Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: Polls released after elections were announced showed that Netanyahu’s Likud would win 22 seats in the 120-seat Knesset. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

The leaders of Israel’s coalition parties have agreed that elections will be held on March 17th and the mudslinging has already begun in what is expec(...)

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(...)

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(...)

A Palestinian labourer works on a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beitar Ilit, near Bethlehem, yesterday.  Israel said yesterday it was marketing nearly 1,200 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, just two days before a planned release of long-serving Palestinian prisoners. Photograph: Reuters/Amir Cohen

An Israeli ministerial committee last night approved a list of 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners who will be set free tomorrow as a goodwill gesture to(...)

 Ultra-Orthodox demonstrators pack the streets in Jerusalem to protest against government plans to force students at yeshiva religious seminaries to enlist in the Israeli army. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews have rallied in Jerusalem against government plans to force students at yeshiva religious seminaries t(...)