Ultra-Orthodox Jews are pictured praying outside a synagogue in  Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, amid measures put in place by Israeli authorities in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images

Israel will implement overnight curfews from Tuesday night on some 40 cities and communities hit hard by coronavirus, after prime minister Binyamin Ne(...)

Leader of Israel’s Blue and White electoral alliance Benny Gantz: vows that within a few days, he will form a “wide, patriotic” government that will “represent all citizens of Israel”. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Benny Gantz, leader of the centrist Blue and White party, was given the mandate to form a new government by Israeli president Reuven Rivlin on Monday (...)

It remains unclear whether Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White Party can break the political stalemate.   Photograph: Reuters/Nir Elias

Opposition leader Benny Gantz will be asked to form a new government, Israel’s president said on Sunday, boosting his chances of ousting veteran prime(...)

Leader of centrist party Blue and White, Benny Gantz (right), and leader of the secular nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, Avigdor Lieberman, shake hands after a meeting on March 9th, 2020. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty

Israel’s opposition leader Benny Gantz met on Monday with former defence minister Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, aiming to f(...)

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara onstage at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Tuesday. Photograph: Amnon Gutman/Bloomberg

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu emerged as the big winner from Monday’s general election, but it may be a couple of days before he knows if (...)

 Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is alleged to have accepted gifts from wealthy businessmen and dispensed favours to try to get more positive press coverage. Photograph: EPA/Yannis Kolesidis

Binyamin Netanyahu is living on borrowed time. Facing a corruption trial on allegations of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, he has informed the spe(...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. When he leaves office, he will bequeath an occupation of Palestinian territories that is as entrenched, as morally indefensible as it was when he came to power. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel is entering the post-Netanyahu era. The man nicknamed “the magician” for his knack for pulling off unlikely electoral feats may yet return with(...)

Neither Benny Gantz nor Binyamin  Netanyahu will receive the support of a majority 61 Knesset members to form a coalition.

Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin will on Sunday begin consultations with heads of the parties elected to the new Knesset, following this week’s electi(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli president Reuven Rivlin and Benny Gantz, former Israeli army chief of staff and chairman of the Blue and White political alliance join hands as they attend a memorial service for late Israeli president Shimon Peres at Mount Herzl, Israel’s national cemetery, in Jerusalem, on Thursday. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Binyamin Netanyahu lost, but nobody seems to have won. That’s the only firm conclusion to be drawn from Israel’s second election in five months, which(...)

Benny Gantz, leader and candidate of the Israel Resilience party that is part of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) political alliance, shakes hands with supporters in Tel Aviv. Photograph:  Gali Tibbon/AFP

The Palestinians and Arabs are hoping and praying Israel’s next coalition will not be headed by the right-wing Likud’s Binyamin Netanyahu. “Anyone b(...)

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