‘Now, evidently, there is to be no discussion . . . Binyamin  Netanyahu will again form a coalition with the pro-settler party of Naftali Bennett, who coarsely calls the Palestinians “shrapnel in the butt”.’  Photograph: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images

Hello again to Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister of Israel. He came clean on the eve of the polls, opposing the existence of the state of Palestine(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan stands under pictures of Jews killed in the Holocaust during his visit to the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem last Wednesday. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters.

Charlie Flanagan paid his first visit to the Middle East as Minister for Foreign Affairs this week when he visited Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. On (...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu: ‘Unilateral actions from the Palestinians will be answered with unilateral actions from our side’  Gali Tibbon/EPA

The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has said Israel may take “unilateral action” against the Palestinians after the Palestinian pre(...)

Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat:    “Those who fear the ICC should stop committing war crimes, including the construction of settlements.” Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The Palestinian Authority says it will appeal to the international community, including the International Criminal Court, if Israel announces plans fo(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas: Palestinians are negotiating statehood with Israel on the basis of the pre-1967 West Bank border, and the talks are making headway.  Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

A sixth round of peace talks is to be held between Israeli and Palestinian representatives today, with both sides saying that progress is being made.(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and Israel’s justice minister Tzipi Livni  in Jerusalem on August 16th. Ms Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator in peace talks with Palestinian leaders, has refused to provide details on the state of the discussions. “We are arguing, but we are arguing inside the room,” she said. Photograph: Sebastian Scheiner/Reuters

With attention in the Middle East focused this week on the dramatic events in Egypt and Syria, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Jerusalem discre(...)

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (left) meets UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon in Jerusalem yesterday. Photograph: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said Palestinian refusal to recognise Israel as a Jewish state is the main obstacle preventing the sides(...)

Freed Palestinian prisoner Jamil Nabi Annatsheh (centre) stands with his wife as his son kisses his hand outside their house in the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday.  Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

After five years of diplomatic deadlock, substantive peace talks got under way last night in Jerusalem with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators attemp(...)

Freed Palestinian prisoner Hosni Sawalha (C) is greeted by his sister upon arrival in the West Bank village of Azmout this morning. Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners  to keep US-sponsored peacemaking on course. Photograph: Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters.

Israeli authorities freed 26 Palestinian prisoners hours before Middle East peace talks were due to resume, satisfying a goal Palestinian leaders had(...)

Arab neighbourhoods in east Jerusalem are seen in the background as tourists walk along  a wall surrounding Jerusalem’s old city yesterday. A 10-minute drive from where negotiators will sit down today  to resume long-stalled Middle East peace talks, Israeli bulldozers are busy reshaping land that Palestinians want for their future state. Photograph: Reuters

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will convene today in Jerusalem in another effort to reach a comprehensive peace agreement resulting in the establ(...)