US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu making a joint statement after meeting in Jerusalem on Thursday. Photograph: Maya Alleruzzo/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Mike Pompeo, during the first visit by a United States secretary of state to a West Bank settlement since Warren Christopher, has declared that settl(...)

 Benjamin Netanyahu: “Jerusalem is being connected and constructed. We are connecting all parts of Jerusalem; I have lifted all restrictions.” Photograph: Debbie Hill/Reuters

Palestinians have reacted angrily to the Israeli decision to build more homes in east Jerusalem, linking it directly to US president Donald Trump’s Mi(...)

Palestinian children play outside their dwelling in al-Eizariya town with the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim in the background, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Photograph: Raneen Sawafta/Reuters

Palestinians have condemned the US announcement that Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem are not illegal. Secretary of st(...)

 Israel has decided not  to extend the mandate of the international observer force in the West Bank city of Hebron. Photograph: EPA/Abed Al Hashlamoun

Palestinians have reacted angrily to Israel’s decision not to extend the mandate of the international observer force in the flashpoint West Bank city (...)

Palestinian demonstrators shout slogans as they hold posters with  crossed out  images of US president Donald Trump and vice-president Mike Pence during a protest against Mr Pence’s visit to Israel, in the West Bank city of Nablus, earlier this week. Photograph: Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters

The Palestinian leadership has reacted angrily to threats by US president Donald Trump to withhold aid if it refuses to negotiate with Israel. “This(...)

Construction in the Israeli settlement of Brushin in the West Bank, in March  2015. A plan that the Saudi crown prince was said to be foisting on the Palestinians would offer them limited sovereignty and deny them Jerusalem as the capital. Photograph: Tomas Munita/New York Times

In a mysterious trip last month, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, travelled to Saudi Arabia’s capital for consultations with the hard-chargin(...)

Children hold Palestinian flags as they celebrate after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal, in the Gaza Strip on October 12th. Photograph:  Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Palestinian groups have vowed to press on with reconciliation efforts, saying Israel’s decision not to hold peace negotiations with a Palestinian gov(...)

View of the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem on Sunday. Photograph: Abir Sultan/ EPA

Israel has announced plans to build almost 600 new settlement homes in occupied east Jerusalem, just two days after Donald Trump’s inauguration as US (...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas:  two Israeli scholars claim to have discovered that Mr Abbas was code-named “Krotov” or “Mole” and worked as a KGB agent in Syria in 1983. Photograph: Issam Rimawi/Reuters

Palestinians have dismissed as an Israeli “smear” an Israeli television report that President Mahmoud Abbas worked as a KGB agent when he lived in the(...)

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(...)