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Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: some believe a  national unity government with Benny Gantz is  possible. Photograph: Dan Balilty/New York Times

Israelis vote in a general election on Tuesday with polls showing Binyamin Netanyahu likely to win an unprecedented fifth term as prime minister, even(...)

 Mr Netanyahu pledged that he would not dismantle a single Jewish settlement and that Israel would retain control of the territory west of the Jordan River –the West Bank. File Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/ Reuters

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if he is re-elected. The vow marks a dram(...)

 A billboard of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an election campaign poster in Russian, in Jerusalem, on Friday. Israelis go to the polls in a general election next Tuesday.  Photograph: Jim Hollander?EPA

Like any successful politician, Binyamin Netanyahu recognises the value of being underestimated. For him, it’s been a recurring theme. In the 1980s, (...)

Retired Israeli general Benny Gantz, one of the leaders of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) political alliance, campaigning  in the Israeli city of Rehovot. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu is fighting to retain his position in a general election that remains too close to call. The last polls per(...)

A ball of fire billows above buildings in Gaza City during reported Israeli strikes on Monday. Photograph: Majdi Fathi/AFP/Getty Images

An uneasy calm held yesterday between Israel and Hamas, but the situation remains volatile and both sides risk finding themselves fighting a war that (...)

Flame and smoke are seen during an Israeli air strike in Gaza. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Israeli aircraft hit what were termed “Hamas targets” across the Gaza Strip on Monday evening after a rocket fired from Gaza destroyed a home in centr(...)

A file photo taken on October 19th, 1973 shows Israeli defence minister Gen Moshe Dayan (R) looking towards the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, four days after the beginning of the Yom Kippur War. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Thursday’s tweet by US president Donald Trump stating that it was time for the US to “fully recognise” Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights is (...)

Ayelet Shaked in the mock advert for “Fascism” perfume.  Photograph: Screengrab

Israel’s right-wing justice minister Ayelet Shaked has hit back at critics after she was lambasted for featuring in a spoof election campaign ad, oste(...)

Benny Gantz, one of the leaders of  Blue and White, leans forward  during a visit to Kibbutz Kfar Aza, outside the northern Gaza Strip, in southern Israel. Photograph: Amir Cohen

Benny Gantz, Israel’s former top general, wants to end Binyamin Netanyahu’s decades-long dominance of Israeli politics. Gantz (59), who has no politi(...)

A looming indictment and the formation of a new a centrist party to oppose him have  further jeopardised Binyamin Netanyahu’s chances of winning a fifth term as prime minister in elections next month. Photograph:  Ronen Zvulun/EPA

When his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, faced a criminal indictment in 2009, Binyamin Netanyahu urged him to step down, remarking that a prime minister “up(...)

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