Shimon Peres

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 Shimon Peres: the 80-year-old Israeli head of state said languages opened doors to opportunity and progress  during a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum  in Davos yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Teaching young people English is the best way to end world poverty, Israeli president Shimon Peres has told World Economic Forum in Davos.In a though(...)

Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who has died aged 85, was a remarkable blend of maverick and mainstay.He fought in all of Israel’s mai(...)

Members of the Knesset guard carry the flag draped coffin of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon before a memorial ceremony today. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Israel buried former prime minister Ariel Sharon at his family farm today, celebrating the military achievements of a man seen as a war hero at home b(...)

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: “I don’t think anyone can overstate the Iranian danger”

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has warned that a nuclear Iran will prevent peace between Israel and the Palestinians.Addressing the annual(...)

Shimon Peres, who met European Commission vice-president Antonio Tajani today. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/Reuters

European Commission vice-president Antonio Tajani pledged today to strengthen industrial co-operation between the European Union and Israel, despite c(...)

Pope Francis talks to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (left) during a private audience in the pontiff library at the Vatican. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/Pool/Reuters

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has invited Pope Francis to visit the Holy Land, matching an invitation from Israel. The pontiff, who has made ma(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas: Palestinians are negotiating statehood with Israel on the basis of the pre-1967 West Bank border, and the talks are making headway.  Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

A sixth round of peace talks is to be held between Israeli and Palestinian representatives today, with both sides saying that progress is being made.(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu (centre) attending a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem yesterday. Mr Netanyahu said yesterday chemical weapons use in Syria could not be tolerated. Photograph: Dan Balilty/Reuters

Demand for gas masks soared in Israel yesterday amid fears that Syria or its regional allies, such as Hizbullah in Lebanon, may target Israel in respo(...)

From left: Israeli president Shimon Peres, US secretary of state John Kerry and president Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority during the World Economic Forum at the Dead Sea in Jordan. Photograph: Jim Young/New York Times.

In an effort to revive the moribund peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, US secretary of state John Kerry announced a plan to inve(...)

A protester waves a Palestinian flag in front of the Jewish settlement of Ofra during clashes near the West Bank village of Deir Jarir near Ramallah. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse about 500 Palestinian villagers marching toward a Jewish settlement outpost in the occupied West Bank yesterday. Photograph: Mohamed Torokman/Reuters

A Catholic monastery and convent in a secluded valley outside Bethlehem has lost a seven-year legal battle against the building of Israel’s se(...)

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