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.

Palestinian missile hits Jerusalem's outskirts

gaza protest

Ruth Pollard Israel's government has approved the mobilisation of as many as 75,000 army reservists after a long-range missile fired from Gaza landed in an outlying Jerusalem suburb, setting off air raid sirens...

Israel told Jerusalem plan 'a provocation'


Ruth Pollard Middle East Correspondent Jerusalem Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is determined to press ahead a large settlement in East Jerusalem despite criticism.

Australian journalist to stand trial in Egypt for airing 'false' news

Facing trial ... al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste is accused of collaborating with Egyptians to air false news.

Ruth Pollard Egypt intensified its media crackdown on Wednesday with the country's military-backed government announcing 20 journalists from Al Jazeera, including one Australian, would stand trial accused of...

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.

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.

Damascus attack sparks fear of escalation


Ruth Pollard Israeli jets appear to have attacked a military centre on the outskirts of Damascus. If confirmed, it would be its second strike inside Syria in the past three days.

Gloom over mid-east talks greets Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry

Ruth Pollard Jerusalem: The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and Britain's Foreign Secretary, William Hague, were due to arrive in Jerusalem on Thursday in a further attempt to renew talks between Israel and...

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...

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...

Deputy PM quits before Israel poll

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liebermar.

Ruth Pollard Israel's Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, maintaining his innocence and vowing to clear his name, has resigned both posts just 38 days before national elections after it...

Peace activists forced from West Bank protest

Palestinians, together with Israeli and foreign activists, demonstrate as they walk around newly-erected tents in an area known as E1, near Jerusalem

Ruth Pollard Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered security forces to evacuate up to 250 Palestinians and international peace activists who set up an 'outpost' in a contested area between Jerusalem...

Far right spells danger for Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Israel's election campaign has entered its final frantic two weeks, with political advertisements flooding television and radio focused on domestic socio-economic issues and parties all...

Deserting voters unsettle Netanyahu team

Israelis walks past an election campaign billboard of Israeli Prime Minister and Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Israel's election campaign has entered its final frantic two weeks, with a flood of political advertisements focusing on domestic socio-economic issues and the parties all but ignoring Israel's most...

Peace plans, Obama put squeeze on Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Israel is entering the final phase of its election campaign with an increasingly rocky relationship with the US and under pressure from France and Britain, who are reportedly working...

Labor's star rises in Israel after giving ground on Palestinian peace

Ruth Pollard ''THE left was dying,'' says Stav Shaffir matter-of-factly.

Lapid leans right to rescue Netanyahu

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard As Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled to form a stable coalition on Wednesday, Israel's new political star signalled his intention to join the government, rejecting the idea of forming a centrist "blocking...

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...

Centre will not hold as Lapid rejects block on Netanyahu

A worker removes election banner of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: As Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled to form a stable coalition, Israel's new political star signalled his intention to join the government, rejecting the idea of forming a centrist ''blocking...

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.