A bulldozer clears rocks at a construction site in a Jewish settlement near Jerusalem known to Israelis as Har Homa and to Palestinians as Jabal Abu Ghneim yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Ammar Awad

Middle East peace talks appear to be in crisis following the resignation of the Palestinian negotiating team in protest at Israeli settlement plans.Ch(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry   with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas in Amman yesterday. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry has issued a stark warning of more violence and deepening isolation in store for Israel if Israeli and Palestinian ne(...)

Shimon Peres, who met European Commission vice-president Antonio Tajani today. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/Reuters

European Commission vice-president Antonio Tajani pledged today to strengthen industrial co-operation between the European Union and Israel, despite c(...)

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday. Photograph: Reuters.

The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu launched a sustained attack on the new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani yesterday, deriding his recent (...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas: Palestinians are negotiating statehood with Israel on the basis of the pre-1967 West Bank border, and the talks are making headway.  Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

A sixth round of peace talks is to be held between Israeli and Palestinian representatives today, with both sides saying that progress is being made.(...)

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks out with his children after collecting gas mask kits at a distribution point in Jerusalem

Following a number of threats from Syrian officials over the last few days to target Israel in the event of an American strike, Israel has indicated s(...)

A Palestinian boy watches the funerals of Robin Zayed, Younis Jahjouh and Jihad Aslan at Qalandiya Refugee Camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Palestinian negotiators called off a planned round of peace talks with Israel yesterday to protest the killing of three Palestinians in clashes wit(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu (centre) attending a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem yesterday. Mr Netanyahu said yesterday chemical weapons use in Syria could not be tolerated. Photograph: Dan Balilty/Reuters

Demand for gas masks soared in Israel yesterday amid fears that Syria or its regional allies, such as Hizbullah in Lebanon, may target Israel in respo(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and Israel’s justice minister Tzipi Livni  in Jerusalem on August 16th. Ms Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator in peace talks with Palestinian leaders, has refused to provide details on the state of the discussions. “We are arguing, but we are arguing inside the room,” she said. Photograph: Sebastian Scheiner/Reuters

With attention in the Middle East focused this week on the dramatic events in Egypt and Syria, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Jerusalem discre(...)

Freed Palestinian prisoner Jamil Nabi Annatsheh (centre) stands with his wife as his son kisses his hand outside their house in the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday.  Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

After five years of diplomatic deadlock, substantive peace talks got under way last night in Jerusalem with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators attemp(...)

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