Israeli security forces stand behind burning tires during clashes with Palestinians in Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday. In the Israeli city of Dimona, a Jewish attacker stabbed two Palestinians and two Arab Israelis. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

Hamas’s leader in Gaza has declared the current unrest in Jerusalem and the West Bank an intifada, as six Palestinians were shot dead protesting at (...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “We must control our borders  to prevent both the entry of illegal migrants seeking work and perpetrators of terrorism.” Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu is resisting calls for Israel to accept refugees from neighbouring Syria, including from politicians who li(...)

The EU-wide initiative supported by Dublin could be complicated by recent moves by the US Congress to link negotiations on a US-EU trade deal to the debate on the settlements. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government expects EU action on the labelling of goods from illegal West Bank settlements despite a move in Washington that could stymie the Europ(...)

 Supporters  of Isaac Herzog and the Zionist Union party react as the first television predictions come up on a screen after polls for the Israeli general elections closed, in Tel Avivi, Israel, on  March 17th,  2015. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu last night claimed a “great victory” in the Israeli general election, as exit polls pointed to a dead heat between (...)

 An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man at  a booth at a polling station during the Israeli general elections in Jerusalem, Israel, on March 17th,  2015. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu faced a fight for his political survival on Tuesday as Israelis voted in an election that opinion polls pre(...)

Isaac Herzog, co-leader of the Zionist Union party, with supporters at his party’s headquarters in Tel Aviv yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Nir Elias

As Israelis vote on Tuesday in the general election, sources from both main parties indicated on Monday night, according to internal polls, that pr(...)

Supporters of the centre-left Zionist Union party wear T-shirts bearing the names of the party’s co-leaders, Isaac Herzog, also known by his nickname, Buji, and Tzipi Livni, during a campaign stop in the southern city of Ashdod on Friday. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has launched a last-minute media blitz to convince voters he should stay in office as he continues to los(...)

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(...)