Political leverage aside, it's a major source of water in a parched corner of the world that harbors significant oil deposits.
The US president's tweet declaring the US would recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian territory was unexpected and will do nothing for regional stability.
If Israel's longtime leader Benjamin Netanyahu loses in the upcoming elections, some hope that his removal will pave the way for peace. But there are several reasons why that's not likely.
The American Israeli Public Action Committee has managed to work with Democrats and Republicans alike. Will that change now that Israel has tacked to the right?
The longtime prime minister has reshaped Israel in profound ways. The military is stronger but Palestinian suffering has grown.
The bonhomie between Narendra Modi and Binyamin Netanyahu is rooted in the admiration of generations of Hindu nationalists for Israel.
Morrison announced a compromise position that recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but does not move Australia’s embassy there until a peace settlement determines Jerusalem’s final status.
Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu is surprisingly muted when faced with some attacks on Jews. Here's why...
Donald Trump's strong defence of Israel might be more boisterous than his predecessors, but it's consistent with the anti-Palestinian policies by previous U.S. administrations.
In 1993 the Oslo Accords were struck in optimism, but a quarter of a century later little has changed - and there's no real prospect it ever will.
It seems the Trump administration is determined to unpick the delicate threads of the Israel-Palestine peace process.
Rather than transform Israel into an undemocratic 'apartheid' state, the new nation-state law is more likely to ensure that Israel can't be transformed into a liberal democracy or binational state.
Saudi Arabia portrays itself as a leading supporter of humanitarian aid, especially to the Palestinians, but the country's leadership has an ambivalent strategy towards the Israel-Palestine conflict.
The UN's Responsibility to Protect framework for safeguarding civilians against atrocities could help resolve the Gaza crisis.
Beitar Jerusalem has always attracted the outsiders, the oppressed and the victimized – Israel's 'forgotten Jews.'
The international condemnation of Israel's violent response to the Gaza protests shows how misplaced its "Brand Israel" campaign has been.
Vladimir Putin's recent re-election was bad news for democracy in Russia. And it's a major loss in the struggle for liberalism, as anti-democratic leaders are assuming power across the globe.
President Donald Trump's move to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal has been met with dismay by the Europeans. But could his high-stakes gambit actually work in getting a better deal?
A documentary filmmaker discusses her work which looks at the erased history of Palestinians in a Jerusalem neighbourhood in order to point to the possibility of a shared Jewish/Arab future.
Hugely divisive and controversial at home, Avigdor Lieberman is both an outspoken hawk and a political opportunist.