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(...)