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Israeli rising star quits politics
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A rising political star seen as a potential successor to Israel's prime minister has announced he will quit politics in a surprise move....

UN says building materials to Gaza may quadruple
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A deal reached on war-battered Gaza's reconstruction is set to be implemented in the coming months, with the amount of building materials entering the territory expected to quadruple, a U.N. official said Wednesday, in the first details of the agreement to emerge....

Celebrity rabbi takes plea bargain over bribery
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A multimillionaire Israeli celebrity rabbi with a following in the United States has accepted a plea bargain in which he admits to attempting to bribe a senior police official, and could now face a one-year prison sentence, Israel's Justice Ministry said Wednesday....

Gaza widow offers insight into world of spies
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The 48-year-old Palestinian woman's husband was shot to death in 2012 by militants in the Gaza Strip for spying for Israel. A mother of seven, she herself was jailed by Gaza's Hamas rulers for aiding and abetting a spy - her husband....

UN brokers agreement to start Gaza rebuilding
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations has brokered an agreement to enable the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, giving a lead role to the Palestinian Authority while involving the private sector, the U.N.'s top Mideast envoy said Tuesday....

Israeli ex-Mossad chief Yitzhak Hofi dead at 87
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Yitzhak Hofi, a former Israeli general and Mossad chief who played a key role in the country's daring 1976 commando rescue raid in Uganda, has died. He was 87....

Israel court: Olmert to remain free pending appeal
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Supreme Court on Monday postponed the start of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's prison sentence pending appeal on his conviction on corruption charges....

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