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WASHINGTON (AP) -- THE ISSUE: Support for Israel has been a mainstay of American foreign policy since the Jewish state's creation in 1948. Despite occasionally strong and even pointed differences, successive U.S. administrations of both parties have steadily increased financial, military and diplomatic assistance to Israel over the past six decades. The U.S. now provides Israel with roughly $3 billion every year, making it the largest single recipient of American foreign aid, and the Obama administration boosted that amount to $3.8 billion with a new memorandum of understanding on defense....

Israel mulls buying more German submarines
BERLIN (AP) -- The German government says Israel is considering buying new submarines from Germany that would go into service starting in 2027....

Leading tattoo artists help wounded Israelis with scars
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Leading tattoo artists are helping wounded Israelis cover up the scars of tragedy and loss....

In the West Bank, Samaritans provide a sanctuary
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MOUNT GERIZIM, West Bank (AP) -- In one of the tensest corners of the West Bank, Israeli settlers and Palestinians live in separate worlds. But there is a spot on the top of a mountain that connects them both: a village of Samaritans....

Seeking to block rival, Abbas calls for Fatah, PLO elections
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is pushing for leadership elections in his Fatah movement and the PLO before the end of the year, as part of what senior officials say is largely an elaborate attempt to block the return of an exiled rival backed by several Arab states....

Lebanon's ex-PM Hariri backs Hezbollah's ally for president
BEIRUT (AP) -- Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who heads the largest bloc in parliament, on Thursday formally endorsed a leading Christian politician and strong ally of the Hezbollah group to become the next president in what many hope wil end a 29-month presidential vacuum....

Israel indicts couple who traveled to Mosul to join IS
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli court indicted an Arab Israeli couple on Thursday for joining the extremist Islamic State group with their three young children....

Israel: Troops shoot Palestinian throwing rocks in West Bank
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says soldiers have shot and killed a Palestinian who threw rocks at them in the West Bank....

Massive carpet mosaic briefly uncovered in Palestinian town
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JERICHO, West Bank (AP) -- Archaeologists have removed the protective cover from one of the Middle East's largest carpet mosaics - but only for a day....

Palestinians urge UN to adopt resolution against settlements
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Palestinians urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to adopt a resolution with serious measures to compel Israel to halt all settlement activities and threatening "consequences" if it continues to violate international law....