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 Israel’s foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman:  members of his party are at the centre of allegations about the transfer of public funds. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

A major corruption investigation focused on foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party and the resignation of the charismatic lead(...)

Yitzhak Herzog, leader of Israel’s Labour Party, and former Israeli justice minister Tzipi Livni have formed a joint election ticket that could pose a serious challenge to prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Photograph: Reuters

Israel’s election campaign has taken a dramatic turn with polls showing the new alliance of Labour and Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua party winning more seats t(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: Polls released after elections were announced showed that Netanyahu’s Likud would win 22 seats in the 120-seat Knesset. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

The leaders of Israel’s coalition parties have agreed that elections will be held on March 17th and the mudslinging has already begun in what is expec(...)

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu sacked his finance and justice ministers on Tuesday, signalling the break up of his bickering coalition and opening the way for early national elections in Israel. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/Reuters

Israeli legislators have agreed to set March 17th as the date for a new parliamentary election, Israel Radio said.The report said the date was agreed (...)

A proposed new bill anchors in law the status of Israel as a nation-state of the Jewish people. Above: the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Israel’s president has said a Bill anchoring in law the status of Israel as a nation-state of the Jewish people runs counter to its founding fathers’ (...)

Haaretz newspaper columnist Gideon Levy: “In the West Bank, you see the real face of the Israel Defence Forces, the so-called most moral army in the world.” Photograph: Gil Cohen Magen/AFP/Getty Images

Gideon Levy is preaching in the wilderness. Week after week, the columnist for Haaretz newspaper tells his compatriots what they do not want to hea(...)

Hostile world: Amos Oz in Israel. Photograph: Rina Castelnuovo/New York Times

Amos Oz is probably Israel’s best-known living writer. The 75-year-old relishes talking about his “Irish zeal” as a child in the British Mandate of(...)

An Israeli border policeman detains a Palestinian protestor during clashes in east Jerusalem on Saturday ahead of Land Day yesterday. Land Day, observed by Israelis, commemorates the killing by security forces of six Arabs in 1976 during protests. Photograph: Reuters\Amir Cohen

Israel failed to release a fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners over the weekend, puttin(...)

IAvigdor Lieberman with then US secretary of state Hillary Clinton in 2012. Israel’s foreign ministewr has become an enthusiastic supporter of the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Israel’s foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has undergone a dramatic political transformation in recent months: until recently a diplomatic (...)

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against the Jewish settlement of Ofra, in the West Bank village of Silwad, near Ramallah, yesterday. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

The Middle East peace talks are in crisis.When Israel and the Palestinians agreed, under intense pressure from Washington, to relaunch direct bilatera(...)

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