Israeli flags fly near the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. Click to enlarge

Trump says recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital will bring peace – it will do quite the opposite

Look at the Jewish colonies in the West Bank and it’s clear that Palestine doesn’t feature in Israeli plans for the future

Israeli police at the al Aqsa Mosque

If Trump Declares Jerusalem Capital of Israel, Chaos Will Reign

It would be difficult to imagine anything more provocative, dangerous – or just plain insane

Egyptian president faces questions about strategy to control Isis hotspot Sinai province

Egyptian president faces questions about strategy to control Isis hotspot Sinai province

The massacre suggests that despite defeat in Syria and Iraq, ISIS has shifted to Sinai and Egypt’s president can’t contain it

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri accepts exile in France as Saudi Arabia no longer feels like a home away from home

It’s worth remembering how much Saad Hariri liked – and quite probably still does like – Saudi Arabia

The resignation of Lebanon’s Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, has not gone as smoothly as the Saudis wanted

The Saudis may be holding the Lebanese Prime Minister hostage but their apparent plan to topple the Beirut government has gloriously backfired

Hariri's resignation speech. Click to enlarge

Saad Hariri’s resignation as Prime Minister of Lebanon is not all it seems

Robert Fisk on the role of the Saudis in the shock resignation Prime Minister Hariri

Everything wrong with Theresa May’s ridiculous assertion that we should feel proud of the Balfour Declaration

Robert Fisk on the centenary of the publication of the Balfour Declaration

Vladimir Putin is positioning himself as the main player in the Middle East

Vladimir Putin is positioning himself as the main player in the Middle East

Soon Trump’s $300bn weapons deal with the Saudis will seem insignificant. Robert Fisk on Russia’s growing clout in the Middle East

Isis has lost Raqqa with the fighting taking much of the city’s history too

There will, however, apparently be no “forgiveness” for the foreign fighters in Raqqa

Lieutenant-General Valery Asapov. Click to enlarge

Is there truth in the conspiracy theories about who killed Russian Lieutenant General Valery Asapov in Syria?

Russia took the death of its highest-ranking officer in Syria very seriously indeed.

What was an act of defiance in March 2014 – when this photo of a woman driving in Riyadh was taken – will soon be legal. Click to enlarge

Saudi Arabia Lifting Driving Ban is Little More Than a Stunt

The lifting of the ban on women drivers is meant to counter bad publicity about the kingdom: its beheadings, its war in Yemen and the obscene wealth of its rulers

If Nikki Haley doesn’t drop her nonsensical pro-Israeli propaganda line at the UN, she could cause real problems for Lebanon

Over the past 5 years Israel has spent millions bombing Syrian, Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria. Throughout that time, it hasn’t fired a shot at Isis and has even allowed Islamist fighters to go to Haifa hospitals for medical treatment

The West might hardly believe it, but it now seems the Syrian war is ending – and Assad is the victor

Repeated victories mean that the Syrian army is among the most “battle-hardened” in the region

President Assad. Click to enlarge

When did protest against the Assad government turn to war in Syria?

Robert Fisk on a new book on the Syria conflict, which examines how Western support for Assad’s opponents helped turn peaceful protest into armed uprising

If you're wondering why Saudi Arabia and Israel have united against Al-Jazeera, here's the answer

If you’re wondering why Saudi Arabia and Israel have united against Al-Jazeera, here’s the answer

The problem today in both East and West is that our governments are not our friends

Isis mountain fortress newly captured by Syrian and Hezbollah fighters. Click to enlarge

On the Syrian frontline, the battle against Isis is reaching its crescendo

Robert Fisk reports from the border between Lebanon and Syria, where the Syrian Army and Hezbollah are closing in on Isis’s final mountain stronghold

Exactly a year before he was killed, General Fouad Khadour sits in his headquarters outside Palmyra. Click to enlarge

The Syrian army were standing up to Isis long before the Americans ever fired a missile

That so many of Isis’s weapons turn out to have originated in the West provides a cruel irony to this story

Secret Russian-Kurdish-Syrian military cooperation is happening in Syria’s eastern desert

Secret Russian-Kurdish-Syrian military cooperation is happening in Syria’s eastern desert

Robert Fisk reports from a joint command centre that has been set up to avoid clashes between Russian-Syrian and Kurdish forces

Syrians living under Isis accepted the jurisdiction of Islamist courts – does that make them collaborators?

Abandoned court papers reveal life under militant rule and the close cooperation between the Western backed Free Syrian Army and Islamist militias

By demanding the end of Al Jazeera, Saudi Arabia is trying to turn Qatar into a vassal state

By demanding the end of Al Jazeera, Saudi Arabia is trying to turn Qatar into a vassal state

Saudi Arabia’s demand that Qatar close Al Jaeera could be likened to the EU demanding the Theresa May shut down the BBC