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

Palestinian leader hits back at claims that he 'sold out' to Israel

Palestinian officials were scrambling yesterday to head off a mounting political crisis by claiming that thousands of leaked communiqués documenting unprecedented concessions in favour of Israel were a mixture of fabrications and distortions.

Palestinians 'ready to give up Jerusalem sites'

Palestinians offered Israel "the biggest Jerusalem in history", including all but one of the large Israeli settlements built in the occupied Arab eastern sector, according to a major leak of detailed minutes of negotiations going back a decade.

Israel's top soldier faces 'land grab' investigation

A Government watchdog investigation into an alleged land grab by Israel's incoming military chief could threaten the appointment of the decorated general, a justice official said.

Peace process under threat as Barak goes to war with his party

Israel's defence minister, Ehud Barak, abruptly quit as leader of the Labour Party yesterday, plunging the party into disarray and casting a shadow over prospects for peace.

Israel clears out disputed site in Muslim quarter

Israel has widened access to a revered Jewish site in the heart of the Jerusalem Old City’s Muslim quarter, a move that threatens to inflame tensions at one of the world’s most contested religious sites.

Turkey calls for Israeli minister to be sacked

Turkey's Prime Minister has urged Israel to sack its controversial foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, arguing that he is an obstacle to peace in the region.

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A spirit of intolerance is on the move in Israel. Yesterday, in the latest victory for Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu party, members of the Knesset voted to establish a parliamentary panel of inquiry into the funding of a group of human rights organisations.

Israeli parliament backs 'McCarthyite' investigation into human rights groups

A right-wing proposal to investigate some of Israel's best-known human rights organisations for "delegitimising" its military was approved by the country's parliament yesterday amid left-wing charges of McCarthyism.

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Former Israeli president is guilty of rape

Moshe Katsav, a former president of Israel, was convicted yesterday on two counts of raping an employee while he was a cabinet minister in a case that has shocked the country but is seen as a milestone victory by women's groups.

Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav convicted of rape

Former President Moshe Katsav was convicted today of raping an employee when he was a Cabinet minister, the most serious criminal charges ever brought against a high-ranking official in Israel and a case that shocked the nation.

Letters: Criticism of Israel and dislike of Jews

I do not understand David Pollard's argument that it has clearly not been "a vintage year for the Wiesenthal anti-Semitic slur awards, if an obscure Lithuanian Holocaust denier and a moan from Christina Patterson ... have both made it into the Top 10 Slurs of the year" (letter, 27 December).

Cabinet steps back from Lieberman's outburst on Turkey

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak yesterday moved to countermand outspoken remarks by his Foreign Ministry colleague Avigdor Lieberman denouncing the Turkish government for "lies" and dismissing prospects of a peace deal with the Palestinians.

Israeli moderates outraged as rabbis target non-Jews

Over 40 prominent Israeli rabbis – some of them public servants – yesterday targeted the country's million-plus Arab minority with a religious edict warning their congregations not to rent property to non-Jews.

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