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JERUSALEM | Israel avoids early elections as coalition is kept intact

JERUSALEM — Israel avoided early elections after a key coalition partner in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s government said on Monday that he would not withdraw his party, keeping the coalition intact despite a crisis triggered by a violent flare-up with Gaza militants. Education Minister Naftali Bennett said his hard-line, pro-settler Jewish Home party would give … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israel avoids early elections as coalition is kept intact

TEL AVIV, Israel | Netanyahu takes on defense post amid call for early polls

TEL AVIV, Israel— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he would take on the defense minister portfolio, rejecting calls to dissolve his government even as early elections appeared increasingly likely. Netanyahu said heading to elections now, amid repeated violent confrontations with Gaza militants, was “irresponsible” of his coalition partners, who have been pushing for … Continue reading TEL AVIV, Israel | Netanyahu takes on defense post amid call for early polls

JERUSALEM | Israel’s Netanyahu makes ‘last effort’ to save government

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister says he is making a “last effort” to prevent the collapse of his government. Benjamin Netanyahu says Sunday that it would be wrong to go to early elections during a sensitive time for Israeli security. The sudden coalition crisis was sparked by the resignation of Israel’s hard-line Defense Minister Avigdor … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israel’s Netanyahu makes ‘last effort’ to save government

JERUSALEM | The Latest: Israeli defense minister resigns over Gaza truce

JERUSALEM — The Latest on the cease-fire between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman says he is resigning in protest over the cease-fire reached with Gaza militants. Lieberman’s resignation Wednesday significantly weakens Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling coalition government and could bring about an early election. … Continue reading JERUSALEM | The Latest: Israeli defense minister resigns over Gaza truce

JERUSALEM | Tense calm, cease-fire follows another Hamas-Israel flare-up

JERUSALEM — Gaza’s militant Islamic Hamas rulers and Israel appeared to be honoring a cease-fire Friday that ended two days of an intense flare-up in violence amid efforts by neighboring Egypt to negotiate between the two sides. Israel’s military said that no rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel overnight and it conducted no airstrikes … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Tense calm, cease-fire follows another Hamas-Israel flare-up

JERUSALEM | Israeli leaders plot response as Gaza violence persists

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister convened his Security Cabinet late Thursday to plot a response to a new burst of violence with Gaza militants, ordering the army to take unspecified “strong action” as the military reinforced units along the border ahead of a possible escalation. Fighting showed few signs of slowing. Late on Thursday, the … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israeli leaders plot response as Gaza violence persists

RAMALLAH, West Bank | 3 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza Strip

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Gaza Health Ministry says a pregnant woman, her 1-year-old daughter and a Hamas fighter have been killed in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. The ministry said Thursday that the militant and the civilians were killed in separate incidents. The deaths came amid an intense flare-up of violence between Israel … Continue reading RAMALLAH, West Bank | 3 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza Strip