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...

Israel attacks military sites in Syria

Israeli rockets blamed for Syria blasts (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard Israeli jets have attacked a military centre on the outskirts of Damascus, the second strike inside Syria in the past three days.

Damning new report on EU's inaction over Israel

A Palestinian boy jumps  over a burning tyre in Gaza.

Ruth Pollard The European Union had failed to hold the Israeli government to account over its continuing human rights violations against Palestinians, including the demolition of houses, water systems and...

High stakes, hidden foes in Israel's intervention

Hassan Nasrallah

Ruth Pollard It is just under seven years since the skies over Lebanon roared with the sound of Israeli fighter jets and missiles rained down on both sides in a furious 34-day war.

Israel, Syrian army exchange gunfire

An Israeli soldier works on top of a tank in a position in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights.

Ruth Pollard Tensions have risen along Syria’s now-volatile southern border with Israel after an exchange of artillery fire in the Golan Heights.

Israel, Palestine set to return to peace talks

Syrian peace talks provide ‘common ground’ (Thumbnail)

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 overnight.

Israel's separation barrier chokes homes and businesses

Ruth Pollard, Bethlehem Surrounded on three sides by an eight-metre-high concrete wall topped with wire and security cameras, Claire Anasta's home above her family's business has become ''a tomb'' since Israel erected its...

Israel's rising star a partner for Netanyahu's coalition

Ruth Pollard As Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled to form a stable coalition, Israel's new political star rejected the idea of forming a centrist ''blocking majority'' to put the brakes on the right-wing Prime...

Israel criticised over Palestinian deaths

An Israeli border policeman fires a tear gas canister at stone-throwing Palestinian protesters (unseen) during clashes at a weekly protest against the nearby Jewish settlement of Kdumim, in the West Bank village of Kfar Kadum, near Nablus.

Ruth Pollard Israel's army has been criticised for its use of live fire against Palestinians, as concern mounts among human rights organisations over the civilian death toll since the start of the year.

Israel attacks Syria-Lebanon border: report

Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ruth Pollard Israeli forces have reportedly attacked a convoy on the Syria-Lebanon border, unnamed security sources say, as tension mounts inside Israel about the possible movement of chemical and other weapons...

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...

Syrians accuse Israel of raid on military site

Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: The Syrian regime has confirmed Israeli jets bombed a military research centre north of the capital, Damascus, as tension mounts inside Israel about the possible movement of chemical and...

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 strikes Syria as tensions rise on weapons

Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Syrian regime confirms Israeli jets bombed a military research centre north of the capital, Damascus, as tension mounts inside Israel about the possible movement of chemical and other weapons from...

Israel admits suicide of Prisoner X


Ruth Pollard After more than two years of silence, the Israeli Government has admitted a prisoner it held in detention for "security reasons" – believed to be the Australian Ben Zygier – committed suicide in...

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.

Israel rejects torture claims in Zygier case

Ben Zygier

Ruth Pollard Israel has defended its actions in the case of Ben Zygier, the Australian citizen who died in its custody, rejecting allegations he was tortured and committing to releasing a judge's report into his...

Israel rejects Syrian 'spillover' as tensions escalate

Ruth Pollard in Jerusalem In a sign of increasing tensions between Israel and Syria as the two traded fire for a second day, Israel confirmed it no longer regarded Syria's cross border incursions as a...

Israel denies 'Prisoner X' Zygier was in contact with ASIO


Ruth Pollard in Jerusalem Seeking to put an end to speculation that the Australian suspected of spying for Mossad was arrested for also passing information to ASIO, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied Ben...

Bedside chat that changed Israel's rules for organ transplants

Organ transplants in Israel.

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem As surgeon Jacob Lavee was preparing to perform a heart transplant on an ultra-Orthodox Jewish patient, they had a conversation that changed the way he thought about organ donation forever.