Palestinians throw stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank town of Hebron in 2009. The new Bill means protesters can jailed for up to 10 years without  harmful intent having to be proved. Photograph:  Hazem Bader/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s Knesset parliament has introduced legislation allowing stone-throwers to be sentenced to prison terms of up to 20 years. Passed with the aim (...)

Victor: ballot papers and campaign posters for Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party lie on the ground after the country’s parliamentary elections, on March 18th. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty

Who won? No party won an outright majority – that has never happened in an Israeli election – but the result was a triumph for Binyamin Netanyahu. His(...)

Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog (centre), joint leader of the centre-left Zionist Union,  leaving  the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, yesterday. Photograph:  Ammar Awad/Reuters

Israelis go to the polls on Tuesday in a race that is so tight it is impossible to know who will be the next prime minister.One thing is certain: Bin(...)

With his Likud party slipping in the polls to trail the main opposition by three to four seats it’s looking more likely that Israel may find itself wi(...)

Isaac Herzog, co-leader of the centre-left Zionist Union, during a campaign stop at a fruit and vegetable market in Tel Aviv on Thursday.  Polls suggest the Israeli electorate is getting used to the idea of him as prime minister. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

With four days to go before the Israeli election, polls continue to show the centre-left Zionist Union maintaining a three- to four-seat lead over (...)

A construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel: “These houses . . . are on land taken from Palestinian ownership,” says Hadeel Hunaiti of human rights group al-Haq. photograph: uriel sinai/getty

Adi Elazar puts down his coffee and cups a hand to his ear, as if to say: listen to that. “It’s the middle of the day, and it’s quiet,” he says in an (...)

An Israeli printer works on a poster of Israeli Prime Minister and Chairman of the Likud Party, Benjamin Netanyahu in a printing house in Rosh Haayin near Tel Aviv, Israel. Photograph: EPA

With only six days before Israelis vote in a general election, the latest polls give the centre-left Zionist Union a dramatic four-to-three-seat lead (...)

A young boy flies a kite on the Mediterranean beach in Tel Aviv. Photograph: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images

An overnight storm has given way to clear skies and warm sunshine, drawing crowds to the beachfront. It’s Saturday, so much of Tel Aviv has closed dow(...)

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(...)