News Israel's president Shimon Peres prepares to lay a wreath on the coffin of former prime minister Ariel Sharon

There will be a state memorial service for the former prime minister tomorrow before he is buried in a private ceremony at his ranch

War of words: 'The Gatekeepers'

The Gatekeepers: A Zero Dark Thirty, with added morals

A new film gets up close with six ex-heads of Israel's Shin Bet

Benjamin Netanyahu forced to ask for more time to form Israel's next government

Benjamin Netanyahu has been forced to ask for more time to form Israel’s next government amid an increasingly hostile row with the parties he is expected to include in his coalition.

Blow to Netanyahu as top Israeli politician faces corruption charges

The former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, an ex-nightclub bouncer who became one of the country's most powerful and controversial politicians, faces career oblivion after being charged with corruption.

Jewish settlers in the West Bank

Israel's new Hatnuah movement may support a two state solution, but it isn't the radical force it seems

The leaders of the movement are only progressive by modern-day Zionism's standards

Former defence minister Ehud Barak

Shock in Israel as Defence Minister Ehud Barak quits politics

Mr Barak's resignation could mean the departure of the most moderating influence on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Tzipi Livni said to be poised for return

Tzipi Livni, Israel's former opposition leader who crashed out of politics this year after losing her party's leadership contest, is poised to make a political comeback as head of a new party ahead of early elections in January.

Ultra-Orthodox students are angry at Eud Barak's plans to end their exemption from military service

Ultra-Orthodox up in arms as Israel prepares to end army exemption

The Israeli Defence Minister, Ehud Barak, has announced plans to draft thousands of Ultra-Orthodox students into the army – a move that could set him at loggerheads with the religious parties in the run-up to a general election in January.

Netanyahu chooses date of next Israeli general election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has chosen January 22 as the date of the next general election, but it could be some time before he discovers the identity of his main challenger.

Highly influential: Elyashiv

Rabbi Yosef Elyashiv: Hardline interpreter of Jewish law

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, the highly influential leader of the Lithuanian sect of ultra-Orthodox Ashkenazi Jews, was known for his unyielding hardline rulings on complicated elements of Jewish law. As an eminent Posek, a decider of Jewish law, a title earned not by appointment but by scholarship, reputation and communal trust built up over decades, Elyashiv applied the Torah and Talmudic law to modern times, ruling on conversion, marriage, divorce and even the legitimacy of wigs made in India.

Children protest in Jerusalem against a uniform draft law

Centrists abandon Benjamin Netanyahu to leave Israeli government in limbo

Kadima walks out on coalition over Likud's refusal to draft ultra-orthodox Jews into military

Israeli President Shimon Peres greets Hillary Clinton yesterday

Talk to Egypt, and trust us on Iran: Hillary Clinton's plea for patience in Jerusalem

The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said last night that the United States will use "all elements of American power" to stop Iran acquiring nuclear weapons and insisted it was on "same page" as Israel on the issue.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is jubilant as he leaves Jerusalem District Court

Guilty of corruption - but Olmert sees chance for return to power

Israeli former leader who nearly made peace with Palestinians is acquitted of more serious charges

Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert cleared of two charges but found guilty of one in corruption case

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has been cleared of the major charges in a corruption trial which forced him from power.

Benjamin Netanyahu faces crisis over draft dodging rebellion

A committee has said that 80 per cent of ultra-Orthodox Jews should do national service

Ex-Israeli PM Yitzhak Shamir buried in state ceremony

Yitzhak Shamir, a former Prime Minister, was buried at the national cemetery in Jerusalem yesterday.

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