Iran’s Incoming President Vows Tough Line on Missiles and Militias

Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s ultraconservative president-elect, said that he would not meet with President Biden, and that Tehran’s position on its ballistic missile program was “nonnegotiable.” Iran will not negotiate with the United... Read more »

Glowing Bacteria May One Day Protect People From Landmines

Researchers in Israel have recently detailed progress in developing sensors that light up in the presence of a chemical linked to deadly explosives. Land mines left over from bygone conflicts — or... Read more »

Fight Over a Gentle Stream Distills Israel’s Political Divide

Who gets to enjoy the Asi, an exquisite squiggle of water? The question has come to symbolize the identity politics that divide Israeli society. KIBBUTZ NIR DAVID, Israel — A whimsical chain... Read more »

Biden’s Bet: Iranian Hard-liner May Be Best Path to Restoring Nuclear Deal

The next six weeks before a new government takes office in Tehran may be a unique window for clinching an agreement that Iran’s leadership has been delaying. WASHINGTON — Iran’s announcement on... Read more »

Israeli-Palestinian Vaccine Deal Collapses Amid Expiry Date Dispute

After months of resisting sending vaccine doses to the Palestinian Authority, Israel on Friday morning said it would deliver a million or more. Hours later, the authority rejected the first shipment. JERUSALEM... Read more »

Israel Strikes Gaza Again, After Militants Set Fires in Israel

The exchanges on Thursday and into Friday stopped short of a full-scale escalation, but they underscored the fragile nature of the cease-fire that ended last month’s war. JERUSALEM — Israeli airstrikes hit... Read more »

Dreams in the Rubble: An Israeli Airstrike and the 22 Lives Lost

The bombing of a Gaza apartment building has become a focus of debate over civilian casualties in the Hamas-Israel war. For the people who lived there, it was much more than that.... Read more »

Israeli Officer Who Killed Autistic Palestinian Man Charged With Manslaughter

The indictment came more than a year after the fatal shooting. The family of the victim protested the charges as too lenient, calling them “unjust” and “unacceptable.” JERUSALEM — A police officer... Read more »

Israelis Wonder When or Whether Netanyahu Will Exit Official Residence

Even after the new government took over on Sunday, the outgoing prime minister vowed to be back in office soon and hosted at least one former dignitary as if he were still... Read more »

Mediators Push to Restore Cease-Fire in Gaza After Overnight Strikes

Foreign diplomats worked to calm tensions on Wednesday after the first armed exchange between Hamas and Israel since an 11-day air war in May. GAZA CITY — International mediators stepped up efforts... Read more »