News Israel's president Shimon Peres prepares to lay a wreath on the coffin of former prime minister Ariel Sharon

There will be a state memorial service for the former prime minister tomorrow before he is buried in a private ceremony at his ranch

Hopes rise for resumption of Middle East peace negotiations

Arab League move would allow moderate Palestinian leadership to enter indirect talks without losing ground

General Alexander Haig

Your obituary of General Alexander Haig (23 February) omits his role in the Israeli invasion of the Lebanon in June 1982, writes Edward Pearce. In their book Israel's Lebanon War Ze'ev Schiff and Ehud Ya'ari describe Ariel Sharon's call upon the Secretary of State in May. He wanted assent for a full-dress invasion and "his remarks were studded with with innuendos about two objectives that the Israeli Cabinet had not approved for the war, the Syrian garrison in Lebanon and the city of Beirut."

Israel 'stole Palestinian heritage'

Furious Palestinians have clashed with Israeli soldiers and accused Israel of "cultural genocide" after the country's government claimed a sacred tomb in the occupied West Bank as a national heritage site.

Donald Macintyre: Better public relations won't improve Israel's image abroad

'We must delegitimise the delegitimisers' the Prime Minister has been quoted as saying

'Fake identity' Brits warned that their lives are in danger

A former Mossad colonel says revenge attacks on the six real passport holders could be on the cards

Israeli agents go on PR offensive

Israel is sending more agents abroad, this time on an even more difficult mission: to project a peaceful and positive image of the Jewish state.

Israel reels from backlash at killing of Hamas militant

Both the audacity and the competence of Mossad are being questioned after the latest episode in the agency's colourful history

The new McCarthyism sweeping Israel

To disagree with the state is to 'delegitimise' the state: that is the increasingly strident response of the country's political and military establishment to those who dare to criticise its conduct

Israeli minister calls for action over insult

Danny Ayalon furious at insult hurled during speech at Oxford Union

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Still no hope of common sense in the war against anti-Semitism

These defenders to the end of all Israeli actions knowingly mix politics and race

Anne Karpf: Anti-Semitism is at the limits of irony

Racism against Jews is on the rise, but some of it masquerades as comedy, and that makes it complex to address

Robert Fisk: Israel feels under siege. Like a victim. An underdog

Anyone who is anyone in Israel will come to Herzliya this week for a conference about the state of the Jewish nation. Our correspondent joined them and found a climate of unprecedented insecurity – and paranoia

Robert Fisk’s World: Israel can no longer ignore the existence of the first Holocaust

Recognition of the Armenian genocide is a paramount moral and educational act

Netanyahu's wife accused of bullying staff

Outcry over claims she sacked elderly gardener and humiliated housekeeper

Donald Macintyre: Obama can't afford to sit this one out

Israel's Zionist left is deeply disappointed with the US and EU's failure to intervene
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