A Palestinian youth practices his parkour jumping skills in Gaza City in houses destroyed during the 50-day war last summer. Photograph: Reuters/Mohammed Salem

A new World Bank report has warned that the Gaza Strip’s economy is on the “verge of collapse”, saying the unemployment rate there is now the highest (...)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter will meet Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem  and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images

Fifa chief Sepp Blatter has called on Israel to make concessions in order to prevent a vote to expel Israel from football’s governing body later this(...)

Pope Francis greets  Mahmoud Abbas during a canonisation ceremony in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City, yesterday. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

In a ceremony rich in both political and religious symbolism, Pope Francis yesterday canonised two 19th-century Palestinian nuns. The elevation to s(...)

Pope Francis had a busy week at the  Vatican, from meeting Cuban president Raúl Castro to grappling with the Israeli-Palestinian question. Photograph: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

As he came out of the Paul VIth hall and made his way back to his quarters in the Domus Santa Marta, Pope Francis appeared to be engaged in serious co(...)

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a private audience at the Vatican. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/EPA

Pope Francis this morning called Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, an “angel of peace”. The Pope made his remarks at the end of a 20 minute long meet(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: government has a majority of only one in the 120-member Knesset. Photograph: Gali Tibbongali/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s new government was sworn in last night but only after a two-hour delay in the Knesset vote as prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu scrambled t(...)

During Pope Francis’s 2014 visit to the Holy Land, the Vatican’s official programme referred to Mahmoud Abbas as the president of the “state of Palestine”. Photograph:  Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

The Vatican has officially recognised the state of Palestine in a new treaty.The treaty, which is still has to be signed, makes clear that the Holy Se(...)

President Mahmoud Abbas: Israel collects about €120 million in taxes and customs each month on behalf of the PA and then transfers the sums to Mr Abbas’s West Bank government. Photograph: FADI AROURI/AFP/Getty Images

Israel will today hand over tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority which have been withheld since January as a protest against the Palestinian deci(...)

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas delivers a speech during an opening ceremony of the “Istiqlal” (independence) garden in the West Bank city of Ramallah Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday Israel had released frozen tax revenue to the Authority but that he had ordered the funds(...)

Binyamin Netanyahu: “I don’t want a one-state solution. I want a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution. But for that circumstances have to change”

Binyamin Netanyahu has backtracked from an election promise that there would be no Palestinian state if he was re-elected Israeli prime minister.Only(...)