The Jewish settlement of Givat Zeev in the West Bank, north of Jerusalem. A government programme authorises 381 new homes in the illegal settlement. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Israel is to approve the building of almost 900 new homes in West Bank Jewish settlements today, ending what settler leaders termed a de facto build(...)

Isaac Herzog:  he said Netanyahu’s speech will  “only widen the rift with Israel’s greatest ally and strategic partner.” Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty

Binyamin Netanyahu’s political opponents reacted to his speech to the US Congress by expressing support for the campaign to prevent Iran obtaining a (...)

A Jewish resident in Ramat Shlomo, where there are plans to build 500 new apartments. Photograph: EPA/Jim Hollander

Just across the Israeli concrete separation wall from Bethlehem, construction cranes loom over the blocky stone buildings of Har Homa, one of two big (...)

Mustafa Barghouthi:“It’s not about Ireland becoming isolated as Ireland becoming the avant-garde. Many other countries would follow.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Mustafa Barghouti emerges from Kilmainham Gaol vowing to read more on Robert Emmett, executed for his failed rising in 1803.The leader of the non-viol(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference  in Istanbul. Photograph: Murad Sezer

US secretary of state John Kerry will hold talks with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem today, but efforts to revive the Middle Eas(...)

US president Barack Obama and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu  view an Iron Dome missile defence battery at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv today. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US president Barack Obama said at the start of his first official visit to Israel today that the US commitment to the security of the Jewish st(...)