National Newswatch

Israel PM: Lebanon responsible for attacks, Hezbollah or not

Aug 8 2021 — Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press — TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's prime minister said Sunday he holds the Lebanese government responsible for rocket fire launched from its territory, whether the Hezbollah militant group launched the weapons or not. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's comments came days after one of the heaviest flareups in violence between Israel and Hezbollah in several years […]

Israeli PM: No change to ban on Jewish prayer at mosque

Jul 19 2021 — Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press — JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is not changing the norms at a contested site in Jerusalem to allow Jewish prayer there, his office said Monday, walking back comments that sparked angry reactions a day earlier. Bennett, Israel's new premier, had raised concerns on Sunday when he said Israel was committed to protecting […]

Israel again demolishes Palestinian village in West Bank

Jul 7 2021 — Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press — JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Wednesday demolished the Bedouin herding community of Khirbet Humsu in the occupied West Bank, the latest chapter in the military's attempts to uproot the Palestinian village of makeshift homes. At least 65 people, including 35 children, were displaced, said Christopher Holt of the West Bank Protection Consortium, a group of […]

Israel blocks law that keeps out Palestinian spouses

Jul 6 2021 — Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press — JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament early on Tuesday failed to renew a law that bars Arab citizens from extending citizenship or residency rights to spouses from the occupied West Bank and Gaza, in a tight vote that raised doubts about the viability of the country’s new coalition government. The 59-59 vote, which came after an […]

Israel suspends ultranationalists’ march in east Jerusalem

Jun 7 2021 — Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press — JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said Monday they blocked a planned procession by Jewish ultranationalists through parts of Jerusalem's Old City, following warnings that it could reignite tensions that led to a punishing 11-day war with Gaza's militant Hamas rulers last month. The parade, which celebrates Israel's capture of east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast […]

Netanyahu foes push for quick vote to end his 12-year rule

Jun 3 2021 — Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press — TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opponents pushed Thursday for a quick parliament vote to formally end his lengthy rule, hoping to head off any last-minute attempts to derail their newly announced coalition government. The latest political maneuvering began just hours after opposition leader Yair Lapid and his main coalition partner, Naftali […]