Israeli soldiers prepare to remove an armed Jewish settler as he tries to stop Palestinian farmers (unseen) from ploughing their fields near the West Bank village of Jaloud, near Nablus. Photograph: EPA/Alaa Badarneh

The European Parliament voted to recognise the statehood of Palestine “in principle” yesterday, despite the reservations of a large bloc of European (...)

Palestinian relatives mourn during the funeral of Palestinian Authority minister Ziad Abu Ein in the West Bank town of Ramallah yesterday.  Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

The Palestinian Authority has accused Israel of the murder of a minister who died in a scuffle with Israeli troops in the West Bank on Wednesday, but (...)

Yitzhak Herzog, leader of Israel’s Labour Party, and former Israeli justice minister Tzipi Livni have formed a joint election ticket that could pose a serious challenge to prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Photograph: Reuters

Israel’s election campaign has taken a dramatic turn with polls showing the new alliance of Labour and Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua party winning more seats t(...)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shows a picture of Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein, whose death he called “barbaric”. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/EPA.

Israeli and Palestinian officials have issued conflicting accounts of the results of an autopsy on a Palestinian minister who died after being shov(...)

Palestinians pass a wall decoration for sales in the Moslem Quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

Israel has criticised the decision by the Government to accept a motion recognising the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, warnin(...)

 Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: “This motion is about hope, in a region where there is precious little hope at this time and where tensions are increasing daily.” Photograph: EPA

The Government has accepted a Sinn Féin Private Member’s motion recognising the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.Minister of Stat(...)

Gerry Adams during his visit to the West Bank town of Ramallah on December 4th, 2014. Adams will meet with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and lay a wreath at the grave of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Israel has barred Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams from visiting the Gaza Strip during a three-day tour of the region. Mr Adams says he was disappointe(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: Polls released after elections were announced showed that Netanyahu’s Likud would win 22 seats in the 120-seat Knesset. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

The leaders of Israel’s coalition parties have agreed that elections will be held on March 17th and the mudslinging has already begun in what is expec(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has  dismissed the two leaders of the centrist parties in his coalition, accusing them of plotting a “putsch”. Photograph: Gali Tiboon/EPA

Israel is heading for new elections after prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu dismissed the two leaders of the centrist parties in his coalition, accusi(...)

Palestinians warm themselves by a fire near the ruins of houses which witnesses said were destroyed by Israeli shelling in Gaza City December. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

The Church of Ireland united dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough aim to raise €150,000 for the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza City over the Christmas period.(...)