Haaretz newspaper columnist Gideon Levy: “In the West Bank, you see the real face of the Israel Defence Forces, the so-called most moral army in the world.” Photograph: Gil Cohen Magen/AFP/Getty Images

Gideon Levy is preaching in the wilderness. Week after week, the columnist for Haaretz newspaper tells his compatriots what they do not want to hea(...)

Hostile world: Amos Oz in Israel. Photograph: Rina Castelnuovo/New York Times

Amos Oz is probably Israel’s best-known living writer. The 75-year-old relishes talking about his “Irish zeal” as a child in the British Mandate of(...)

An Israeli border policeman detains a Palestinian protestor during clashes in east Jerusalem on Saturday ahead of Land Day yesterday. Land Day, observed by Israelis, commemorates the killing by security forces of six Arabs in 1976 during protests. Photograph: Reuters\Amir Cohen

Israel failed to release a fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners over the weekend, puttin(...)

IAvigdor Lieberman with then US secretary of state Hillary Clinton in 2012. Israel’s foreign ministewr has become an enthusiastic supporter of the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Israel’s foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has undergone a dramatic political transformation in recent months: until recently a diplomatic (...)

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against the Jewish settlement of Ofra, in the West Bank village of Silwad, near Ramallah, yesterday. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

The Middle East peace talks are in crisis.When Israel and the Palestinians agreed, under intense pressure from Washington, to relaunch direct bilatera(...)

Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who has died aged 85, was a remarkable blend of maverick and mainstay.He fought in all of Israel’s mai(...)

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 (...)

Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon speaks to the media during a news conference in Tel Aviv in 2005. File Photograph: Gil Cohen Magen/Reuters

A maverick in war and politics, Israel’s Ariel Sharon reshaped the Middle East in a career marked by adventurism and disgrace, dramatic reversals and (...)

Ariel Sharon in 2006: he was one of Israel’s most controversial figures. Photograph: Eliana Aponte-Pool/Getty Images

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma since 2006, is suffering from vital organ failure and is fighting for his life.Clos(...)

 File photograph of then-Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon attending a meeting of his Likud party  in Jerusalem  in  2004. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since a 2006 stroke, is in a critical, life-threatening condition from which he is unlikely to ra(...)