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Benny Gantz, one of the leaders of  Blue and White, leans forward  during a visit to Kibbutz Kfar Aza, outside the northern Gaza Strip, in southern Israel. Photograph: Amir Cohen

Benny Gantz, Israel’s former top general, wants to end Binyamin Netanyahu’s decades-long dominance of Israeli politics. Gantz (59), who has no politi(...)

 Benny Gantz, chairman of the Israel Resilience Party, speaks during the presentation of a list of election candidates, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel’s two biggest centrist parties have agreed to run in the April 9th election on a joint list called Blue and White, mounting a serious challenge(...)

The controversial Israeli separation barrier separating the Palestinian West Bank village of Eizariya (foreground) and Jerusalem (background). Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israeli officials have both rejected the outlines of the American Middle East peace plan revealed in an Israeli tel(...)

A woman bakes bread in the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank, on October 21st, 2018 Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty

The residents of Khan al-Ahmar are living on borrowed time. On Monday, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Knesset members from his ruling(...)

 Israeli leader Binyamin Netanyahu reaches out to shake hands with Paraguay’s then leader Horacio Cartes at a 2016 meeting in Jerusalem. File photograph: Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images

Israel is closing its embassy in Paraguay and recalling its ambassador from Asunción to protest against Paraguay’s decision to move its Israeli embass(...)

Sara Netanyahu, wife of the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. File Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, has been indicted for ordering private meals worth some €83,000 from top class (...)

The body of  eight-month-old Leila al-Ghandour is held by her mother.  According to the Palestinian health ministry, the child  died of tear gas inhalation during clashes in East Gaza on Monday. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

International condemnation of the killing by Israeli security forces of 60 Palestinians in Gaza intensified yesterday, though the United States praise(...)

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner (left) attend a reception for the US delegation ahead of the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Even by Middle East standards this promises to be an extremely tense week. On Monday, the inauguration ceremony takes place marking the controversia(...)

 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán  is on course for victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Hungarians head to the polls on Sunday for parliamentary elections whose results may have consequences across Eastern Europe, says Irish Times corresp(...)

Gil Perry, CEO of startup company D-ID, during a presentation to the 2018 CyberTech  conference in Tel Aviv, Israel. Photograph:   Reuters/Nir Elias

Almost all the speakers who attended the 2018 CyberTech conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, last month hammered home the message that, as more and more de(...)

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