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Joshua Greene, a Harvard psychologist turned moral philosopher, gets it right about at least one thing in Moral Tribes.  “This is an ambitious book,” he tells us on page five. Its goal? To find “a metamorality, a global philosophy that can adjudicate among competing tribal moralities”. So, an answer to all conflicts between the world's nations, cultures, religions and factions? As a reader, you can't help but wish him luck.

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

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

Israel names 26 Palestinian prisoners for release before peace talks - and announces plans for more than 1,000 West Bank homes

Israel has named 26 Palestinian prisoners they plan to free this week under a deal enabling US-backed peace talks to resume.

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

Violinist Nigel Kennedy performs The Four Seasons by Vivaldi

Classical review: Proms 33 and 34: Nigel Kennedy Orientalises Vivaldi and Mitsuko Uchida casts spells with Beethoven

Prom 33 – Uchida, Bavarian RSO, Jansons

Prom 34 – Kennedy, Palestine Strings, Orchestra of Life

Israel's new West Bank settlement plan 'destroys' two-state solution, says PLO

Israel has given preliminary approval for the construction of more than 800 new homes in Jewish settlements on occupied West Bank land where Palestinians seek statehood.

Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi places a wish on Jerusalem’s Western Wall

Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi takes a shot at peace

Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi placed a wish in Jerusalem’s Western Wall today as he and his team-mates completed a two-day “peace tour” of Israel and the West Bank  that included a training clinic for young Palestinians in Hebron and meetings with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

Tzipi Livni, the Israeli justice minister and chief negotiator in the peace talks abstained from the vote, but is understood to have attacked the decision during the cabinet meeting

Israel's cabinet approves new national priorities plan

Israel’s cabinet today approved a new national priorities plan, which will see preferential funding going to outposts in the occupied West Bank, which just a few months ago, even the Israel government considered to be illegal.

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

Book review: The Remains of Love, By Zeruya Shalev, trans. Philip Simpson

This outstanding Israeli novel breaks taboos and tells tough truths about the ties that bind

Hezbollah leader renews support for Palestinians in rare speech

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah appeared in public for the first time in almost two years today, declaring his continued support for Palestinians to ecstatic cheers from a Beirut crowd.

Nigel Kennedy with The Palestine Strings at Jerusalem Festival 2012

Palestinian orchestra takes centre stage at The Proms with Kennedy’s support

There is little that is more quintessentially British than the proms, but on Thursday the Royal Albert Hall will hear a youth orchestra from the Occupied Territories, which has been asked to perform alongside Nigel Kennedy. The Palestine Strings travelled to London today.

Hasan Rouhani called Israel an “old wound” that should be removed

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani: Israel is 'a wound on the body of the Islamic world'

President-elect also expressed doubts about the possibility of an Israeli-Palestinian peace

Berthold Beitz was honoured for saving hundreds of Jews in occupied Poland during the Second World War

Berthold Beitz: Industrialist who saved hundreds of Jews from the Nazis

Berthold Beitz, who died on 30 July at the age of 99, was honoured for saving hundreds of Jews in Poland during the Second World War and became one of post-war West Germany's leading industrialists.

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