Switzerland’s ambassador to Iran Giulio Haas addresses an event of the Swiss government-funded organization Swiss Global Enterprise in Zurich. Switzerland’s ambassador on Thursday called Iran a “pole of stability” in the Middle East. Photograph:  Reuters

Switzerland expressed regret on Friday after its ambassador to Iran displayed a cartoon depicting two doves defecating on Israeli Prime Minister Benj(...)

 A dinghy overcrowded with Syrian migrants approaches a beach on the Greek island of Kos this week after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from Turkey to Greece. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

The appalling realities of mass migration from Syria’s civil war have been highlighted in images from Kos, where thousands of refugees are now arrivin(...)

Barack Obama: said the deal with Iran was the “strongest non-proliferation agreement ever signed”. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Barack Obama criticised opponents of the nuclear agreement with Iran yesterday, accusing them of using many of the same arguments that had been made t(...)

Far-right activist Meir Ettinger attends a remand hearing at the Magistrates Court in Nazareth. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Israel jailed a suspected Jewish militant without trial on Tuesday, the first application of the controversial measure against a citizen in a governme(...)

An Orthodox Jewish assailant stabs participants at the annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem last Thursday, wounding six people. Photograph: Kobi Schutz/Reuters

An Israeli teenager today died of stab wounds sustained when an ultra-Orthodox man with a knife attacked a Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem three days ag(...)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photograph: Petros Karadjias/Reuters

Israel’s parliament on Thursday passed into law the ability to force-feed prisoners on hunger strike, a move that has met vehement opposition from the(...)

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 (...)

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, at a press conference in response to the Iran nuclear deal. Photograph; Andrew Harnik/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama faces stormy weeks ahead as he must convince fellow Democrats and Republicans at home and disgruntled allies in the Middle E(...)

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(...)

Pro-Palestinian activists seen embarking on a sailing boat to be part of a small flotilla that tried  to challenge Israel’s sea blockade of the Gaza Strip, in the open sea near Plaka on the island of Crete on Friday. Photograph: Stefanos Rapanis/Reuters

Israel said on Monday it had blocked a boat leading a four-vessel protest flotilla of foreign activists from reaching the Gaza Strip and forced the ve(...)