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Israel lifts restrictions on building more homes in East Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told senior ministers he is lifting restrictions on settlement building in East Jerusalem, a statement said on Sunday, immediately after the city's municipal government approved permits for the building of hundreds of new homes in the area. | Video

Trump invites Netanyahu to Washington for visit: White House

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Washington in early February during a phone call in which they discussed the importance of strengthening the U.S.-Israeli relationship, the White House said on Sunday.

Politics, Election 2016, 6:10pm EST

Israel's right wing has grand plans for Trump era

JERUSALEM Israel's right wing has been eagerly awaiting Donald Trump's arrival in the White House, hoping a Republican president will usher in a new era of support for Israeli settlement-building on land Palestinians want for a state. | Video

Web of investigations entangles Israel's 'King Bibi'

JERUSALEM Benjamin Netanyahu has spent 30 years in public office, including 11 years as Israel's prime minister, but this year his political future is being called into question as seldom before. | Video

World, Jan 19 2017

Obama suggests U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem could be 'explosive'

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama suggested on Wednesday that moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem could have "explosive" results and said he was worried that the prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were waning. | Video

World, Politics, Election 2016, Jan 18 2017

Israel deploys 'Star Wars' missile killer system

JERUSALEM Israel's upgraded ballistic missile shield became operational on Wednesday, in a "Star Wars"-like extension of its capabilities to outer space where incoming missiles can be safely destroyed.

Arab Israeli and policeman killed in suspected car ramming attack in southern Israel

JERUSALEM Police in Israel said an Arab Israeli on Wednesday rammed his car into a group of policemen in the southern Negev region, killing one before being shot dead, though a rights activist who was present disputed it was an attack.

World, Jan 18 2017

Trump's U.N. nominee to blast world body over Israel: testimony

WASHINGTON U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations will blast the world body over its treatment of Israel at her Senate confirmation hearing, according to prepared testimony seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

Politics, Election 2016, Jan 17 2017

Israel, Palestinians warned against solo steps harmful to peace

PARIS Some 70 countries reaffirmed on Sunday that only a two-state solution could resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and warned against any unilateral steps by either side that could prejudge negotiations. | Video

World, United Nations, Jan 16 2017

Obama says U.N. vote didn't rupture U.S.-Israel relations

WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama played down fallout from a U.S. abstention on a United Nations resolution last month demanding an end to Israeli settlements in occupied territory, saying it did not trigger a significant break in relations with Israel.