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Eshkol Nevo's debut novel takes place just before the assassination of Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin, in a parched hilltop village between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The narrative focuses on the relationship between Noa, a student of photography and Amir, a psychology student, but branches out to include the voices of neighbours - Jews, Arabs and Kurds.

Israel's voice of reason: Amos Oz on war, peace and life as an outsider

To thousands of fellow Israelis, he's a dangerous radical. To others, he's the nation's liberal conscience. Writer Amos Oz has been making waves for decades.

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Israeli military officials say the country's navy chief has apologised after he was seen in a strip club.

Rhyming Life and Death, By Amos Oz, translated by Nicholas de Lange

Amos Oz is a giant in Israel for the wealth of his literary achievements and for his courageous political stance. His outstanding memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness, allowed us to understand how this child of the Israeli Right had become a major figure of the Left. It also explored the tragedy of a boy whose mother had committed suicide. It linked the political and the emotional. However, his latest novella is a surprisingly tiny conceit. Set in Tel Aviv during the 1980s, it focuses on eight hours in an anonymous, 40-something writer's life before, during and after a public reading. The central character is The Author. Or perhaps it is Oz?

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Alleged gangland boss Yaakov Alperon, one of Israel's most wanted men, was killed by a car bomb in Tel Aviv yesterday, highlighting public fears of rising crime.

My magical mystery tour: Sir Paul McCartney's return to Israel

Last week Sir Paul McCartney returned to Israel, four decades after The Beatles were banned. Here, with comments by Sir Paul, is the pick of his portfolio. And, left, Donald Macintyre reflects on a diplomatic triumph

First Night: Sir Paul McCartney, Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv

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Israel's forgotten hero: The assassination of Count Bernadotte - and the death of peace

He was charged by the UN with bringing peace to Palestine– but died at the hands of Jewish assassins. Now, 60 years after his death, the memory of the Swedish aristocrat Folke Bernadotte is dividing Israel.

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McCartney to perform in Israel

Paul McCartney will perform for the first time ever in Israel next month - more than 40 years after The Beatles were blocked from giving a concert in the country.

Lover of Unreason: The Life and Tragic Death of Assia Wevill, By Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev

The excruciatingly painful end of this fascinating biography – Assia Wevill would gas herself and Shura, her daughter by Ted Hughes, to death – overshadows everything we can learn about this unfortunate woman, even as we fantasize, as with all suicides, that we can still save her somehow before the last page and rewrite her story.

The Aluminum Show, Pleasance Courtyard

Usually found in the kitchen, humble aluminium is the star of this show (if spelt the American way). Devised by the Tel Aviv dancer Ilan Azriel, with fantastic designs and special effects by Yuval Kedem, the show's whimsical use of the metal offers unalloyed pleasure.

Israel: From independence to intifada

It was created from the ashes of the Holocaust, and grew into one of the most confident (and controversial) nations in history. Today, as Israel turns 60, its people's hopes for a peaceful future are as delicately poised as ever

Ed Husain: You Ask The Questions

The author of 'The Islamist' and co-director of the Quilliam Foundation answers your questions, such as 'Did you ever consider becoming a suicide bomber?' and 'Who is your political hero?'

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