Backdropped by Jerusalem’s Old City Ottoman walls, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu speaks at an election event. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty

Binyamin Netanyahu has accused his centre-left rivals of being weak on security, as the latest opinion polls suggested the opposition could be in with(...)

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(...)

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(...)

 Israel’s foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman:  members of his party are at the centre of allegations about the transfer of public funds. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

A major corruption investigation focused on foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party and the resignation of the charismatic lead(...)

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu sacked his finance and justice ministers on Tuesday, signalling the break up of his bickering coalition and opening the way for early national elections in Israel. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/Reuters

Israeli legislators have agreed to set March 17th as the date for a new parliamentary election, Israel Radio said.The report said the date was agreed (...)

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(...)

Laws that define a democratic state play an important part in copperfastening the idea of such a state as a state of all the people. They lay the basi(...)

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(...)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: “For some there is a never a convenient time to build homes in Jerusalem.” Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Palestinian officials have warned that Israeli plans to boost construction in Jewish neighbourhoods over the pre- 1967 border in Jerusalem will spu(...)

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, (...)