‘The election had been called by Netanyahu not so much to steal a march on a rejuvenated opposition to his left but to strengthen his hand in dealings with cabinet allies to his right.’ Above: supporters of Benjamin Natanyahu cheer as they hear the first  predictions of the Israeli election results. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

When he took to the stage for his victory speech on Tuesday night, Binyamin Netanyahu invited pop singer Amir Benayoun to come up and join him. The wa(...)

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(...)

‘Now, evidently, there is to be no discussion . . . Binyamin  Netanyahu will again form a coalition with the pro-settler party of Naftali Bennett, who coarsely calls the Palestinians “shrapnel in the butt”.’  Photograph: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images

Hello again to Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister of Israel. He came clean on the eve of the polls, opposing the existence of the state of Palestine(...)

Palestinian children play next to buildings destroyed during last year’s 50-day war between Israel and Hamas-led militants in Gaza City’s al-Shejaiya neighborhood. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images.

Palestinian leaders warned of renewed conflict after Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu snatched election victory from defeat by campaigning(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu waves to supporters at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv. Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel’s election after exit polls showed he had erased his centre-left rivals’ lead with a hard rightward shift in which he abandoned a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters 1:28

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a come-from-behind victory in Israel‘s election after tacking hard to the right in the final days of cam(...)

 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(...)

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 (...)