Rawabi will have 23 neighbourhoods, schools, mosque, church, shops,  commercial centre, restaurants and cafes, cinemas and an amphitheatre. Photograph:  Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

Rawabi is the first new town to be built by Palestinians on Palestinian soil for as long as anyone can remember. Doubting Palestinians, Israelis oppos(...)

Palestinians jump into a water canal used for irrigation to cool off as temperatures soared to 44 degrees in late May in the West Bank city of Jericho. inhabited for 10,000 years, Jericho vies with Damascus as the oldest city in the world. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

The journey from the Allenby Bridge crossing from Jordan to the Israeli-occupied West Bank town of Jericho takes 15 minutes. For the time being, it(...)

Labourers disembark a Palestinians-only bus before crossing to the West Bank through Israel’s Eyal checkpoint. Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has cancelled  a plan to segregate Palestinians from Israelis on West Bank buses. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has called off a proposed plan to segregate Palestinians from Israelis on West Bank buses, overruling his o(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan lays a wreath during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.  Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

The opportunity to re-start the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians could be lost for a generation if it is not grasped soon, Minister f(...)

Israeli soldiers in the West Bank. Unit 8200, the largest intelligence unit in the Israeli army, is tasked with collecting signals intelligence, including phones calls, text messages, emails and faxes, from West Bank Palestinians. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Veterans from Israel’s top military electronic surveillance unit, dismissed after refusing to spy on West Bank Palestinians, have accused the army of(...)

Israeli settlement Givat Ze’ev in the West Bank. Israel’s minister of housing Uri Ariel wants to expand existing settlements to cater for an expected ‘influx’ of Jewish immigrants from France. File photograph: Yiorgos Karahalis/Reuters

Israel’s minister of housing Uri Ariel wants new Jewish immigrants from France, who are expected to arrive in Israel in record numbers this year, to l(...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Palestinians have criticised the Israeli goverment for withholding tax revenue in response to the Palestinian move to join the International Criminal Court. Photograph: Oded Balilty/Reuters

Israel is withholding $127 million (€106 million) in tax revenue it collects for the Palestinian Authority in response to its move last week to join t(...)

Pope Francis and other senior Christian and Muslim clerics have urged members of the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East to stay on in the region despite conflict and discrimination. Photograph: Reuters/Osservatore Romano

Ahead of Christmas, senior Christian and Muslim clerics have urged members of the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East, the cradle of t(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday.  Photograph: Jim Hollander/Reuters

The Israeli cabinet has endorsed a controversial Bill enshrining Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, despite criticism by Israel’s Arab (...)

A relative of Uday and Rassan Abu Jamal, cousins who killed four worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue, holds their pictures. Palestinian assaults on Israelis have surged recently. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

The attack yesterday by Palestinian cousins on a synagogue in west Jerusalem stunned Israelis but was welcomed by the leftist Popular Front for the Li(...)