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.

Isolated Israel denounces Iran deal

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...

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.

Israel marks death of 'giant' Yitzhak Shamir

Yitzhak Shamir.

Ruth Pollard Israel's second-longest serving prime minister, Yitzhak Shamir, has died aged 96.

Tensions rise over Gaza rocket attacks

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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...

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...

Gaza rockets bring Israel reprisal threat

Ruth Pollard 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 southern Israel on...

Palestinian Catholics wary of Benedict's exit

Pope Benedict XVI, right, welcomes Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican in December.

Ruth Pollard Palestinians fear Benedict's resignation may reduce the authority of the church.

Israeli PM thwarted by anti-Orthodox newcomers

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, frustrated by an unexpectedly strong alliance between Israel's two political newcomers, has been forced to seek an extension of time to build a coalition with which...

Obama arrives in Israel, this time as president

US President Barack Obama

Ruth Pollard Barack Obama landed in Israel on Wednesday for the first time as US President, on a mission to ease past tensions with his hosts but facing scepticism about his plans to thwart Iran's nuclear threat.

Obama and Netanyahu smooth over tensions

Obama delivers commitment to Israel (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard Putting aside their much-analysed frosty relationship, US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a united, even jovial front at the conclusion of Mr Obama's...

Settlements block the road to peace in latest Israel-Palestine talks

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (right) shakes hands with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Ruth Pollard Five more sessions of talks between Israel and the Palestinians have ended without progress.

Settler clashes with Palestinians reach boiling point

Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard It is a battle that is fought on Palestinian-owned land and in Arab villages all over the occupied West Bank.

Fight over West Bank settlements

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Ruth Pollard Mosques set alight and villagers attacked, Palestinians see a surge in settler violence.