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

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Leading article: Signs of life in the peace process

The Middle East peace process is a peculiar beast. It lumbers along, mostly at a snail's pace, at times juddering to a halt and even sliding into reverse. Many doubt its viability. Some feel it has outlived its time; still others treat it as mythical. Yet every now and again it defies all the doom-watchers to evince real signs of life. This is one of those times.

Seven arrested as police and Palestinians clash

Seven people were arrested – and at least another seven were injured – after clashes between police and Palestinians today in the Jerusalem Old City compound housing the al-Aqsa mosque.

Netanyahu's wife sues paper over gardener

jerusalem The wife of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sued a newspaper for libel and defamation yesterday, claiming that the Maariv daily was "maliciously trying to humiliate" her.

Daniel Ayalon: Let us make common cause in defeating Iran's theocratic leaders

Recently the Israeli government has made significant steps to restart negotiations with the Palestinians and reach out to the Arab world. In his Bar-Ilan speech in June, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly stated his acceptance of a Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the state of Israel. My government has removed hundreds of roadblocks to improve access and movement for Palestinians and has assisted the facilitation of economic developments in the West Bank, through close co-operation with international parties to expedite projects and remove bottle-necks.

Benjamin Netanyahu: Only a united Israel can help Palestine bring peace to this region

Hamas turned Gaza into hell on Earth, but Judea and Samaria can be transformed. Maybe not into paradise, but into one of the world's most prosperous economies. In absolute terms, and not just relative growth rates.

Clinton backs Israel on settlements stance

Agreement would allow settlers to finish 3,000 houses plus public buildings

Defiant UN backs Israel war crimes report

Britain and France today failed in an attempt to delay a crunch Middle East vote at the UN, amid warnings by Israel that it could derail the peace process.

I am innocent of any crime, says Olmert

Ehud Olmert became the first present or former Israeli prime minister ever to go on trial, insisting in a Jerusalem courtroom yesterday that he is innocent of corruption allegations that drove him from office.

Adrian Hamilton: Rhetoric against Iran must be cooled for sake of the Middle East

Sanctions have achieved nothing with Burma and should be replaced by dialogue, the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said at the start of this week. Sanctions are essential and should be increased on Iran, said President Obama at the end of the week in which it was revealed that the country had established a secret additional site for enriching uranium.

Leading article: Russia must one day confess its part in Poland's misfortune

Putin's conciliatory words ahead of anniversary fail to go far enough

Former Israeli PM Olmert indicted on corruption charges

Israeli legal authorities have indicted former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert on corruption charges.

Leading article: Inch by inch in the Middle East

It would be wonderful if the optimism shown by the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, after his talks this week with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was to prove justified. And it is certainly true that the message being put out by Mr Netanyahu in his tour of European capitals is, on the whole, a positive one. Apart from the specific exception of Jerusalem, the new Israeli coalition government does seem prepared to call some form of halt to settlement expansion on the West Bank as a concession to get peace talks going with the Palestinians.

John Rentoul: Brown is too late for everything

This inbuilt caution served him well on the road to No 10 but is disastrous as PM
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