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

Palestinians in Gaza City show their support for prisoners held in Israel

Palestinians deliver ultimatum to Israel in bid to revive peace talks

Abbas letter calling on Netanyahu to end settlement expansion exposes leadership split

GUNTER GRASS: The poet’s work ‘What must be said’ states that Israel is a threat to world peace

Jewish state blacklists Grass over critical poem

Israel has declared the German Nobel laureate, Gunther Grass, "persona non grata" following the publication of his poem suggesting that the Jewish State poses a greater threat to world peace than Iran.

Setback for Netanyahu as court rules against settlers

Israel's Supreme Court has demanded that Jewish settlers evacuate an illegal West Bank outpost by 1 August, rejecting a government-backed deal that would have allowed them to remain there for another three years.

Anti-Arab soccer fans rampage in shopping centre – but no arrests

Buoyed by a home win, Jewish fans of football club Beitar Jerusalem this week rampaged through a nearby shopping centre following an evening match, attacking Arab workers and shoppers in one of the worst racial brawls seen in the city in recent years.

Obama will be no pushover for Netanyahu

Israeli PM may have to fall in step with US. By Donald Macintyre
Barack Obama addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee at the Washington Convention Centre

Obama: Too much loose talk of war has only helped Iran

But US President refuses to rule out military action to stop Tehran getting nuclear weapons. Donald Macintyre reports from Jerusalem

An ultra-orthodox Jewish man and Israeli soldiers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem

Power struggle over ultra-orthodox Jews' right to dodge draft

There are currently 60,000 exemptions from service a year–for religious study

Palestinian children killed in bus crash

Seven children and a teacher have been killed when a truck lost control in rainy weather and crashed into a Palestinian school bus.

Kim Sengupta: These attacks could serve as a catalyst for war

There is a perception that the Israelis must carry out any attacks before the US elections
A person injured in the blast in Delhi is carried to safety yesterday

Israel blames Iran for embassy bomb attacks

Tehran rejects Netanyahu's 'lies' after diplomats in India and Georgia targeted

Robert Fisk: We've been here before – and it suits Israel that we never forget 'Nuclear Iran'

The Ayatollah ordered the entire nuclear project to be closed down because it was the work of the devil

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman faces charges of money-laundering

Could corruption trial stop the rise of the black sheep of Israeli politics?

Described once by an American magazine editor as a "neo-fascist" and a "certified gangster", Israel's firebrand Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is no stranger to controversy. It has not stopped him from building up a devoted following that has propelled his party to the forefront of Israeli politics.

Netanyahu attacks bus segregation

Political and religious leaders have been speaking out against ultra-Orthodox Jewish men trying to shunt Israeli women to the back of the bus.

Israel to free 'car thieves' in second part of exchange

Israel is to release a second batch of Palestinian prisoners this month as part of an exchange deal for the recently freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, but may largely exclude political prisoners from the swap.

Matthew Gould: The British ambassador has said the UK has 'real concerns' about the bill

Britain warns Israel against blocking funds for rights groups

Britain is heading for a potential rift with Israel over plans for draconian legislation designed to curb foreign funding of human rights and civil society organisations that sometimes criticise government policy. 

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