Tel Aviv: a billboard bearing a portrait of the late Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, ahead of a memorial rally marking the 20th anniversary of his assassination. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Wednesday marks the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s former prime minister, who was shot by right-wing extremist Yigal(...)

Isaac Herzog at a campaign rally in a market in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Lod  on March 3rd. The Labor Party leader, who is seeking to becom prime minister of Israel after next week’s general election, has strong Irish connections. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/The New York Times

In Isaac Herzog’s stump speech, honed over long weeks and months on the campaign trail, there invariably comes a point where he must acknowledge his b(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (right) listens as Egypt’s foreign minister Nabil Fahmy speaks to the media prior to a meeting at the US state department in Washington DC on yesterday. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

A deadline set by the US last year for peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians passed without agreement or a framework for possible (...)

Commitment to brotherhood: the pope places a prayer in the Western Wall. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty

We were in a monastery garden at the foot of Mount Sinai, but it might as well have been the parish church in Ballydehob. Pope John Paul II was(...)

Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon attends a meeting with the Israeli president Moshe Katsav in Jerusalem in 2005. File Photograph: David Furst/Reuters

February 26th, 1928: Born to Russian immigrants in farming community of Kfar Malal north of Tel Aviv.1948: Having joined Jewish guerrillas at the age (...)

Former prime minister Golda Meir: not aware of any Palestinians. Photograph: AP

The website of the Israeli tourism ministry tells us that: “Various peoples have lived in the Negev since the dawn of history: nomads, Canaanites, Phi(...)

Moshe Yaalon, an ex-general and vice premier from the right-wing Likud party, will be Israel's next defence minister. Photograph: Nir Elias/Reuters

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu today chose Moshe Yaalon, an ex-general and vice premier from his right-wing Likud party, to be Israel's next(...)