Israeli paramilitary police  stand in front of Jewish settlers protesting the demolition of two partially-built dwellings in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beit El near Ramallah. Photograph: Emil Salman/Reuters

The Palestinian Authority has condemned Israel’s decision to build 300 new homes in the West Bank settlement of Beit El as compensation for the des(...)

Jonathan Pollard is pictured im May 1991 file photo, six years after his 1985 arrest. File photograph: Reuters

Jonathan Pollard, a former US Navy intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel, will be released on parole on November 21st after 30 years in (...)

Israeli security forces drag away one of hundreds of Jewish activists who had occupied two buildings slated for demolition by Friday in the settlement of Beit El north of Jerusalem. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has gone out of his way to calm the right- wing flank of his slim coalition after showdowns between polic(...)

The Jewish settlement of Givat Zeev in the West Bank, north of Jerusalem. A government programme authorises 381 new homes in the illegal settlement. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Israel is to approve the building of almost 900 new homes in West Bank Jewish settlements today, ending what settler leaders termed a de facto build(...)

Palestinians throw stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank town of Hebron in 2009. The new Bill means protesters can jailed for up to 10 years without  harmful intent having to be proved. Photograph:  Hazem Bader/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s Knesset parliament has introduced legislation allowing stone-throwers to be sentenced to prison terms of up to 20 years. Passed with the aim (...)

Ash Carter (right) with Israel’s defence minister Moshe Ya’alon  at the Hussein Lookout, near Kiryat Shmona, northern Israel. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/Reuters

With bilateral ties at rock bottom following last week’s signing of the Iran nuclear deal, US secretary of defence Ash Carter went out of his way y(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu responds to the Iranian nuclear deal. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has termed the nuclear agreement reached between the world powers and Iran a “stunning mistake of historic (...)

An Israeli fire fighter hoses down burnt leaflets in the Church of Loaves and Fishes on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel on  June 18th. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Israeli police said on Sunday suspects had been arrested on suspicion of torching a church revered by Christians as the site of Jesus’s miracle of th(...)

French ecology minister Ségolène Royal has already become a central figure in the presidency of her former partner François Hollande. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Revenge is a dish best eaten cold. A decade ago, Ségolène Royal watched helplessly as Valérie Trierweiler, a journalist at Paris Match magazine who(...)

The dry tranquility of the dessert in Palestine
Walking in Palestine

I should have known it: Palestine time is the same as Irish time, only slower. I’d had the rucksack packed for a 9am start. Water bottle? Check. Shade(...)