Israeli strikes on Gaza kill 10, including senior militant

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel unleashed a wave of airstrikes Friday on Gaza, killing at least 10 people, including a senior militant, according to Palestinian officials. Israel said it targeted the Islamic Jihad militant group in response to an “imminent threat” following the recent arrest of another senior militant. Hours later, Palestinian militants … Read more

5 takeaways from Joe Biden’s first presidential trip to the Middle East

CNN — President Joe Biden on Saturday capped a four-day trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia, his first trip to the Middle East since taking office. The President started his trip by meeting with Israeli leaders to expand security ties with the nation and discuss countering efforts by Iran to destabilize the region. He next … Read more

Middle East trip: Biden faces a crucial day of closely watched meetings in the West Bank and Saudi Arabia

Jerusalem CNN — President Joe Biden on Friday is meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank before heading to Saudi Arabia for the final leg of his closely watched Middle East trip. The meeting with the Palestinian leader comes as Biden continues to advocate for a two-state solution to … Read more

Biden embraces a signature Trump achievement on first trip to the Middle East, aiming to bring Israel and Saudi Arabia closer

Jerusalem CNN  —  When President Joe Biden arrives here on Wednesday, he will do something he has never done on a foreign trip: Embrace one of his predecessor’s legacy achievements. While much of his foreign travel in his first 18 months in office has focused on reversing the foreign policy of former President Donald Trump … Read more

What not to expect from Biden’s Jerusalem trip

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi CNN  —  It has taken President Joe Biden, who arrives in Jerusalem this week at the start of a short regional trip to … Read more

Israeli and Palestinian leaders speak by phone for the first time in years

Jerusalem CNN — Israel’s new Prime Minister Yair Lapid and the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas held a phone conversation Friday morning, which is believed to be the first such contact between Israeli and Palestinian leaders for five years. A short statement from Lapid’s office said the two men “spoke about the continuation of cooperation … Read more

US says Israeli military gunfire likely responsible for Shireen Abu Akleh’s death but examination of bullet inconclusive

CNN — An examination of the bullet that killed Al Jazeera correspondent and Palestinian-American citizen Shireen Abu Akleh “could not reach a definitive conclusion” regarding its origin, due to the condition of the bullet, but the US Security Coordinator has “concluded that gunfire from [Israel Defense Forces] positions was likely responsible” for her death, State … Read more

A leader for all Israelis? Yair Lapid takes over as caretaker prime minister

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Jerusalem CNN — Yair Lapid is used to be in the spotlight. The son of a prominent family, Lapid has dabbled in acting, screenwriting, music and even … Read more

Israel raids West Bank, 2 Palestinians killed in gunbattle

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces raided a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, setting off a gunbattle in which two Palestinians were killed and 15 were wounded, as Israel targeted what it said were militant networks after a series of deadly attacks. In a separate incident, a Palestinian stabbed a 28-year-old Israeli … Read more

Gunman kills 5 in mass shooting spree in central Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire in a crowded city in central Israel late Tuesday, methodically gunning down victims as he killed at least five people in the second mass shooting rampage this week. The shooter was killed by police. The shooting appeared to be the latest in a string of … Read more