Alistair Dawber

Alistair Dawber is The Independent's Spain correspondent. He has twice been the foreign editor and was also Jerusalem correspondent. Alistair initially worked on the business desk as investment editor.

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Ben Zygier, the suspected Mossad spy previously known only as Prisoner X

Revealed: another secret incarceration of Israeli secret services agent

After revelations about Ben Zygier, 'Prisoner X No. 2' blamed for 'horrible security breach'

President Yasser Arafat shortly before his death in 2004

Alistair Dawber on Yasser Arafat: After so many years in power, why kill a man at the end of his career?

“Let’s get rid of him.” Those were the words of the former Israeli defence minister, Shaul Mofaz, speaking to Ariel Sharon during a public conference two and a half years before Yasser Arafat died.

The Western Wall, Jerusalem

Security guard shoots Jewish Israeli man dead at Jerusalem's Western Wall

Guard later appeared in court on suspicion of murder

Shimon Peres: the ‘failure’ who has achieved so much for Israel

This week an odd assortment of personalities came together to celebrate the life of the outgoing Israeli president - but how to judge such a long and varied career?

The Palestinian Authority's new Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah

Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah offers to quit just two weeks after his appointment

Reports talk of rows with members of administration over scope of his role

Babies behind bars: A Palestinian fertility doctor has become an unlikely hero by helping women conceive – even though their husbands are in jail

Lydia and her husband were childhood sweethearts and in August they will have their second baby. It will be a boy, the doctors say, and the happy couple will call him Majd. A beaming Lydia is clearly delighted.

John Kerry has immersed himself deeply in Middle Eastern matters

US Secretary of State John Kerry 'argued for air strikes on Syria chemical weapons'

But he lost case during White House meeting, it is claimed

Military forces participate in the

8,000 troops from 19 countries join Jordan 'war games' in readiness for spreading Syria conflict

The West may be flip-flopping over whether or not to send lethal arms to the Syria rebels, but that has not stopped a 12-day military exercise in Jordan, in which thousands of troops from a variety of countries are preparing for the possibility of fighting in Syria. The war games come to an end tomorrow.

Rockets fired from Gaza hit Israeli coast

Three grad rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit the Israeli coastal town of Ashkelon this morning, according to media reports, the first time missiles from the Palestinian enclave have hit Israel for nearly two months.

Bashar al-Assad embraces Twitter but warns Europe that it will 'pay the price' if it arms Syrian rebels

Bashar al-Assad has warned Europe that it will live to regret arming rebel factions in the Syrian conflict, adding that the move would lead to the “export” of terrorism to the continent.

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The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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