Smoke rises following what witnesses said were Israeli air strikes in the east of Gaza City today. Israel knocked out Gaza’s only power plant, flattened the home of its Islamist Hamas political leader and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets. Photograph:  Suhaib Salem/Reuters.

Israel knocked out Gaza’s only power plant and attacked dozens of other high-profile targets today, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised propos(...)

A Jewish worshipper takes part in a special prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City for the well-being of Israeli soldiers in Gaza today. Photograph: Siegfried Modola/ Reuters

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said he was ready to accept a humanitarian truce in Gaza where the Islamist group is fighting an Israeli military offensiv(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas talk before a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday. Several hundred Palestinians marched in Ramallah ahead of the meeting chanting “Kerry, you coward, there’s no place for you in Palestine”. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

A senior Palestinian official has indicated Ramallah will reject the framework agreement being drawn up by US secretary of state John Kerry in an effo(...)

A Palestinian protester hurls a stone at Israeli troops during clashes after a protest, which was against Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails, in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are proving pointless and will not bear fruit without much greater pressure from Washington, a senior (...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and Israel’s justice minister Tzipi Livni  in Jerusalem on August 16th. Ms Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator in peace talks with Palestinian leaders, has refused to provide details on the state of the discussions. “We are arguing, but we are arguing inside the room,” she said. Photograph: Sebastian Scheiner/Reuters

With attention in the Middle East focused this week on the dramatic events in Egypt and Syria, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Jerusalem discre(...)

Arab neighbourhoods in east Jerusalem are seen in the background as tourists walk along  a wall surrounding Jerusalem’s old city yesterday. A 10-minute drive from where negotiators will sit down today  to resume long-stalled Middle East peace talks, Israeli bulldozers are busy reshaping land that Palestinians want for their future state. Photograph: Reuters

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will convene today in Jerusalem in another effort to reach a comprehensive peace agreement resulting in the establ(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry gestures as he meets Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem yesterday. After seeing Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan, Kerry travelled to Jerusalem for evening talks with Netanyahu – a meeting that had been originally expected today. Photograph: Reuters/Jacquelyn Martin

US secretary of state John Kerry is to meet Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu tonight for the third time in consecutive days as he pushes his (...)