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Israel orders criminal probes of actions by its military in Gaza

Batsheva Sobelman Israel has ordered criminal investigations into suspected international law violations by its military during the recent fighting against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

Israel refuses to recognise NZ ambassador over contact with Palestinian officials

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has confirmed that Israeli officials had advised in recent days that they would "not accept as ambassador a person who was also a representative to...

Dad, Israel, Palestine and me

Another world: Former Israel premier Ariel Sharon (right) during the Arab-Israeli war in October 1973, which changed the lives of those in the kibbutz.

Jacob Stone Israel seems a very different place today compared with the sunny idealism of the kibbutz movement of the '70s.

Hamas and Israel reach long-term Gaza ceasefire deal after 50 days of war

Palestinian children flash the sign of victory as they celebrate the ceasefire in the streets in East Jerusalem.

Ruth Pollard Fifty days of terror – in which more than 2100 Palestinians and 69 Israelis were killed – has come to an end with a ceasefire agreement that loosens controls on Gaza's borders but has yet...

Israel claims land in West Bank

Israeli women walk in a Jewish settlement known as Gvaot, in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem.

Isabel Kershner Israel laid claim on Sunday to nearly 400 hectares of West Bank land in a Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem - a step that could herald significant Israeli construction in the area - defying...

Israel shoots down drone, Fijians still missing on Golan Heights

Israeli soldiers watch as UNDOF vehicles cross into Syria from the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights.

Amy Teibel Israel said it had shot down an unmanned aircraft over the Golan Heights as uncertainty over the Syrian-Israeli frontier and the fate of 44 Fijian peacekeepers mounted.

Britain 'deplores' Israel decision to claim West Bank land

Expanding Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank ... Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The British government said on Monday it deplored an Israeli decision to appropriate a large swathe of land inside the occupied West Bank, saying the move would seriously damage Israel's...

Israel pounds Gaza after militants break truce with rocket fire

Israeli troops prepare outside the Gaza Strip before the ceasefire broke down.

Nidal al-Mughrabi The Israeli military has responded with air strikes across the Gaza Strip after militants launched rockets from the Palestinian enclave at the end of a 72-hour ceasefire.

More Israel troops leave Gaza but bombing goes on

Smoke rises from Palestinian houses following an Israeli military strike on the Israeli-Gaza border.

Laura King and Batsheva Sobelman Israel withdrew more ground troops from the Gaza Strip on Sunday, while continuing fierce bombardment that killed at least 30 people in the day's early hours, according to Palestinian officials.

Gaza: US in rare condemnation of ally Israel's 'disgraceful' school attack

Smoke rises following an Israeli strike in Rafah.

Nick O'Malley The United States has made a rare criticism of Israel’s prosecution of the war in Gaza, declaring the shelling of a United Nations school sheltering 3000 refugees to be a...

Israel spied on John Kerry: magazine

US Secretary of State John Kerry.

German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Sunday that Israel and at least one other intelligence agency were listening in on US Secretary of State John Kerry's unsecured phone calls last year.

Israel condemned after third deadly strike on UN school in Gaza

Palestinians carry a wounded man after an Israeli air strike at a UN school in Rafah on Sunday.

Ruth Pollard Facing international condemnation over its third deadly missile strike on a United Nations school in Gaza that killed 10 people and wounded 35, Israel has announced a seven-hour “humanitarian...

Israel strikes Gaza refugee camp minutes after start of partial ceasefire, killing 8-year-old girl

A Palestinian woman passes by rescuers inspecting the rubble following Israeli strikes on the Rafah refugee camp.

Steven Erlanger Minutes after Israel began a unilateral and partial cease-fire, the air force struck a house in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, killing a girl, 8, and wounding at least 29 others.

Israel withdraws ground forces from Gaza before 72-hour ceasefire

Back home: Israeli soldiers from the paratroop battalion return to Israel from Gaza on Monday.

Israeli ground forces will completely withdraw from the Gaza Strip ahead of a 72-hour Egyptian-mediated ceasefire, which began at 3pm eastern Australian time on Tuesday, a military spokesman said.

Israel plans sensors to detect Palestinian tunnels

Subterranean threat: An Israeli soldier gives journalists a tour of a tunnel allegedly used by Palestinian militants for attacks from the Gaza Strip.

Robert Tait The Israeli army is researching a sensor-based system designed to detect tunnels that it says are being dug by Palestinian militants trying to infiltrate into Israel.

Israel braces for war crimes inquiries on Gaza

Attacked the United Nations Human Rights Council: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Isabel Kershner The fighting is barely over in Gaza, but attention has already shifted to the legal battlefield as Israel gears up to defend itself against international allegations of possible war crimes.

Israel's Hannibal Directive may have claimed life of IDF soldier

Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin.

Abraham Rabinovich The Israeli army calls it the Hannibal Directive. If soldiers see a comrade being taken prisoner they are to fire to prevent his captors getting away with him - even if it means killing the captive...

Gaza cease-fire off to rocky start as Palestine accuses Israel of cross-border shooting

Nidal al-Mughrabi Israel denies shooting at houses as the two sides agree to extend their truce by five days.

Gaza: Israel, Palestinians extend truce by 24 hours

Palestinians in the ruins of houses in Khan Younis, Gaza.

Nidal al-Mughrabi Israel and the Palestinians have agreed on Monday to extend a Gaza truce by another 24 hours, minutes before an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire was set to expire, officials on both sides said.

Right-wing extremists can't break the love of a Muslim man and Jewish woman in Israel

Morel Malka on her wedding day.

Batsheva Sobelman Amid the tension of Israel's fragile ceasefire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the marriage of Morel and Mahmoud has become a national political issue.