Human rights lawyer Raji Sourani says Gaza is trapped in a “criminal, illegal and inhuman siege” which is “suffocating its people socially and economically and sending Gaza back to the Middle Ages”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Ireland must play a greater role “morally, politically and legally” in calling for an end to the siege and “crimes against humanity” on the Gaza Strip(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin  Netanyahu Russian president Vladimir Putin   at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia: Israel and Russia have a “common interest in ensuring stability” in Syria, Mr Netanyahu said at the meeting.  Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/Pool/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu disagreed over the threat to Israel’s security from Syria as they began(...)

Smoke from fireworks fired towards Israeli border police spreads at al-Aqsa mosque complex, during clashes with Palestinians, in Jerusalem’s Old City.  Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israeli police raided the plaza outside Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque on Sunday in what they said was a bid to head off Palestinian attempts to disrupt v(...)

Pro-Palestinian activists seen embarking on a sailing boat to be part of a small flotilla that tried  to challenge Israel’s sea blockade of the Gaza Strip, in the open sea near Plaka on the island of Crete on Friday. Photograph: Stefanos Rapanis/Reuters

Israel said on Monday it had blocked a boat leading a four-vessel protest flotilla of foreign activists from reaching the Gaza Strip and forced the ve(...)

rench foreign minister Laurent Fabius held a meeting on the proposal with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, the West Bank, on Sunday. Photograph: Thomas Coex/EPA

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius’s initiative was considered the last hope of reviving the dead “peace process” between Israel and Palestinians.(...)

A Palestinian man  waits for a travel permit to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip yesterday. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Israel has claimed the Israel Defence Forces’ operation in Gaza last summer was a moral, defensive war conducted in accordance with international law.(...)

Rawabi will have 23 neighbourhoods, schools, mosque, church, shops,  commercial centre, restaurants and cafes, cinemas and an amphitheatre. Photograph:  Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

Rawabi is the first new town to be built by Palestinians on Palestinian soil for as long as anyone can remember. Doubting Palestinians, Israelis oppos(...)

An Israeli soldier pushes a Palestinian protester during scuffles at a demonstration against Palestinian land confiscation by Israel in the West Bank village of Massara, near Bethlehem. Photograph: Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA

Since armed struggle and negotiations have failed to secure Palestinian statehood, the Palestinians have turned to international political action and (...)

President Hassan Rouhani has pledged that Iran will abide by its commitments in the nuclear agreement reached in Switzerland yesterday.He said Iranian(...)

Sinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, speaking at the launch of a campaign to halt Irish arms trading with Israel, said: “We need to end collaboration with this Israeli government, who are occupying Palestinian lands and are engaged repeatedly in war crimes against the Palestinian people.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Campaigners have launched a petition urging the Government to cease all arms trading and research collaboration with Israel while blockades of Palesti(...)