Israeli soldiers conducting a search operation  in the area around Bethlehem after  Israeli soldier Corporal Dvir Sorek was found dead from  multiple stab wounds. Photograph:  EPA/Abed al Hashlamoun

Israel has sent military reinforcements to the West Bank as troops engage in a manhunt for the killers, presumed to be Palestinian militants, of a sol(...)

Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem: most of the international community considers such settlements illegal. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

The European Union has criticised Israel’s decision to approve the construction of more than 2,000 housing units in West Bank settlements. “All sett(...)

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak at a press conference with Labour defector Stav Shaffir and Meretz chairman  Nitzan Horowitz in Tel Aviv on Thursday. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

In a dramatic reshuffle on the Israeli left, former prime minister Ehud Barak has decided to run on a joint list with the Meretz party in the Septembe(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: Asked how he would like to be remembered, he responded: “Defender of Israel, liberator of its economy.” Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/AFP/Getty

On Saturday, Binyamin Netanyahu will become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, breaking the record set by Israel’s first prime minister, David B(...)

Granot desalination plant: The process works by pushing saltwater into membranes containing microscopic pores. Photograph:  Mekorot water company

Water scarcity, heightened by periods of prolonged drought, fuels tensions across the Middle East. Access to water is a major concern throughout the (...)

Members of the Israeli security forces detain a protester during a demonstration in Tel Aviv against police violence. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

Police mobilised across Israel on Wednesday night to prevent a repeat of incidents the previous night, when much of the country came to a standstill a(...)

An ultra-Orthodox Jew prays on Mount Olive in east Jerusalem: Avigdor Lieberman, an ultranationalist ex-defence minister, wants to capitalise on a turn in public opinion against the Haredi. Photograph: Atef Safadi

At nearly 50 years of age, Yitzhak Pindrus would prefer the traditional life of an ultra-Orthodox Jew, sequestered in a religious school poring over t(...)

An Israeli soldier battles a fire started by an incendiary device launched from Gaza Strip, near the Israel and Gaza border fence on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo

Israel has given the Hamas rulers in Gaza a 24-hour deadline to implement the latest ceasefire arrangements after renewed clashes along the border on (...)

 Israeli police  take up position in the village of Halhoul in the West Bank following  clashes with Palestinians protesting  against the  US economic conference. Photograph:  Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA

The Trump administration’s Middle East workshop opening on Tuesday in Bahrain will be attended by representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, the Uni(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu speaks during an inauguration ceremony for a new community named after US president Donald Trump, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Inaugurating the new settlement of Ramat Trump (Trump Heights) on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netany(...)

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