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A rare snowstorm has blanketed Jerusalem, forcing a lockdown with police blocking access to and from the city.

Israeli settlement plans abandoned to avoid ‘confrontation’ with international community

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says blueprints were drawn up without his approval

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu stalls on calls to aid Palestinian suicide bombings victims' families as they sue Bank of China

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Hard-line Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman, one of Israel's most powerful and polarizing figures, was reappointed as the country's foreign minister Monday after being cleared of all charges in a long-running corruption case.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemns 'deal of the century' for Iran over nuclear treaty

Leader says Israel may use military force to stop Iran from attaining nuclear weaponry

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Israel orders more demolitions of Palestinian flats in Jerusalem

Move to demoliish hundreds of Arab apartments ‘destroying every chance of peace’, says Fatah

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US cowardice will let Israel’s isolated right off the hook

The Likudists suddenly find that the whole world wants peace in the Middle East rather than war

Israeli security service arrests 'Iranian spy'

Dual nationality Belgian-Iranian businessman Ali Mansouri accused of receiving $1m fee to spy on Israeli and Western targets

Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian man after an attempt by EU diplomats to deliver aid to Palestinians remaining in Makhul

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The US is being torn between the old alliance with Israel and a conversation with Iran

Israeli Supreme Court revokes internment law that has seen 2,000 African migrants imprisoned without charge

The Israeli Supreme Court has struck down a law that allowed authorities to imprison African migrants without charge for up to three years.

'Israel's ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem is a direct blow to peace efforts' say Palestinian leaders

Palestinian leaders have accused Israel of dealing a “direct blow” to peace efforts after Israeli municipal authorities in Jerusalem decided to allocate more than £11m for the expansion of a settlement in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians see as their future capital.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the scheme aimed to ‘strengthen Israeli public diplomacy’

Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda

In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences.

Israel could be about to embark on a major building project in West Bank

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Israel could be about to embark on a major building project in West Bank settlements, just a day after the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, announced that peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians were back on track.

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