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 Shimon Peres visiting border police’s counterterrorist unit’s base in Israel in 2011. Photograph: Amos Ben Gershom/EPA

The body of Shimon Peres will lie in state at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, on Thursday ahead of Friday’s funeral in Jerusalem, which will be atte(...)

The late French philosopher Paul Ricoeur:  religions  can be “driven and invigorated by the unkept promises of their own histories of foundation”.  Photograph:Juerg Mueller/AP/Keystone/

In the past 20 years, the place of religion in the public sphere has been discussed from multiple angles. On the continent, French, Italian and German(...)

Cork woman Mary Elmes, who helped Jewish children escape from Nazis during the second World War.

A Cork woman who in 2013 was the first Irish person to be honoured by Israel’s official memorial to Jewish victims of the Holocaust is to be honoured (...)

In a video message posted on Facebook and Twitter last Friday, Benjamin Netanyahu said the Palestinians wanted to form a state devoid of a Jewish population and called this “ethnic cleansing”. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/Reuters

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on Thursday lambasted a video released by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu video last Friday as an “unaccep(...)

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Made a speech at joint meeting of US congress criticising nuclear deal with Iran.  Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

After months of arduous negotiations the US has signed its biggest-ever military aid package, granting Israel $38 billion (€34 billion) over the cour(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas:  two Israeli scholars claim to have discovered that Mr Abbas was code-named “Krotov” or “Mole” and worked as a KGB agent in Syria in 1983. Photograph: Issam Rimawi/Reuters

Palestinians have dismissed as an Israeli “smear” an Israeli television report that President Mahmoud Abbas worked as a KGB agent when he lived in the(...)

A construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Givat Zeev, near Jerusalem. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Israel has approved plans for hundreds of new housing units for Jewish settlers in the West Bank, according to reports, prompting a swift condemnation(...)

Coast Scene with Europa and the Bull (1634) by Claude Lorrain. Copyright National Gallery of Ireland

Eclectic Images: Recent Acquisitions 2011-2016 National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin ★★★★ Works from the Brian Lalor collection quite rightly domina(...)

Laziz, an 8-year-old tiger, is now starting a new life at the Lion’s Rock Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa, following a rescue mission organised by international animal welfare group Four Paws. Photograph: Reuters/Nir Elias

The Gaza zoo, dubbed “the worst zoo in the world”, has closed after all its animals were transferred to Israel in a complex operation involving a rare(...)

An Israeli soldier stands guard next to the Iron Dome anti-missile system deployed next to the southern town of Sderot on Monday. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Israel has made clear that it is not seeking an escalation in Gaza even though it carried out more than 50 air strikes on Sunday night in what may be (...)

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