Ultra-Orthodox Jews, some wearing masks, cross a street with their shopping in the religious Israeli city of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, on Friday. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

One thousand police officers, backed by hundreds of soldiers, descended on the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak on Friday as Israel stepped up efforts(...)

Binyamin Netanyahu’s coalition is likely to constitute 78 or 79 of the 120 Knesset members. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

On a dramatic day in Israeli politics, the country’s opposition leader Benny Gantz agreed to join an emergency coalition headed initially by Binyamin (...)

 Yuli Edelstein: adjourned parliament until Monday.  Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP via Getty

The speaker of Israel’s parliament, an ally of prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, resigned on Wednesday, sharpening a battle with the supreme court ov(...)

 Israeli activists protest in front of the Knesset  in Jerusalem, amid an ongoing row over the election of a new speaker. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel is facing an unprecedented constitutional showdown after the high court of justice ruled that Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein must allow the par(...)

Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel’s prime minister said this week he wants Israeli labs to reach 5,000 daily tests. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/Reuters

Israel has come up with a novel solution to its critical shortage of kits to test the coronavirus: call in the Mossad. The renowned intelligence agen(...)

Outdoor gym by the sea:  Israel’s health ministry urges people not to leave their homes except to seek “vital needs and services”. Photograph: Corinna Kern

The Israeli government began deploying mobile phone-monitoring technology against coronavirus on Tuesday and urged people not to leave home unless nec(...)

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(...)

A woman wearing a mask looks on at a terminal at Ben Gurion International airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel February 27th. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters/File

Israel will require anyone arriving from overseas to self-quarantine for 14 days as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, prime minister Bin(...)

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(...)

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