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Israeli-Arab Issa Kassissieh  during the annual Christmas tree distribution by the Jerusalem municipality in the Old City on December 20th: Rabbi’s issued a statement to remind hoteliers that  erecting a Christmas tree in a hotel contravenes  Jewish law.  Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

The season of goodwill, it appears, hasn’t reached the Holy Land. Israeli hoteliers and tourism officials have reacted angrily after the Jerusalem r(...)

David Friedman, Donald Trump’s nominee to be next US ambassador to Israel, with the US president-elect and his daughter Ivanka. Photograph: Bradley C Bower/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Palestinian leadership has warned that if US president-elect Donald Trump follows through with his promise to relocate the American embassy from T(...)

Israel’s housing minister Yoav Galant (centre-left) visits the illegal outpost of Amona, built on private Palestinian land on Sunday. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty

Settlers due to be evicted from an outpost in the occupied West Bank under an Israeli court order accepted a government-proposed deal on Sunday to hea(...)

Israeli settlers, many teenagers referred to as “hilltop youth”, on the outskirts of Amona in the West Bank on Friday. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

As residents of the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona prepared to usher in the Jewish Sabbath on Friday evening – together with more than 1,000 milit(...)

Donald Trump with his daughter Ivanka and his nominee as US ambassador to Israel, lawyer  David Friedman, in 2010. Mr Friedman (57) said that he planned to “strengthen the bond” between the US and Israel and that he looked forward to “doing this from the US embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem”.   Photograph: Bradley C Bower/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Donald Trump plans to name an Orthodox Jewish lawyer with hardline conservative views on Israel as ambassador to the Jewish state, signalling a poten(...)

The Knesset:  Short skirts have long been against the Israeli parliament’s dress code, but how short was never specified. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images

Some 30 parliamentary aides wearing miniskirts and short dresses were denied entry to the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, on Wednesday, as they proteste(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny presenting the European Movement Ireland European of the Year Award to Vice Admiral Mark Mellett. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The European of the Year award has been presented to the Defence Forces. The award, given by the European Movement Ireland, is in recognition of the D(...)

Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation: hosted ‘Milestones on a Journey of Hope’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leaders of the various faiths in Ireland have issued a joint plea for an end to violence in the Middle East. At a meeting this week in the Glencree (...)

 Amona, the largest West Bank outpost of Jewish settlers:     The community, which is home to 40 families, was left out of the Bill and is to be demolished on Christmas Day. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

The Israeli Knesset is expected on Wednesday to pass the first and second readings of a controversial Bill that will retroactively legalise thousands(...)

T-shirts  for sale in a souvenir shop in Jerusalem. Israel’s “incredible” and “generous” offers to Palestinians have been repeatedly rejected, Donald Trump has claimed. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

It is a sign of Donald Trump’s megalomania that he thinks he can succeed where his predecessors failed, in making peace between Israelis and Palestini(...)

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