A general view of Gevaot settlement in the Gush Etzion settelment bloc near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Yesterday   Israel announced that it plans to expropriate 400 hectares of land near Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The Palestinian owners of the land have 45 days to contest the decision to Israel’s Military Appeals Committee, a government spokesman said in Tel Aviv. Photograph: Reuters

The decision by Israel to appropriate land in the West Bank has been condemned by Palestinians and criticised by the US, British and Irish governments(...)

Waning popularity: Binyamin Netanyahu. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty
Appealing to Israel’s reason
  • Europe
  • August 30, 2014, 01:00

If there were a website that tracked elements of the Israeli national psyche, the way that financial sites show graphs of market indicators, we’d see (...)

No victors in Gaza

After fifty days of fighting and more than 2100 dead in Gaza, both Israel and Hamas are claiming victory following this week’s announcement of an inde(...)

 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(...)

A Palestinian boy flashes a V-sign as he joins celebrations following a ceasefire in Gaza City today. Earlier, an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire proposal to end seven weeks of fighting between Israel and militant groups in the Gaza Strip was announced. Photograph: EPA

A ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians aimed at ending their seven-week conflict in Gaza went into effect today and joyous Palestin(...)

Palestinians take cover as smoke rises after Israeli warplanes targeted a house in the Al-Shatea refugee camp in the west of Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Saber

Israel’s killing of three Hamas commanders has neither halted rocket fire from Gaza nor prompted the organisation to sue for a ceasefire. Israel es(...)

Palestinians take cover as smoke rises after Israeli warplanes targeted a house in the Al-Shatea refugee camp in the west of Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Saber

Israel has expanded its military attacks in Gaza and is now targeting high-rise residential buildings where it says rockets have been launched or stor(...)

Burnt out cars in the southern Israeli agricultural community of Nahal Oz, along the border with the Gaza Strip yesterday, after a mortar fired by Palestinian exploded and killed Daniel Turgeman, a 4-year-old Israeli. Photograph: Avi Roccah/EPA

Israeli aircraft bombed the Gaza Strip today and Palestinian militants fired rockets at the Jewish state, the military said, with no end in sight to t(...)

Hamas militants grab Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel, before executing them in Gaza City on Friday. Photogtaph: Reuters/Stringer

International and Palestinian human rights organisations have condemned yesterday’s killing, by Hamas, of 21 suspected informants in response to Israe(...)

Palestinians watch as Hamas militants execute Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel in Gaza City today. Photograph: Reuters

Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel today, accelerating a crackdown on suspected informers after Is(...)