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Wenger offers words of comfort to under-fire Terry

With all that John Terry is alleged to have said, a harsh response from Arsène Wenger could have been expected yesterday. Wenger, one of the game's purists and moralists, takes his Arsenal team to Chelsea this afternoon and his pre-match press conference gave him a perfect platform to denounce the accused, to rail against racism, to ensure uncomfortable headlines for Chelsea's captain.

Livni breaks ranks over prisoner exchange deal

Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni yesterday broke sharply with the mainstream consensus of support for the prisoner exchange which secured abducted soldier Gilad Shalit’s release with an emphatic warning that it had strengthened Hamas and weakened Israel.

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One man's stand against an Israeli settlement

Matthew Kalman reports from Jerusalem on a Palestinian farmer's extraordinary story

Palestinians to apply for UN statehood next month

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will present a request for formal recognition of statehood to the United Nations on 20 September, officials confirmed this weekend, saying they have the support of 117 UN member states.

Israel's middle class launches mass protest at rising cost of living

Reports of 300,000 on streets across country as pressure for reform grows on Netanyahu

Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav appeals rape conviction

Israel's Supreme Court has opened deliberations on former Israeli President Moshe Katsav's appeal of his seven-year sentence for rape and other sexual offences.

Benjamin Netanyahu signals new Palestinian state talks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is prepared to base talks for a Palestinian state on the 1967 truce lines in what appears to be a major policy retreat, an Israeli television channel has claimed.

Israel's 'summer of discontent' over prices puts pressure on Netanyahu

Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is facing the biggest test of his second term in office after tens of thousands of Israelis took to the streets at the weekend to protest against spiralling living costs.

Netanyahu may be forced to destroy settlers' homes

The government of Benjamin Netanyahu is on course for its first major clash with Israeli settlers in the West Bank, before a court deadline expires tomorrow to destroy three homes which have been built without permission in a hilltop outpost near Ramallah.

Israel suspends MP for opposing Gaza blockade

The Israeli parliament has temporarily suspended an Israeli-Arab politician who participated in the Gaza-bound flotilla last year that was intercepted by Israel in a bungled assault that left nine pro-Palestinian activists dead.

US-born Israeli held in Egypt 'not Mossad spy'

Israel's Foreign Minister insisted yesterday that a US-born Israeli arrested in Egypt on espionage charges is not a spy.

Ex-Mossad chief warns against attacking Iran

Meir Dagan, a former chief of Israel's vaunted Mossad intelligence agency, has issued a stinging rebuke of Israeli policies on Iran and the Palestinians, warning that Israel risks sliding headlong into a major regional conflict.

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