US secretary of state John Kerry and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas brief the media after the meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah.  Mr Kerry ended a shuttle diplomacy mission today without an agreement on resuming Israeli-Palestinian peace talks but said gaps had been narrowed. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman /Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry ended a shuttle diplomacy mission today without an agreement on resuming Israeli-Palestinian peace talks but said gap(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas after their meeting in Amman, Jordan. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/Pool/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry extended his Middle East peace mission today, shuttling between Jerusalem and Amman for more talks with Palestinians (...)

Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad (right) meets Dutch foreign minister Uri Rosenthal in Ramallah before the 2012 breakdown in peace talks. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

When Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations broke down in Amman in January 2012, it looked as though the process had run irretrievably into the sand. (...)

Israeli troops shot at a target across the Syrian frontier today in response to gunfire that struck its forces in the Golan Heights, the Israel(...)

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attending a Likud party meeting in Jerusalem today. Photograph: Reuters

A gunman shot dead four people execution-style in a bank in Israel today after being refused an overdraft and cash from its automatic teller m(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Shanghai’s mayor Yang Xiong in Shanghai yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Aly Song

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu insisted on his country’s right to defend itself during a visit to China yesterday, after Beijing exp(...)

Israel said today it was business as usual despite two recent attacks on missile stores in Syria.  Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has travelled to China for an official visit. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters.

Russia and China have expressed alarm over the regional repercussions of two recent Israeli air raids on Syria. Israel p(...)

Palestinians have hailed Google’s move as a virtual victory on the long path to the state they seek in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, which Israel seized in the 1967 war. Image: Screengrab of Google.ps

A senior Israeli official accused Google today of setting back Middle East peace hopes by putting the name Palestine under the banner of its se(...)

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu allegedly convened his security cabinet in Jerusalem for secret talks on Thursday night - often a sign of imminent action. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Israel has carried out an air strike targeting a shipment of missiles in Syria bound for Hezbollah guerrillas in neighbouring Lebanon, an Isra(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry says Netanyahu not in a position to confirm reports of chemical weapon use in Syria. Photograph: Reuters

The Israeli army’s top intelligence analyst says he is certain that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons against rebel fo(...)

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