Israeli paramilitary police  stand in front of Jewish settlers protesting the demolition of two partially-built dwellings in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beit El near Ramallah. Photograph: Emil Salman/Reuters

The Palestinian Authority has condemned Israel’s decision to build 300 new homes in the West Bank settlement of Beit El as compensation for the des(...)

Israeli security forces drag away one of hundreds of Jewish activists who had occupied two buildings slated for demolition by Friday in the settlement of Beit El north of Jerusalem. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has gone out of his way to calm the right- wing flank of his slim coalition after showdowns between polic(...)

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,(...)

Israeli prime minister Binymin Netanyahu and religious nationalist Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett announce their new coalition. Photograph: GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images

The Palestinian leadership has predicted that Israel’s new right-wing religious coalition will be belligerent and will work against peace.Former chie(...)

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(...)

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 (...)