Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara: a state comptroller’s report has  concluded that the Netanyahus ran up household costs that were “significantly excessive” and “inconsistent with the basic principles of proportionality, sensibility, thrift and efficiency”. Photograph: Nir Elias/Reuters

Only a month before Israelis vote in a general election, a damning report by Israel’s state comptroller has revealed excessive spending of state fun(...)

Israel responds to Hizbullah attack with air and ground strikes on southern Lebanon. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Israeli leaders convened on Wednesday night to consider their response after two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven wounded in a Hizbullah atta(...)

Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman and his Canadian counterpart in Jerusalem yesterday. Mr Baird’s country voted against Palestinian membership of the ICC; his car was pelted with eggs by protesters in Ramallah. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Israel has reacted angrily to the decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian te(...)

Israeli settlement Givat Ze’ev in the West Bank. Israel’s minister of housing Uri Ariel wants to expand existing settlements to cater for an expected ‘influx’ of Jewish immigrants from France. File photograph: Yiorgos Karahalis/Reuters

Israel’s minister of housing Uri Ariel wants new Jewish immigrants from France, who are expected to arrive in Israel in record numbers this year, to l(...)

Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman: lambasted European support for unilateral Palestinian measures aimed at charging Israel with war crimes in the International Criminal Court. Photograph: EPA

Israel has warned its decision to freeze the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority will be only the first step if the Palestinians pre(...)

Gerry Adams during his visit to the West Bank town of Ramallah on December 4th, 2014. Adams will meet with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and lay a wreath at the grave of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Israel has barred Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams from visiting the Gaza Strip during a three-day tour of the region. Mr Adams says he was disappointe(...)

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(...)

Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces in the East Jerusalem Arab neighbourhood of Abu-tor. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas yesterday termed Israel’s decision to close Jerusalem’s Temple Mount compound, in response to the shooting of a Je(...)

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(...)