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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commends his military for ‘quick and forceful’ retaliation

A worshipper lights candles at the Church of the Nativity

O’ empty town of Bethlehem: a trickle of visits to the site of Christ’s birth thanks to intifadas and ongoing tensions

Intifadas and ongoing tensions are keeping Christian pilgrims and tourists away from Bethlehem, says

Israeli soldiers disciplined for dancing to 'Gangnam Style' with Palestinians while on patrol in Hebron

A group of Israeli soldiers has stirred up a storm of criticism after they were filmed dancing alongside Palestinians while on patrol in the West Bank.

Rockets fired from Lebanon hit northern Israel

Despite two of the rockets landing in an open field there are believed to be no casualties

Israeli troops take part in a drill off the coast of Haifa

'Real men don't do poetry': Israeli army refuses to let IDF soldier read verses on the radio

Broadcast banned over fears it would 'ruin the image of the combat soldier'

Third exchange of fire over Golan Heights in a week heightens concern at violence on Israel-Syria border

Israeli and Syrian troops exchanged fire across the Golan Heights today, the third time this week that the two sides have clashed across the disputed border.

Palestinians sit around the grave of Haitham Mishal in Gaza City

Motorcyclist killed in first Israeli air strike on Gaza since November truce

Attack that hit 'top militant' is most serious test yet of the Egyptian-brokered truce

Israeli jet shoots down unmanned drone

The Israeli air force has shot down an unmanned “enemy” drone over its airspace, with suspicion immediately falling on Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group which boasted about a similar incursion seven months ago.

'We are heading toward a collision course by the end of the year': Iran will be capable of making a nuclear weapon in two months, warns Israeli intelligence official

Officials believe Tehran is pressing ahead with enriching sufficient uranium to make a weapon

Vincent Tchenguiz, a British-Iranian businessman, is being sued by the private intelligence agency for £330,000 for breach of contract

Beware the Black Cube: intelligence agency slaps Vincent Tchenguiz with a lawsuit

Wealthy businessman faces legal wrath of Israeli veterans he hired to help in £300m fight with SFO

Violence flares in Middle East as Israel and Gaza exchange attacks amid West Bank protests

Israel launches air strike on Gaza following rocket attacks as Palestinians demonstrate in Hebron against death of prisoner in Israeli jail

Space for Barack, but not Barak: Embarrassment for Israel after former premier is excluded from Obama state dinner and events

Ehud Barak was not invited to any official functions, despite glittering military and political careers

'Come here, Obama, and visit the museum of apartheid': Pro-Palestinian protesters clash with army in West Bank as US president arrives in Tel Aviv

Demonstrators wearing Martin Luther King masks march on Hebron street closed to Palestinians

Supermodel Bar Refaeli

Meet the woman set to become Israel's 'ambassador' (yes, it is Bar Refaeli, and no, not everyone is especially happy about it...)

27 year-old did not complete the mandatory two years of military service 

Palestinian women hold pictures of prisoners jailed in Israel during a rally calling for their release, in the West Bank city of Nablus. Israeli forces arrested over 20 members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, including three lawmakers

Israel arrests Hamas MPs

Israel arrested 23 Hamas members in the occupied West Bank today, including three who sit on the Palestinian Authority Legislative Council.

Samir Awad’s body is carried for burial on Tuesday

Did Israeli troops deliberately provoke boy, only to shoot him in the back?

On Monday Samir was shot by the IDF near his home in the West Bank. Israel says he was trying to invade its territory. But the boy's family claim the truth is much more sinister

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