News US Secretary of State John Kerry in Israel earlier this week

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

Iran tensions push up oil price

Fears of supply crunch and hopes of stimulus combine to send up price of barrel of crude

Text messages to warn public of missile attack in Israel

Final tests are being made of a public warning system which would send a text message to Israelis in the event of an imminent missile attack by Iran or Lebanon's Hezbollah militia.

Alleged suicide bomber Mhedi Ghazali on CCTV at Burgas airport

Israel threatens a 'heavy price' for Iran after deadly Bulgaria bus bomb

Mr Netanyahu went out of his way to link the attack with Tehran's nuclear ambitions

Donald Macintyre: An attack on Iran? It's a hawkish fantasy

Could superhawk John Bolton be guilty of wishful thinking? Within hours of the Bulgarian attack the former US ambassador to the UN was on Fox News predicting that Israel would respond to the killing of five of its citizens by attacking Revolutionary Guard facilities in Iran itself.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggests a campaign stressing the dangers that migrants to Israel face

Netanyahu plan for negative media campaign to deter African migrants emerges

A proposal by Israel’s Prime Minister for a negative media campaign to deter potential African migrants surfaced today as three Eritreans were in hospital after their Jerusalem home was torched by arsonists as they slept.

Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert cleared of two charges but found guilty of one in corruption case

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has been cleared of the major charges in a corruption trial which forced him from power.

Ex-Israeli PM Yitzhak Shamir buried in state ceremony

Yitzhak Shamir, a former Prime Minister, was buried at the national cemetery in Jerusalem yesterday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Gaza flotilla raid comes back to haunt Benjamin Netanyahu

The Israeli decision-making process before the raid which led to nine Turkish deaths at sea aboard the Gaza-bound vessel Mavi Marmara in May 2010 had "essential and significant flaws", a government report has found.

A Palestinian woman looks for a relative among the returned coffins

Israel returns remains of Palestinians in bid to 'get peace process back on track'

Israel sought to project its return of the remains of 91 Palestinian militants to the West Bank and Gaza yesterday as a "confidence building measure" that it hoped would "help to get the peace process back on track".

Time honoured: Israeli PM revels in his star status

Unsurprsingly, delighted aides to the Prime Minister distributed the article to Israeli journalists

Israeli envoy to meet Abbas

An Israeli envoy is to meet meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tonight to submit a letter regarding the possibility of substantive talks.

Netanyahu, left, with Benjamin in March; he believed his son was sometimes too pragmatic as prime minister

Benzion Netanyahu: Zionist whose views had a profound influence on his son Benjamin

Benzion Netanyahu never deviated, in his 102 years, from his hardline Zionist stance which held that no deal would ever be possible between Jew and Arab. In two of his three sons he provided Israel first with a military martyr, who died while rescuing hostages in an audacious commando raid in Africa, and later with its current prime minister, Benjamin.

Livni quits and attacks Israel's leaders

Former foreign minister Tzipi Livni announced her resignation from Israel's parliament yesterday with a withering attack against the current leadership, warning that its policies had placed Israel's existence as a Jewish and democratic state "in mortal danger".

Former Israeli security chief says PM can't be trusted on Iran

The former head of Israel's Shin Bet security agency has accused the country's leaders of exaggerating the effectiveness of a military strike against Iran.

Netanyahu accused after legalising settlements

Israel has legalised three outposts in a move that critics say effectively establishes the first new Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land in more than 20 years.

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