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

Everton manager and soon-to-be Manchester United manager David Moyes

Manchester United's new manager David Moyes fails to make world's most influential Jews list – because he's Christian

The Jerusalem Post had featured Moyes on front page last week under the headline 'A Jewish Manager'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu under fire again as official residence expenses near £1m

Further embarrassment for PM as household spending increases by 80 per cent in just three years

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Embarrassment for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after it is revealed he asked for bedroom to be specially fitted on plane he used to travel to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, is facing embarrassment after it was revealed that he asked for a bedroom to be specially fitted to the plane he used to travel to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral last month.

Tipped: Mirren is among the favourites to secure the Best Actress award for her latest turn as the Queen in The Audience

West End set to beat outsiders at the Olivier awards

Jury change favours mainstream shows at expense of independents

At 65, modern Israel is falling short of Zionism's most basic goal

This was meant to be a state like any other: now it flouts international law

Page 3 Profile: Mark Rylance, actor

Page 3 Profile: Mark Rylance, actor

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Postcard from... Jerusalem

I thought I was doing so well. Since arriving in Jerusalem as this paper’s correspondent I have made a concerted effort to get fit. After a few years on the foreign desk in London, and consequently getting little exercise, sleep, vegetables, etc, I thought I’d shed a few pounds by running round my new home.

'It's not racism. The Muslim players just shouldn't be here': Beitar Jerusalem fans walk out over signing of two Muslim Chechen players

When a Chechen striker scored on his debut for Beitar Jerusalem, its hard-core right-wing fans walked out, reports Alistair Dawber

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Bulgarian drug addict Deyan Deyanov found guilty of stabbing and beheading British pensioner in Tenerife

A Bulgarian drug addict who beheaded a British grandmother in a frenzied knife attack on the holiday island of Tenerife was today found guilty of murder.

Postcard from... Moscow

Last week, a flight from Moscow to Phuket was forced to land in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, after a passenger got so aggressive that a fight broke out on board and the pilot decided the safety of the crew and other passengers was at risk. The incident, just a week after a drunk passenger assaulted a steward on a flight to Hurghada in Egypt, has again raised the issue of mile-high hooliganism in Russia.

Postcard from... Jerusalem

I have always believed that if you're going somewhere, you really ought to brush up on a few words of the local language.

Benjamin Netanyahu attends the Knesset elections at the Paula Ben Gurion school, Jerusalem

'There is no room for a Palestinian state in this tiny area'

If every Israeli voted at the secondary school in Efrat – a Jewish settlement in the West Bank – Naftali Bennett would almost certainly be the country’s next prime minister.

Councillor Danny Healy-Rae argued that that current laws regulating drink-driving were forcing an older generation to stay home

Irish council votes to relax drink-driving laws

Councillors in rural Ireland have come up with a novel way of tackling the problem of drink driving – by making it legal. The plans backed by Kerry county council, in south-west Ireland, would allow police to issue permits that give permission for some people to have “two or three” alcoholic drinks and still drive.

Palestinians evicted from E1, east of Jerusalem, less than 48 hours after beginning protest

A group of Palestinian protesters who had built a tented village in a strategically important area of the West Bank have been evicted by Israeli police, less than 48 hours after beginning their action.

Israel advances plans to build 942 new homes in east Jerusalem

Palestinians do not recognise Israel's 1967 annexation of the territory

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