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Benjamin Soffer, chairman of the Israeli Tech Transfer Network: “It is a fundamental part of the role of universities to do basic research after all.”

Higher education institutions need to double down on their market-led research and innovation efforts and their engagement with the commercial world o(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu was left without a majority coalition failed to reach a compromise on the question of drafting the ultra-Orthodox into the army. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel will hold a new election on September 17th after prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu failed to meet the Wednesday midnight deadline to form a gov(...)

Avigdor Lieberman, head of far-right Yisrael Beitenu party,  and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: they have a history of bad blood. Photograph: Ammar Awad

Barring a last-minute compromise ahead of a midnight Wednesday deadline, Israel will be holding new elections in September, as prime minister Binyamin(...)

 Benjamin Netanyahu: “A lot can be done in 48 hours. The voters’ wishes can be respected, a strong right-wing government can be formed.” Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel moved closer to a new election on Monday as prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s efforts to form a government after last month’s national poll r(...)

A Palestinian loads a cart with aid food provided by the UN’s World Food Programme and its agency for Palestinian refugees, Unrwa, in the Gaza Strip’s al-Shati refugee camp. Photograph: Mohammed Abed

The US has called for the dismantling of the UN agency caring for more than five million Palestinian refugees. Trump administration envoy Jason Gree(...)

Mauritius prime minister Pravind Jugnauth: said his country was prepared to enter into an agreement with United States or Britain or both, to be allowed unhindered operation of the Diego Garcia  airbase. Photograph: Chang W Lee/The New York Times

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly demanded on Wednesday that Britain give up control over the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean with(...)

Child aggression directed at parents came first in a study carried out by Parentline into the top 10 reasons for calls to its helpline. Photograph: iStock

Six years ago, this problem wasn’t even on its radar – but last year research by the parent support group Parentline found aggression in children to b(...)

On coming to power, Donald Trump delegated his “deal of the century” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to his adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, but, more than two years later, the plan has yet to materialise. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

If the first element in the United States peace plan for the Middle East, unveiled by the White House in recent days, is any indication of what is to (...)

Prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh (centre)  told his  cabinet that Palestinians “do not trade our national rights for money”. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

Palestinian politicians and businessmen have flatly rejected the Trump administration’s proposal for an economic workshop scheduled for next month in (...)

 Duncan Laurence, representing The Netherlands, wins the 64th   Eurovision Song Contest in  Tel Aviv. Photograph: Michael Campanella/Getty Images

This is evidently what passes as The Bants in Israel; “Technically, this is our third date, and you know what happens on a third date…” Assi Azar says(...)

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