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 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(...)

Palestinian boys inspect rubble of their destroyed home after an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the Gaza Strip on  July 6th, 2014. Photograph: Mohammed Saber

Israel will not conduct a criminal investigation into a deadly raid in Rafah during the 2014 Gaza war, the military’s judicial arm said on Wednesday a(...)

 Shimon Peres visiting border police’s counterterrorist unit’s base in Israel in 2011. Photograph: Amos Ben Gershom/EPA

The body of Shimon Peres will lie in state at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, on Thursday ahead of Friday’s funeral in Jerusalem, which will be atte(...)

An Israeli soldier stands guard next to the Iron Dome anti-missile system deployed next to the southern town of Sderot on Monday. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Israel has made clear that it is not seeking an escalation in Gaza even though it carried out more than 50 air strikes on Sunday night in what may be (...)

A Palestinian man  waits for a travel permit to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip yesterday. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Israel has claimed the Israel Defence Forces’ operation in Gaza last summer was a moral, defensive war conducted in accordance with international law.(...)

 Palestinian women walking  between houses which were destroyed during the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict in Al Shejaeiya neighbourhood in the east of Gaza City. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Saber

Israel fired on seven United Nations schools during the 2014 Gaza war, killing 44 Palestinians who had sought shelter at some sites, while Palestinian(...)

The  high representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini:    “The fight against terrorism remains a priority for the European Union. In this sense, the EU is determined to stem the financing of terrorism, for which EU autonomous measures are an essential tool.” Photograph:  Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The European Union is to appeal against an EU court ruling that Hamas should be removed from the bloc’s terrorist list.The move was criticised by Hama(...)

Roba Abu Shamallah, (centre), the daughter of Mohammed Abu Shamallah, mourns during a funeral for the senior Hamas figure, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, yesterday. Photograph: Wissam Nassar/The New York Times

Fierce cross-border attacks continued yesterday as Israel claimed a significant military success, killing two leading members of the Hamas military(...)

Palestinians ride a donkey cart yesterday past the ruins of houses that witnesses said were destroyed during the Israeli offensive in Johr El-Deek village near the central Gaza Strip. Photograph: Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Talks between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators got off to a rocky start yesterday with sharp exchanges between Israel and Hamas as both sides striv(...)

Palestinians watch a party for a bride ahead of her wedding ceremony at a United Nations-run school sheltering displaced Palestinians from the Israeli offensive, in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza Strip today. Phogoraph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Talks to end a month-long war between Israel and Gaza militants are “difficult”, Palestinian delegates said today, while Israeli officials said no pr(...)

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