Likud prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: said the election result made clear that Israel had no choice but to accept a unity government.  Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

The frontrunner in the Israeli elections, Benny Gantz, has rejected a request from prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to consider joining a coalition t(...)

Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem: most of the international community considers such settlements illegal. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

The European Union has criticised Israel’s decision to approve the construction of more than 2,000 housing units in West Bank settlements. “All sett(...)

Palestinian men pile bags of flour outside an aid distribution centre run by Unrwa in the central Gaza Strip refugee camp of Bureij, on Wednesday. Photograph: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Unrwa’s very existence is challenged by scandal at the top as the agency scrambles for international funding to distribute emergency cash and food bas(...)

 Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu meets US president Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner  at the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem. Photograph: Stern Matty/Handout/EPA

The long-awaited US peace plan for the Middle East, which was expected to be unveiled next month, is facing another significant delay after Israel cal(...)

A Palestinian loads a cart with aid food provided by the UN’s World Food Programme and its agency for Palestinian refugees, Unrwa, in the Gaza Strip’s al-Shati refugee camp. Photograph: Mohammed Abed

The US has called for the dismantling of the UN agency caring for more than five million Palestinian refugees. Trump administration envoy Jason Gree(...)

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(...)

 Palestinian children arrive to their UNRWA school during the first school day at al-Jalazoun refugee camp near the west bank city of Ramallah, on  August 29th. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

Palestinian refugees reacted with dismay on Saturday to a United States decision to halt funding to a UN agency, warning that it would lead to more po(...)

 A Palestinian man assists a wounded protester during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, east of Jabalia on Monday. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli soldiers have shot and killed at least 58 Palestinians and left another 2,700 injured during mass protests along the Gaza border, health (...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney meets US secretary of state Rex Tillerson  in Washington DC

The United States is preparing to appoint a special envoy to Northern Ireland the US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has confirmed. Responding to q(...)

 Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas: called for an international Middle East peace conference to be convened later this year. Photograph:  Timothy A Clary/Getty Images

The United States is “ready to talk” Middle East peace with the Palestinians, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday in remar(...)

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