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No light on horizon

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:19:13 GMT

Tension has been rising in Jerusalem since the summer, and after a failure of diplomacy Israel and the Palestinians are further apart than ever, says BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen.

Simmering city

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:49:00 GMT

A spate of deadly attacks, clashes with police and heightened tensions over a disputed top holy site have left Jerusalem on edge, reports the BBC's Yolande Knell.

Gaza ceasefire: 'It feels like normal life'

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:08:03 GMT

The BBC's Quentin Sommerville in Gaza City explains how day-to-day life is beginning to return to some kind of normality following the ceasefire agreed by Hamas and Israel on Tuesday.

Military reoccupation of Gaza 'was seriously considered'

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:13:17 GMT

Israeli minister Yuval Steinitz says the country "seriously considered" a full military reoccupation of Gaza.

Gaza-Israel ceasefire: Scepticism on Jerusalem streets

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:52:20 GMT

Israelis in Jerusalem speak about their scepticism over the new ceasefire with Gaza.

Gaza celebrations as ceasefire agreed

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:44:12 GMT

Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza agree a long-term truce, ending seven weeks of fighting that has left more than 2,200 people dead.

Gaza: Thousands rally for Hamas leaders' funerals

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:45:43 GMT

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Gaza for the funerals of three senior senior Hamas military commanders who were killed in an Israeli rocket strike.

Gaza crisis: Israel kills three top Hamas commanders

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:46:40 GMT

An Israeli air strike kills three senior Hamas military commanders as Israel vows to pursue its Gaza campaign until it achieves "full security".

Gaza conflict: Israel 'targets Hamas leader Deif'

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:16:39 GMT

The wife and child of Hamas militant leader Mohammed Deif have reportedly been killed as Israeli air attacks leave 11 people dead in Gaza.

Leading conductor laments Gaza crisis

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:14:19 GMT

Conductor Daniel Barenboim speaks to Newsnight's Kirsty Wark about how the situation in Gaza has affected his orchestra of musicians from both sides in the conflict.

Allegations of war crimes in Gaza-Israel

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:37:43 GMT

The UN Human Rights Council has appointed an independent commission to investigate allegations of war crimes by both sides in the Israel Gaza conflict. Orla Guerin reports.

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres 'seeks peace' over Gaza

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:21:33 GMT

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres says he seeks peace over the Gaza conflict, as talks continue on a third day of a fresh ceasefire.

Gaza ceasefire hangs on during talks

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:02:58 GMT

Talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials in Cairo are continuing on the third and final day of a ceasefire in Gaza.

Israel's military strategy in Gaza under scrutiny

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:16:13 GMT

The BBC's Paul Adams examines the criticisms being levelled at the Israeli military, as Israel offers to extend a three-day ceasefire in Gaza.

Israeli army say main objective in Gaza achieved 'completely'

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 23:50:46 GMT

The truce in Gaza is holding as the Israeli army say the "strategic threat" of Hamas tunnels has been destroyed.

Gazans return to ruined homes

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 13:23:15 GMT

Israel has withdrawn its ground troops from Gaza as part of a three-day ceasefire, brokered by Egypt.

Gaza truce: Residents 'homeless after fighting'

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:43:47 GMT

The truce in Gaza is holding into a second day, making it the longest period without fighting since the conflict began, but many Gazans have no homes to return to.

Gaza-Israel: What Egyptians make of crisis in Gaza Strip

Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:22:09 GMT

Mark Lowen tests the mood on the streets of Cairo as a seven-hour truce continues in Gaza.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:30:46 GMT

A profile of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mahmoud Abbas

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 22:15:10 GMT

Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, has led the Palestinian Authority since he was elected as its president in January 2005.

Profile: Hamas Palestinian movement

Fri, 12 May 2017 15:53:22 GMT

The BBC profiles Hamas, the Palestinian militant Islamist organisation which won the PA legislative elections in in 2006, but is designated a terrorist organisation by Israel, the US and the EU.

Territories profile

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:55:20 GMT

Provides an overview of the Palestinian territories, including key events and facts

Profile: Fatah Palestinian movement

Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:42:36 GMT

BBC News profiles Fatah, the Palestinian nationalist movement founded by the late Yasser Arafat and led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Missile shield

Sun, 18 Nov 2012 13:16:18 GMT

A profile of Israel's Iron Dome missile shield that has received much publicity since the latest upsurge in violence between Israel and militants in Gaza.

War within a war

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 04:56:55 GMT

The reconstruction of Gaza after the recent war with Israel will be the focus of a conference this weekend, but medics are still struggling to deal with the casualties, reports the BBC's Julia Macfarlane.

Scarred by war

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 23:24:59 GMT

More than a month on from the conflict between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza, Israeli families are still suffering the effects of the 50-day war, reports the BBC's Erica Chernofsky.

Offensives compared

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:51:54 GMT

How civilians bear the brunt of Israel's recent operations in Gaza.

No victor

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:12:25 GMT

The 50-day conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza in the end proved indecisive and seems doomed to repeat itself, says the BBC's Kevin Connolly.

Gaza's tragedy

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:28:08 GMT

A breakdown of those killed in the latest Gaza conflict, showing who died and where they lost their lives.

Critical condition

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:52:52 GMT

Damage to Gaza's civilian infrastructure in the latest conflict with Israel has left Palestinians without adequate provision of power and water, the BBC's Yolande Knell reports.

Is the fighting over?

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:15:08 GMT

Israel and Gaza have been engaged in one of their most intense conflicts for years. Here is a guide to what is going on.

Gaza's underworld

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:36:26 GMT

Defence analyst Eado Hecht assesses the growth of Hamas' tunnel network in Gaza - one of Israel's stated reasons for its offensive in the territory.

Violent vendetta

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:42:25 GMT

Hamas' decision to resume rocket-fire on Israel so soon after forming a unity government surprised some observers. Here Dr Jeroen Gunning explains the motives behind Hamas' move.

'Civilians shouldn't die'

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:21:16 GMT

People from Gaza and Israel share their views, as the Israeli military begins a ground offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza.

Dangerous phase

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:07:17 GMT

With its forces launching a ground invasion of Gaza, the BBC's Jonathan Marcus asks what Israel is hoping to achieve.

Grim determination

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:49:50 GMT

The conflict between Israel and Hamas may have to get worse before the pressure for a ceasefire becomes unanswerable, says the BBC's Jeremy Bowen in Gaza.

Propaganda battle

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:57:24 GMT

The Israeli army and Palestinian militants have stepped up their social media battle amid the latest round of violence in Israel and Gaza.

Rockets and missiles

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:02:26 GMT

The BBC's Jonathan Marcus looks at the weapons being used by Palestinian militants and Israeli forces in the latest round of fighting between Israel and Gaza.