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That Everton are even under discussion for fourth place is a miracle and – to the neutral – an unalloyed delight

Palestinian militants fire missiles at Tel Aviv in latest escalation of Gaza violence

Twenty-four hours after the proud boast of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel had severely damaged the long-range missile capabilities of Palestinian militants in Gaza with a ferocious barrage of air-to-surface missiles and naval artillery, two Fajr-5 rockets fired by Islamic Jihad landed just south of Israel's densely-populated commercial heartland on Thursday evening.

Verdict in trial of Kafka's legacy makes author's papers public

The final chapter in Franz Kafka's story ended last week in a Tel Aviv courtroom. It is a tale of death, passion, greed and deception that reads more like an airport thriller than a work by the ascetic Czech author.

The Czech writer Franz Kafka

Verdict in the trial of Kafka's legacy

A legal wrangle for ownership of the Czech master's unseen works has finally ended

Israeli protester sets himself on fire at rally

An Israeli protester set himself alight during a rally Saturday night marking the anniversary of a wave of demonstrations that swept the country to protest the high cost of living and other social issues, authorities said.

Police arrest 85 after protest sparks violent clashes

Scores of demonstrators clashed with police, smashed bank windows and blocked roads in Israel's commercial capital Tel Aviv at the weekend during a protest against the arrest of a social activist.

Thousands pack the streets in Tel Aviv for the city's annual gay pride parade

Tel Aviv opens its arms to gay rights

Drag queens, dancers and shirtless men were partying through central Tel Aviv yesterday as thousands packed the streets for the city's annual gay pride parade. Colourful floats with scantily dressed revellers drove through the streets as crowds cheered, waved flags and gyrated to loud music as Israel's homosexual community celebrated the event.

Airlines refuse to let pro-Palestinians fly to join protest

Hundreds of police were deployed at Israel's main airport yesterday to detain activists flying in to protest against the country's occupation of Palestinian territory.

The Hedonist: Tel Aviv

What to see and where to be seen

Daniil Trifonov, Wigmore Hall

Out of Russia, always something pianistically new. When 20 year-old Daniil Trifonov won the Tchaikovsky competition last year, it was clear he was extraordinary.

Railway to Damascus is being staged at Tel Aviv's Habima theatre

Israeli veterans wounded by 'offensive' play

Drama set in 1940s shows woman's execution after she has child with British officer

Crying and spat on, plight of girl, 7, mobilises Israelis against extremists

Thousands of Israelis are expected to march through the city of Bet Shemesh later this week to protest against the treatment of women by ultra-orthodox Jewish extremists, with tensions high after a seven-year-old girl said she had been spat on in the street.

The Business On... Teddy Sagi, founder of Playtech

Playing fair?

William Hill resolves internet workers' row

The bookmaker William Hill said it had resolved a dispute with workers at its online operations in Tel Aviv and Bulgaria and parted company with seven senior managers.

'Walk like an Egyptian': has the Arab Spring spawned an Israeli Summer?

In the biggest demonstration in the country's history, Israelis took to the streets to demand economic and social reform. Donald Macintyre reports from Tel Aviv

Zubin Mehta: Master of the high tempo

As he brings the Israel Philharmonic to the Proms, the Indian conductor Zubin Mehta tells Nicola Christie how music has become a powerful agent for change in his adopted land
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