US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu yesterday. Photograph: REUTERS/Evan Vucci

Israel is hoping the United States will veto a Palestinian resolution, expected to be presented at the United Nations Security Council this week, cal(...)

Yitzhak Herzog, leader of Israel’s Labour Party, and former Israeli justice minister Tzipi Livni have formed a joint election ticket that could pose a serious challenge to prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Photograph: Reuters

Israel’s election campaign has taken a dramatic turn with polls showing the new alliance of Labour and Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua party winning more seats t(...)

Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein (left) scuffles with an Israeli border policeman during a protest near Ramallah on December 10th, 2014. He died shortly afterwards. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Israeli forces have gone on a high state of alert, bracing themselves for clashes across the West Bank following yesterday’s death of a Palestinian m(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: Polls released after elections were announced showed that Netanyahu’s Likud would win 22 seats in the 120-seat Knesset. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

The leaders of Israel’s coalition parties have agreed that elections will be held on March 17th and the mudslinging has already begun in what is expec(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has  dismissed the two leaders of the centrist parties in his coalition, accusing them of plotting a “putsch”. Photograph: Gali Tiboon/EPA

Israel is heading for new elections after prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu dismissed the two leaders of the centrist parties in his coalition, accusi(...)

News that the international nuclear talks with Iran are to be extended until next July is welcome. But realistically it will be more difficult to find(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry addresses the media after the nuclear talks session with Iran in Vienna. Photograph: AP Photo/Ronald Zak

The longer the international standoff over Iran’s suspect nuclear programme continues, the more dangerous and volatile the situation becomes. All s(...)

 Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and  US secretary of state John Kerry at the talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia, USA) and Iran in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year to resolve a 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more mo(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday.  Photograph: Jim Hollander/Reuters

The Israeli cabinet has endorsed a controversial Bill enshrining Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, despite criticism by Israel’s Arab (...)

Israeli riot police  in the Bet Hanina neighbourhood of east Jerusalem yesterday. Israel has  increased security levels around Jerusalem following recent attacks. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

Israelis have expressed heightened fears about their security in the wake of Tuesday’s attack by Palestinians on a Jerusalem synagogue in which five p(...)