Binyamin Netanyahu, who this summer overtook David Ben Gurion as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, has every incentive to cling to power as Israeli voters go to the polls on Tuesday. Photograph: Amir Cohen/AFP/Getty Images

Israelis go to the polls on Tuesday for a second general election in six months. If opinion polls are any guide, the vote may fail to break the deadlo(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu was left without a majority coalition failed to reach a compromise on the question of drafting the ultra-Orthodox into the army. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel will hold a new election on September 17th after prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu failed to meet the Wednesday midnight deadline to form a gov(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely at his Likud Party headquarters in Tel Aviv on election night in the early hours of Wednesday. Photograph:  Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

King Bibi has done it again. Trailing in the polls to the centrist Blue and White throughout the campaign, Binyamin Netanyahu managed to siphon enough(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara celebrate following the announcement of exit polls in Israel’s parliamentary election in Tel Aviv  on Tuesday night. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu secured a clear path to re-election on Wednesday, with far-right parties set to hand him a parliamentary maj(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu casts his vote in Jerusalem. Photograph: Ariel Schalit/AFP/Getty

Binyamin Netanyahu looked on course to secure a fifth term as Israeli prime minister on Tuesday night, but differences in exit polls from the three ma(...)

 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 Benjamin Netanyahu: may opt for early elections this year to cash in on his popularity in the polls before the attorney general rules on an indictment. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

Binyamin Netanyahu, now in his fourth term as prime minister, is the only leader in Israel’s history to have been elected three times in a row. If his(...)

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