Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews,” he told the Zionist Congress. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has provoked huge controversy, hours before a visit to Germany, by saying the former Muslim elder in Jeru(...)

An Israeli border policeman uses pepper spray on a Palestinian man during clashes in Arab East Jerusalem on Friday. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters.

Israel has launched a huge manhunt in the West Bank for the suspected Palestinian gunmen who killed a pair of Israeli settlers in front of their child(...)

File photograph of Israeli border police. Photograph: Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian who stabbed an Israeli man at a petrol station along a main highway in the occupied West Bank near Jerusalem on(...)

The brother and mother of Avraham Mengistu (29), an Israeli of Ethiopian descent who is reportedly held captive in the Gaza Strip. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

An Israeli civilian is being held against his will by the Islamist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Israel said on Thursday. Hamas, the Palestini(...)

Israeli soldiers mourn during the  funeral of a colleague killed in a clash on the Lebanese border at Mount Hertzel cemetery in Jerusalem. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA.

Israel and Hizbullah have signalled that a rare flare-up in fighting across the Israel-Lebanon border is over, after the Lebanese guerrillas killed(...)

Binyamin Netanyahu: accused by a US source as only interested “in protecting himself from political defeat”. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

US relations with Israel have plunged to new depths of bitterness and hostility as senior officials in the Obama administration decried Binyamin Netan(...)

Palestinians watch a party for a bride ahead of her wedding ceremony at a United Nations-run school sheltering displaced Palestinians from the Israeli offensive, in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza Strip today. Phogoraph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Talks to end a month-long war between Israel and Gaza militants are “difficult”, Palestinian delegates said today, while Israeli officials said no pr(...)

Palestinian relatives and friends of the Kawarea family carry one of seven bodies during their funeral at the Khan Yunis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip today. The father, an alleged member of militant Fatah movement and his six young sons were killed in an Israeli air strike that targeted their house. Photograph: EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

Israeli air strikes shook Gaza every few minutes today, and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel’s heartland in intensifying warfare that Palestini(...)

Smoke and flames are seen following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip today. Israel has bombarded dozens of targets in  Gaza as it  steps up what it said might become a long-term offensive against  Hamas after a surge in Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli towns. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters.

Israel bombarded the Gaza Strip today in strikes that Palestinian officials said killed at least 11 people, stepping up what threatens to become a lon(...)

A damaged military vehicle used by the Free Syrian Army is seen after heavy fighting against the forces of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and Lebanon’s Hizbullah near Qusayr town. Photograph: Rami Bleible/Reuters

Syrian forces yesterday ramped up pressure on rebels in the besieged Syrian town of Qusayr and massed near Aleppo as Dr Kasem Al-Zein, who co-ordinate(...)