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

Video: Israeli fire under control after four days

The last of the flames subside in the worst fire in Israel's history.

Criticism mounts over Israel's 'unpreparedness' for wildfire

Israel's hard-pressed emergency services appeared close to bringing the worst wildfire in the country's history under control last night as political leaders sought to fend off mounting criticism of the country's unpreparedness for such a disaster.

Israel battles biggest wildfire in its history

The Isreali emergency services are struggling to cope as wildfire sweeps across the north of the country, killing up to 40 people.

Israel tries to clean up its image abroad

Israel's ultra-nationalist Foreign Minister is proposing a major new public relations drive in Europe aimed at bolstering Israel's flagging image.

Israeli ex-PM insists that settlements be suspended

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was urged yesterday by his predecessor to agree a further halt to Jewish settlement building despite the "wasted" 18 months spent on the "marginal" issue of whether construction should be frozen.

Comatose ex-Israeli PM moved home from hospital

Israel's comatose former prime minister, Ariel Sharon, was moved home to his ranch today, nearly five years after being incapacitated by a series of strokes while still in office.

Hague warns time is running out to solve Israeli conflict

The "window of opportunity" could be closing on a two-state solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict, William Hague warned yesterday at the end of his first trip here as Foreign Secretary.

Israel ambushes Hague over arrest warrants

Israel and Britain moved last night to limit the damage of an Israeli diplomatic ambush that threatened to overshadow the first official visit to the Middle East by William Hague, the Foreign Secretary.

Lieberman: The man dragging Israel to the right

Foreign Secretary Avigdor Lieberman greets William Hague today in a more powerful position than ever

Israel's Labour party threatens to leave coalition

A senior Labour Cabinet minister has insisted that his party will leave Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government unless the Prime Minister takes the steps necessary to resume direct peace talks with the Palestinians.

PM: Jews should take loyalty oath

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to extend a loyalty oath for candidates for Israeli citizenship to include Jews as well as non-Jews, his office said yesterday.

Israel divided over sculpture of Sharon in a coma

Ariel Sharon, one of Israel's most controversial and long-standing political and military leaders, has been depicted in a life-size sculpture as he is – more than four years after being felled by a massive stroke – comatose in a hospital bed.

Donald Macintyre: History will have more to say on this titanic warrior

It is surprising that the legacy of so titanic a figure as Ariel Sharon does not figure more in Israeli public discourse than it does. But the left never wholly warmed to the scourge of the Palestinians; those on the right, meanwhile, felt bitterly betrayed by his withdrawal from Gaza.

East Jerusalem settlement revival casts doubt on peace talks

Israel yesterday cast a new shadow over prospects for a resumption of direct peace negotiations with the Palestinians when it disclosed fresh plans for 230 housing units in Arab East Jerusalem.

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