Palestinian children play next to buildings destroyed during last year’s 50-day war between Israel and Hamas-led militants in Gaza City’s al-Shejaiya neighborhood. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images.

Palestinian leaders warned of renewed conflict after Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu snatched election victory from defeat by campaigning(...)

An Israeli printer works on a poster of Israeli Prime Minister and Chairman of the Likud Party, Benjamin Netanyahu in a printing house in Rosh Haayin near Tel Aviv, Israel. Photograph: EPA

With only six days before Israelis vote in a general election, the latest polls give the centre-left Zionist Union a dramatic four-to-three-seat lead (...)

An Ultra-Orthodox Jew celebrates the holiday of Purim  in Jerusalem, Israel.  Photograph: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images

Four female Israeli border police officers and a bystander have been injured by a Palestinian driver on the dividing line between Jewish west and Ara(...)

Wasteland: Palestinian boys play on the rubble of a building in Shejaia. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty

Rabah abu Shanab lifts the tin jug off the open fire and pours the coffee carefully into some thimble-like cups. The rickety plastic table wobbles (...)

A Palestinian girl  carries her sister during a protest in the southern Gaza Strip calling for reconstruction of houses. Some 150,000 Gazans remain homeless. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

The Palestine Liberation Organisation has called a meeting for early next month to discuss the future of the cash-strapped Palestinian government and(...)

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 (...)

A member of the Palestinian civil defence team on a boat evacuating a resident from a flooded area following heavy rains in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

A potent symbol of the schism between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, the Islamist group that dominates Gaza, has been visible at the border cros(...)

Stéphane Charbonnier, the editor of ‘Charlie Hebdo’, is remembered by marchers as they make their way along Boulevard Voltaire in  Paris yesterday. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images 1:37

The human tide inched through the boulevards of Paris yesterday, filling every interstice, every square foot of pavement. It was a flow so dens(...)

In withholding $127 million in Palestinian Authority (PA) customs revenues from the authority, as retaliation for its application to join the Internat(...)

Ireland’s ambassador Isolde Moylan with Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, whom she met dozens of times, in his compound in Ramallah in 2000

Since 2010, Isolde Moylan, who has served as a diplomat for 40 years, has been accredited to five countries: Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. (...)