Victor: ballot papers and campaign posters for Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party lie on the ground after the country’s parliamentary elections, on March 18th. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty

Who won? No party won an outright majority – that has never happened in an Israeli election – but the result was a triumph for Binyamin Netanyahu. His(...)

‘Now, evidently, there is to be no discussion . . . Binyamin  Netanyahu will again form a coalition with the pro-settler party of Naftali Bennett, who coarsely calls the Palestinians “shrapnel in the butt”.’  Photograph: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images

Hello again to Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister of Israel. He came clean on the eve of the polls, opposing the existence of the state of Palestine(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu waves to supporters at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv. Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel’s election after exit polls showed he had erased his centre-left rivals’ lead with a hard rightward shift in which he abandoned a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters 1:28

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a come-from-behind victory in Israel‘s election after tacking hard to the right in the final days of cam(...)

Binyamin Netanyahu (centre) campaigning in the southern city of Ashkelon on Tuesday. TV exit polls projected a dead heat with 27 votes each for Mr Netanyahu’s Likud and the Zionist Union in the 120-seat Knesset. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters 1:28

If there was a big winner in Tuesday’s Israeli election it was Binyamin Netanyahu. “Against all odds, this is a huge victory for the Likud, a huge vic(...)

 Supporters  of Isaac Herzog and the Zionist Union party react as the first television predictions come up on a screen after polls for the Israeli general elections closed, in Tel Avivi, Israel, on  March 17th,  2015. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA 1:28

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu last night claimed a “great victory” in the Israeli general election, as exit polls pointed to a dead heat between (...)

Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog (centre), joint leader of the centre-left Zionist Union,  leaving  the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, yesterday. Photograph:  Ammar Awad/Reuters

Israelis go to the polls on Tuesday in a race that is so tight it is impossible to know who will be the next prime minister.One thing is certain: Bin(...)

A young boy flies a kite on the Mediterranean beach in Tel Aviv. Photograph: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images

An overnight storm has given way to clear skies and warm sunshine, drawing crowds to the beachfront. It’s Saturday, so much of Tel Aviv has closed dow(...)

Backdropped by Jerusalem’s Old City Ottoman walls, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu speaks at an election event. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty

Binyamin Netanyahu has accused his centre-left rivals of being weak on security, as the latest opinion polls suggested the opposition could be in with(...)

Israeli justice  minister  Tzipi Livni:   “We took a place that was not controversial and turned it into a place that was controversial.”  Photograph:  Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s doveish justice minister Tzipi Livni has criticised the government’s decision to appropriate a large swath of West Bank land near Bethlehem, (...)

 A Palestinian family celebrate as they return home in Al-Shejaeiya neighbourhood following a ceasefire in Gaza City. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

On the 50th day of fighting, an open-ended ceasefire went into effect last night, paving the way for Egyptian-mediated talks in Cairo in a month’s tim(...)