Donald Macintyre

Donald Macintyre writes political sketches for The Independent, having been Jerusalem correspondent since 2004, covering Israel and the Occupied Territories, as well as travelling for the paper to Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Libya and Egypt. As Political Editor and then Chief Political Commentator, he previously covered the John Major and early Tony Blair era. He has written for the Daily Express, Sunday Times, Times and Sunday Telegraph, and Sunday Correspondent. He is the author of Mandelson and the Making of New Labour (2000).

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Palestinians in a bedroom of a destroyed home overlooking the destruction in the Shejaia neighborhood of Gaza City

Israel-Gaza conflict: ‘Israel must stop punishing Gaza’s people,’ pleads UN commissioner

As Egypt renews its peace-deal efforts, a top humanitarian official says it’s time to end the crippling seven-year blockade
Light streaks and trails are seen as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel before a 72-hour cease fire was due to expire August 13, 2014

Israel-Gaza conflict: Hopes grow for end to violence as Palestinians and Israelis begin longest ceasefire yet

Talks ongoing in Egypt to end fighting, which has now seen more than 2,000 people killed

Israel-Gaza crisis: Gaza ceasefire extended despite three rockets being fired at Israel

Tel Aviv and Hamas agree to a new cessation for at least 72 hours after intense talks in Egypt

Rescue workers retrieve one of the bodies found after the Al Qassam mosque was bombed yesterday

Israel-Gaza conflict: Dawn air strike kills three in mosque after ceasefire breaks down

Despite a warning from the military, men had been inside preparing for dawn prayers

A shell lies on the ground at the heavily damaged Sobhi Abu Karsh school in Gaza City

Gaza conflict: Withdrawal of Israeli soldiers reveals the shell-strewn detritus of humanity

Villagers return to their homes, mourning dead loved-ones and trying to regain normality

A Palestinian man holds his child in his destroyed home in Beit Hanoun

Israel-Gaza conflict: Gaza’s survivors now face a battle for water, shelter and power

The first full day of peace reveals the massive reconstruction task ahead

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Head girl Theresa May wows the Tory back benches

There may be a couple of new female prefects; but Theresa May is still the head girl. Today she was at her most severe. A chief constable with even a modicum of wit only has to hear the Home Secretary begin a statement with the routine declaration that the “vast majority of police officers in this country do their job honestly and with integrity” to start sweating in anticipation of what’s coming.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Nicky Morgan’s ministerial debut haunted by the ghost of her predecessor

Michael Gove himself was not present, even when David Cameron arrived as the Commons chamber began to fill up for his statement on Flight MH17 and Gaza

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under pressure from the even harder right

Israel-Gaza conflict: The suffering continues for lack of a peace broker

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under pressure for an escalation of the ground war

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Liz Truss’s lap-warming welcome to the front bench

Considering the distractions, Liz Truss did well to survive her debut as Environment Secretary.

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