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Currently into his 10th round of shuttle diplomacy, the United States Secretary of State knows the process demands very particular skills

Barack Obama is introduced to the newly crowned Miss Israel, Yityish Aynaw, by Israeli President Shimon Peres

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Alistair Dawber had a much-coveted  ticket to the dinner thrown for Obama. There were strings attached, though

President Barack Obama waves before boarding Air Force One prior to his departure from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv

A fresh start? Hopes linger as Barack Obama heads home from visit aimed at boosting Israeli-Palestinian relations

Barack Obama boarded Air Force One today bringing to an end his three-day visit to Israel and the Occupied Territories that many hope will mark a fresh start in Israeli and Palestinian relations.

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Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan under fire from US after calling Zionism a 'crime against humanity'

John Kerry set to criticise PM over 'particularly offensive' comments

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fights for his political career as fraud trial begins

Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s firebrand former foreign minister, began the fight for his political life in a tiny Jerusalem courtroom earlier today, as he pleaded not guilty to fraud charges.

Prisoner X was held and committed suicide at the high-security Ayalon Prison in Israel

Revealed: The identity of Israel's Prisoner X

The Australian Mossad agent's name was so secret that even his jailers didn't know it. Now the Israeli government is trying to cover up his true identity

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Israeli protesters hold a Torah and pray near the Western Wall

Netanyahu reaches out to women who want to tear down sexism at the Wall

Under pressure from Jewish overseas groups, Israel's PM will review restrictions at holy site

A general view of the 'E1' settlement area, situated between Jerusalem and the Israeli West Bank

Israel pushes ahead with plan to build in East Jerusalem

Israel on Monday advanced a project to build hundreds of homes in East Jerusalem, pushing ahead with plans for a surge of settlement building on occupied land in response to a successful Palestinian bid to gain limited recognition of statehood at the United Nations.

Avigdor Lieberman

Avigdor Lieberman: Israel's embattled Foreign Minister steps down

Formally stepping down Sunday to face corruption charges, Israel's outspoken foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, predicted that he would soon return to his post after expedited legal proceedings.

Netanyahu says Hamas clearly is still the enemy

Israel's Prime Minister said yesterday that comments by the leader of Hamas showed that the Palestinian militant group wanted to destroy Israel.

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, front left, alongside Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza yesterday

Khaled Meshaal's return gives Palestinians new hope for unity

Hamas' exiled political leader pledges to work with Fatah on his first visit to Gaza since 1967

Houses (foreground) of the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim

Israel goes forward with plan for West Bank building project

Defying mounting international protests, Israel moved ahead Wednesday with plans for a West Bank settlement project near Jerusalem that has been widely condemned as diminishing prospects for a territorially viable Palestinian state.

Editorial: Take a stand on illegal settlements

Israel has not only "punished" the Palestinians for seeking and achieving an upgrade of UN status, it has also slapped the face of the UK and of Germany, both of whom withheld support for the Palestinians in the vote.

Labourers repair a bombed tunnel in Rafah on Sunday

Rafah’s smuggling tunnel diggers are back in business

For eight days, the sounds of illegal commerce at the ragged southern edge of the Gaza Strip were silenced by the pounding thrum of battle.

Israel defies UN after vote on Palestine with plans for 3,000 new homes in the West Bank

The Ynet news site said the move had been approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's inner council

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