Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: rejected an offer from Benny  Gantz to publicly pledge he would not seek parliamentary immunity from prosecution. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun

The Likud and Blue and White parties have agreed to hold Israel’s next general election on March 2nd should the Knesset parliament fail to agree by a (...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu  during a meeting of the right-wing bloc at the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/AFP via Getty Images)

Israel’s attorney general has charged prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu with fraud and breach of trust in three separate corruption cases, making him (...)

 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, (...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu:  a poll shows an indictment would result in Likud falling to 25 seats. The Blue and White alliance would rise to 44 seats.  Photograph: AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner

Binyamin Netanyahu has dominated Israeli politics for the last two decades and only a few months ago looked a certain bet to win a fifth term as prime(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu is seeking a fourth consecutive term in office. File photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Israel’s attorney general has called for prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to face charges in all three of the corruption investigations against him, (...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu on the on I24 TV channel at the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem. Photograph: Thomas Coex/I24/ AFP/Getty Images

According to the polls, Binyamin Netanyahu is almost certain to be elected to a fifth term as Israel’s prime minister when the country goes to the pol(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: described police recommendations as “biased, extreme and as full of holes as Swiss cheese”. Photograph: Nir Elias

On Tuesday, the Israeli police concluded that there was an evidentiary foundation to charge prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu with bribery, fraud and (...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu with attorney general Avichai Mandelblit at a cabinet meeting in October 2013. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel’s attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, was prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s favoured candidate for the country’s top legal job. Now, Netany(...)

A bulldozer demolishes a home in the recently evicted illegal Israeli settler outpost of Amona. Israel has passed a law retroactively legalising about 4,000 settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

The European Union has cancelled a top-level summit with Israel in response to a new law retroactively legalising some 4,000 settler homes built on pr(...)

 Amona, the largest West Bank outpost of Jewish settlers:     The community, which is home to 40 families, was left out of the Bill and is to be demolished on Christmas Day. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

The Israeli Knesset is expected on Wednesday to pass the first and second readings of a controversial Bill that will retroactively legalise thousands(...)