Reuven Rivlin

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Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary alliance, pictured here, said US air strikes had ‘resulted in the martyrdom of a group of heroic fighters’ near the border with Syria and threatened revenge. File photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

The White House on Monday defended air strikes launched over the weekend on the facilities of two Iran-backed militia groups on the border between Syr(...)

Israel opposition leader  Yair Lapid. Photograph: Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP via Getty Images

The far-right Israeli politician Naftali Bennett and opposition leader Yair Lapid have agreed to forge a coalition government that would see Binyamin (...)

UN high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet on-screen yesterday during a special session of the UN Human Rights Council to discuss the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Israel has reacted angrily to the decision by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to launch an investigation against it for alleged war cr(...)

Smoke billows after an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City targeted the Ansar compound, linked to the Hamas movement. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty

Twenty-seven days before the first rocket was fired from Gaza this week, a squad of Israeli police officers entered the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, b(...)

Israeli Arabs gather next to a mosque during clashes between Jews, Israeli police and Arabs, in the mixed town of Lod. As rockets from Gaza streaked overhead, Israeli Arabs and Jews fought each other on the streets below. Photograph: Heidi Levine/AP

Fighting between Israel and Gaza Strip militants is spilling over into communal clashes inside Israel, where decades of pent-up grievances and nationa(...)

The leader of the Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid,  above, has already agreed with Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Yamina, that he can serve first as prime minister in a broad coalition.  Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin has tasked Yair Lapid, the head of the centrist Yesh Atid party, with forming a new government after acting prime min(...)

Binyamin Netanyahu has been invited by Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, to try to form a government after the country’s fourth inconclusive election in two years. Photograph: Abir Sultan/AFP via Getty Images

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin has assigned Binyamin Netanyahu the task of forming the next government but he faces an uphill task to cobble together(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu leaves the courtroom in Jerusalem on Monday. Photograph: Abir Sultan/Pool/AFP via Getty

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial has resumed, with a key witness painting a picture of an image-obsessed leader forcing a (...)

Polling station tent for those exposed to coronavirus, in Ashkelon, Israel: Neither the pro-Netanyahu nor the anti-Netanyahu camps succeeded in clinching a majority in the 120-seat Knesset. Photograph: Amnon Gutman/Bloomberg

According to television exit polls, prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has a path to clinching an unprecedented sixth term, but it all depends on the r(...)

Christopher Krebs was fired as  the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. File photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

US president Donald Trump fired the top US official responsible for overseeing election security last night, claiming without evidence he made “highly(...)

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