Newly elected Israeli president Reuven Rivlin makes a speech after the presidential vote at the Knesset yesterday. Photograph: Amos Ben/Getty Images

Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin, a member of Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, has been elected the country’s president following a vote by the Knesset.A forme(...)

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip hold pictures of Yasser Arafat  and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas as they celebrate the announcement of the unity government  yesterday. Photograph:  Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Israel says it will not negotiate with the Palestinian unity government that was sworn in yesterday by President Mahmoud Abbas. Mr Abbas said the unit(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: said Palestinian unity government  “rests on Hamas”, which “and the international community must not embrace it”. Photograph: Reuters/Dan Balilty

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has called on the international community not to recognise a Palestinian unity government made up of former(...)

Pope Francis lays a wreath at the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. Photograph: AP/L’Osservatore Romano

“Adam, where are you, where are you, oh man. What have you come to?” Standing in front of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem yester(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas: comments on Holocaust seen as an attempt to ease tensions sparked by the collapse of peace negotiations. Photograph: Reuters/Mohamad Torokman

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has said the mass killing of Jews in the Holocaust was “the most heinous crime” against humanity of the modern (...)

Israeli soldiers and border police arrest a group of blindfolded Palestinians in the West Bank village of Der Samet, near Hebron,  following house to house searches on April 24th. Photograph: Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA

Israel has suspended peace talks with the Palestinians in response to the reconciliation agreement signed on Wednesday between Fatah and Hamas. (...)

  Israeli prime minister  Binyamin Netanyahu:  move was a response to   recent Palestinian decision to submit applications to join 15 international organisations and conventions. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/EPA

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered government ministries to cut off hi(...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu: ‘Unilateral actions from the Palestinians will be answered with unilateral actions from our side’  Gali Tibbon/EPA

The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has said Israel may take “unilateral action” against the Palestinians after the Palestinian pre(...)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a meeting with Palestinian leadership in the West Bank City of Ramallah. Mr Abbas also signed a document facilitating membership requests for Palestine in some 15 international bodies within the United Nations. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Jonathan Pollard, who was jailed for life by the Americans in 1987 after being found guilt(...)

Israelis hold signs last night during a protest outside US secretary of state John Kerry’s hotel in Jerusalem against the planned release by Israel of Palestinian prisoners as a confidence-building gesture. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry met Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the second time in less than 12 hours yesterday in an effor(...)

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