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Moshe Kahlon, new dark horse of Israeli politics

By Nathan Jeffay, April 18, 2014

One of the most popular politicians to leave the Knesset in the last decade has announced plans to return to public life — spelling possible trouble for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Ed Miliband: 'Israel is the Jewish homeland'

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband will travel to the Israeli town of Sderot today as he continues his tour of the country.

Mr Miliband described Israel as "the homeland for the Jewish people" during a meeting with Hebrew University of Jerusalem students on Thursday.

He also held meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Labour leader Isaac Herzog.

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Ed Miliband arrives in Israel as two-day tour begins

By Marcus Dysch, April 10, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has arrived in Israel for a two-day tour of the country.

In one of his first major foreign trips since becoming opposition leader, Mr Miliband will travel to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Sderot, the town which has come under regular bombardment from Hamas terrorists.

On Thursday morning he held meetings with Israeli Labour Party members over breakfast.

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Last ditch attempt to save Israeli-Palestinian peace talks continue

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 10, 2014

Marathon talks were still ongoing this week in a last attempt to save the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Meanwhile, in Washington, US Secretary of State John Kerry, who put so much personal effort into launching the talks nine months ago, appeared to be placing most of the blame on Israel for their failure.

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Repressive aspect of occupation must stop

By Fred Barschak, April 10, 2014

In the week in which the Israeli-Palestinian talks appear to be collapsing, it is worth re-examining some of the factors that have led to a breakdown in the peace process time and again.

In 1977, Yigael Yadin, the second chief of staff of the IDF, expressed the dilemma that has faced every Israeli administration in two brilliant sentences.

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Ehud Olmert faces fresh probe

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 10, 2014

A week after he was convicted on charges of bribe-taking and fraud in the Holyland case, former prime minister Ehud Olmert was once again being interrogated by the police, this time for allegedly obstructing justice.

On Monday, Olmert was confronted with the claims made by his long-serving secretary and chief of staff, Shula Zaken.

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Labour leader Ed Miliband set for Israel trip

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband will travel to Israel next week for a three-day visit.

The Opposition leader is due to arrive in Tel Aviv on Thursday, and will hold meetings in Jerusalem with senior Israeli political figures.

Mr Miliband, whose parents fled Nazi oppression during the Holocaust, is also expected to visit the Yad Vashem Shoah museum.

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Peace talks edge closer to abyss

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 3, 2014

The talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority were on the brink of collapse this week.

By Wednesday, the Americans had suspended their role as go-betweens, Israel had refused to release the last tranche of prisoners and the PA had formally requested recognition as a member-state from international organisations.

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John Kerry in surprise Israel visit to 'save' peace process

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2014

John Kerry has made a surprise return to Israel in an apparently desperate attempt to save the floundering Middle East peace process.

The US Secretary of State is expected to meet Israeli and Palestinian negotiators on Monday for a new round of talks.

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The price of Israeli diplomacy

By Daniel Taub, March 27, 2014

What matters is not what the nations of the world say, but what the Jews do.” Even as he declared this, David Ben-Gurion knew the truth was more complex. The state of Israel was not forged on the kibbutz and the battlefield alone.

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