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 (...)

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi with Benjamin Netanyahu in Rome on Monday, where the Israeli president is due to meet with US secretary of state John Kerry. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before talks on Monday with US secretary of state John Kerry he would defy any UN move to “dictate” (...)

The Dáil agreed  to officially recognise
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 the state of Palestine and the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

A main signatory of the Israeli petition calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state said Europeans should consider admitting Palestine and Isr(...)

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu sacked his finance and justice ministers on Tuesday, signalling the break up of his bickering coalition and opening the way for early national elections in Israel. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/Reuters

Israeli legislators have agreed to set March 17th as the date for a new parliamentary election, Israel Radio said.The report said the date was agreed (...)

Members of parliament applaud after the vote in the French National Assembly on Tuesday in favour of recognition of a Palestinian state. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

French lawmakers have urged their government to recognise Palestine, a symbolic move that will not immediately affect France’s diplomatic stance but d(...)

A proposed new bill anchors in law the status of Israel as a nation-state of the Jewish people. Above: the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Israel’s president has said a Bill anchoring in law the status of Israel as a nation-state of the Jewish people runs counter to its founding fathers’ (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry in Vienna with foreign ministers Philip Hammond of the UK, Sergei Lavrov of Russia, Javad Zarif of Iran, Frank- Walter Steinmeier of Germany, Laurent Fabius of France and EU envoy Catherine Ashton and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi. Photograph: Joe Klamar/Reuters

Iran and six world powers failed on Monday for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, and gave them(...)

 US secretary of state John Kerry (left), EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton (centre) and Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif (right ), during the talks on Saturday night. Photograph: EPA

World powers and Iran are struggling overcome the differences preventing them from ending a 12-year standoff over Tehran’s atomic ambitions, raising(...)

A young relative of Abdel-Rahman Shaloudi stands amid the  rubble of his  home in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan after its destruction  by the Israeli authorities today. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Israel has today destroyed the home of a Palestinian who last month ran over and killed two people at a Jerusalem tram stop. The demolition comes a da(...)

Youths clash with Israeli police at the entrance to the town of Kfar Kanna, in northern Israel after Khayr al-Din al-Hamdan was shot dead. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Community leaders of Israel’s Arab minority have declared a 24-hour general commercial strike, starting tomorrow, following the shooting dead by poli(...)