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

John Kerry's Middle East 'talks': Peace is not made through pantomime

Today’s meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators has a clear element of staging

The Jewish settlement of Gilo, being built in East Jerusalem

Israel approves plan to build 900 new homes in east Jerusalem as Palestinian prisoner release remains on track

Israel is pressing ahead with a plan to build nearly 900 new settlement homes in east Jerusalem as new peace are set to begin.

City of hope: Orthodox Jews and Muslims mingle at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem

Jerusalem Season of Culture: A cultural melting pot with no dividing walls

As Middle East peace talks begin, David Lister reports from Jerusalem on how art is bringing Jews and Arabs together

Netanyahu recovering after successful hernia surgery in Israel

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, underwent successful hernia surgery today, but will require several days’ rest to make a full recovery, aides and doctors said.

Israel’s housing minister, Uri Ariel, talks to press after the announcement of new settlement units

Middle East peace talks: Tension flares as Israel authorises new West Bank settlements

Approval of project to build 1,200 new settler homes threatens to derail peace talks with Palestinians

Houses (foreground) of a West Bank settlement in Maale Adumim

Israel won't sign EU agreements until settlement clause is removed

Leading ministers would rather forgo millions in research grants than agree to anti-settlement conditions

Editorial: The Germany scheme of Familienpflegezeit (family caring time) is something from which we could learn much

Women's earnings play a huge role in the survival of the nation's families

Shaun Palmer, in stripes, and other young people from the UK in Jerusalem

The Holocaust ambassadors asked to ensure that the crime is never forgotten

How one charity is sending British children to Israel for an education in genocide that they can take home

The London Metal Exchange's system of quoting prices has remained unchanged for over 100 years

London Metal Exchange is an anachronistic world long since left behind by modern markets

The London Metal Exchange – which sets the rules for the global aluminium trade – is one of the few modern markets to retain “open outcry” trading, in which brokers shout and gesticulate to make their buy and sell orders.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Mukataa compound, in the West Bank city of Ramallah

John Kerry brokers Washington meeting to
restart Israeli-Palestinian Middle East peace talks

Breakthrough comes after frantic day of negotiations

Stuart Pearce says it's time for the players to accept their share of responsibility

Israel Under-21s 1 England Under-21s 0 match report: Stuart Pearce rounds on players as Israel inflict final insult at European Championships

And so the final humiliation. What is expected to be final act of Stuart Pearce's reign with the England Under-21 team was another deserved defeat and with it their worst ever performance in the finals. Only Israel themselves, who somehow qualify for Eurovision Song Contests as well as European football, have previously ever returned 'nul points', which they did in the 2007 tournament. Back in those days Pearce's England pups were regarded as brave fighters who only lost the semi-final in one of the longest ever shoot-outs. From reaching the final two years later, his sides have regressed to tonight's low point.

Dame Judi Dench’s stage debut was faintly praised

Labour has an attitude problem

But it's the low-brow electorate's attitude that is the hindrance – just look at the McDonald's ads. Plus, veteran actors' debuts

Berlin to provide $1bn for Nazis’ Jewish victims

A fund for Jewish victims of Nazi crimes says it has reached an agreement for Berlin to provide $1bn (£655m) in homecare for victims.

Derek Boateng in action for Ghana during the African Cup of Nations

Fulham announce double signing of Fernando Amorebieta and Derek Boateng

Cottagers complete swoop of Venezuelan international after Boateng announces transfer via Twitter

Clashes as Palestinians mark the Nakba

Clashes broke out today between Palestinians marking the Nakba, and Israeli security officials.

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