Pro-Palestinian activists seen embarking on a sailing boat to be part of a small flotilla that tried  to challenge Israel’s sea blockade of the Gaza Strip, in the open sea near Plaka on the island of Crete on Friday. Photograph: Stefanos Rapanis/Reuters

Israel said on Monday it had blocked a boat leading a four-vessel protest flotilla of foreign activists from reaching the Gaza Strip and forced the ve(...)

The idea that the international community could help concentrate minds in Israel/Palestine by proposing its own outline framework and timeframe for a (...)

rench foreign minister Laurent Fabius held a meeting on the proposal with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, the West Bank, on Sunday. Photograph: Thomas Coex/EPA

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius’s initiative was considered the last hope of reviving the dead “peace process” between Israel and Palestinians.(...)

Israel’s security cabinet minister Naftali Bennett is calling on the international community to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

A far-right ally of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged world powers on Sunday to recognise Israel’s 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights,(...)

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert (L) embraces an unidentified woman (R) at the Jerusalem District Court on Monday. Photograph: Heidi Levine/EPA

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a US supporter.The verdict (...)

It is unlikely, however difficult, that whoever gets to form a government in London in the next days will have to face quite as tortuous – or torturou(...)

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(...)

Israel’s foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman: had a number of scores to settle with Binyamin Netanyahu, and said he “chose principles over cabinet seats”. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

In a political bombshell, Israel’s foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has said he will not be joining prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s new governme(...)

A protester of Israeli Jews of Ethiopian origin shouts at a policeman during a demonstration against what they say is police racism and brutality, after the emergence last week of a video clip that showed policemen shoving and punching a black soldier. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Police on horseback charged hundreds of ethnic Ethiopian citizens in central Tel Aviv on Sunday as an anti-racism protest descended into one of the(...)

An Ethiopian-Israeli protester is detained during the protest at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Hundreds of Ethiopian-Israelis clashed with police officers in central Tel Aviv on Sunday as a protest sparked by a police beating turned into a vi(...)