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

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Israel's middle class launches mass protest at rising cost of living

Reports of 300,000 on streets across country as pressure for reform grows on Netanyahu

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is prepared to base talks for a Palestinian state on the 1967 truce lines in what appears to be a major policy retreat, an Israeli television channel has claimed.

Netanyahu may be forced to destroy settlers' homes

The government of Benjamin Netanyahu is on course for its first major clash with Israeli settlers in the West Bank, before a court deadline expires tomorrow to destroy three homes which have been built without permission in a hilltop outpost near Ramallah.

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The announcement that the US will resume formal contacts with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood may dismay Israel. But it is a vital acknowledgement of the new political realities in the Arab world's most important country – a move that changes little in practice, but a great deal in principle.

Palestinians to seek UN state recognition

The West Bank Palestinian leadership formally decided to press ahead with efforts in September to win United Nations recognition of a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.

Netanyahu's defiance on deal is 'declaration of war'

Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, wrapped up a rocky visit to Washington yesterday with a defiant speech to US Congress that appeared to dash any hopes of reviving stalled peace talks with the Palestinians.

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Israel's Foreign Minister facing corruption charges

Israel's attorney General said yesterday that he plans to indict the Foreign Minister on corruption charges but will allow him a standard final hearing before a charge sheet is issued. If Avigdor Lieberman is indicted, it would probably force him to resign, badly shaking Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government.

Netanyahu peace move dismissed

Palestinians have dismissed any attempt by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take interim steps towards peace now that the US-sponsored negotiations are frozen.

Former Israeli president is guilty of rape

Moshe Katsav, a former president of Israel, was convicted yesterday on two counts of raping an employee while he was a cabinet minister in a case that has shocked the country but is seen as a milestone victory by women's groups.

Leading article: A symbolic sign of support for the Palestinians

For such a traditional Tory as William Hague, the admiring biographer of William Pitt the Younger, the Foreign Secretary is conducting a far-from-traditional Tory foreign policy. It is less deferential to the US than might be expected, more assertive in the Balkans, among other places, and more independent-minded towards the Middle East.

Netanyahu hails US climbdown

Israel has hailed Washington's decision to stop pressing for a settlement freeze as a US envoy faced the tough task of moving towards peace after the collapse of direct Israeli-Palestinian talks.

Jerusalem homes will still be built

Israel is pushing ahead with plans to build 1,300 new apartments for Jewish families in Arab East Jerusalem, despite fierce opposition from Palestinians.

PM: Jews should take loyalty oath

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to extend a loyalty oath for candidates for Israeli citizenship to include Jews as well as non-Jews, his office said yesterday.

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