Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces in the East Jerusalem Arab neighbourhood of Abu-tor. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas yesterday termed Israel’s decision to close Jerusalem’s Temple Mount compound, in response to the shooting of a Je(...)

Israeli justice  minister  Tzipi Livni:   “We took a place that was not controversial and turned it into a place that was controversial.”  Photograph:  Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s doveish justice minister Tzipi Livni has criticised the government’s decision to appropriate a large swath of West Bank land near Bethlehem, (...)

 A Palestinian family celebrate as they return home in Al-Shejaeiya neighbourhood following a ceasefire in Gaza City. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

On the 50th day of fighting, an open-ended ceasefire went into effect last night, paving the way for Egyptian-mediated talks in Cairo in a month’s tim(...)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu eulogizes the three Israeli teens during their joint funeral in the Israeli city of Modi’in. Photograph: Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu says Israel will expand its operation against Hamas if necessary and will apprehend everyone involved in (...)

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert after being sentenced to six years in jail for bribery. Photograph: Reuters/Jack Guez

Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to six years in prison on bribery charges, becoming the first former prime minister in Israel to be sent to jail.In Mar(...)

Palestinian medics tend to a man whom they said was wounded in an Israeli air strike, at a hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on March 13th, 2014. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

A fragile ceasefire came into effect on Thursday after the most serious flare-up in violence along the Gaza border since the second Gaza war in 201(...)


Alan Shatter: had 

a strained relationship with the judiciary

Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter will today meet his Israeli counterparts, defence minister Moshe Ya’alon and justice minister (...)

A Palestinian boy watches the funerals of Robin Zayed, Younis Jahjouh and Jihad Aslan at Qalandiya Refugee Camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Palestinian negotiators called off a planned round of peace talks with Israel yesterday to protest the killing of three Palestinians in clashes wit(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu (centre) attending a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem yesterday. Mr Netanyahu said yesterday chemical weapons use in Syria could not be tolerated. Photograph: Dan Balilty/Reuters

Demand for gas masks soared in Israel yesterday amid fears that Syria or its regional allies, such as Hizbullah in Lebanon, may target Israel in respo(...)

 Ultra-Orthodox demonstrators pack the streets in Jerusalem to protest against government plans to force students at yeshiva religious seminaries to enlist in the Israeli army. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews have rallied in Jerusalem against government plans to force students at yeshiva religious seminaries t(...)