President Donald Trump during an unannounced trip at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Uncertainty created by US policy shifts in the Middle East is forcing regional and international actors to rethink relationships and forge new approac(...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said  US had informed him in advance about their troop withdrawal. Photograph: EPA/Jim Hollander

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has vowed to step up Israel’s fight against Iran’s military presence in Syria, amid concerns that the US military’s (...)

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(...)

A Palestinian Hamas-hired civil servant receives her salary paid by Qatar, in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip. Photograph:  Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Civil servants in Gaza received their salaries on Friday after Qatar transferred more than €13 million in cash with Israel’s blessing. Long queues f(...)

Israeli soldiers block an entrance leading to the border with Lebanon, in the town of Metulla, northern Israel on Tuesday. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

The Israeli army has launched an operation to block tunnels being built by the Lebanese Hizbullah organisation before they come into use. Officials sa(...)

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(...)

 Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: in a speech, cited unspecified security challenges ahead and hinted at future action by Israel against its enemies. Photograph:  Abir Sultan/EPA

Political pundits were already picking potential dates in the spring for early elections as Naftali Bennett, Israel’s education minister and head of (...)

 Avigdor Lieberman, as he resigned as Israel’s defence minister on Tuesday. “Were I to stay in office, I would not be able to look southern residents in the eye,” he said after rocket attacks from Gaza. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned on Wednesday, denouncing a ceasefire agreement with Hamas to end two days of fighting as “surrende(...)

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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