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.

Ariel Sharon dies after 8 years in a coma

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

Chaos in Gaza as Israel steps up bombardment

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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...

A fragile peace: in pursuit of a solution

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Ruth Pollard As shop owners pushed open their metal shutters and signs of life returned to the streets of Gaza, the scars of eight deadly days of open warfare between Israel and Hamas marked a landscape already...

Tectonic plates have shifted as Gaza wakes to uneasy truce

TOPSHOTSA Palestinian worker cleans the street in front of war graffiti near the destroyed Al-Saraya Hamas headquarters in Gaza City November 22, 2012. An Egypt-brokered truce took hold in the Gaza Strip, ending eight-day operation during which the Israeli army said it hit more than 1,500 targets, while Gaza militants fired 1,354 rockets over the border. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS

Ruth Pollard AS SHOP owners pushed open the metal shutters and signs of life returned to the streets of Gaza, the scars of eight deadly days of open warfare between Israel and Hamas marked a landscape already...

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Fragile peace

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard As shop owners pushed open their metal shutters and signs of life returned to the streets of Gaza, the scars of eight deadly days of open warfare between Israel and Hamas marked a landscape already...

Israel's settlement plan sparks protest

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas waves to the crowd in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Ruth Pollard Israel is facing international condemnation over its plans to significantly expand settlement construction in occupied territory in the West Bank, Fairfax's Ruth Pollard reports.

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Economy looms large in Israeli elections

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard When hundreds of thousands of Israelis took to the streets to protest against the country's impossibly high cost of living and a deterioration in public services, the anger of the demonstrators was...

Peace plans, Obama put squeeze on Netanyahu

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...

Support for Israeli PM plummets

Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard, Tel Aviv New centre-left party led by former TV presenter wins surprise second place as Kadima party founded by Ariel Sharon is wiped out.

'Australian's suicide in solitary': Netanyahu under pressure

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Ruth Pollard Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under pressure to answer questions over allegations that an Australian citizen committed suicide while being held in solitary confinement in the country's...

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.

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Netanyahu's power play all about securing home front

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Ruth Pollard There are few certainties in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's monster new coalition, which holds 94 seats out of a 120-seat parliament.

Israel alleges Iran planned bus blast

Israel has threatened to 'settle the account' with those responsible for an attack in Bulgaria killing Israeli tourists.

Ruth Pollard Israel threatens to 'settle the account' with those responsible for an attack that left seven dead.

Six dead in attack on Israelis in Bulgaria

Smoke from Bulgaria airport bomb blast.

Ruth Pollard At least six people were killed and many more wounded on Wednesday in an attack on a bus packed with Israelis at a Black Sea airport in Bulgaria that the government in Israel blamed on arch foe Iran.

Israelis back discrimination against Arabs: poll

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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...

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...