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.

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.

Obama urges Israel to make peace with Palestine

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Ruth Pollard Appealing to Israel's younger generation, US President Barack Obama urged them to look at the world through Palestinian eyes and push their political leaders to take a risk and make peace with their...

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.

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.

Stench of death hangs over Cairo

Egypt

Ruth Pollard There are bodies as far as the eye can see, ice placed on them to slow decomposition.

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...

Israel dresses up for Obama's visit but expectations are rock-bottom

Barack Obama

Ruth Pollard The flowerbeds along King David Street in downtown Jerusalem are blooming and the road markings have been freshly painted as the city continues its meticulous sprucing in preparation for the visit of...

Anti-settlement protesters struggle to make Obama hear

Palestinian protest village Afhad Younis

Ruth Pollard On a rocky hill overlooking the large Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, as sheep grazed along the grassy shoulders of the highway that leads into Jerusalem, a large Palestinian flag unfurled in...

Israel apologises to Turkey

Obama delivers commitment to Israel (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard Israel has apologised to Turkey for the deaths of nine of its citizens during a 2010 Israeli naval raid on a Turkish aid flotilla that was headed for Gaza.

Obama visits the Church of the Nativity

Barack Obama

Ruth Pollard As a fierce sandstorm blew into Bethlehem from the Negev Desert in the south, President Barack Obama made his final stop on his three-day visit to Israel and Palestine before he flies to neighbouring...

Israeli PM's call soothes relationship with Turkey

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard Israel has apologised to Turkey for the deaths of nine of its citizens during a 2010 Israeli naval raid on a Turkish aid flotilla that was headed for Gaza.

Obama came, saw and united, which is bad news for Assad

Ruth Pollard He came to woo the Israeli public and woo them he did, with endless symbolic gestures and a speech that won over many on both the right and left of the political spectrum.

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...

Sacred but troubled Easter feast

Syriac Orthodox Father Boulus.

Ruth Pollard The wings of an angel curl around his shoulders and the image of a large cross travels down his spine, accompanied by 16 lines of prayer in the ancient script of Aramaic.

Israel marks death of 'giant' Yitzhak Shamir

Yitzhak Shamir.

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

Revealed: Syrian torture centres

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Ruth Pollard Former detainees, torture victims and defectors reveal the torture secrets of the Assad regime.

Israel split flags shift to the right

Israel's coalition may have split over the issue of drafting ultra-Orthodox Jews into its defense force.

Ruth Pollard Israel's coalition may have split over drafting ultra-Orthodox Jews into its defence force.

Israeli soldiers expose plight of Palestinian children

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