Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu with deputy speaker of the Knesset Oren Hazan: Mr Hazan has been barred from presiding over any parliamentary meetings following a television report which claims he used hard drugs and hired prostitutes for clients while managing a casino in Bulgaria. Photograph: Menahem KahanaAFP/Getty Images

The deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Oren Hazan, has been barred from presiding over any parliamentary meetings after a television report claime(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: government has a majority of only one in the 120-member Knesset. Photograph: Gali Tibbongali/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s new government was sworn in last night but only after a two-hour delay in the Knesset vote as prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu scrambled t(...)

It is unlikely, however difficult, that whoever gets to form a government in London in the next days will have to face quite as tortuous – or torturou(...)

Israeli prime minister Binymin Netanyahu and religious nationalist Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett announce their new coalition. Photograph: GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images

The Palestinian leadership has predicted that Israel’s new right-wing religious coalition will be belligerent and will work against peace.Former chie(...)

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the plenum at Israel’s parliament in Jerusalem. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is struggling to form a stable coalition before Wednesday’s deadline after the surprise decision of a former(...)

Israel’s foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman: had a number of scores to settle with Binyamin Netanyahu, and said he “chose principles over cabinet seats”. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

In a political bombshell, Israel’s foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has said he will not be joining prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s new governme(...)

‘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(...)