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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

A historic triumph: Palestine is recognised as a state by the UN and democracies in Europe - though not by America. Will David Cameron stand with them?

Peace at any price is a non-starter. So too is peace at Mr Netanyahu’s price

Former defence minister Ehud Barak

Shock in Israel as Defence Minister Ehud Barak quits politics

Mr Barak's resignation could mean the departure of the most moderating influence on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

President Barack Obama

Obama points to greater activity for US in Middle East

President Barack Obama's decision to send his top diplomat on an emergency Middle East peacemaking mission Tuesday marked an administration shift to a more activist role in the region's affairs and offered clues to how he may use the political elbow room afforded by a second term.

Pressure builds for ceasefire before Israeli ground assault

Gaza suffered its bloodiest day yesterday since Israel launched a military offensive in the Palestinian territory, with a sharp escalation in the ferocity of attacks from both sides amid frenzied diplomacy to try to forestall an Israeli ground assault.

November 18, 2012: Israeli soldiers pray near the border with the central Gaza Strip. Israel bombed Palestinian militant targets in the Gaza Strip from air and sea for a fifth straight day on Sunday, preparing for a possible ground invasion while also spelling out its conditions for a truce.

New alliances in the Middle East mean that, for Israel and Hamas, the worse is still to come in Gaza

How the Arab Spring can be traced in the recent escalation of violence

Tami Shadadi surveys the damage to her house in the southern town of Sderot

Rocket attacks force Israelis to spend nights in bomb shelters

Israeli leaders have begun preparing domestic and international opinion for a renewed onslaught against Palestinian militants after more than a million Israeli citizens spent a third night in bomb shelters as more than 100 rockets rained across the Gaza border in less than 48 hours.

Reality bites for Benjamin Netanyahu after he threw his solid support behind Mitt Romney

Israeli President Shimon Peres and other moderate leaders hailed Mr Obama’s re-election but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu awoke to a double shock.

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohamed Morsi celebrating his victory in Tahrir Square yesterday

Regardless of whether Obama or Romney wins, America's relations with the Arab World will change

The Long View: Every reader of this article will be dead or of old age before the Arab "revolution" is complete. Palestinians are the only ones not to benefit from it

Tzipi Livni said to be poised for return

Tzipi Livni, Israel's former opposition leader who crashed out of politics this year after losing her party's leadership contest, is poised to make a political comeback as head of a new party ahead of early elections in January.

Ultra-Orthodox students are angry at Eud Barak's plans to end their exemption from military service

Ultra-Orthodox up in arms as Israel prepares to end army exemption

The Israeli Defence Minister, Ehud Barak, has announced plans to draft thousands of Ultra-Orthodox students into the army – a move that could set him at loggerheads with the religious parties in the run-up to a general election in January.

Olmert was close to peace deal, says Abbas

In comments set to stir Israel's election campaign, the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, has said that he and former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert were "two months" away from a peace deal before Mr Olmert stepped down.

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.

Half of Israelis fear war with Iran would endanger Jewish State's existence

More than half of Israelis fear that war with Iran would endanger the Jewish State's very existence, a new poll has found.

Avigdor Lieberman urges foreign powers to press for Palestinian elections to unseat President Mahmoud Abbas

Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has formally urged Western powers and Russia to press for Palestinian elections as a means of unseating President Mahmoud Abbas whom he blamed for a rise in “activity against Israel” .

Concerns over Middle East conflict force up oil prices

The global oil price spiked upwards yesterday as fears grew of a looming conflict between Israel and Iran and constraints on supply started to bite.

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