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The new system will be used initially to intercept short-range rockets, and will operate in tandem with Israel’s multi-tiered air defence systems including Iron Dome (above).  Photograph: Jalaa Marey/AFP via Getty Images

Israel has announced a technological breakthrough that uses laser technology to intercept missiles, describing the development as a “game-changer that(...)

Palestinian schoolchildren in the Balata refugee camp in Nablus. Funding cuts have left UNRWA on the brink of postponing the start of the school year on several occasions. Photograph: Niall Sargent

St Photini’s Church, flanked by lush olive trees and ranks of overflowing potted plants, sits as a subtle centre of solitude along the traffic-clogged(...)

Balata is by far the most densely populated among the 19 West Bank camps

Life in Balata is a disaster, says Sadya Khateeb. Balata – a refugee camp in the West Bank – was set up after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. It was to be (...)

 Palestinian Christians take part in a Christmas parade in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Photograph: Abed al-Hashlamoun/EPA

Catholic leaders in Israel have urged the state to allow Christians in Gaza to visit Bethlehem, in the West Bank, over the Christmas holiday. In a su(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney is set to visit Israel and Palestine. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is to visit Palestine and Israel today, his fourth such visit in his current role. Mr Coveney(...)

Actor Christopher Eccleston has written a deeply personal book about his life and career. File photograph: BBC Pictures

I Love the Bones of You: My Father and the Making of Me by Christopher Eccleston Simon & Schuster, £20 Christopher Eccleston is well known for hi(...)

Israeli prime minister and leader of Likud Binyamin Netanyahu:  only obliged to step down if a guilty verdict has been handed down following an appeal process. Photograph: Abir Sultan

Even if Thursday’s decision by Israel’s attorney general to indict prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust (...)

Smoke and fire billow  during a reported Israeli air strike on the outskirts of Damascus. The Israeli army confirmed it attacked military sites in Damascus. Photograph: AFP

Israel on Wednesday attacked dozens of Iranian targets in Syria, in response to rocket fire on northern Israel the day before. The army said its figh(...)

Baha Abu Al-Ata, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader who  was assassinated on Tuesday morning in an Israeli air strike. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Israel and Gaza militants are locked in another round of deadly violence after Israel killed a senior militant commander in a surprise, pre-dawn air s(...)

Pierre Krahenbuhl, who resigned as commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency on Wednesday. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Accusations of mismanagement have precipitated the resignation of the head of the UN agency caring for 5.5 million Palestinian refugees, undermining i(...)

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