Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard is the Middle East Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Her job takes her throughout the Middle East and North Africa, reporting on the Arab revolutions from Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia and on the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

25 killed as Israel prepares for ground assault

Ruth Pollard Aerial and naval bombardment of Gaza intensifies as Hamas fires rockets at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

No balm in sight for the broken land of Gaza

Relatives of a man reportedly killed by an Israeli air strike grieve at Gaza's Shifa Hospital.

Ruth Pollard The supply cupboard is almost bare at Gaza’s Shifa Hospital, but there is death and chaos all around.

Palestinian unity push angers Israel

Gaza's Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh, right, listens to senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed, left, after the announcement the agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups.

Ruth Pollard Seven years after their violent split, rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have signed a reconciliation agreement and say they will seek to form a unity government within weeks and hold...

Palestinians hope Pope's visit can help bring change

Members of the Palestinian presidential guard.

Ruth Pollard Among the olive trees and ancient terraces, the faithful of the Cremisan Valley held mass on Friday to pray that Israel would not go ahead with plans to extend its giant, concrete security wall...

Ariel Sharon dies after 8 years in a coma

Ariel Sharon had been in a coma since 2005.

Ruth Pollard Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died aged 85 after spending eight years in a coma following a stroke.

Israelis pay final respects to Ariel Sharon

Israeli President Shimon Peres lays a wreath by the coffin of former prime minister Ariel Sharon at the Knesset.

Ruth Pollard The body of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon lay in state at the Knesset as a small but steady procession of people arrived to pay their respects to the man at once respected and reviled.

Isolated Israel denounces Iran deal

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard Israel’s condemnation of the Iranian nuclear deal struck in Geneva was swift and absolute, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labelling it “an historic mistake” that had made the world “a much...

Middle East talks back on track

US Secretary of State John Kerry

Ruth Pollard After a stalemate of nearly three years, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators look set to return to direct, final-status peace talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Israel eases over Eritrean asylum seekers

Eli Ishai

Ruth Pollard Middle East Correspondent Jerusalem ERITREAN asylum seekers trapped in searing temperatures between the Egyptian border and a large fence Israel built to keep out 'illegal infiltrators' will not be allowed into Israel, the government...

Chaos in Gaza as Israel steps up bombardment

Mixed answers on ceasefire in Gaza  (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard Israel intensified its attacks on the Gaza Strip in the hours before an expected ceasefire announcement, pounding multiple targets in Gaza City and dropping leaflets telling residents in key areas to...

Israeli soldiers expose plight of Palestinian children


Ruth Pollard Ruth Pollard reports from Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

Netanyahu calls early poll to halt 'turmoil'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard ISRAELIS are facing the prospect of early elections again following Benjamin Netanyahu's widely anticipated announcement that his government would go to the polls as early as January.

Ruth Pollard

Netanyahu calls early elections 'for the benefit of Israel'


Ruth Pollard Israelis are again facing the prospect of early elections following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's widely anticipated announcement overnight that his government would go to the polls as early as...

Austerity budget forces early Israel election

Ruth Pollard Israelis are again facing the prospect of early elections after Benjamin Netanyahu's widely expected announcement that his government would go to the polls as early as January.

Israelis back discrimination against Arabs: poll

Israeli flag

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Most Jewish citizens of Israel support discrimination against Palestinians, a new poll has found, with 69 per cent advocating preference for Jews over Arabs in government jobs and 74 per...

Tensions rise over Gaza rocket attacks


Ruth Pollard Jerusalem: The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, threatened "more extensive and deeper action" against militants in the Gaza Strip, after 79 rockets and mortar shells were fired into...

Fears Netanyahu's plan to unite right-wing parties could backfire

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman shake hands.

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: United in ''mutual distrust'', the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, forged ahead with plans to merge the lists of their right-wing...

Fury as leader concedes pillar of Palestinian cause

Mahmoud Abbas

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: President Mahmoud Abbas is facing down a furious response from Palestinians at home and abroad over his decision to give up his right to return to his home town of Safad, from where his...

Israel ready to respond to 'stray fire'

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard IN A sign of increasing tensions between Israel and Syria the two traded fire for a second day and, Israel confirmed it no longer regarded Syria's cross-border incursions as a ''spillover'' from its...

Israel says response to rockets can 'intensify'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, says his country is "prepared to intensify" its response to rocket attacks from Gaza, after Israeli airstrikes killed seven Palestinians.