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 1:28

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(...)

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(...)