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Mazen Ghoneim, head of the Palestinian Water Authority, speaks as Jason Greenblatt (centre), US Middle East envoy, and Tzachi Hanegbi (left), Israeli minister of regional co-operation, sit next to him at a news conference in Jerusalem. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun

Israeli and Palestinian leaders have announced an agreement that they say will help alleviate the critical water shortage faced by residents of the We(...)

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert leaves Maasyahu prison in Ramla on Sunday. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert (71) was released on parole on Sunday from a prison in Ramla, near Tel Aviv, after serving 16 months in jail(...)

Jewish women pray at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

Representatives of Jewish diaspora organisations have reacted furiously after Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu caved in to pressure from ultr(...)

Former Israeli soldier and critic of Israeli policies, Avner Gvaryahu, is a spokesman with Breaking the Silence, a movement of Israeli soldiers opposed to the occupation of Palestinian territories.  Photograph: Quique Kierszenbaum

Israel’s peace camp is a slender shadow of the muscular movement that rose in the early 1980s and celebrated the 1993 Oslo accords, expected, at the t(...)

Johnny Murphy plays Estragon in Beckett’s ‘Waiting For Godot’ at the Gate.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Lapsed Catholics among Irish writers seemed to have been more favourably disposed towards Jews, according to a British author and academic. “I think (...)

An Israeli soldier keeps watch as the children of Israeli settlers play outside the Abraham Avinu settlement in the divided West Bank city of Hebron on May 29th. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty

Fifty years on from the June 1967 war, which demonstrated that Israel could not be destroyed by military means and changed the regional balance of pow(...)

Palestinian children play in the southern Gaza Strip. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Hamas has warned that Israel’s decision to further reduce the electricity supply to the Gaza Strip could lead to a violent flare-up. Hamas spokesman(...)

Palestinian Muslim worshippers attend the second Friday prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound on June 9th, 2017. Photograph:  Ahmad Gharabli/aFP/Getty Images

Nablus Road is closed off with sections of blue metal fencing in preparation for the arrival of West Bank Ramadan pilgrims. The bus station is empty(...)

Israeli airforce Dassault Mirage III fighters fly over the Sinai peninsula at the Israeli-Egyptian border on the first day of the Six-Day Arab-Israeli war on June 5th, 1967. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A report this week in the New York Times, revealing that Israel had developed a doomsday plan to detonate an atomic bomb in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula if(...)

A shop vendor sells vegetables at a market in the old city of the West bank town of Hebron. The IMF reports the Palestinian economy has grown by 3 per cent annually over the last few years. Photograph: Abed al-Hashlamoun

Packs of pilgrims assembled on the plaza outside the fortress walls of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem are being harangued with holy history b(...)

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