Political leverage aside, it's a major source of water in a parched corner of the world that harbors significant oil deposits.
Social media promised to be a democratising platform for citizen journalists – but now its limitations are becoming clear.
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.
Ministers scrapping publicly over whether our embassy should be relocated is adding to the perception of government disunity and fanning the friction the issue has already caused with our neighbours.
The British Mandate in Palestine had its origins in the end of World War I and lasted until 1948. What happened next has devastated the Middle East ever since.
Michelle Grattan discusses the week in Australian politics with Nick Klomp.
It's increasingly obvious that as prime minister Morrison will do whatever he thinks it takes – and plumb some dubious depths – to serve his immediate purposes.
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.
Incendiary kites and balloons have joined artillery rockets in Gaza’s arsenal. They bleed Israel’s finances more than its people.
Palestinian nonviolent protests and mass movement of resistance is one of Israel's biggest fears.
A new bill proposes to ban reporters and civilians alike from photographing or videoing Israeli troops.
Apartheid has been removed from the statute books for almost three decades. But a de facto apartheid endures both economically and socially.
Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese is confident their candidates will win back their seats and is gearing up for the ALP's National Conference in late July.
A decades-long policy of ambiguity means that Israel's chemical arsenal remains the subject of speculation.
Palestinian women are the backbone of a fragmented and demoralised society.
Young Palestinian activists are risking their lives to protest against Israeli occupation – here's why.
Thanks to a violent fringe of protesters backed by Hamas, a far larger non-violent movement is struggling to control the narrative of what's happening in Gaza.
International NGOs are promoting a 'resilience agenda' that masks their own failings in Palestine.
A recent skirmish between Iran and Israel put the spotlight back on one of the most sensitive territories in the world.
Hugely divisive and controversial at home, Avigdor Lieberman is both an outspoken hawk and a political opportunist.