- Israeli bulldozers start demolishing West Bank settlement Updated: Jul-29-15 7:46 pm
JERUSALEM - Israeli bulldozers began demolishing a contested housing complex in a West Bank settlement on Wednesday as the prime minister's office announced the "immediate construction" of some 300 new units at another location in the same settlement and advanced plans for about 500 new units in east Jerusalem.
- Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike Updated: Jul-29-15 7:45 pm
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike.
- Jordan court sentences 8 in alleged Hezbollah attack plot Updated: Jul-29-15 1:37 pm
AMMAN, Jordan - An official says Jordan's state security court handed down prison terms for eight defendants in an alleged plot by Lebanon's Hezbollah militia to attack U.S. troops and Israel's embassy in Jordan.
- Syria says Israeli drone attack killed 3 in country's south Updated: Jul-29-15 1:28 pm
BEIRUT - An Israeli drone attack in southern Syria killed three people on Wednesday, while another Israeli airstrike targeting an outpost for a pro-Syrian Palestinian group in eastern Lebanon wounded six members of the group, according to the Syrian government and an activist group.
- Parole for Pollard revisits divisions over extent of harm Updated: Jul-29-15 1:02 pm
WASHINGTON - The arrest of Jonathan Pollard for spying for Israel touched off one of the most sensational spy cases in recent American history, stoking fierce international passions and decades of legal and diplomatic wrangling.
- Amnesty accuses Israel of possible war crimes Updated: Jul-29-15 10:31 am
JERUSALEM - A leading international watchdog said Wednesday that the Israeli military may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during last summer's Gaza war when it carried out four days of intense bombardment in retaliation for an attack by Hamas militants in which an Israeli soldier was captured.
- Israel pushing for Pollard to come to Israel after release Updated: Jul-29-15 7:13 am
JERUSALEM - Israel's deputy foreign minister says Israel is making "very great efforts" to lobby for spy Jonathan Pollard to be granted permission to travel to Israel after his upcoming release in November.
- Judge unlikely to boost award in Israel bombings to over $1B Updated: Jul-28-15 3:46 pm
NEW YORK - A U.S. judge indicated Tuesday that he was unlikely to boost a $654 million jury award to victims of terror attacks in Israel over a decade ago to more than $1 billion by tacking on interest against the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority.
- Israeli military takes over contested West Bank complex Updated: Jul-28-15 1:58 pm
JERUSALEM - Israeli troops moved on Tuesday into a contested West Bank settlement housing complex ahead of its scheduled demolition, the military said.
- Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal 'ridiculous,' 'sad' Updated: Jul-27-15 10:55 pm
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran "ridiculous if it weren't so sad."
- Former ambassadors to Israel back Iran nuclear deal Updated: Jul-27-15 12:49 pm
WASHINGTON - Seven former U.S. diplomats and State Department officials sent a letter Monday to leaders in Congress urging them to support the nuclear deal with Iran.
- Candidate criticizes Iran deal as being similar to Holocaust Updated: Jul-27-15 9:59 am
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is likening the agreement on an Iranian nuclear deal to "marching the Israelis to the door of the oven," a reference to the Holocaust.
- Israel's Teva buys Allergan generic drug company for $40.5B Updated: Jul-27-15 8:16 am
JERUSALEM - Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. said Monday it is purchasing Dublin-based Allergan PLC's generic pharmaceuticals business for $40.5 billion, in what Israeli analysts called the largest-ever acquisition by an Israeli company.
- Pollard's ex-wife: Israel should fund his legal defense Updated: Jul-25-15 6:28 pm
JERUSALEM - The former wife of Jonathan Pollard, an American convicted of spying for Israel, called Saturday on the Israeli government to pay for an attorney to facilitate his freedom amid international speculation he could be released soon.
- A Palestinian village braces for Israeli demolition Updated: Jul-24-15 2:45 am
SUSIYA, West Bank - Residents of this dusty village are bracing for Israeli bulldozers to come and knock down their makeshift homes of tarp, wood and wire any day now.
- UN envoy: Extremism threatens both Israelis, Palestinians Updated: Jul-23-15 4:52 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Mideast envoy has warned that "the rise of violent extremism and terrorism" in the Mideast poses as much a danger to Palestinian statehood aspirations as to Israel's security
- After delays, construction begins on destroyed homes in Gaza Updated: Jul-23-15 2:45 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Undeterred by scorching heat, Palestinian workers in Gaza on Thursday hammered nails into wooden boards and jolted steel bars as they lay the foundations for the first group of homes to be rebuilt since the war with Israel last summer. The work brought a rare glimmer of hope to a territory that remains devastated a year after the fighting.
- Germany rejects criticism of its business ambitions in Iran Updated: Jul-23-15 12:29 pm
BERLIN - In the race to secure business deals with Iran, Germany was quickest out of the blocks.
- Palestinian-funded TV channel for Israeli Arabs challenged Updated: Jul-23-15 3:50 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Now broadcasting live from a West Bank parking lot, a new Palestinian-funded satellite television channel for Israel's Arab citizens already found its studio closed before it could even fill its airtime.
- Carter: Saudis welcoming Iran deal with reservations Updated: Jul-22-15 1:38 pm
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's King Salman and his defense minister support the Iran nuclear deal but have doubts about how effectively the historic agreement will be enforced, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday.
- Israeli government clashes with liberal Jewish streams Updated: Jul-22-15 8:56 am
JERUSALEM - Israel's narrow coalition government, propped up by two ultra-religious parties, is butting heads with liberal streams of Judaism that dominate Jewish life in the United States - widening a rift that risks further alienating American Jews at a time of growing U.S.-Israel estrangement.
- Israeli baseball player selected in MLB draft for 1st time Updated: Jul-22-15 7:05 am
PETAH TIKVA, Israel - On the mound, Dean Kremer looks just like any other top-rated baseball prospect, whipping 90 mph fastballs and snapping nasty curves.
- 2 men arrested in Israel on US charges in stock spam scam Updated: Jul-21-15 8:22 pm
NEW YORK - Two men were arrested Tuesday in Israel and a third was being sought after a New York indictment accused them of trying to cheat millions of people in a stock spam scam.
- Stage and film star Theodore Bikel dies in LA at 91 Updated: Jul-21-15 4:08 pm
NEW YORK - Theodore Bikel, the Tony- and Oscar-nominated actor and singer whose passions included folk music and political activism, died Tuesday morning of natural causes at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his agent Robert Malcolm. He was 91.
- Carter, Netanyahu call it a day after discussing Iran deal Updated: Jul-21-15 2:47 pm
AMMAN, Jordan - In high-stakes talks aimed at calming U.S. allies' fears about the Iran nuclear deal, Defense Secretary Ash Carter appeared to change no minds among Israeli leaders fiercely opposed to the deal.