Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney with has Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Dublin last September. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The convening of a meeting of Arab and EU foreign ministers in Dublin yesterday to discuss the Middle East peace process appears to be a serious effor(...)

The government of Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah  has submitted its resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas. Photograph: EPA/Abed  Al Hashlamoun

President Mahmoud Abbas has accepted the resignation of the Palestinian cabinet and begun consultations to form a new government consisting of Palesti(...)

 Israel has decided not  to extend the mandate of the international observer force in the West Bank city of Hebron. Photograph: EPA/Abed Al Hashlamoun

Palestinians have reacted angrily to Israel’s decision not to extend the mandate of the international observer force in the flashpoint West Bank city (...)

Construction workers at the site of a school funded by the US United States Agency for International Development  in the Palestinian village of Al-Jabaa, 15km  southwest of Bethlehem. Photograph:  Hazem Bader/AFP

US funding for Palestinian security agencies could end next week when legislation goes into effect enabling US citizens whose relatives were killed or(...)

The controversial Israeli separation barrier separating the Palestinian West Bank village of Eizariya (foreground) and Jerusalem (background). Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israeli officials have both rejected the outlines of the American Middle East peace plan revealed in an Israeli tel(...)

Palestinians take cover during clashes with Israeli troops in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Jewish settler leaders are pressing the Israeli government to ban Palestinian traffic from West Bank highways after two soldiers were killed in a shoo(...)

Palestinian farmers pick olives in the Al-Bureij refugee camp, south of the Gaza Strip. The fruit is a staple for many local farmers. Photograph: Mahmoud Issa/Getty Images

The autumn olive harvest is traditionally a period of optimism for Palestinians in an environment that often offers little reason for hope. The olive(...)

A woman bakes bread in the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank, on October 21st, 2018 Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty

The residents of Khan al-Ahmar are living on borrowed time. On Monday, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Knesset members from his ruling(...)

A picture taken on Monday shows a ball of fire above the building housing the Hamas-run television station al-Aqsa TV in the Gaza Strip during an Israeli air strike. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

In few places is peace more fragile than the Gaza strip. For months, quiet progress has been reported in diplomacy aimed at putting the uneasy, on-off(...)

 Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system fires an interceptor missile as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, on Monday. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Israel and the militant groups in Gaza reached a fragile ceasefire on Monday night with each side indicating that quiet will be met with quiet. After(...)

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