Israel eases some lockdown measures as virus cases decline

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel decided on Thursday to relax some of the restrictions imposed during a monthlong nationwide lockdown that was meant to drive down a raging coronavirus outbreak. ...

Israel OKs more than 3,000 West Bank settlement homes

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Thursday pressed forward on plans for more than 3,000 West Bank settlement homes, making 2020 one of the most prolific years for settlement building, according to a s...

Amid rising infections, Israeli ultra-Orthodox defy lockdown

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — After a revered ultra-Orthodox rabbi died this week, Israeli police thought they had worked out an arrangement with his followers to allow a small, dignified funeral that would...

AP Interview: Israeli virus czar fights outbreak, politics

AIRPORT CITY, Israel (AP) — When Dr. Ronni Gamzu, one of Israel’s leading public health experts, was named the country's coronavirus czar in mid-July, he was hailed as Israel's best hope for halting a...

Israelis gird for more virus restrictions amid 2nd lockdown

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israelis were bracing for more coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, days after the start of a second countrywide lockdown, as health officials sounded the alarm over a feared d...

Politics plague Israeli virus response ahead of holidays

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long cultivated a symbiotic relationship with the country’s ultra-Orthodox parties, doling out generous subsidies and leaving thei...

Netanyahu slams Israeli police amid report about cover-up

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the country's law enforcement system on Tuesday, continuing a crusade to discredit those who have pressed corruption cases again...

After UAE-Israel deal, Kushner slams Palestinian leaders

JERUSALEM (AP) — Top White House adviser Jared Kushner said Monday that the Palestinian leadership's credibility has fallen to an “all time low” and that the Trump administration wouldn't “chase” the ...

Netanyahu says UAE deal signals end to 'land for peace'

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that a deal to establish full diplomatic ties with the United Arab Emirates proves that Israel doesn't need to retreat from occup...

Seth Rogen's Israel comments highlight fraught diaspora ties

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — It began as a lighthearted conversation between two Jewish comedians, riffing on a podcast about the idiosyncrasies of their shared heritage. But after talk turned to Israel, i...

Israel's Netanyahu rails at media over protests against him

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu railed on Sunday at swelling protests against his rule, saying they are egged on by a biased media that distorts facts and cheers on t...

Arrests and clashes follow anti-Netanyahu protests in Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Police said Sunday they arrested more than a dozen Israelis in country-wide protests the previous night that drew thousands of people in a growing and persistent show of force ...

Swapping the stage for a deli: Israel underemployment rises

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A year ago, Cijay Brightman was doing sound and lighting for a Madonna performance in Israel. Now, after the coronavirus wiped out live events, he's making sandwiches, slicing ...

Israel, Palestinians face new restrictions amid virus surge

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel ordered thousands of people into quarantine after a contentious phone surveillance program resumed as Palestinians in the West Bank returned to life under lockdown after...

Israeli court releases anti-Netanyahu activist after arrest

JERUSALEM (AP) — A court ordered the release of a former Air Force general and leading critic of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from jail on Sunday, a day after hundreds of people protested outside...