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  • Trump condemns Holocaust as 'the most savage crime'

    May 23, 2017 9:17 AM

    JERUSALEM - President Donald Trump paid a short visit to Israel's national Holocaust memorial on Tuesday, calling the Nazi extermination of 6 million Jews "the most savage crime against God and his children" during the most sensitive stop on his two-day visit to Israel. Trump had come under criticism... more »
  • 'Very beginning' for embassy move discussions

    January 22, 2017 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it's at the "very beginning" of discussing plans to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The statement follows reports in Israeli media that President Donald Trump had imminent plans to announce the move. Trump is scheduled to speak to... more »
  • Israeli president invites Trump to Israel

    January 21, 2017 1:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - Israel's president has congratulated President Donald Trump on his inauguration and invited him to Jerusalem. Reuven Rivlin sent a letter Saturday, at the end of the Jewish Sabbath, and thanked Trump for being "a longstanding friend" of Israel. Israel made great efforts to refrain from taking sides in... more »
  • Obama speaks on Israel, Trump in last White House interview

    January 15, 2017 7:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the increase in the number of Israeli settlements is inhibiting the possibility for an "effective, contiguous Palestinian state." Speaking in his final interview as president, Obama dismissed the idea that there is a "major rupture" in the relationship between the United States and Israel... more »
  • Envoys urge Israel, Palestinians to back peace

    January 15, 2017 1:15 PM

    PARIS - More than 70 countries have called on Israel and the Palestinians to restate their commitment to a peace settlement and to refrain from unilateral actions. The closing statement at a Mideast peace conference in Paris on Sunday was meant to send a powerful message to Israel and the... more »
  • Kerry offers vision for Israel with single state

    December 28, 2016 11:58 AM

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry says that if Israel rejects a two-state solution for peace with the Palestinian people, "it can be Jewish or it can be democratic." Kerry was responding to withering Israeli criticism of the United States' abstention from a vote condemning Israeli settlement construction. He... more »
  • Fake news story sets off Israel-Pakistan Twitter clash

    December 25, 2016 1:21 PM

    JERUSALEM - A fake news story has touched off a tense Twitter confrontation between nuclear power Pakistan and Israel, which is widely believed to have a nuclear arsenal of its own. In an apparent response to a story claiming Israel's former defense minister threatened a nuclear attack against Pakistan if... more »
  • US rebukes Israel and allows UN condemnation of settlements

    December 23, 2016 4:19 PM

    UNITED NATIONS - The United States has given its biggest rebuke in recent history to longstanding ally Israel, allowing the U.N. Security Council to condemn its settlements and continuing construction in Palestinian territory as a 'flagrant violation' of international law. Instead of casting a veto to support Israel, as it... more »
  • With fires under control, Israel turns to recovery efforts

    November 27, 2016 11:44 AM

    JERUSALEM - Israel's prime minister says a rash of fires that has raged for five days is "not yet over" but that the focus has moved on to recovery efforts. Benjamin Netanyahu convened his Cabinet Sunday in Haifa, the hardest-hit city, where major blazes forced tens of thousands of people... more »
  • Top Democrat says no evidence of NSA spying on lawmakers

    January 7, 2016 11:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - A key House Democrat says there's no evidence that the intelligence community was spying on members of Congress. That follows a report saying the National Security Agency swept up some conversations with members of Congress in the course of spying on Israel. Congressman Adam Schiff of California is... more »
  • Christians in Bethlehem mark Christmas amid violence

    December 24, 2015 2:47 PM

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank - The Palestinian tourism minister says Bethlehem "is the birthplace of the king of peace, so what we want is peace." But Bethlehem in recent months has been a focal point for clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters amid violence gripping the region. Today,... more »
  • Israel will keep fighting nuclear deal with Iran

    September 2, 2015 2:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will continue fighting against the nuclear agreement signed by Iran, the United States and five other world powers. The Israeli leader has been personally lobbying U.S. lawmakers to block the nuclear pact -- but supporters now have the 34 votes... more »
  • GOP hopeful Huckabee says West Bank is part of Israel

    August 18, 2015 1:47 PM

    JERUSALEM - Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee waded into Middle East politics by declaring the West Bank to be part of Israel. Huckabee made the remarks Tuesday while visiting a West Bank settlement. He told reporters "if you're going to visit Israel you should visit all of Israel, and that... more »
  • Rep. Graves talks immigration, Obamacare and Iran Play Video

    March 9, 2015 9:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It has been whirlwind start to 2015 for one of Louisiana's newest congressmen. Rep. Garret Graves (R) has hit the ground running since winning the run-off in the 6th Congressional District. He stopped by 2une In this morning to talk about his experience so far. "In... more »
  • Obama: Netanyahu offers no viable alternative to Iran talks

    March 3, 2015 10:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn't offer any "viable alternatives" to the nuclear negotiations with Iran during his speech to Congress. Obama says he read a transcript of Netanyahu's speech Tuesday. He says "there was nothing new" in the speech. Obama says Netanyahu made... more »
  • Netanyahu to use Congress' bully pulpit to assail Iran talks

    March 3, 2015 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seizing the bully pulpit of the U.S. House to deliver his stern message about the dangers of a nuclear deal that President Barack Obama and U.S. allies might sign with Iran. Netanyahu, who says he is privy to emerging details of... more »
  • Israeli troops kill Palestinian in overnight West Bank raid

    February 24, 2015 2:04 AM

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank - A Palestinian official says Israeli troops have shot and killed a Palestinian during an overnight raid in the West Bank. Bethlehem Governor Jebren al-Bakri says 19-year-old Jihad al-Jafari was shot in the chest Tuesday morning on the roof of his house in the Deheisha refugee camp... more »
  • Dems still miffed about Israeli leader's address to Congress

    January 30, 2015 1:01 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is still peeved over Republicans' decision to ask the leader of Israel - an archenemy of Iran - to address Congress in March right in the middle of delicate negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program. Asked if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu... more »
  • Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

    December 19, 2014 5:15 PM

    JERUSALEM - Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war. The Israeli military said the airstrike on what it called a "Hamas terror infrastructure site" in the southern Gaza Strip was in response to... more »
  • Israelis return to attacked Jerusalem synagogue

    November 19, 2014 2:00 AM

    JERUSALEM, Israel - Jewish worshippers are returning to a Jerusalem synagogue that was the site of a deadly attack the previous day as Palestinians brace for more punitive demolitions amid soaring Israeli-Palestinian tensions. Meanwhile, Israeli security forces early on Wednesday demolished the home of the Palestinian who killed two people... more »
  • Obama condemns Jerusalem attack

    November 18, 2014 10:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is strongly condemning Tuesday's attack at a synagogue in Israel that killed four people, including three U.S. citizens. The president says there can be no justification for such attacks. Obama is urging both Israeli and Palestinian leaders and ordinary citizens to "work cooperatively to lower... more »
  • Several wounded in Jerusalem synagogue attack

    November 18, 2014 2:19 AM

    JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli police say a number of people were wounded when two suspects attacked a Jerusalem synagogue. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the suspects were killed at the scene of the attack on Tuesday. He declined to say how they were killed. He says it wasn't immediately clear... more »
  • Israeli police investigating shooting in Arab town

    November 8, 2014 10:52 AM

    TEL AVIV, Israel - Israeli police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old Arab Israeli after video footage emerged showing the man retreating when shot. Police said officers opened fire in an Arab village in northern Israel Saturday against a knife-wielding man attempting to stab policemen. Unknown-sourced footage later... more »
  • Israel on alert as Jewish, Muslim holiday coincide

    October 3, 2014 4:47 AM

    JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli police are on high alert to avert possible clashes as Jews and Muslims observe their faith's major holidays of Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha, which overlap this year. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says reinforced police contingents are deployed across Israel. There are large Muslim minorities in... more »
  • Obama, Israeli prime minister to meet as Iran deadline looms

    October 1, 2014 2:31 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet for the first time since a rash of civilian casualties during Israel's summer war with Hamas heightened tensions between two leaders who have long had a prickly relationship. Much of Wednesday's Oval Office discussion is expected... more »
  • California protesters block Israeli-owned ship

    September 28, 2014 10:17 AM

    OAKLAND, Calif. - Officials say a group of pro-Palestinian protesters are again blocking an Israeli-owned ship from unloading its cargo at a port in California. International Longshore and Warehouse Union spokesman Craig Merrilees says dockworkers at the Port of Oakland did not unload cargo from the ZIM Shanghai on Saturday... more »
  • Gaza children return to school after war

    September 14, 2014 10:11 AM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Some half million Gaza children are making a delayed return to school after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and damaged hundreds of school buildings. Gaza Education Ministry official Ziad Thabet says Sunday's opening - delayed two weeks -... more »
  • Egypt state media announces Gaza war cease-fire

    August 26, 2014 8:57 AM

    CAIRO - Egyptian state media has announced a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel to halt the seven-week Gaza war, which has killed over 2,200 people. Both Egyptian state television and the state news agency MENA announced the deal Tuesday night. Both said it begins at 7 p.m. local time (1600... more »
  • Hamas chief backs International Criminal Court bid

    August 23, 2014 10:30 AM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A senior Hamas leader says the group signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations. Moussa Abu Marzouk wrote on his Facebook page... more »
  • Hamas says 3 senior leaders killed in Gaza strike

    August 21, 2014 2:09 AM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The Islamic militant group Hamas says three of its senior military leaders have been killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip. Hamas says in a text message sent to media that the three - Mohammed Abu Shamaleh, Mohammed Barhoum and Raed al-Attar -... more »
  • Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail Play Video

    August 20, 2014 2:05 AM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Palestinian militants are firing rockets from Gaza and Israel is launching airstrikes following the end of a cease-fire and the collapse of talks aimed at a lasting truce. Palestinian militants fired at least 7 rockets at Israel Wednesday, the military said. Some 30 airstrikes were... more »
  • Israeli leader recalls team from cease-fire talks

    August 19, 2014 10:54 AM

    JERUSALEM - An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered negotiators at cease-fire talks to return home from Cairo following rocket fire by Palestinian militants. The Israeli move, coupled with the outbreak of violence, threw Egyptian efforts to arrange a long-term cease-fire into jeopardy. The official said the... more »
  • Israelis, Palestinians resume talks on Gaza deal Play Video

    August 19, 2014 2:40 AM

    CAIRO, Egypt - Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in Cairo are trying to hammer out a roadmap for the Gaza Strip after Egypt announced a 24-hour extension of the cease-fire to allow more time for the talks. The extension of the truce fanned hopes of an emerging deal, however vague, though... more »
  • Gaza truce extension fans hope of Cairo talks deal Play Video

    August 14, 2014 2:05 AM

    CAIRO, Egypt - A five-day extension of a Gaza truce appears to be holding despite a rocky start, fanning cautious optimism of progress in Israel-Hamas negotiations in Cairo. It's the longest cease-fire yet since the war broke out last month in the Gaza Strip. The fighting has so far killed... more »
  • Hamas and Israeli truce continues a second day

    August 12, 2014 4:47 PM

    JERUSALEM - A temporary truce between Israel and Hamas is about to expire in a day, and a negotiation is still not determined between the two enemies. The talks are meditated through Egypt, which claims they are not sure whether any progress is being made. Israeli officials retunred to... more »
  • Gaza talks to continue in Cairo as truce holds

    August 12, 2014 2:56 AM

    JERUSALEM, Israel - A temporary Israel-Hamas truce is holding for a second day as marathon, indirect negotiations on a lasting cease-fire and a long-term solution for the battered Gaza Strip are to resume in Cairo. Israel Radio says the Israeli delegation would return to the Egyptian capital on Tuesday after... more »
  • Cease-fire holding in Gaza between Israel, Hamas Play Video

    August 11, 2014 2:00 AM

    JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel says a new cease-fire with the militant Hamas group is holding in the Gaza Strip, a day after the two sides agreed to resume talks in Cairo. The military says no rockets were fired Monday at Israel and that the military hasn't targeted any locations in... more »
  • Israel accepts Egypt's Gaza cease-fire proposal

    August 10, 2014 12:54 PM

    JERUSALEM - Israel has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a new 72-hour cease-fire with Gaza militants. The move clears the way for the resumption of indirect talks on a long-term cease-fire arrangement in Hamas-ruled Gaza after a month of heavy fighting. Egypt brokered a similar truce last week. But after... more »
  • Rockets, airstrikes after Gaza war truce collapses

    August 9, 2014 10:51 AM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The Israeli military says it struck more than 20 targets overnight in the Gaza Strip as militant fire continued toward Israel. Saturday's violence follows the collapse of a three-day truce aimed at bringing an end to the deadliest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas... more »
  • LSU student caught in Israel as war breaks out Play Video

    August 8, 2014 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An LSU student survived a war-zone trip to Israel and returned with a new appreciation for her native country, and a desire to raise awareness about the situation. Erin Schwartz traveled with a group called "Birthright Israel," an organization that allows Jewish, young adults from around... more »
  • After truce, rockets fired at Israel from Gaza Play Video

    August 8, 2014 1:56 AM

    JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israeli military says Gaza militants have fired a barrage of at least five rockets at southern Israel shortly after a three-day truce between Israel and Hamas expired. The military says one rocket was intercepted over the city of Ashkelon, and the other rockets hit open areas.... more »
  • Hamas leader at Gaza rally: War not over yet Play Video

    August 7, 2014 1:59 AM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza City - A senior Hamas official has told supporters at a Gaza City rally that the war with Israel won't be over until the group's political demands are met. The official, Mushir al-Masri, said Thursday that "our fingers are on the trigger and our rockets are trained... more »
  • Israel resumes Gaza airstrikes as cease-fire ends

    August 4, 2014 11:28 AM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The Israeli military says it has resumed its attacks on the Gaza Strip, ending a self-declared, seven-hour cease-fire that was in effect for much of the day. The Israeli military announced it resumed its attacks Monday night. Israel said it declared the cease-fire to allow... more »
  • US 'appalled' by 'disgraceful' UN school shelling

    August 3, 2014 2:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The United States says it is "appalled" by the "disgraceful" shelling by Israel of a United Nations school sheltering some 3,000 displaced people in southern Gaza. In language that was rare in its directness and severity, the U.S. denounced the attack earlier in the day that killed 10... more »
  • Gaza official: 10 dead after strike near UN school

    August 3, 2014 11:21 AM

    RAFAH, Gaza Strip - A United Nations official says at least 10 people have been killed in Gaza at a U.N. school because of an apparent nearby Israeli airstrike. The boys school, in Rafah, had been providing shelter for about 3,000 people attempting to escape the nearly monthlong war between... more »
  • Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels

    July 31, 2014 7:56 AM

    JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the military will dismantle the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire." Netanyahu said Thursday he will not accept any truce that won't allow Israel to complete its mission of destroying the sophisticated tunnel network, which... more »
  • US condemns Israeli shelling of UN school in Gaza

    July 30, 2014 12:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The United States is condemning Israel's shelling of a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip that was sheltering displaced Palestinians. It's the sharpest criticism the U.S. has leveled at Israel over the more than three weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. White House spokeswoman... more »
  • Gaza strike kills 15, wounds 150 Play Video

    July 30, 2014 3:20 AM

    JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip - Gaza health officials say 15 people have been killed and more than 150 wounded by an Israeli airstrike in a crowded shopping area. The Israeli military had no immediate comment. Gaza health ministry official Ashraf al-Kidra says the area was busy Wednesday because residents... more »
  • Gaza official: At least 100 killed today in Gaza

    July 29, 2014 8:06 AM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A Palestinian health official says at least 100 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting in Gaza today. The high death toll comes as Israel has escalated its military offensive in the coastal strip. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the toll counts those killed... more »
  • With Israel at war, US lawmakers give full support

    July 29, 2014 2:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel. While much of the rest of the world watches the Gaza war in horror and scrambles for a cease-fire, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on... more »
  • Israel targets symbols of Hamas control in Gaza

    July 29, 2014 1:54 AM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting. The strikes early Tuesday hit the home of the top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, as well as... more »
  • Israeli PM speaks of 'prolonged' campaign in Gaza

    July 28, 2014 12:19 PM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel's prime minister says Israelis must be "ready for a prolonged campaign" against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Benjamin Netanyahu also said in a televised speech Monday that a demilitarization of Gaza must be part of any future solution in the territory. Meanwhile, a strike... more »
  • Relative lull in Gaza as UN calls for cease-fire Play Video

    July 28, 2014 2:03 AM

    JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of the fighting in the three-week-old Gaza war as international efforts intensify to end the conflict that has already killed 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers. The Israeli military said Monday it hasn't carried out any attacks in Gaza since... more »
  • Official: Israel leans toward extending Gaza truce

    July 26, 2014 10:44 AM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - An Israeli government official says Israel is "leaning toward" extending a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by at least four hours. The truce was to end at 8 p.m. (1700 GMT) Saturday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of sensitivity of... more »
  • Israel Cabinet discusses cease-fire

    July 25, 2014 2:12 AM

    JERUSALEM, Israel - An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza. He spoke on condition of anonymity because Friday's deliberations are taking place behind closed doors. The office of Israeli Prime... more »
  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Israel Play Video

    July 24, 2014 2:02 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights to Israel, which it had imposed out of concern over the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. The agency made its decision late Wednesday after working with other U.S. government entities to assess the... more »
  • Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire bid Play Video

    July 24, 2014 1:59 AM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli tanks and warplanes are pummeling the Gaza Strip as U.S. and other diplomats push for a cease-fire with Hamas militants. Gaza police say an infant boy was among those killed when Israeli fighter jets struck the Jabaliya refugee camp early Thursday. Palestinian health officials... more »
  • Gaza battle rages as US pushes for truce

    July 23, 2014 12:42 PM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Even as Secretary of State John Kerry reports progress in efforts to work out a truce, Israeli troops have been battling Hamas militants near a town in the southern Gaza Strip. The fighting forced dozens of families to flee. A Palestinian health official says at... more »
  • Gaza families plead for evacuation amid battle

    July 23, 2014 2:00 AM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Dozens of Palestinian families trapped by clashes between Hamas militants and Israeli troops are scrambling to flee a southern Gaza Strip neighborhood as Israel reported that two more of its soldiers have died in the conflict. The Palestinian Red Crescent says it's trying to evacuate... more »
  • US wants international push for Mideast cease-fire Play Video

    July 22, 2014 1:59 AM

    CAIRO, Egypt - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping to get international support for a Mideast cease-fire. But he acknowledges the differences between Israel and Hamas run very deep and must be addressed in any long-term solution. The U.S. stepped up calls Monday for a global push to... more »
  • Gaza official says Israeli shells hit hospital Play Video

    July 21, 2014 2:14 AM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A Palestinian health official says Israeli tank shells have struck a hospital in the central Gaza Strip, killing four people and wounding 60. He says shells landed in the administration building, the intensive care unit and the surgery department. He says 30 of the... more »
  • Israel says 13 soldiers killed in Gaza fighting

    July 20, 2014 11:11 AM

    JERUSALEM - The Israeli military says 13 soldiers have been killed in fighting with Hamas militants in Gaza. The military says the soldiers were killing during its ground offensive Sunday. The deaths bring the total Israeli military casualties to 18. Two civilians have been killed by mortar and rocket attacks... more »
  • Israel PM: Military ready to expand Gaza offensive Play Video

    July 18, 2014 4:00 AM

    JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel's prime minister says he has ordered the military to prepare for a "significant expansion" of its ground operation against Gaza militants. Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that the military has been instructed to deliver a blow to the Hamas tunnel network, which it could not do "only... more »

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