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(...)

Members of the religious group Women of the Wall, during a prayer marking the first day of the Jewish month of Iyar at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, Israel. Photograph:  Getty

Police have arrested five women who donned Jewish prayer shawls, traditionally worn only by men, at(...)

Jewish worshippers wrapped in prayer shawls take part in a special priestly blessing during the Jewish holiday of Passover last month at the Western Wallin Jerusalem's Old City. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to consider liberalising access to Judaism's Western Wall, officials said today, citing concern t(...)