that."
Radical plans, risks in foreign policy of Brazil’s Bolsonaro
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has often expressed admiration for Donald Trump and appears poised to follow the U.S. president in a radical overhaul of his nation's foreign policy — a move that experts warn could ultimately isolate and hurt Brazil.
Australia’s ex-PM warns Jerusalem move would worry Indonesia
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A former Australian prime minister has warned the government to expect a negative reaction from Indonesia if Australia follows the United States by shifting its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke to reporters after meeting Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on the tourist island of Bali on Monday to discuss a bilateral free trade deal.
Louisiana gov travels to Israel to talk trade, cybersecurity
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's governor is headed to Israel for a weeklong trip focused on possible trade prospects, energy issues and the cybersecurity industry.
Gov. John Bel Edwards is leading the 24-person delegation leaving Friday.
The group will return Nov. 2 after spending days in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Going on the trip are Edwards' wife, economic development officials, business leaders and researchers in water management, logistics, higher education and cybersecurity.
Netanyahu: If not for Israel, Hamas would topple Abbas
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Wednesday to maintain a permanent Israeli military force in the West Bank, saying that if it weren't for Israeli troops stationed there Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would be "overrun in two minutes" by Hamas militants.
Murphy heading to Israel for 2nd, final leg of overseas trip
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is heading to Israel on the second and final leg of his first overseas trip.
Murphy is set to leave for Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on Saturday. He's currently in Germany on an economic mission.
His office says the purpose of the trip is to "deepen economic, cultural, and political ties between New Jersey and Israel."
Australia considers moving embassy to Jerusalem
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has raised the prospect of following the United States by relocating its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a policy shift that critics described Tuesday as a desperate grab for domestic political gain to win a crucial by-election.
US student asks court to allow her entry into Israel
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An American graduate student who has been held in detention while fighting an expulsion order over her involvement in the boycott movement against Israel appeared in court on Thursday, asking a judge to allow her to enter the country to begin her studies.
It was the first time that Lara Alqasem has appeared in public since she was stopped at Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport on Oct. 2.
Palestinians ask court to order US embassy out of Jerusalem
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Palestinian Authority filed a case Friday with the United Nations' highest court asking its judges to order Washington to remove the recently relocated U.S. embassy from Jerusalem.
Eurovision says Tel Aviv will host 2019 song contest
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Eurovision Song Contest announced Thursday that next year's competition will be held in Tel Aviv, clearing up some of the political controversy surrounding Israel's hosting of the 2019 competition.
Al-Qaida leader urges Muslims to fight US across the world
CAIRO (AP) — Marking the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the leader of al-Qaida has called on Muslims to wage war against the United States throughout the world.
In a 30-minute speech released Tuesday, Ayman al-Zawahri went to great lengths to portray the United States as a religious enemy of Muslims, using Washington's transfer of its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as evidence of that enmity.
Paraguay president calls Israel’s embassy move ‘exaggerated’
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez on Thursday urged Israel to reconsider the closing of its embassy in Asuncion, calling it an "exaggerated" response to the South American country's decision to move its embassy back to Tel Aviv.
Arab League welcomes Paraguay embassy move out of Jerusalem
CAIRO (AP) — The Arab League has welcomed Paraguay's decision to relocate its embassy from the contested city of Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv.
Saeed Abu Ali, assistant to the league's secretary-general for Palestinian affairs. told reporters Thursday the move serves as a model for other countries in the face of Israeli plans and U.S. pressure. He also said it will also positively reflect on Arab-Paraguayan relations.
Paraguay moves Israel embassy back out of Jerusalem
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay announced Wednesday it would immediately move its embassy in Israel out of Jerusalem and back to Tel Aviv, less than four months after opening the new mission.
Police say Sara Netanyahu suspect in Israel corruption case
JERUSALEM (AP) — Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israel's prime minister, is suspected by authorities of accepting bribes in a corruption case involving Israel's telecom giant, Haaretz and other Israeli media reported Thursday.
Police investigator Uri Kanar told a Tel Aviv court that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife was a suspect, and that police have testimony that the Netanyahus and the owner of the Bezeq telecom company were cognizant of the implications of their actions.