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Benjamin Netanyahu: The Prime Minister is on the verge of calling an early election

Netanyahu: Barak is playing off US for his own gain

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has accused Ehud Barak, his Defence Minister and closest ally on dealing with Iran, of exacerbating fraught relations with the US to position himself as a moderate "saviour", Israel's Channel 2 television has reported.

Nearly half of Benjamin Netanyahu's donors also gave money to Mitt Romney or the US Republican Party

Nearly half of those who contributed to the hawkish Israeli premier’s political campaigns also gave money to presidential candidate Mitt Romney or to the Republican Party, underscoring the shared common ground between the two men.

Tehran threatens Israel with 'full force' if nuclear facilities are attacked

Tehran said it will respond with “full force” to any attack on its nuclear facilities after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged global action to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Saudi Arabia embarks on massive projects in Mecca and Medina

Saudi Arabia is embarking on two ambitious projects in Islam's holiest cities, Mecca and Medina, including plans to build one of the world's largest mosques.

Postcard from... Jerusalem

Leaving the house on Yom Kippur, the first thing that one notices is the silence – there are no cars on the roads, no telephones ring, the television and radio broadcasts are non-existent. Israel itself is cut off from the outside world, the airport is shut down, the borders are closed and the checkpoints into the West Bank remain sealed off.

A masked demonstrator at a West Bank protest against the high cost of living

Palestinians' deepening financial crisis 'threatening Oslo Accords'

World Bank urges donors to act urgently and calls on Israel to remove trade barriers in the West Bank

Hamid Jabareen and his family in the cave which is their home in the village of Jenba

Palestinian cave dwellers caught in Israel's crossfire

Villagers face eviction from a bitterly contested border area that was designated as a military zone

Fatima Halahleh holds posters of her sons Tha’er Halahleh,
right, and Shaher Shaher, who are both on hunger strike in
Israeli jails

Hunger strikers challenge Israel. But which side will blink first?

International outcry as Palestinians protesting against policy of detention without charge near death

Benjamin Netanyahu will stay in office until October 2013, a move not expected to ease tensions with Iran

Rivals back Benjamin Netanyahu in deal that could mandate strike on Iran

Dramatic agreement with centrist Kadima party keeps hawkish Israeli PM in power until late 2013

Israel security chiefs call for killers' homes to be pulled down

Israel's security services are calling for the punitive demolition of the family homes of two Palestinian men who murdered several members of a Jewish settler family more than a year ago.

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