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 Mr Netanyahu pledged that he would not dismantle a single Jewish settlement and that Israel would retain control of the territory west of the Jordan River –the West Bank. File Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/ Reuters

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if he is re-elected. The vow marks a dram(...)

Rafi Eitan, who was a member of the Mossad team that captured Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960. He was a legend in Israel because so many feats of espionage and international intrigue seemed to bear his fingerprints. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images

Rafi Eitan, the Israeli spymaster who commanded the Nazi-hunting team that captured Adolf Eichmann in Argentina, and many years later was unmasked as (...)

Al-Hol displacement camp in Hasaka governorate, Syria: Ireland has set a pragmatic example to other countries by agreeing to repatriate Lisa Smith who is currently there.  Photograph: Issam Abdallah/Reuters

Hardcore jihadi fighters have held out for weeks in a shrinking corner of the Syrian village of Baghouz, besieged by Kurdish forces. Jihadis fight on (...)

Alan Shatter: ‘I think it is appalling that people think it is alright to intimidate and harass [Sarah McTernan] and try to force her not to go to Tel Aviv.’ Photograph: Collins Courts

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has accused the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) of attempting to bully singer Sarah McTernan int(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney with has Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Dublin last September. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The convening of a meeting of Arab and EU foreign ministers in Dublin yesterday to discuss the Middle East peace process appears to be a serious effor(...)

 Ross Merriman and Conor White of UCD’s law society go through to the ‘Irish Times’ Debate final. Photograph: Cailean Coffey

The second semi-final of The Irish Times Debate 2018-19 was an intensely competitive affair, as UCD’S law society team won out on a night when student(...)

 Israel has decided not  to extend the mandate of the international observer force in the West Bank city of Hebron. Photograph: EPA/Abed Al Hashlamoun

Palestinians have reacted angrily to Israel’s decision not to extend the mandate of the international observer force in the flashpoint West Bank city (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (centre) and Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Tensions between Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance have the capacity to bring the fragile edifice of the current Government down. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The latest spat between Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance, this time over Palestine, points up the fundamental instability of the Government. Aft(...)

A construction site in the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev, in the occupied West Bank, in 2016. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

The Dáil made an important declaration of Ireland’s opposition to Israel’s illegal settlements this week when it voted to approve a Bill that would ba(...)

Wholesaler Justin Leonard: ‘You would be very hard pushed to actually find Israeli products in the fruit and veg market here.’ File photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Customers at Dublin’s Smithfield fruit and vegetable market, would be “very hard pushed” to find produce imported from Israel, according to Justin Leo(...)

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