Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas blamed Israel for uncertainty about whether it would allow the legislative election to proceed in Jerusalem as well as in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Photograph:  Hazem Bader/AFP via Getty Images

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Friday postponed planned parliamentary elections amid a dispute over voting in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem a(...)

Marwan Barghouti (L) and Mahmoud Abbas (R) will face off in the forthcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections. Photographs:  Sven Nackstrand  and Jamal Aruri/AFP via Getty Images

With his Fatah party in disarray, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas faces the prospect of defeat in the upcoming Palestinian elections. According t(...)

Protesters take part in a demonstration in front of Kaplan hospital in Rehovot, Israel, demanding the release from prison in Israel of Palestinian Maher Al-Akhras, who has been on a hunger strike for 100 days. Photograph: Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

In a bold move to refurbish their sullied image in Washington, the Palestinians are laying the groundwork for an overhaul to one of their most cherish(...)

 Marwan Barghouti: Polls suggest  he is the most popular choice among Palestinians to succeed 82-year-old Mahmoud Abbas as Palestinian president. Photograph:  Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel has released a video that appears to show the high-profile leader of a Palestinian hunger strike eating in prison. The prison service released(...)

Palestinians hold pictures of their relatives, jailed in Israeli prisons, in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA/

More than 1,000 Palestinian security prisoners held in Israeli prisons have gone on hunger strike demanding better conditions. The prisoners, who lau(...)

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Hostile world: Amos Oz in Israel. Photograph: Rina Castelnuovo/New York Times

Amos Oz is probably Israel’s best-known living writer. The 75-year-old relishes talking about his “Irish zeal” as a child in the British Mandate of(...)