Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu at a news conference in Rome this week. He is to meet US secretary of state John Kerry and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry arrived in Israel last night, reportedly bringing with him bridging proposals for security arrangements in the Wes(...)

A man walks amid tear gas during clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohamed Morsi following a demonstration in Cairo last Friday. Photograph: Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images

A hundred years ago, an Arab spring was something in the suspension of a bicycle saddle. In a few years’ time its current incarnation may be just as o(...)

Isaac Herzog, the new leader of Israel’s Labour party, speaking during a news conference in Tel Aviv yesterday. Photograph: Nir Elias/Reuters

Yitzhak (Isaac) Herzog has been elected the new leader of Israel’s Labour party, raising speculation the opposition party will now be more open to joi(...)

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(...)

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