Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas: US president Donald Trump’s  decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital  made it impossible for the Palestinian Authority under Abbas to sit down at the negotiating table. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

Is it a sign of incorrigible optimism or mass delusion that so many of us still refer to the Middle East peace process in the present tense? Many year(...)

Lorde performs during the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year show honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York, on Friday last. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Three teenage Israeli fans of the popstar Lorde have filed a lawsuit claiming thousands of euro in “emotional injury” damages against two New-Zealand-(...)

Under the proposed legislation, violators would face three years in prison for a mention of “Polish death camps.” Pictured is Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Photograph: Istock

Poland has disputed claims that a new law to punish false references to “Polish” concentration or death camps will hinder discourse about the country’(...)

Palestinian protestors take cover during clashes with Israeli security forces at Hawara checkpoint, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, following a demonstration against US president Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Photograph: Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty Images

On Thursday, a full-page ad took over page 11 of the New York Times. The picture featured Donald Trump wearing a kippah, hand touching the Western Wal(...)

Tunisians take part in a protest in Tunis on Thursday against US president Donald  Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/ EPA

For decades, the idea of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital served as a rare and powerful rallying cry that united the Arab world. King(...)

US president Donald Trump, with vice president Mike Pence standing behind him, announces his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the White House on Wednesday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The US State Department has banned its diplomatic staff from visiting Jerusalem’s Old City and the West Bank for non-essential reasons, as president D(...)

The Department of Foreign Affairs has defended Maj-Gen Mike Beary (above), saying his “outstanding record of leadership in numerous international peace-keeping roles speaks for itself”. File photograph: Unifil/UN

The United Nations’ peacekeeping mandate in southern Lebanon, in which Ireland is heavily involved, has been renewed and strengthened but only after f(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney puts on a kippa, the traditional Jewish skullcap for men, during his visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/Getty

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused the Government of failing to condemn Palestinians for incitement and for glorifying those who co(...)

“I believe they are doing very important work there on an ongoing basis,’’ Minister of State for Defence  Paul Kehoe said. Photograph: Alan Betson

The withdrawal of Irish peacekeeping soldiers from the Golan Heights has been ruled out by Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe. He said no miss(...)

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(...)

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