Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the plenum at Israel’s parliament in Jerusalem. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is struggling to form a stable coalition before Wednesday’s deadline after the surprise decision of a former(...)

An Israeli mourns during the funeral of Aryeh Kopinsky, Calman Levine and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg in Jerusalem. Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed four worshippers, including Kopinsky, Levine and Goldberg in a Jerusalem synagogue today before being shot dead by police. It was the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city amid a surge in religious conflict. Photograph: Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters

The Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue on Shimon Agassi Street in the west Jerusalem neighbourhood of Har Nof is tucked away at the bottom of a steep bank b(...)

Youths clash with Israeli police at the entrance to the town of Kfar Kanna, in northern Israel after Khayr al-Din al-Hamdan was shot dead. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Community leaders of Israel’s Arab minority have declared a 24-hour general commercial strike, starting tomorrow, following the shooting dead by poli(...)

 A general view of Gevaot settlement in the Gush Etzion settelment bloc near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Yesterday   Israel announced that it plans to expropriate 400 hectares of land near Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The Palestinian owners of the land have 45 days to contest the decision to Israel’s Military Appeals Committee, a government spokesman said in Tel Aviv. Photograph: Reuters

The decision by Israel to appropriate land in the West Bank has been condemned by Palestinians and criticised by the US, British and Irish governme(...)

Palestinians watch a party for a bride ahead of her wedding ceremony at a United Nations-run school sheltering displaced Palestinians from the Israeli offensive, in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza Strip today. Phogoraph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Talks to end a month-long war between Israel and Gaza militants are “difficult”, Palestinian delegates said today, while Israeli officials said no pr(...)

Palestinians take cover as warning Israeli air strikes are fired at a nearby building in Gaza City. Photograph: Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters 1:35

Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip today, saying no ceasefire was near as top US and United Nations diplomats pursued talks on halting the f(...)

Israeli soldiers take part in an operation to locate three Israeli teens near the West Bank City of Hebron today. Photograph: Reuters

Israeli forces searching for three teenagers believed to have been kidnapped swept into a second West Bank city today, touching off street confrontat(...)

A file photograph dated November 16th, 2005, shows then Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon in his Jerusalem offices. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon’s condition has deteriorated after eight years in a coma triggered by a stroke, his former spokesman said. (...)

Ultra-Orthodox Jews walk near the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City during a snowstorm. Photograph: Darren Whiteside/Reuters

A snowstorm of rare intensity blanketed the Jerusalem area and parts of the occupied West Bank today, choking off the city and stranding hundreds in v(...)

Palestinian university art students work on a mural depicting late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Nablus. Photograph: Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters

Yasser Arafat’s widow said today the Palestinian leadership must seek justice for her husband after Swiss scientists found evidence suggesting he was(...)