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Benny Gantz, one of the leaders of  Blue and White, leans forward  during a visit to Kibbutz Kfar Aza, outside the northern Gaza Strip, in southern Israel. Photograph: Amir Cohen

Benny Gantz, Israel’s former top general, wants to end Binyamin Netanyahu’s decades-long dominance of Israeli politics. Gantz (59), who has no politi(...)

Al-Hol displacement camp in Hasaka governorate, Syria: Ireland has set a pragmatic example to other countries by agreeing to repatriate Lisa Smith who is currently there.  Photograph: Issam Abdallah/Reuters

Hardcore jihadi fighters have held out for weeks in a shrinking corner of the Syrian village of Baghouz, besieged by Kurdish forces. Jihadis fight on (...)

A Palestinian boy jumps at a  destroyed Hamas site following Israeli air strikes in Gaza City on March 15th. Photograph: Mohammed Salem

Egypt on Friday mediated a truce between Israel and Hamas after two missiles fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv, apparently in error, prompted massive Israel(...)

 An Iron Dome rocket interceptor battery deployed near the Gaza Strip. Photograph: REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Militants in Gaza have fired two rockets towards Tel Aviv, the first such attack since the war between Israel and Hamas in 2014. Israel has responded(...)

An Iron Dome rocket interceptor battery deployed near central Gaza Strip, southern Israel. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at the Tel Aviv area on Thursday, setting off sirens, and several explosions were heard, the Israeli milita(...)

The Musicians Union of Ireland called on its members to attend a protest at RTÉ, organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which called for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Israel this year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Palestinian rights campaigners have protested outside RTÉ against the broadcaster’s decision to participate in this year’s Eurovision in Israel. A pe(...)

Singer-songwriter Sarah McTernan has been chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in Tel Aviv, Israel in May. Photograph: Lili Forberg

Singer-songwriter Sarah McTernan has been chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in Tel Aviv, Israel in May. M(...)

The US Consulate in Jerusalem. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

Palestinian leaders have reacted angrily to Washington’s closure of the US consulate in Jerusalem and its merger with the newly opened US embassy in t(...)

 Palestinian paramedics and journalists carry a  journalist wounded by Israeli fire during a protest by Palestinians along the Gaza-Israel border in the Gaza Strip on October 5th, 2018. Photograph: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

United Nations investigators said on Thursday that Israeli security forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in killing 189 P(...)

 A mock world cup trophy  in a   shop in Souk Waqif in Doha. Photograph:  Ibraheem al Omari/Reuters

On New Year’s Day, the people of the oil- and gas-rich gulf state of Qatar woke to find a “health” tax had been implemented overnight, doubling the pr(...)

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