News A Palestinian man stands amid tear gas smoke during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in the village of Beit Furik, near the West Bank city of Nablus

Hamas Islamists governing Gaza reject the account as 'silly fabrications', saying it was an attempt to justify Israeli military strikes in the territory

As Saleh clings on for dear life, Israel bombs Gaza

If soon to be ex-President Ali Saleh thinks the Yemeni people can be tricked so easily, he really has "lost it".

Israeli air strikes target militants in Gaza Strip

Israeli air strikes have hit a series of militant targets in the Gaza Strip, damaging smuggling tunnels and suspected weapons sites, in attacks Palestinian officials said wounded 19 people.

The Holy Rosenbergs, National Theatre: Cottesloe, London

I can't recall seeing the Cottesloe look as ungainly as it does configured for Laurie Sansom's in-the-round production of The Holy Rosenbergs, a new play by Ryan Craig. Flanking the authentically evoked living room of the eponymous Edgware Jewish family, the blocks of seats are at several distracting angles to each other, creating an untidy, higgledy-piggledy effect. The play, too, is a bit of a mess. Indebted to Arthur Miller, it's a sort "Son of All My Sons" crossed with "Rebirth of a Salesman" – centring on a self-deluded patriarch who is forced to face up to the fact that he is culpably implicated in the death in warfare of his son.

Abbas ready to visit Gaza Strip

The Palestinian President has offered to visit the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip for the first time in four years to try to help reunite the rival Palestinian governments.

Football finally comes home for Palestinian national team

Mokhtar Tlili, the Tunisian coach of the Palestinian national football team, gave his players a pep talk yesterday as they prepared for the first official match played on their home turf. "Be courageous out there," he said. "Don't be afraid."

Keep cool under pressure with Rescue Remedy

Ever felt that the demands of your day are sometimes a bit much? True, the more you juggle, the better you can get at it, but for all our modern lifestyles and labour-saving devices, sometimes it can feel as if all we have won is the right to a pressure-cooker life. Where online supermarket shopping at midnight, 6 am alarm calls, or speed yoga classes in your lunch hour are increasingly becoming the norm. What can you do?

Leading article: Israel betrays its ideals by whitewashing the military

Friends of Israel have long lamented the apparent numbing of its moral sensibility, seeing it as an insidious long-term consequence of the country's interminable-seeming conflict with the Palestinians. They will feel renewed concern following the publication yesterday of an Israeli report into last May's raid on the aid flotilla bound for Gaza. Public opinion throughout the world largely deplored the violence with which Israel enforced its blockade of the Hamas-ruled enclave and stopped the convoy, leaving nine Turkish civilians dead.

Two years after Operation Cast Lead, Gaza remains imprisoned

It feels strange to spend time over the Christmas period in a quiet Yorkshire village with family; this time last year, I was on my way to the Gaza Strip.

Israelis kill Palestinian militants as truce falters

Israeli forces killed two Palestinian militants yesterday along the Gaza-Israel border, where a sudden surge in violence has weakened an unofficial truce which has been in place since Israel's bruising 2009 war there.

Israeli military kills 2 militants

The Gaza Strip health ministry says the Israeli military has killed two Palestinian militants.

Blame game begins after Middle East talks fail again

Palestinian negotiators yesterday blamed Israel – and to a lesser extent the US – for the latest serious setback for efforts to reach a peace deal while Israeli officials insisted they would nevertheless try hard to achieve an agreement.

Gaza: A love that knows no boundaries

The marriage between a Palestinian and an Israeli has survived war, poverty and family ostracism. Donald Macintyre reports

Leading article: The true picture of the brutal Gaza invasion comes into focus

It was the most terrible episode to emerge from a terrible war.

Henning Mankell: The special relationship

Henning Mankell's biopic of his late father-in-law, Ingmar Bergman, has generated enough drama to fill one of his Wallander novels – and it hasn't been shot yet. He talks to Geoffrey Macnab

Israeli navy boards Gaza blockade vessel

The Israeli navy boarded a yacht in the Mediterranean yesterday to prevent 10 Jewish activists sailing to the Gaza Strip to protest against Israel's blockade.

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