News US Secretary of State John Kerry in Israel earlier this week

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John Kerry will mediate in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

Israelis and Palestinians meet in Washington to resume peace talks - but few expect results

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces press criticism over prisoner release plan

The mother of Palestinian Ateya Abu Moussa, who has been held prisoner by Israel for 20 years, hugs her grandson upon hearing the news that her son may soon be released

More than 100 Palestinian prisoners released as Israel clears way for peace talks in Washington

Netanyahu's 'tough decision for the good of the country' faces opposition even within his party

US Secretary of State John Kerry during a press conference in Tel Aviv, Israel

Kerry says Middle East peace talks have 'narrowed the gap' between Israelis and Palestinians

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday fell short in his latest bid to bring Israelis and Palestinians back to the peace table. But he insisted that an agreement by the sides to renew negotiations is ''within reach''.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made Iran his priority since being returned to office in January

A 'victory for moderation' says new President of Iran, as supporters rejoice

Israel however is sceptical Rouhani will usher in change

Iranians go to the polls on Friday to elect a new president knowing that for the first time in eight years the country will be led by someone other than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Danny Danon has cast doubt on whether the country’s government is willing to accept a future Palestinian state

'The international community can say whatever they want': Israeli minister Danny Danon decries two-state solution

A rising star on the right of Israeli politics has cast doubt on whether the country’s government is willing to accept a future Palestinian state.

John Kerry's Israel visit is the fourth in as many months

US Secretary of State John Kerry in Middle East for separate talks with Israel and Palestine

Israel visit is the fourth in as many months

People in Qusair inspect the damage caused by government air strikes

Syria civil war: Hezbollah takes fight to anti-Assad rebels as they storm rebel-held town of Qusair

Militia offensive kills dozens as regime attempts to secure control of coast road

We need to review security for Jews in the West Bank, says Israel’s Economy Minister Naftali Bennett

Israel’s right wing Economy Minister Naftali Bennett says he plans to submit a plan to his colleagues on reviewing security for Jews in the West Bank after claiming that the situation has deteriorated in recent months.

Middle East peace process dealt a blow as Israel gives go-ahead for 300 new homes in West Bank

Hope earlier in the week that a decision to freeze the construction of new Israeli settler homes in the occupied West Bank could renew the moribund peace process were dealt a blow earlier today when it transpired that permission had been granted to build nearly 300 new houses close to the Palestinian administrative capital, Ramallah.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Surprise as Israel blocks settlement building in West Bank and East Jerusalem

Move was key demand of Palestinians as precursor to any renewed peace talks

Mahmoud Abbas, right, President of the Palestinian Authority, was welcomed by his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, left, in Beijing

China hosts Palestinian and Israeli leaders in bid for Middle East influence

China is hosting both the Palestinian and Israeli leaders this week in a sign of its desire for a larger role in the Middle East.

'This is not a declaration of war': Israel seeks to reassure Syria over airstrikes that reportedly killed at least 42

The Jewish state has sought to persuade the Syrian government that the attacks - which reportedly killed 42 - were not designed to weaken Bashar al-Assad’s position

Obama inspired a lot of hope in Israel. But is peace really any closer?

It's difficult to pinpoint the President's achievements in the region

Space for Barack, but not Barak: Embarrassment for Israel after former premier is excluded from Obama state dinner and events

Ehud Barak was not invited to any official functions, despite glittering military and political careers

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