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

Palestinian Christian priests conduct prayers in Beit Jala in protest at the Israeli plans to extend the 470-mile security barrier through the town

Oh brothers, where art thou?

Israel's plans to extend its controversial 470-mile security barrier further into Palestinian territory have pitted a Christian community's nuns and monks against each other, writes Catrina Stewart in Beit Jala

Israel to pump life back into sacred river

Israel has announced plans to begin restoring the sacred river Jordan by pumping about 30 million cubic metres of water into the parched valley.

Sex segregation on the buses divides Israelis

Ultra-Orthodox Jews plan private fleet after woman refuses to sit at the back

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.

Arts review of 2011 - Television: You've no idea how much we liked watching

Mr Drew of Passmores school was my hero, in a year in which the reality show got a bit more real

Palestinian prisoner swap completed

Israel is preparing to free 550 Palestinian prisoners this weekend in the final part of a swap deal with Hamas for the Jewish soldier Gilad Shalit.

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: The PM said there was ‘no need [for Israel] to be more liberal than Europe’

Netanyahu backs law to ban loudspeakers at mosques across Israel

Cabinet split over Bill that would prevent Muslims from being called to prayer

Clashes at Palestinian protester's funeral‎

Local Palestinian residents and Israeli troops clashed today after the funeral of a 28-year-old demonstrator, whose death from wounds inflicted by a tear gas canister fired at short range by an Israeli soldier, is now the subject of a military police investigation.

The body of a Palestinian killed in his home by an Israeli air strike is carried through Gaza City

Hamas accuses Israel of planning for war after air strikes kill three

Egypt condemns latest attacks on Palestinians in Gaza as tensions rise across the Middle East

Rockets hit Israel after Gaza raid

Palestinian militants have launched three more rockets into Israel but there were no casualties, officials say.

Water shortages in Dead Sea could increase tensions in Middle East

Scientists studying ancient mud samples taken from the bed of the Dead Sea separating Israel and Jordan have warned that the fragile political situation in the Middle East will be made worse by the intense water shortages their study is predicting.

Defence Minister Ehud Barak called early results ‘disturbing’

Israel fears the force of Arab Spring power shift

Rise of Islamists in Egypt and beyond confronts Barak with daunting new set of region faultlines

Hamas 'feared Shalit would die before deal'

Hamas, the Palestinian group which held the captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, raced to reach a deal for his freedom after he went on hunger strike, an Israeli newspaper claimed.

Joe Biden urges Turkey to impose new sanctions on Iran

US Vice President Joe Biden has called on Turkey to impose new sanctions against Iran, while praising Ankara for its role in pressuring Syria to stop its bloody crackdown on protesters.

Lebanon: Rockets prompt Israel response

Rockets fired from Lebanon hit northern Israel yesterday in the first such incident since 2009, prompting the Israeli army to return fire. The shelling comes at a time of heightened tensions over Syria and Iran's nuclear programme.

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