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The leader of the Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid,  above, has already agreed with Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Yamina, that he can serve first as prime minister in a broad coalition.  Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin has tasked Yair Lapid, the head of the centrist Yesh Atid party, with forming a new government after acting prime min(...)

 Ultra-Orthodox mourners during the funeral of Daniel Ambon from Argentina who died in the stampede in Mount Meron. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

As Israel buried the last of the dead from the Mount Meron religious festival stampede, prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu is resisting pressure to se(...)

Practical Christianity insists that we value others, especially those with whom we have differences. Photograph: Getty Images

When Éamon de Valera died in 1975 a service of commemoration was held in Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin. The sermon was preached by the then-Archbisho(...)

 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas blamed Israel for uncertainty about whether it would allow the legislative election to proceed in Jerusalem as well as in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Photograph:  Hazem Bader/AFP via Getty Images

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Friday postponed planned parliamentary elections amid a dispute over voting in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem a(...)

Fragrant shakshouka: Scoop it up with warm bread and you could be in Tripoli, Tunis or Tel Aviv.

Few things can transport me back to lazy weekend mornings in Tripoli better than a piping hot bowl of shakshuka. When I lived in the Libyan capital in(...)

Israeli security forces stand guard at the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, as a Palestinian man crosses to attend the second Friday prayers  of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque, on April 23rd. Photograph:   Abbas Momani/Afp  via Getty

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is under pressure to postpone the first Palestinian elections in 15 years as his party, Fatah, has split and his f(...)

Israeli soldiers inspect a piece of debris after a missile launched from Syria landed in the vicinity of the Dimona nuclear site in Israel’s southern Negev desert. Photograph: Getty Images

The Israeli military is examining how its air defences failed to intercept a surface-to-air missile fired from Syria that landed close to the Dimona n(...)

Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem: ‘When you get a result, it’s the most wonderful feeling in the world’. Photograph: Morris MacMatzen/Getty

He describes himself as “the only Jew who prays for the good health of Nazis”. As the last Nazi hunter tracking down the last surviving Nazis from the(...)

 King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan and Prince  Prince Hashim bin Al Hussein were joined by  Prince Hamzah (centre second row) among other royal family members at prayers at the tombs of their forefathers in a supposed show of unity as they marked the centenary of the Kingdom in Amman, Jordan. Photograph: Youssef Allan/EPA

Jordan’s Prince Hamzah will not be prosecuted over his involvement in an alleged conspiracy to destabilise the kingdom but will be “dealt with within (...)

 US defence secretary Lloyd Austin and and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: Iran blames Israel for an explosion at its Natanz nuclear site on Sunday. Photograph: Menahem Kahana

Israel will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, its prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Monday, hours after Tehran vowed to avenge an Isra(...)

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