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 An Israeli ministerial committee headed by prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu yesterday voted for the release of 26 veteran Palestinian militants. Photograph: Reuters/Lior Mizrahi

Israel is due to set free 26 veteran Palestinian militants tomorrow despite bitter opposition from some right-wing ministers.A ministerial committee h(...)

Justice minister Tzipi Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator in the peace talks, vowed to fight the move and appeal the decision within the full cabinet. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/Getty

Middle East peace efforts have received another setback following the decision by an Israeli ministerial committee to support a Bill requiring a speci(...)

The mother of Palestinian Ateya Abu Moussa, who has been held prisoner by Israel for 20 years, reacts as she is hugged by her grandson after hearing news on the possible release of her son, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip today. Abu Moussa was expected to be among more than 100 Arab prisoners to be released as a step to renew stalled peace talks with the Palestinians ahead of plans to convene negotiators in Washington later this week. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Israel has approved the release of 104 Arab prisoners in a move intended to facilitate the restart of peace talks with the Palestinians and end nea(...)

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attending a Likud party meeting in Jerusalem today. Photograph: Reuters

A gunman shot dead four people execution-style in a bank in Israel today after being refused an overdraft and cash from its automatic teller m(...)

Moshe Yaalon, an ex-general and vice premier from the right-wing Likud party, will be Israel's next defence minister. Photograph: Nir Elias/Reuters

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu today chose Moshe Yaalon, an ex-general and vice premier from his right-wing Likud party, to be Israel's next(...)

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