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 (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan lays a wreath during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.  Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

The opportunity to re-start the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians could be lost for a generation if it is not grasped soon, Minister f(...)

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman: a spokesman said he mentioned, “What he sees as the unbalanced position of the EU with regard to the Palestinians.” Photograph: Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty  1:24

Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has told his Irish counterpart Charlie Flanagan that Irish public opinion presents “difficulties” for the(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: said Palestinian unity government  “rests on Hamas”, which “and the international community must not embrace it”. Photograph: Reuters/Dan Balilty

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has called on the international community not to recognise a Palestinian unity government made up of former(...)

Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah is appointed by Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Thaer Ghanaim/ Palestinian President Office

The two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and the Islamist movement Hamas, appear on the verge of forming a historic unity government as president Mahm(...)

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(...)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (right) shakes hands with France’s foreign minister Laurent Fabius following their meeting in Ramallah at the weekend. The latest violence came as Israel and the Palestinians are holding rounds of peace talks in the first such meetings in five years since serious negotiations collapsed. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Israeli soldiers have killed three Palestinians in clashes during a raid in the West Bank in the deadliest incident in the area in years.The violence(...)

Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah, who was appointed on June 2nd, has been asked to continue in office in a caretaker capacity until a new government is formed. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas yesterday accepted the resignation of prime minister Rami Hamdallah, precipitating a fresh crisis in the Fatah-dom(...)

Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah, who has offered his resignation. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Two weeks after being sworn in as Palestinian prime minister, Rami Hamdallah has offered his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas. According to Pale(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas who agreed in principle with Hamas last month to form a unity government for the divided Palestinian territories. Yesterday a Hamas spokesman said Mr Hamdallah’s appointment threw that into doubt. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas named British-educated political independent Rami Hamdallah as new prime minister yesterday, a move that was immed(...)