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

Dominic Lawson: Vote yes, or no – the outcome will barely make a difference

When Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg proclaim that the introduction of AV will 'end politics as usual', they are either fantasising or conning us

Israel suspends tax payment over détente

Israel has suspended an $88m (£53m) tax payment owed to the Palestinians in retaliation for a landmark reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas, the rival Palestinian factions.

Israel calls Palestinian deal a 'fatal mistake'

Israeli President Shimon Peres yesterday described a long-awaited reconciliation deal between two Palestinian factions as a "fatal mistake" that will destroy any hopes of establishing an independent Palestinian state.

Israel's Foreign Minister facing corruption charges

Israel's attorney General said yesterday that he plans to indict the Foreign Minister on corruption charges but will allow him a standard final hearing before a charge sheet is issued. If Avigdor Lieberman is indicted, it would probably force him to resign, badly shaking Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government.

Campaign to annul Goldstone report

Israel is launching an international campaign to push the United Nations to rescind a scathing report on Israeli war conduct in Gaza two years ago, after the report's author backtracked from key allegations against the Jewish state.

Tawfik Toubi

Tawfik Toubi, who died on 12 March aged 88, was the last surviving member of Israel's first parliament. He came to prominence when he exposed the 1956 Kafr Qasim massacre, when members of the Israel Border Police murdered 49 Arab civilians, including an unborn baby.

Uri Dromi: Only the Palestinians will be weakened by this attack

A distant blast, ambulance sirens, frantic telephone calls, breaking news on television. What déjà vu. All Israelis have some kind of encounter with terror.

Former Israeli president jailed for rape

Israel's former president Moshe Katsav was sentenced yesterday to seven years in jail for rape and other sexual offences, the culmination of a five-year-long judicial process that has transfixed the Israeli public.

Christina Patterson: Israel needs its friends more than ever

Everyone in the West knows suicide bombs are a bad idea, but quite a lot of people in the West think that stealing land isn't

Israel sends school trips to flash point

As peace talks with the Palestinians are stalled over Jewish settlements the Israeli government plans to send schoolchildren on field trips to Hebron in the West Bank. The city, south of Jerusalem, is venerated as a holy site by both Islam and Jews and is one of the West Bank's most volatile flash points.

Reading Hebron, Orange Tree, Richmond

On 25 February 1994, a Jewish settler named Baruch Goldstein from the West Bank city of Hebron shot dead 29 Palestinian worshippers at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a site sacred to both Jews and Muslims. Reading about this atrocity sends Nathan Abramowitz, the Toronto Jew who is the driven protagonist of Jason Sherman's hard-hitting play, onto an investigative trail that then spirals into an obsessive, savagely zany examination of Israeli politics, American support for Israel, and, last but far from least, his own psychology as a so-called self-hating liberal Jew.

Mubarak failed final test

Hosni Mubarak survived assassination attempts and wave after wave of Mideast crises, a solid ally of the West whose stable image reassured many Egyptians.

Leaks destabilising for Palestinians, says Blair

The leaking of hundreds of documents covering decades of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations was designed to be "extremely damaging" to the peace process in the region, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said today.

The price of Jerusalem

I turned on Al Jazeera on Sunday to see a live interview with Maher Hanoun. In 2009, I was living with Maher’s family in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah when they were evicted from their home.

Donald Macintyre: Few of the 'revealed' concessions are new, or conclusive

In the public 2003 Geneva Initiative, the Palestinians went further on territory than seems the case in the leaked papers
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