Prime minister reaches preliminary agreement with Jewish Home and Jewish Power partiesThe Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Wednesday reached a preliminary election deal with two fringe religious-nationalist parties in a bid to unify his hardline bloc before elections in April

Benjamin Netanyahu strikes deal with hardline parties ahead of Israel elections


Bid to become fourth country to send spacecraft to lunar surface blasts off this week A team of Israeli scientists is due to launch what will be the first privately funded mission to land on the moon this week, sending a spacecraft to collect data from the lunar surface

Israel to launch first privately funded moon mission


Ruth George apologises after highlighting Luciana Berger’s links to Friends of Israel A Labour MP has apologised for suggesting Israel could be secretly funding Luciana Berger and other MPs who quit the party on Monday citing unhappiness with Labour’s approach to tackling complaints of antisemitism

Labour MP apologises for suggesting Israel funding Independent Group


Volunteers in blue uniforms begin escorting Palestinian children past Israeli settlers to schoolPalestinian activists in the flashpoint city of Hebron have started patrols to prevent attacks by settlers after Israel’s widely criticised expulsion of an international observer mission

Palestinians patrol Hebron after Israel ejects foreign peacekeepers


Coral Ash and Labour peer Jeremy Beecham respond to Brian Eno’s article on Israel and the Eurovision Song ContestWould the likes of Brian Eno, Roger Waters and Peter Gabriel also seek a boycott of the Oscars in support of the #MeToo movement (We must not let Israel use Eurovision as a political tool, 18 February)?Perhaps they’d like to introduce an embargo of their music being sold to the US as a protest against Trump’s policies; at least they’d be putting their money where their mouths were

Why single out Israel for boycott? | Letters


It comes as minister questioned over Leifer’s extradition on child sexual abuse chargesMalka Leifer, the former school principal accused of child sexual abuse at a religious Jewish school in Australia, has been denied bail by a judge in Israel

Former school principal Malka Leifer denied bail by Israeli judge


Diplomatic row deepens after Israeli minister says Polish ‘antisemitism was innate’Polish officials may cancel their planned trip to Israel, the head of the prime minister’s office, Michał Dworczyk, has said after the media reported remarks by Israel’s prime minister suggesting Polish complicity in the Holocaust

Polish officials may cancel Israel visit amid Holocaust tensions


The song contest organisers should take a stand against the oppression of Palestinian artists and move their event from Tel AvivThose of us who make art and culture for a living thrive on free and open communication

Israel must not be allowed to use Eurovision as a propaganda tool | Brian Eno


The Minnesota congresswoman faced fire over Israel and fury over her treatment of Trump official Elliott AbramsOpinion: Omar should be more radical about Israel, not lessIlhan Omar made history in January when she became the first Somali American and one of the first Muslim women sworn into the US Congress

‘I know what intolerance looks like’: Ilhan Omar takes her turn in the spotlight


Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments cause anger in Poland ahead of summitIsraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attempts to build friendly relations with central European nations are being tested, on the eve of a Jerusalem summit aimed at showcasing the alliance, by disputes over Holocaust history

Warsaw-Jerusalem tensions rise over ‘Nazi link’ claims