Latest Israel news

  • Angst about Iran deal at GOP Jewish meeting 8 hours ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican luminaries and presidential hopefuls reiterated their support for Israel and skepticism about President Obama's proposed nuclear deal with Iran as an influential group of Republican Jews gathered Saturday at the casino of GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson. More »

  • Palestinians shot dead after Jerusalem, West Bank attacks
    Palestinians shot dead after Jerusalem, West Bank attacks 8 hours ago

    Israeli security forces on Saturday shot dead a Palestinian man who stabbed an officer in the West Bank hours after a knife-wielding teenager was killed at an east Jerusalem checkpoint. More »

  • Israel sending aid teams to Nepal after quake
    Israel sending aid teams to Nepal after quake 9 hours ago

    Israel was sending a delegation to Nepal Saturday to determine what help it can offer after the massive earthquake there that claimed more than 1,000 lives, officials said. More »

  • Knife-wielding Palestinian shot dead near Jerusalem: police
    Knife-wielding Palestinian shot dead near Jerusalem: police 18 hours ago

    Israeli police shot dead a knife-wielding Palestinian who attempted to stab colleagues at an east Jerusalem checkpoint, a spokeswoman said on Saturday. More »

  • Armenians in Palestine face uncertain future
    Armenians in Palestine face uncertain future 19 hours ago

    The community is under threat, residents say, amid problems with Israeli policy and economic malaise. More »

  • Palestinian police now in Jerusalem suburbs after Israel ban
    Palestinian police now in Jerusalem suburbs after Israel ban 22 hours ago

    ABU DIS, West Bank (AP) — After years of Israeli objections, armed Palestinian police in dark blue uniforms have taken up positions in this lawless West Bank suburb of Jerusalem, highlighting the shared interests of Israel and the Palestinian self-rule government on day-to-day issues even when political tensions run high. More »

  • Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian youth in Jerusalem
    Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian youth in Jerusalem Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Israel claims young man was armed with knives and tried to attack soldiers, but his family says shooting was unprovoked. More »

  • Israeli forces shoot and kill Palestinian armed with knives Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Israeli troops shot and killed a young Palestinian man wielding two knives on Saturday as they gave chase after he tried to attack the troops near a checkpoint in the Jerusalem area, police said. The incident occurred at around midnight near the A-Zayyim checkpoint at the outskirts of East Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, land Israel captured in a 1967 war that Palestinians seek for a state. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said that paramilitary border police fired warning shots into the air at the man. Violence in the Jerusalem area has flared on and off since just before a 50-day July-August Gaza war when Israelis killed a Palestinian youth in revenge for the slayings of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers. More »

  • U.S. pro-Israel lobby opposes push to toughen Iran nuclear bill
    U.S. pro-Israel lobby opposes push to toughen Iran nuclear bill Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An influential pro-Israel lobbying group is pressuring U.S. lawmakers not to support amendments to toughen a bill that lets Congress review a nuclear agreement with Iran, hoping to avoid a partisan battle that could doom the legislation. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has been urging Republicans not to back amendments that might turn many Senate Democrats against the "Iran Nuclear Review Act," or prompt Democratic President Barack Obama to renew his threat to veto the legislation. "To achieve that goal we are supporting the leadership of Senator (Bob) Corker and Senator (Ben) Cardin on the bill." AIPAC is considered one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington, and its support makes it less likely an amendment seen as a "poison pill" that would kill the bill would attract the 60 votes needed to pass the Senate. More »

  • Clarification: Oldest Synagogue Fight story Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — In a story April 23 about a legal dispute over the nation's oldest synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, The Associated Press reported that leaders of New York's Congregation Shearith Israel sued in 2012. More »

  • Transit agency moves to ban all political ads on NYC buses Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — All advertisements of a political nature will be banned on New York City buses under a plan to be voted on next week, a lawyer for a public transportation authority told a federal judge Friday after he ordered the agency to display a pro-Israel advocacy group's political ad. More »

  • Big pharma mergers: Mylan boosts offer for Perrigo
    Big pharma mergers: Mylan boosts offer for Perrigo Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Generic drug company Mylan increased its offer for over-the-counter giant Perrigo Friday, days after Israel's Teva attempted to head off that deal with its own bid for Mylan. More »

  • Outrage after S African minister denied entry to Israel
    Outrage after S African minister denied entry to Israel Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    South Africa demands explanation from Tel Aviv after minister is denied visa to visit Israel for diplomatic work. More »

  • Rooftop restaurant provides rare bright spot in Gaza
    Rooftop restaurant provides rare bright spot in Gaza Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — When nightfall descends upon Gaza, the glittering lights of the Level Up restaurant seem to be the only bright spot in this darkened city. More »

  • Biden, seeking to ease US-Israel strains, pledges delivery of new warplanes
    Biden, seeking to ease US-Israel strains, pledges delivery of new warplanes Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seeking to ease U.S.-Israeli tensions, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday promised Israel delivery of top-flight fighter jets next year to maintain its military edge and vowed that any final nuclear deal with Iran would ensure Israel’s security. Addressing an Israeli Independence Day celebration in Washington, Biden insisted that Barack Obama “has Israel’s back,” despite a recent strains between the U.S. president and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran nuclear talks and Middle East diplomacy. More »

  • Downplaying rift, Biden defends Obama's support for Israel Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Downplaying the U.S. rift with Israel, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday staunchly defended President Barack Obama's record of supporting the Jewish state, working to allay the concerns of many American Jews who have lined up against the budding nuclear deal with Iran. More »

  • Israel strikes back after rocket fired from Gaza
    Israel strikes back after rocket fired from Gaza Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    No group claimed the rocket attack, the first in months, which reportedly struck an open area and caused no injuries. More »

  • Israel retaliates to Gaza rocket attack, no injuries Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian militants fired a rocket from Gaza that exploded in Israel whose military later retaliated by shelling a base used by the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules the coastal territory, officials said Thursday. More »

  • Rocket from Gaza fired at Israel on its independence day -army Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket at Israel as it celebrated its independence day on Thursday, the first such attack in months, causing no injuries or damage, Israeli authorities said. Air raid sirens sounded in the late evening in the southern border town of Sderot and surrounding communities after at least one rocket was fired, the military said. Israel marked its 67th independence day on Thursday. More »

  • Palestinians condemn Israeli ruling on Jerusalem property
    Palestinians condemn Israeli ruling on Jerusalem property Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    A lawyer representing Palestinians attacked on Thursday a ruling by the Israeli Supreme Court that he said could enable confiscation of east Jerusalem property owned by residents of the occupied West Bank. More »

  • Robbie Williams rocks Tel Aviv and the boycott
    Robbie Williams rocks Tel Aviv and the boycott Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Robbie Williams' performance in Tel Aviv helps normalise settler colonialism, war crimes, and apartheid in Palestine. More »

  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict moves to UK campus
    Israeli-Palestinian conflict moves to UK campus Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Student leaders at prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies press for a severance of Israel university ties. More »

  • Israel celebrates 67 years of independence with ceremonies
    Israel celebrates 67 years of independence with ceremonies Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis are celebrating 67 years of independence with fireworks, parties and ceremonies. More »

  • Sirens sound as Israel honours its fallen
    Sirens sound as Israel honours its fallen Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Israel marked its annual day of remembrance for fallen troops and slain civilians Wednesday, with people standing to attention across the country for two minutes while sirens wailed. More »

  • Israel grapples with whether to recognize Armenian genocide
    Israel grapples with whether to recognize Armenian genocide Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Nazi genocide of European Jews is widely commemorated in Israel and etched deeply into the psyche of a country founded in the Holocaust's aftermath. But when it comes to the 1915 Armenian genocide, Israel has largely stayed silent. More »

  • Walled off: In non-rebel eastern Ukraine, frustrations with Kiev mount Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    It's been nicknamed the "Great Wall of Ukraine." Its planned combination of barbed-wire fences, watchtowers, berms, and tank traps along Ukraine's 1,300-mile border with Russia look like something you'd find on one of Israel's borders with its hostile neighbors. Inaugurating construction here last fall, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk indicated that much more than just a physical barrier was intended. "This will be the eastern border of Europe," he said. Many people here have family and friends in Russia, the local economy is heavily dependent on trade with Russia, and some say they just can't wrap their heads around the idea of a frontier being there in the first place. More »

  • Palestinian teen's name erased from Israel memorial wall
    Palestinian teen's name erased from Israel memorial wall Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    The name of a Palestinian teen burned alive by his Jewish kidnappers has been removed from a memorial to victims of terror attacks, an Israeli official said Wednesday, after family objections. More »

  • Israelis honor war dead with somber Memorial Day
    Israelis honor war dead with somber Memorial Day Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel came to a standstill Wednesday as sirens wailed across the country on Memorial Day, one of the most somber dates on the Israeli calendar, honoring fallen soldiers, those killed in fighting with Palestinians and victims of militant attacks. More »

  • New Zealand wants UN push for Israeli-Palestinian talks Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — New Zealand said Tuesday it has been working on a U.N. resolution aimed at restarting stalled negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. More »

  • Judge: Pro-Israel group can post 'Killing Jews' ads on buses Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A pro-Israel advocacy group known for publicly criticizing Islam can display its political advertisement containing the phrase "Hamas Killing Jews" on New York City's buses, a judge said. More »

  • New Zealand seeks UN resolution on Israel-Palestine
    New Zealand seeks UN resolution on Israel-Palestine Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    UN Security Council member New Zealand is working on a draft resolution to revive long-stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. More »

  • Britain, France urge U.N. action on Middle East, NZ drafting text
    Britain, France urge U.N. action on Middle East, NZ drafting text Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Britain and France urged the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to set a framework to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians as council member New Zealand said it had started working on a draft resolution to kick-start the process. France said last month that it planned to begin talks on a draft text to lay out "parameters" for ending the Middle East conflict and that it hoped to win over the United States, which has traditionally shielded its ally Israel from any U.N. action. More »

  • Generic drugmaker Teva makes $40 billion offer for rival Mylan
    Generic drugmaker Teva makes $40 billion offer for rival Mylan Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    By Tova Cohen and Caroline Humer TEL AVIV/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd on Tuesday made an unsolicited $40 billion (26.77 billion pound) offer for smaller rival Mylan NV , a bold bid for growth as its lucrative Copaxone drug faces generic competition. The offer followed weeks of speculation that Israel-based Teva, the world's largest generic drugmaker, would soon target Mylan. Shares of Mylan traded below the offer price of $82 in cash and stock, evidence of investor skepticism that Teva can win over the company, which has set up a defence that includes a poison pill. "If they raise their bid, they will have more Mylan shareholders pressuring management to come to the table," Loo said. More »

  • Teva Pharmaceutical offers to buy Mylan for $40.1 bn
    Teva Pharmaceutical offers to buy Mylan for $40.1 bn Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Tuesday launched an unsolicited bid to buy Mylan for $40.1 billion in a transaction that would create a behemoth in generic drugs. More »